Lutheran Care has today announced it will acquire Good Prospects Speech Pathology and Psychology practice – strengthening and broadening its existing range of support services for the community.
Following a year-long consultation and due diligence process, Good Prospects will officially come under the umbrella of Lutheran Care on 25 January, 2024.
The acquisition will bring place-based allied health services including assessments, speech therapy, psychological services and preventative programs to Lutheran Care’s 50+ programs and service portfolio with the aim to deliver complimentary services that support positive change for people now and into the future.
Rohan Feegrade, Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Care said, “In welcoming Good Prospects, we bring in to Lutheran Care a like-minded organisation and practitioner cohort with shared values to harvest synergies, consolidate expertise and expand service offerings, which ultimately better responds to the changing needs of our clients and the community”.
“It’s a significant step for us, driven by an unwavering motivation to provide a range of holistic best practice services that are evidence based, person centred and effective in driving positive changes for the lives of many,” he said.
Leveraging a combined history of over 65 years (Lutheran Care servicing the community since 1969 and Good Prospects with over a decade of experience), this merger adds to the suite of early intervention services and multidisciplinary teams for Lutheran Care that continues their strong positioning to support lasting change to the lives of individuals and families.
“As a client centric organisation delivering strong positive outcomes for our clients, we are thrilled to welcome Good Prospects’ services and their highly skilled team of practitioners to Lutheran Care’s suite of services and programs,” Mr Feegrade added.
“Allied health services are currently in high demand, and adding these complementary services to our remit is a natural extension to Lutheran Care’s core business.”
While client outcomes, offering additional services to existing markets and diversifying into new markets has driven this acquisition, Lutheran Care also identifies an opportunity to expand scope and build multi-disciplinary teams across the organisation.
“With culture at the heart of Lutheran Care, we are proactive in workforce recruitment and retention strategies and actively invest in our team’s wellbeing, staff development and champion a great workforce environment.
“This new chapter for Good Prospects will see 19 staff join Lutheran Care with a focus to increase the number of therapists to meet growing wait list demands currently experienced by the sector.
“All Good Prospects staff will remain in their current roles, and we are looking forward to welcoming the team at the beginning of February.”
As with any business change like this, there may be minor changes and minimal interruption, however these will mainly focus on internal system processes.
“In the interim it will be business as usual for both organisations with Lutheran Care and Good Prospect clients, families and staff noticing little or no impact. All service locations will remain active.
“Current Good Prospects Director, Diana Bleby, alongside our team have been working together on continuity to ensure a seamless transition for everyone involved,” Mr Feegrade said.
Diana Bleby, Director and Principal Speech Pathologist of Good Prospects, says “We are thrilled to join Lutheran Care, a long serving local advocate for social justice and a trusted helping hand for vulnerable people across South Australia and Central Australia”.
“The Good Prospects professional and friendly team will continue to deliver high-quality service and best practice therapeutic supports to our clients with the added advantage of joining a larger, community services organisation with strong leadership and a long and reputable history,” Ms Bleby said.
“This is an exciting and welcome opportunity to provide stability and growth for Good Prospects with the bonus for our current and new clients of access to Lutheran Care’s full range of programs, services and support.
“We are confident Lutheran Care is the ideal organisation to lead us on this next step in our evolution to solidify our position as a leading speech pathology and psychology provider in the state.”
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