Lynne Katzmann founded Juniper Communities, which invests in, develops and operates senior living and long-term care communities at the age of thirty-two. Her mission was to improve the last years of life for seniors. Today, CEO Katzmann continues to actively lead Juniper, now with 22 properties in three states. Juniper is ranked #12 by Crain’s New York on its annual Top 50 ranking of woman-owned companies for the New York tri-state area. Juniper’s investors have enjoyed double digit annual returns while her residents, their families and Juniper Associates give the company high marks on annual customer satisfaction studies.
Health-related metrics, such as low hospital readmissions, support Juniper achievements with hard data indicators. As a result, Juniper developed and shared a pioneering model of integrated care called Connect4Life. The program is integrated with other services using a “high-tech/high-touch” communications protocol that transfers information through an electronic health record (EHR) and coordinates care through a human navigator. Lynne is also launching an operator-sponsored Medicare Advantage Plan, partnering with Christian Living Communities, Englewood, CO, and Ohio Living, Columbus, OH. Under the Perennial Consortium banner, the group plans to go live with the network in 2021 and is positioned to expand with additional operator stakeholders.