Vancouver’s Nurse Next Door has partnered with St. Joseph Health to provide home-care services to senior citizens in Southern California, the organizations announced this week.

The deal, which Nurse Next Doors said is the first time a private home-care company is partnering with a healthcare system to provide services of this kind, will give St. Joseph 26 franchises of the private home-care service. These locations are expected to work with thousands of seniors.

Nurse Next Door president Cathy Thorpe said this venture is the start of a strategic shift for the company as it works to start more work with large health systems in the U.S.

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