The 2012 LeadingAge Ziegler 100 (LZ 100) uses nine years of surveys, analyses of five-year trends and other relevant data to inform readers about the nation’s 100 largest not-for-profit senior living providers. The publication’s primary ranking lists not-for-profit multi-site senior living providers on the basis of their market-rate unit count as of December 31, 2011.
Included with the report are separate rankings of affordable (government-subsidized) housing providers, health-care-sponsored senior living providers, and single-campus senior living providers. Readers should note that two types of systems have been intentionally excluded from the LZ 100 primary ranking: (i) systems that are composed primarily of government-subsidized (affordable) housing and (ii) systems that are composed primarily of acute or post-acute services or health care systems. Data for these systems are included in the health-care-sponsored listing within the publication.
Again in 2012, it is noteworthy that, just as in 2011, all 100 organizations responded to the 2012 survey. The disparity between size of the smallest and largest not-for-profit multi-site senior living providers grew in 2011: the systems range from 782 units (Western Home Communities, IA) to 18,904 units (Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, SD). The LZ 100 organizations continue to open new communities, with 16 new communities opened during the year (9 CCRCs, 3 independent living communities, 2 assisted living communities, and 2 skilled nursing communities).
A significant commitment to existing real estate and new programs was also revealed, however, with the number of organizations undergoing expansion increasing by 30 percent from a decade ago and over 30 percent of the LZ 100 expanding their home- and community-based services (HCBS) during 2011. This growth rate in HCBS is notably higher than in prior years (19 percent in 2010 and 23 percent in 2011).
The organization with the greatest upward movement in rank was Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC). The age of SQLC is noteworthy in this regard. As the youngest of the LeadingAge Ziegler 100 organizations, SQLC has moved from opening its first community in 2001 to a rank of #36 on the ranking in just 10 years. This reflects an average annual growth rate of 49%, more than double that of the next “rapid changer” (organizations exhibiting the highest aggregate growth rates).
The 208-page publication examines the LZ100’s locations, age, unit mix, pace of growth, type of growth,and other relevant information to inform the reader of the characteristics of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior living providers. The publication is available at no charge at www.ziegler.com.