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New Organizational Structure for Roosevelt Care Center Announced

July 23, 2004 – The Middlesex County Improvement Authority, which owns and operates Roosevelt Care Center in Edison, today announced changes in the organizational structure of the long-term care facility.

“We are setting up this new structure to help ease the transition to our new facility while also preparing ourselves for 2005, when we’ll be operating two buildings on an expanded campus,” said Leonard J. Roseman, MCIA chairman. “Our success in meeting our clinical and financial goals will be greatly enhanced by reorganizing our care center administration.”

The Chief Executive Officer will oversee the financial and operational responsibilities of the care center. Among the duties of this position are developing a strategic operational plan and ensuring fiscal integrity. Thomas G. Chase, an executive with extensive experience in the health care field, has been named to the CEO position.

 “Separating the business operation from the clinical operation will create efficiencies and save money going forward,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director David B. Crabiel, MCIA liaison.

Dr. Frank Damiani will continue as Licensed Administrator and will take on the title of Director of Resident Care.

“We have an experienced, dedicated Licensed Administrator in Dr. Frank Damiani, who will continue to build on his proven track record for delivering quality care,” Roseman said. “Dr. Damiani’s focus can now lie solely on advancing the care and quality-of-life of our residents and retaining and building a cohesive team of health care professionals.”

Kohl Partners, LLC, who was retained by the MCIA to provide oversight for transitioning to the new 180-bed, state-of-the-art facility, recommended the administrative changes and conducted a search for the Chief Executive Officer position.

The MCIA, who has the final decision on all of Kohl’s recommendations, decided to hire Chase.

“Thomas Chase has an exceptional and extensive background in financial leadership that will help Roosevelt Care Center meet and exceed its long-term goals,” said Sandra Lawson, who serves as Kohl’s senior consultant for the RCC project. “His unique combination of organizational and financial management expertise will ensure a seamless transition to the new building while strengthening the financial footing for the future.”

 Thomas Chase, most recently the executive director of a Medicare + C health plan based in Pittsburgh, served as executive director and chief financial officer of the not-for-profit Lutheran Affiliated Services (LAS), a senior services organization.

While serving as chief financial officer at LAS, Chase conceived, designed and implemented strategies to finance expansion campus development. He also was integral in creating a program dedicated to caring for patients with complex medical conditions that most long-term care facilities could not, or would not, take.

“Roosevelt Care Center is the only long-term care facility in the region that will care for people with complex medical histories and conditions,” Roseman said. “Clearly, Mr. Chase’s experience goes hand in hand with the needs of our center. This is a good fit.”

Contact: Jane S. Leal, Director of Administration, MCIA  609-655-5141

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