FORT WASHINGTON and LANCASTER, Pa. — Acts Retirement Services and Willow Valley Communities, two of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior living organizations, have entered into a strategic alliance.
Acts, which is based in Fort Washington, will serve as sole corporate sponsor and manager for Lancaster-based Willow Valley Communities. Both headquarters are in the greater Philadelphia area.
Willow Valley Living CEO John Swanson will step aside from management oversight to focus entirely on future development of Willow Valley Communities properties. All other current Willow Valley Communities leadership will remain in place and have access to additional resources and scale through the alliance with Acts.
“Being able to maintain the identity and operating autonomy of Willow Valley Communities was of paramount importance to our organization,” says Jill Gilbert, chair of Willow Valley’s board. “Bringing Acts in to support our existing management and operations leverages the scale and shared expertise important to both organizations.”
Willow Valley Communities oversees three seniors housing campuses in Lancaster County, serving more than 2,500 residents. Acts has anetwork of 26 campuses in nine states and serves more than 10,000 residents.