Integral Senior Living, Solstice Senior Living name Kris Morimoto VP of risk management

Kris Morimoto has been named vice president of risk management for Carlsbad, CA-based Integral Senior Living and Solstice Senior Living, a joint venture of Integral Senior Living and NorthStar Healthcare Income Inc.

In her new role, she will lead strategic initiatives to manage the group’s insurance programs to optimize coverage options. She also will develop, implement and maintain the company’s risk management program for all community and corporate locations.

Morimoto comes to the joint venture after more than eight years at Propel Insurance. She previously was vice president at Marsh Services and also worked at the Partners Group.

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Senior Living Conglomerate Names New VP Of Risk Management

CARLSBAD, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2021)Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier provider of senior living management services, and Solstice Senior Living (SSL), a joint venture of Integral Senior Living and NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc., has named Kris Morimoto to the position of vice president of Risk Management. Morimoto comes to ISL after more than eight years at Propel Insurance.

In her new role, Morimoto will lead strategic initiatives to manage the group’s insurance programs to optimize coverage options, in addition to developing, implementing and maintaining the company’s Risk Management Program for all community and corporate locations.

“Kris’ experience and leadership skills will make her a fantastic addition to the Integral and Solstice Senior Living family,” said Collette Gray, ISL and SSL president and CEO. “Having someone of her caliber in this position will ensure that we continue providing the very best senior living experience at all of our communities across the country.”  

Throughout her career, Morimoto has held several positions in risk management. She began her career as vice president at Marsh Services, and she recently worked at the Partners Group and then Propel Insurance. Her duties included attracting and retaining clients, while also providing risk management consulting.

About Integral Senior Living

Integral Senior Living (ISL), headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., manages a progressive selection of over 45 senior residences to meet the growing needs of today’s aging population. It manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout 18 states. Ranked among the nation’s largest senior living providers, according to Senior Living Executive, ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. The dedicated associates at each community are trained to maintain the highest standards of senior care services. For more information about ISL, visit Integral Senior Living’s website, blog and Facebook page.

About Solstice Senior Living

Solstice Senior Living is a joint venture of Integral Senior Living and NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc., created to benefit senior living community residents by combining industry-leading senior living management and best practices with community-specific social, lifestyle and culinary experiences. Solstice manages 32 communities nationally. www.solsticeseniorliving.com

Integral Senior Living names Executive Director of the Year

We recently hosted an internal awards ceremony to recognize our senior living communities for their hard work in 2020. The awards included best COVID-19 response, highest resident and associate satisfaction, and most positive online reviews. We are so proud of all of our communities, and all of them are winners in our eyes!

We would like to give a special shout- out to the winner of our Executive Director of the Year award, Andrea Katz from Oak Cottage of Santa Barbara. She went above and beyond this past year to provide a safe, welcoming and fun environment for her residents and associates. In order to thank her for her service to her community, we’re giving her a weekend trip to San Francisco!

Oak Cottage of Santa Barbara staff, residents get first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Celebratory balloons adorned the outside of the facility at 1820 De la Vina St. as Oak Cottage residents and employees received their first shots of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.

“Our residents and our staff are champions,” Executive Director Andrea Katz said. “We have gotten this far, and now we will be able to persevere through COVID as we have been.”

Oak Cottage partnered with CVS Omnicare to vaccinate its residents and approximately 20 staff members, including Goleta resident Carlos Rodezno, who works as a cook at the facility. He said he was happy to receive his COVID-19 vaccine.

Read more about Oak Cottage’s vaccine day from Noozhawk.com: Oak Cottage of Santa Barbara Celebrates as Staff, Residents Get First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Integral Senior Living names new regional director of sales and marketing

Integral Senior Living (ISL) has named Sherry Spacek to the role of regional director of sales and marketing and announced three other appointments at a community in California.

As regional director of sales and marketing, Spacek is tasked with overseeing sales and marketing efforts for several ISL communities. She has more than 15 years of senior care experience, and most recently worked as regional vice president of operations and marketing for Northstar Senior Living.

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Integral Senior Living CEO shares her 2021 forecast with Senior Housing News

Collette Gray, President and CEO, Integral Senior Living:
While the Covid-19 pandemic certainly rattled the senior living industry in 2020, we feel our Integral Senior Living and Solstice Senior Living communities really stepped up to provide incredible service for our residents.

We asked so much of our associates in making them pivot overnight in how they keep residents engaged, entertained, and connected to family and friends and even how we went about serving them meals safely. Our first priority when the pandemic hit was to be transparent with our residents, their families, and the ISL and SSL associates, and keep the virus out of our communities. We wanted everyone to know exactly where we stood with confirmed cases and protocols that changed as often as needed to keep everyone protected. Our regular communication and town hall meetings really allowed people the chance to have their questions and concerns heard, and we valued all of the input.

ISL and SSL are very optimistic about 2021. While the virus is still going strong, we are celebrating that Shavano Park Senior Living in Texas was the first ISL community to receive their vaccines, on December 28. We have many more around the country that have received dates of their vaccine clinics in the immediate future. Our focus right now is educating our residents and associates about the importance of getting vaccinated. The vaccine will allow our communities the flexibility to slowly return to normal and, more importantly, help slow the spread within senior living communities.

While slowing the spread of Covid-19 is a key focus, we are also looking forward to new opportunities in 2021. We have opened 4 communities during the pandemic and have another 8 opening before June 2021. In addition, we’ve transitioned several new communities into the ISL portfolio, so business continues to flourish, and we work with an incredible group of owners that are committed to the senior living space. We have adopted many topnotch safety technologies to make our communities as clean as possible, including Safe Family Lounges that separate indoor and outdoor environments; Health ENTRY Portals that utilize UV light at entrances; electrostatic handheld sprayers; Accushield screening devices; needlepoint bipolar ionization for air purification; and microbicidal paint.

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