10/16/18 - NewCourtland announces the retirement of Gail Kass, President & CEO

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NewCourtland Senior Services announced today that its longtime President and CEO, Gail Kass has decided to retire.  Kass’ retirement will bring to a close a remarkable career at NewCourtland that dates back to 1981.  Since 1998 and 1995 respectively, Kass has been the President and CEO of the Presbyterian Foundation for Philadelphia and its subsidiary, NewCourtland, both not-for-profits, whose business and mission are providing affordable housing, high quality skilled nursing care, and community-based services for low-income seniors in Philadelphia.

“I so look forward to enjoying my family and other interests while at the same time watching as NewCourtland and its fine leadership team continue their innovations in serving the community,” said Kass.

Under Kass’ leadership, NewCourtland provided high quality services to tens of thousands of vulnerable older adults in Philadelphia at skilled nursing facilities, LIFE Centers, senior centers, and affordable housing properties throughout the city.  While President and CEO, NewCourtland grew to manage seven nursing homes which at their peak, served over 1,400 seniors and employed over 2,000 Philadelphia residents. These nursing homes earned a reputation in the city for high quality resident care and for being the employer of choice for health care workers interested in the long-term care field.

In addition, the organization developed a nationally recognized Ladder of Opportunity program which provided encouragement, counseling, education, and funding to its employees in order that they advance their careers in long-term care services.  The highest rung on the Ladder is the Kass Scholarship, funded by NewCourtland’s Trustees to honor Kass’ work.Over the years, Kass’ achievements were recognized with many awards and appointments.  Most recently, she was awarded the “Outstanding Service” award by Holy Family University.

“The Board is grateful for Gail’s vision, leadership, and years of outstanding service,” said Joseph S. Duffey, NewCourtland’s Board Chair and CEO.  “It was a privilege working with her and she will be missed. We wish her well in her retirement.”