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Our History

Our History

Emeritus was founded by Daniel Baty, Ray Brandstrom and Frank Ruffo in 1993, with a single community in Renton, Washington. With more than 75 years of combined experience with nursing homes and senior housing between them, they decided to start an assisted living company focused on providing high quality service and care at an affordable price for people needing extra help with the activities of daily living.

In 1995, Emeritus went public on the American Stock Exchange. At the time, the company owned and operated 26 assisted living and retirement communities in 15 states throughout the U.S. In 2007, Emeritus acquired Summerville Senior Living, at which point Granger Cobb and many of the senior management team of Summerville joined the company.

Today, Emeritus owns senior living communities across the U.S. and continues to expand. While we offer one of the largest networks of assisted living and retirement communities in North America, we stay true to the core ideals on which we were founded: making a difference in people's lives by providing service of the highest quality and value in a supportive environment, promoting the health, independence and social interaction of seniors.