VCC board votes to move ahead with senior services network

Nearing the end of its contract with Providence Health & Services, the board of the island’s care center voted last week to pursue an affiliation with Bellevue-based Transforming Age.

Since 1995, the care center has had a management contract with Providence, but in April the health care organization announced it would not renew the contract with Vashon Community Care (VCC) when it expires on Aug. 27. Since then, the board of VCC has been evaluating how best to move ahead, and put out a request for proposals for organizations that might replace Providence. It received only one — from Transforming Age.

Board president Susan Hanson has said she feels positive about Transforming Age, which is a national nonprofit, with senior housing in Seattle and Minnesota. Now, she said, representatives from all three groups involved must iron out details for what a transition would entail, but she expressed optimism.

“I am sure this will be worked out,” she said last week. “All of us want the best for our residents.”

Further talks are scheduled for this week.

While Aug. 27 is fast approaching, Providence officials have said their top priority is resident care and will stay beyond that date if need be. Reached on Monday, Providence’s Charlene Boyd, the managing administrator of VCC, said she had no further information.