Willis Partners with National Association of Senior Living Organizations for Risk Management Insurance Program
Named Exclusive Preferred Insurance Broker for ALFA Business Services Program
NEW YORK, March 6, 2012 – Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced
a partnership between one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries and The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA)
to provide innovative insurance and risk management services to ALFA’s members. ALFA is the largest national
association exclusively dedicated to professionally-operated, consumer-driven senior living communities.
Under the terms of the agreement, Willis of Illinois, Inc. will serve as the exclusive endorsed risk
management insurance broker and human capital (employee benefits) consulting partner for ALFA and its members.
Willis’ Senior Living Practice Group will work with ALFA members to reduce costs, improve their operating
risk profile and better meet their employee benefit and insurance objectives.
ALFA and its members will have access to enhanced property and casualty and employee benefit policy terms
and conditions, competitive pricing and cutting edge risk management solutions specific to senior living providers. In
addition, ALFA members will have exclusive access to Willis’ Senior Living Practice Group expertise and resources
via a web-based portal.
Willis is committed to the senior living business and its Chicago-based Senior Living Practice Group works with
and consults for clients including owners, operators, managers, as well as private equity firms and lenders,
from single location communities to large national providers. Its team of professionals focus on the insurance,
risk management and employee benefit needs of continuing care retirement communities, independent and assisted living communities,
Alzheimer’s care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and home health care organizations throughout North America. Willis
has developed a number of specialized workers’ compensation and occupational risk control programs for this industry
and was recognized by ALFA in 2011 as a Best of the Best Program to Spotlight
for its Workers Compensation Diagnostic tool for senior living organizations.
“Willis is excited about this opportunity to leverage the costs down for all ALFA members on the
key cost drivers of insurance, employee benefits and risk related expenses, while providing a platform for
improved operational performance in areas of quality, safety and human resources,” said John Atkinson, Managing Partner
and Co-Practice Leader of Willis’ Senior Living Practice Group.
Commenting on the partnership, Richard Grimes, President & CEO, ALFA, said “The outstanding relationship between Willis and
ALFA is aligned with ALFA’s goal to advance business excellence in senior living. Willis’ wide array
of products and its deep knowledge about risk and loss reduction strategies make them a solution
provider to turn to for local, regional and national operators of senior living communities.”
Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global insurance broker. Through its subsidiaries, Willis develops and
delivers professional insurance, reinsurance, risk management, financial and human resource consulting and actuarial services to corporations,
public entities and institutions around the world. Willis has more than 400 offices in nearly 120
countries, with a global team of approximately 17,000 employees serving clients in virtually every part of
the world. Additional information on Willis may be found at www.willis.com.
ABOUT THE ASSISTED LIVING FEDERATION OF AMERICA
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The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is the largest
national association exclusively dedicated to professionally-managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the seniors and families they
serve. Since 1990, ALFA has advocated for choice, accessibility, independence, dignity, and quality of life
for all seniors. ALFA’s programs promote business and operational excellence through education, research, publications, professional
networking and online tools designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurism in the field of senior living.
Visit ALFA’s Web site at www.alfa.org.