10 Leaders Speak

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA , President and CEO, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
“The Green House Project is a breakthrough in how we care for aging Americans. Ten years ago, the idea that we could redesign nursing homes to create the experience of living in a real home was radical. Today, the Green House model is the benchmark of quality and patient satisfaction for affordable, community-based skilled-nursing care nationwide. As a catalyst for change in long-term care, The Green House Project inspires us to support a culture of health and well-being for older adults across the country.”
President and CEO, LeadingAge , Larry Minnix
“The Green House Model is one of the most important transformational concepts in long-term care that I’ve experienced in my 40 years in the field of aging services. Most certainly, nursing homes will be a part of long-term care’s future. More providers must adopt Green House principles. When you walk in to a Green House home, you understand — the way it makes people feel at home is just extraordinary.”
Vivian Vasallo , Vice President, Housing Impact Program, AARP Foundation
“AARP Foundation supports The Green House Model because it helps elders keep their best life within reach. Too many older adults face high housing costs, inadequate housing, and isolation – and Green House addresses those needs. It not only gives older adults a place to live, but also provides stellar care, fosters community, and promotes their personal well-being.”
Carol Shockley , Director, Office of Long Term Care, Medical Services. Arkansas Department of Human Services
“The very layout of a Green House home reinforces person-centered care. It tells all who enter: this is a real home, not an institution. And in this home, elders make their own choices.”
Dr. David Gifford, MD, MPH , Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, AHCA/NCAL
“The Green House Project has shown the field of long-term care how a different model can still put people at the center of care and be affordable under current reimbursement levels. They have shown that by making changes to the building and environment along with different staffing arrangements, person-centered care that individuals want is possible.”
Audrey Weiner, DSW, MPH , President and CEO, Jewish Home Lifecare in New York
“At Jewish Home Lifecare we have been pursuing person-centered care for years, but the confines of our old system made change incremental and very difficult to sustain. The Green House Model is the answer had been looking for — a real change. After working with Green House, it is no longer even imaginable for us to consider a world where it is acceptable for the institutional system to dictate the lives of our elders.”
Dr. Judah Ronch, PhD., Dean and Professor, Erickson School of Aging at University of Maryland Baltimore County
“The Green House model’s revolutionary impacts on aging and long-term care are many, and some are still to be seen. In its first 10 years, the model showed how to put strength-based relationships into elder care and workforce experience. They have demonstrated that elders flourish when they play socially valued roles where they live and created a way of life and work where values are evident in every interaction. They have also provided a way to replicate a humanistic model in numerous places, and change the conversation from ‘we can’t’ to ‘this is how we can.’ Those are some of the reasons why I think The Greenhouse Model has contributed not only to changing eldercare, but the lives of all of us.”
Meg LaPorte, Managing Editor, Provider Magazine
“The advent of The Green House Project has been a game changer field of long-term care – both for the seniors this model serves and for the operators who’ve had the courage and the vision to build them. Nearly everything about a Green House home is innovative, person-centered, and staff-centered. In the dozen years that I've been in this field, Green House homes have done more to push the envelope of innovation and quality care than any other model out there. Dr. Bill Thomas’ vision has not only created a leader among aging services’ models of care but also changed the way all such models are now viewed.”
Patrick Sullivan , Director, James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, Veterans Administration (VA)
“At the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, the first integrated VA-Navy facility, The Green House Model epitomizes our cultural transformation journey in long-term care. Residents and staff alike have embraced the concept. The Green House Model has created not only an educational experience for seniors, families, and staff, but it has become a livable journey to life. The elders and staff embrace the resident-centered care philosophy that is designed to foster their well-being.”
Mary Jane Koren, MD, MPH, Vice President, Delivery System Reform, The Commonwealth Fund
“When Bill Thomas first explained his vision for what called ‘a Green House,’ I knew I was hearing the next leap forward in our thinking about how to make person-centered care a reality. He had found a way to create an environment where, because of the small, intimate scale, it was easy to stay centered on the person. And, the vision didn't stop there. The Green House home also transformed the way the people who worked there saw themselves. They began to feel’at home’ too, and develop new, deeper relationships amongst each other and with residents. Green House homes are what every nursing home should aspire to.”