DENVER and Lake Oswego, Ore. – June 30, 2014 –
Anthem Memory Care (Anthem), which creates safe, active living communities for people with memory loss, has named Dr. Thomas Lally of Physician Housecalls its Medical Director for Denver. Dr. Lally will immediately begin serving Anthem’s Littleton communities – Highline Place, opened in 2013, and Willowbrook Place, scheduled to open in August – as well as additional Anthem communities planned for Aurora and Westminster to open by year-end 2014. Based in Lake Oswego, Ore., Anthem entered Colorado in 2012 and will have established four communities for residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the state by year’s-end.
Dr. Lally was recently named “Physician of the Year” by the Academy of Home Care Physicians, which promotes the art, science and practice of medicine in the home, in collaboration with the American Geriatric Society, devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. He and his team of physicians, nurses and administrators, will provide medical direction for an estimated 300 residents across four Anthem Memory Care communities.
“We are thrilled to provide the level of clinical care that Tom and his team will bring to Anthem communities in Denver,” said Lewis McCoy, partner at Anthem Memory Care. “He understands our purpose, which is to engage, protect and love people living with memory loss, has demonstrated a history of service to the medical needs of our residents, and is well known for values that align with Anthem. We believe he will be integral to keeping us ever focused on building the best communities for people experiencing memory loss.”
“When I began my practice, my focus was on delivering care to those who needed it, but had great difficulty with transportation,” said Dr. Lally, who began home visits to Denver’s elder population in 2003. “I guess it was old fashioned, but that’s where my heart guided me. Luckily, my practice grew based on the demand for this level of care and service.”
Alzheimer’s and other dementias, as a singular category of progressive disease, is the fourth- leading cause of death in Americans over 65 years of age. Currently there are 5.3 million people living with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, or one in eight persons over the age of 65. With the U.S. population surging with baby boomers, the need for care specific to memory related diseases is on the rise. More than 93 percent of U.S. beds dedicated to memory loss are occupied today.