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Sherry Lebed Davis named Radiant VP of sales and marketing

Tigard, OR-based Radiant Senior Living has named Sherry Lebed Davis as its new vice president of sales and marketing. In this role, her responsibilities will include overseeing all aspects of training and management of Radiant Senior Living's business development team.

Before joining Radiant Senior Living, Davis was regional director of sales and marketing for Brookdale Senior Living, where she led her team to be the company's top-ranked district for more than three years. In addition, Davis has been a speaker, author and business owner over the past 20 years. Her expertise lies in building strong teams, increasing occupancy and upping revenue.

Radiant Senior Living is owned and operated by James and Jodi Guffee. The company operates 18 communities in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Colorado.

Karen Foley named VP of sales at LCB Senior Living

Karen Foley is the new vice president of sales at Norwood, MA-based LCB Senior Living.

In this role, she will support LCB's sales teams at both the corporate and community levels, where she will coordinate with associates in promoting LCB's communities and reaching occupancy and revenue objectives.

Foley has 25 years of experience within the senior living industry, most of which have been in managerial sales roles. She has held positions with Sunrise Senior Living, Benchmark Senior Living and, most recently, Maplewood Senior Living, where she served as the company's vice president of business development.

The company owns and/or operates communities throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. Most LCB communities offer independent, assisted and memory care assisted living.

Angela Kennedy joins Argentum as vice president of quality and accreditation

Angela Kennedy has joined Argentum in the new position of vice president of quality and accreditation.

Kennedy will continue to build on the work began this past February when senior living providers began attesting to Argentum's Phase 1 Standards, which address key imperatives designed to complement state laws and regulations.

“The creation of this new position and the addition of Angela to the Argentum team reinforces the commitment of Argentum and its members to the importance of professional standards,” Argentum President and CEO James Balda said in a statement. “These standards are a key step toward promoting rigorous, professional self-regulation and demonstrate the senior living industry's commitment to quality service for consumers.”

Kennedy most recently was director of quality improvement for the American Society for Radiation Oncology, where her duties included strategic leadership for initiating, developing, managing and evaluating the organization‘s quality programs and initiatives. The quality programs included developing an accreditation program, quality metrics and national standards.

She also has been a project manager for multiple projects within the Department of Health and Human Services for Booz Allen Hamilton and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland's University College in the Health Services Management Department.

Kennedy is vice chair of the Quality Improvement/Practice Improvement Component group for the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, a member of the Leading Practices Committee for the National Quality Registry Network and a member of  the Joint Commission task force for the project ADOPT (Adaptation and Dissemination Outpatient Infection PrevenTion) Guidance.

She earned a master's degree in business administration, with a concentration in operations management, from Loyola University, an undergraduate degree in biological sciences degree, with a concentration in genetics, from the University California, Irvine, and a doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic West. 

Nathan Blumberg named associate executive director for Charlestown

Nathan Blumberg has been named an associate executive director for Charlestown, an Erickson Living community in Catonsville, MA.

He will assist in the facilitation and coordination of various teams of management and provide vision and leadership for the community to ensure that Charlestown achieves its objectives for quality care and services, financial viability, resident relations and staff development.

Blumberg has more than 14 years of experience in consulting and project management providing business and operational support in the healthcare, commercial and government sectors. His areas of professional focus have included management and operations, program development, customer service and strategic planning.

He began his career with Erickson Living in 2012 as a project manager and recently served as senior director of operations, health services. Before joining Erickson Living, Blumberg was a lead associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and a public policy coordinator with CropLife America.

He is a certified project manager and earned an undergraduate degree in business administration from the George Washington University.

Rudy Michelek named interim CEO of ACHCA

Rudy Michalek, a 34-year member and a fellow in the American College of Health Care Administrators, was named interim CEO of ACHCA, effective Aug. 14.

The president of Premier Care Management will use his more than 40 years of operational experience in healthcare facilities and organizations to ACHCA management.

Michalek has served the association as a chapter officer, committee chair and member and as a member of the national board of directors. He has an MBA from DePaul University.

The ACHCA Board of Directors has established a search committee to hire a permanent CEO to replace Cecilia Sepp, CAE, who has joined the group early last year. The organization said it hopes to have a new CEO in place by Jan. 1.

Paul J. Connor III receives Trustee of Year Award from LeadingAge New York

Paul J. Connor, longtime vice chairman of continuing care retirement community Peconic Landing's Board of Trustees, has received LeadingAge New York's 2017 Trustee of the Year Award.

The award recognizes those who have “served unselfishly and with distinction devoting significant contributions of time and effort toward the betterment of his or her organization or service to seniors,” according to LeadingAge New York.

Connor was presented with the award by LeadingAge New York President and CEO James W. Clyne Jr. during a celebration at Peconic Landing on Aug. 17. He had been nominated by his fellow board members, with support from state lawmakers.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Paul on past projects, and Paul always steps up and does the right thing when it comes to advocating for the long-term care community,” Clyne said.

Connor joined Peconic Landing's board in 2001, playing a role in the strategic growth and success of the community. He stepped in as interim board chairman following the sudden death of the former board chairman, John M. May, who passed away during the critical months of a $44 million residential living and health center expansion project in 2015.

“Paul led the community through an at times challenging transition, resulting in an extremely successful execution that will help the community to better serve its members,” said Robert J. Syron, president and CEO of Peconic Landing.

As president and CEO of Eastern Long Island Hospital, a community hospital in nearby Greenport Village, NY, Connor offers a depth of understanding of Medicare and Medicaid rules and healthcare sector regulations, keeping Peconic Landing's other board members well-educated on the challenges affecting the industry. He also provides the CCRC's residents with formal healthcare update presentations and entertaining their questions with answers.

Pictured, from left: Robert J. Syron, president and CEO of Peconic Landing; Tom Murray, chair, ELIH Board of Trustees; Sandra K. Novick, chair of Peconic Landing's Board of Trustees; Paul J. Connor, president and CEO of ELIH, and LeadingAge New York President and CEO James W. Clyne Jr.​

 

Bob Bailey named CEO of Blue Willow Systems

Bob Bailey has been named CEO of Menlo Park, CA-based Blue Willow Systems, producers of a software-as-a-service resident safety platform that automatically detects falls and provides analytics to manage senior living facilities. He  has been Blue Willow's board chairman.

“Bob Bailey is one of the most successful CEOs around,” said Blue Willow founder Vikram Devdas. “He lead PMC-Sierra from a small private company into a significant public company that transformed the communications industry with broadband and enterprise storage technologies. As a private company, we are very fortunate to have such a seasoned executive to lead our company to the next stage of our growth.”

Of the position, Bailey said: “It's a unique opportunity to lead a company with the best technology addressing the growing need to better care for our seniors within the senior housing industry. Blue Willow is leveraging wireless, cloud-based computing and solid state-based wearable technologies to facilitate better safety, quality of care and advanced analytics for residents and operators. Marrying cutting-edge networking technologies with a growing senior housing industry is going to result in the transformation of that industry.”

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