CAST Members Make News

CAST | April 21, 2021 | by Donna Childress

CAST announces new CAST Commissioners, new Business Associates, and members in the news for new services, partnerships, and company launches.

LeadingAge CAST Announces new CAST Commissioners

LeadingAge CAST is pleased to announce two new CAST Commissioners. Nadia Angelidou is Vice President of Analytics at PointRight, a LeadingAge Bronze Partner with CAST Focus and a Net Health company delivering solutions for patient care management and healthcare provider performance. Victoria Vega is Senior Vice President of Marketing & Innovation at Unidine, also a LeadingAge Bronze Partner with CAST Focus.

Nadia Angelidou has a Bachelors in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Biostatistics from Athens University in Greece and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. She has many years of experience overseeing cutting-edge machine learning and artificial intelligence projects, while also implementing data strategy and educating others about the value of analytics. 

Prior to joining Net Health, Angelidou was a senior statistician at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she led various multinational projects sponsored by NIH. Angelidou is dedicated to client engagement and has helped create scalable and interpretable machine learning models across the continuum of care. She is passionate about applying her diverse experience to build successful analytics teams that help customers improve health care for their patients through robust and actionable analytics.

Victoria Vega brings almost 30 years of contract foodservice experience to her role on Unidine’s executive team. She oversees brand strategy, consumer experience, nutrition, wellness, and sustainability as well as operations excellence. She is well known as a customer-centric innovative leader and dynamic speaker who is passionate about delivering unique dining experiences through guest engagement. 

Vega is the 2020 recipient of the IFMA Silver Plate for Foodservice and a past president of the Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management. She serves on the Isenberg Business School board at UMass Amherst.

LeadingAge CAST Welcomes New Associate Business Partners

LeadingAge CAST welcomes the following organizations as Associate Business Partners with CAST Focus:

Aufderworld Corporation
Corning Optical Communications
Eldermark Software
Enquire Solutions
Fully Managed (formerly CareWorx)
Harmony Healthcare International
Homecare Homebase
LW Consulting, Inc.
Lyon Software, Inc.
Partners Pharmacy
Pinnacle Communications
RetirementHomeTV Corporation
Rice Fergus Miller Architecture & Planning
Sherpa CRM
The Compliance Store
Ultimate Kronos Group (UKG)
Vigil Health Solutions Inc.

iN2L and Saltbox TV Launch Streaming Service for Senior Living Residents

LeadingAge Bronze Partner with CAST Focus iN2L, a leading provider of person-centered digital engagement to the senior living market, and Saltbox TV, the first-ever free video streaming service developed exclusively for older adults, have announced an exclusive partnership.
Working together, the two companies will provide iN2L's senior living community customers with one-touch, integrated access to a wide variety of streaming content available on the Saltbox TV app through their iN2L group engagement systems. Residents in more than 3,700 communities will benefit from exclusive access to senior-focused programming on iN2L engagement systems. McKnight’s Senior Living reported the news.
Husband and wife team Jerry Goehring (TONY & GRAMMY-nominated Broadway Producer) and Patty Carver (entertainer/writer) founded Saltbox TV after recognizing the value of digital entertainment for residents of senior living communities in response to the effects of the pandemic.
With simple iN2L home screen access to Saltbox TV, residents and care providers can explore a broad range of genres such as lifelong learning, lifestyle, wellness, nostalgic television, movies and more that appeal to a wide variety of interests.

Acts Retirement-Life Communities and K4Connect Partner on Integrated Senior Living Community Experience

Acts Retirement-Life Communities (Acts), a LeadingAge CAST Patron and one of the nation's largest not-for-profit senior living organizations, launched K4Connect's premier senior living solution, K4Community, across several of its communities in 2020. Acts has plans to continue the rollout to additional Acts campuses, potentially reaching over 8,500 residents and staff throughout 2021. Key to the partnership is K4Connect's underlying FusionOS technology—the company's patented operating system that will unlock a truly integrated, company-wide technology experience for Acts.
Acts is the owner, operator, and developer of 26 resort-style senior living continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) with campuses across nine states. The organization elected K4Connect to help lead its resident and staff-focused innovation strategy through the implementation of K4Community, an ecosystem of value-driven technology modules and experiences designed for senior living community residents, staff, and operators.
In 2021, Acts' K4Community deployment will include several modules: K4Community Resident Check-In (RCI), K4Community Smart Home, K4Community Plus, and K4Community Voice. PRNewswire carried the news.

Asbury Communities Launches ThriveWell IT Company

LeadingAge CAST Patron Asbury Communities, which operates eight continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, has launched ThriveWell, an information technology outsourcing and consulting company.
ThriveWell builds on Asbury’s larger strategy to be an industry leader in technology, said Senior Housing News. One impetus for the new company is that when the pandemic struck, some providers had underinvested in technology and could not pivot smoothly to tech-enabled operations. “‘A Lot of Groups Are Suffering’: Inside Asbury’s Tech Strategy and ThriveWell’s Launch” shares details.
ThriveWell’s managed service provider (MSP) 2.0 model is a new offering in the market, said the article. It is “a cloud-enabled platform that incorporates advanced automation tools and other efficient resources” in order to help senior living providers lower costs, improve return on investment, and future-proof their business, according to the press release announcing ThriveWell’s launch. ThriveWell clients can choose among six customizable service packages.