St. Louis, Mo., February 13, 2017 – Gary Anderson has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for Lutheran Senior Services (LSS), the largest nonprofit organization in the St. Louis area and the 14th largest nonprofit multisite senior housing provider in the United States. He will be responsible for the operations of nine senior living communities, one assisted living community, eleven affordable housing locations, and a comprehensive range of home and community-based services spanning two states and serving more than 11,000 older adults annually. Previously, Gary had been Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness and Chief Nursing Officer since joining Lutheran Senior Services in November 2014.
“Gary’s forward and innovative thinking in the delivery and navigation of clinical and post-acute care services has helped us establish an industry-leading system of measuring quality metrics for our Care Centers and Assisted Living services through the development of the Lutheran Senior Services Practice and Operations Index,” said John Kotovsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Senior Services. “This has improved the quality of our care for our residents while reducing lengths of stay and hospital readmission rates for our short stay rehabilitation guests, all of which we can now communicate to our healthcare partners. In addition, Gary’s efforts have helped reduce Medicare spending by more than $1.7 million over the past year in the Model 3 Post-Acute Care bundled payments program.”
Gary has over 30 years of experience in healthcare, starting as a Staff Nurse, before holding senior leadership and operational positions for several prominent organizations such as Sutter Health in California, St. Anthony’s Medical Center, and SSM DePaul Health Center in St. Louis. Prior to joining LSS, he was the Senior Vice President for Advanced ICU Care, a national telemedicine service. He has a Master’s Degree of Health Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Webster University. Gary began his professional nursing education at the Lutheran School of Nursing in St. Louis.
Gary is a member of the Leadership Council for the University of Missouri — St. Louis School of Nursing.
Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) is a mission-driven, not-for-profit network that specializes in housing, care, and supportive services for older adults age 62+. With 21 locations in Missouri and Illinois, LSS serves more than 11,000 seniors annually through options that include Senior Living Communities offering all levels of care, Affordable Housing for those with limited incomes, and Home & Community Based Services. LSS builds upon 155+ years of excellence in living out its Christian mission of Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest.