One Vision And Exceptional Persons, Inc. Commit To Partnership
One Vision recently announced the development of a partnership with long-term collaborator Exceptional Persons, Inc., headquartered in Waterloo. The partnership comes as a direct result of dramatic changes in the service and funding environments, both at state and national levels.
"We enter into this partnership to remain a viable provider in a competitive market," said Mark Dodd, One Vision interim CEO. He continued, "One Vision and EPI were drawn together by our common vision of inclusion, a shared spirit of innovation, and strong commitments to program quality."
“Funding pressures and expectations of Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) in Iowa are causing many organizations to look for innovative ways, such as partnerships, to be strong into the future," said EPI’s Executive Director Chris Sparks.
He went on to say, "Our motivation is to keep the promises we've made to our customers — to persons served, their families, our staff — to ensure each can count on us well into the future.”
Currently, both organizations are in the early stages of sharing leadership staff, and the respective boards of directors of each organization have signed a letter of intent and engaged a consultant. Over the next several months the consultant will guide each board along with leadership through proper due diligence and consideration of various partnership models.
The organizations are also united by a commitment to workforce. With the low unemployment rate in Iowa, organizations such as EPI and OV struggle to find and keep employees.
"(We) know our employees are our most valuable resource. We need every great staff person we have. We are not looking for efficiencies by way of position reduction. Rather, we see our organizations working together to focus on recruitment and retention of our workforce," Dodd said.
Sparks added, "At a time of great change such as this, we reflect on the innovative, collaborative spirit that drove our founders in 1957. It's those same core values that motivate us today -- to continuously look towards the future, strengthen our organizations so we can more assuredly offer the stability our staff and clients deserve."