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Melissa Curry named CEO of Methodist Village Senior Living

Melissa Curry has been named chief executive officer for Methodist Village Senior Living in Fort Smith, AR. She had been serving as assisted living administrator.

Curry joined Methodist Village in 2016 from the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she was director of special events. Previously, she was director of special events and program coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association in Fort Smith. Curry began her career as client services director for Landmark Ministries/Legacy Heights & Memory Lane in Van Buren, AR.

She has studied Alzheimer's disease and dementia for more than 20 years and has provided professional and caregiver training, supportive services and awareness for Alzheimer's disease to various communities across multiple states. Curry holds certifications from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners as an Alzheimer's disease and dementia care trainer, a dementia practitioner and a dementia care manager. She also completed advanced dementia training from the Copper Ridge Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Curry is a licensed Arkansas assisted living administrator, Alzheimer's Arkansas support group facilitator and Alzheimer's Association support group facilitator.

Methodist Village Senior Living recently broke ground on an expansion that will include a 28- bed assisted living center and a 17-bed Alzheimer's special care unit. The development is expected to be completed in early 2019. The community also provides skilled nursing services and physical, occupational and speech therapies.

David L. Woodward promoted to SVP and COO of Springpoint Senior Living

David L. Woodward has been promoted to senior vice president and chief operating officer of Springpoint Senior Living, Wall Township, NJ, effective Dec. 1.

Woodward joined Springpoint in 2008 and over time has assumed expanded roles and responsibilities as the company executed a leadership transition plan while experiencing growth and expansion of product offerings in and out of the state of New Jersey.

He holds an undergraduate degree in hospitality administration from Widener University and a master's of jurisprudence degree, with concentrations in healthcare law and regulatory compliance, from Widener University's Delaware Law School.

Woodward is a veteran of the United States Army.

Anthony Hatcher, D.O., FAAFP, is first chief medical officer at Hillcrest

Bellevue, NE-based Hillcrest Health Services recently introduced Anthony Hatcher, D.O., FAAFP, as its first chief medical officer.

The organization's integrated system of services includes a full continuum of care, including assisted living, memory support assisted living, outpatient therapy services, adult day services, skilled home health and personal care, inpatient rehabilitation, respite care, hospice and end-of-life support. Hatcher will work to establish care protocols and clinical pathways, interacting with Hillcrest's existing medical directors, to ensure continuity of care across the entire organization.

“We value our current partnerships with our facility medical directors but felt we needed a full-time medical leader who lives and breathes Hillcrest to help support the increasing complexities of our customers,” said Matt Oestmann, vice president of rehab and post-acute services. “It's typical for organizations to contract with physician services. Instead, we have one person providing medical coordination and oversight across our whole health system.”

Hatcher spent more than 20 years working for Alegent/CHI Health as a practicing clinical physician. He also served on the Alegent Health Board of Directors and as the chief administrative officer of Alegent Health Clinic.

“With his experience in other integrated healthcare systems, we believe he will be able to build relationships and collaborate with acute care partners and other healthcare entities,” CEO Jolene Roberts.

In addition to being Hillcrest's CMO, Hatcher will also serve as the medical director for Hillcrest Millard, a post-rehab facility in Omaha that is scheduled to open in January, and Hillcrest Firethorn, a post-rehab facility in Lincoln, NE, that is scheduled to open this month.

Jeffrey D. Drucker joins Hebrew SeniorLife as new board chairman

Jeffrey D. Drucker has been named chairman of the board of directors of Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of senior healthcare and communities in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

“He's the perfect person to lead Hebrew SeniorLife as we expand our impact on seniors in Greater Boston, across the country and around the world,” said Lou Woolf, president and CEO of Hebrew SeniorLife.

HSL serves more than 3,000 residents and patients daily through its nine senior living and healthcare sites around Boston and affects additional people around the globe through the work of its Institute for Aging Research and sharing of best practices.

Drucker has been a volunteer leader at HSL for 18 years, including previous positions as chairman of the development committee, a member of the finance committee and president of the Friends of HSL. He has been developing, managing and investing in real estate in a variety of property types for more than 17 years through various family-owned entities including the Atlantic Interests Limited Partnership and Gerard Management Group, where he is a principal.

Drucker is a graduate of Emory University and holds an MBA from Babson College.

Bob Gilligan joins Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare as new CEO

Bob Gilligan (pictured) has joined medical product company Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare as CEO as Harvey Diamond assumes the role of vice chairman.

In his new role, Diamond will serve as a senior adviser to the company and as a voice to customers, vendors and investors. He will continue to serve on the company's board of directors.

Gilligan has more than 30 years of experience in both manufacturing and service businesses and industry experience, including in healthcare, technology, heavy industrial and electric utilities. In his most recent role, he was CEO of GE Industrial Solutions, a $3.6 billion global business.

Gilligan has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University and has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Reemo Health adds board member, chief medical, financial and compliance officers

Troy Sybert, M.D., MPH, Scott Burleyson, Patrick Midden and Vic Gatto have joined Minneapolis-based remote mobile health technology company Reemo Health as chief medical officer through contract with TroyMD Wellness, chief financial officer, chief compliance officer and a new member of the advisory board, respectively.

Sybert earned his M.D. and MPH from the University of Texas System and completed a fellowship in hospital medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

Burleyson has almost 30 years of experience in healthcare and finance. His positions have included chief accounting officer for National Nephrology Associates, CFO for TherEx, chief operating and financial officer for Wellview Health. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University.

Midden has more than 25 years of legal, business and technical experience. His work in privacy and compliance includes time as an attorney at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, privacy officer at Prime Therapeutics and vice president of compliance at RedBrick Health. He will oversee regulatory requirements and manage compliance for the health and safety solution. Midden has an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

Gatto is founder and CEO of Jumpstart Foundry, a seed-stage healthcare innovation fund that was instrumental in Reemo's initial launch. On Reemo's advisory board, he will provide strategic counsel on healthcare innovation and product development for the health and wellness solution. Before founding Jumpstart Foundry, Gatto served as a partner at venture capital firms Solidus Company and Massey Burch Capital Corp.

The announcement of these appointments follows the appointments of Jose Basa and Peter Obringer as chief​ ​product​ officer and chief​ ​technology​ ​officer, respectively, last month.

Stephen Kennery is executive director at The Carrington at Lincolnwood

Stephen Kennery is executive director of The Carrington at Lincolnwood, a Chicago-area life plan rental senior living community under construction and slated to open in January. The community will be managed by Life Care Services.

Kennery has a background in hospitality and more than 15 years of experience in senior living. Fifteen years ago, he was recruited by a company that owned five senior living communities. He was in charge of food and beverage for the corporation while simultaneously helping to open seven more communities. He left when the ownership changed in 2016, and he moved to take the reins at The Carrington earlier this year.

Kennery was born in New York City and spent much of his adult life in Northern California. His formal education was in political science and geology, but his professional experience was largely in restaurants.

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