Gail Kass - President & CEO
After a liberal arts education in her home town of New York, Ms. Kass came to Philadelphia in the mid sixties and had a varied work experience which included credit management, research correspondence, health maintenance organization management, and editing a series of guide books to the city.
During these same years, and as part of her community commitment, Ms. Kass was a founding mother and the first chair of the board of the University City New School, a private elementary school in West Philadelphia.
Since 1995 and 1999 respectively, Gail 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 is providing housing and programming for Philadelphia’s frailest elder citizens.
Ms. Kass has been with the Presbyterian organization since 1981 when she joined the Presbyterian Medical Center. In her fifteen years at the Medical Center she was a vice president and then the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning, in which position she positioned the medical center for sale to the University of Pennsylvania in 1995.
Under Ms. Kass’ direction, NewCourtland controlled seven nursing homes which by the year 2011 served over 1400 and employed over 2000 Philadelphia residents. The NewCourtland nursing homes earned the reputation in the city for high quality resident care and for being the employers of choice for health care workers interested in long term care options.
Under Ms. Kass’s leadership NewCourtland developed its nationally awarded Ladder of Opportunity which provides encouragement, counseling, education and funding to its employees in order that they advance their careers in long term care nursing. The highest rung on the Ladder is the Kass Scholarship. Funded by NewCourtland’s Trustees to honor Ms. Kass’s work. This in-perpetuity funded program provides the financial means for a recipient to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program.
In addition to providing nursing home management, NewCourtland has programs and housing in the community to serve seniors including the NewCourtland LIFE program, an all inclusive model of healthcare for adults 55 and older and several other for-profit and non-profit subsidiaries: a nurse staffing agency, a high-tech home care company, and a state-of-the-art Education Center which houses a school for CNAs and for Practical Nurses. Each facet of NewCourtland’s growth and expansion has been developed under Ms Kass’ guidance.
Ms. Kass was chosen in 1999 as one of Philadelphia’s Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal, and awarded the Meritorious Service Award in 2003 by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (now called Leading Age). She served on the Health Care subcommittee of Mayor Street’s transition committee, on the Aging subcommittee for Governor Rendell’s transition, and the long term care subcommittee of the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee. She served on the health care task force for former Philadelphia mayor, Wilson Goode. She is a member of The Forum of Executive Women, and served on a committee for the Curtis Institute. She was honored to be one of the seven delegates of Governor Rendell to the White House Conference on Aging and sits on the Leadership Council of the American Association of Housing and Services for the Ageing. She is a Trustee of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, an Overseer for the School of Nursing for the University of Pennsylvania, and is on the founding board of the Long Term Quality Alliance.
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