BlueCross has confirmed it is merging with Sapphire Care with immediate effect.

Collectively, Sapphire Care and BlueCross have been providing high quality community and residential care services for almost 40 years and throughout this time, they have built trusted brands and respected reputations within the communities which they serve.

Following a period of review and consideration, the Boards of both organisations believe that the merger provides a strategic platform to leverage growth and market opportunities to meet the needs of ageing Australians.

BlueCross and Sapphire Care currently own and operate 35 existing residential services across metropolitan Melbourne, Phillip Island and Kilmore.

With more than 2630 residential care beds, a pipeline of more than 500 new beds to become active in the next two years and a HomeCare service delivering care to more than 1000 community clients, the company is committed to being a leading provider in the sector.

Current BlueCross Chief Executive, Alan Lilly, will lead the newly merged company.

“I am delighted to be leading this great company which is very focused on providing high quality care and service, with the highest standard of accommodation to meet the changing needs of our communities,” he said.

Alan joined BlueCross in September 2016 and has extensive experience in the leadership and management of health and aged care services. He is Registered Psychiatric Nurse by background with post graduate qualifications in general nursing and health service management. He also holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor with Australian Catholic University.

Whilst the merger is effective immediately, the companies will combine business operations in the coming months with an anticipated completion later this year, subject to due formalities.