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J. Justin Hutchens
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Justin Hutchens to leave HCP, become CEO of UK-based operator HC-One

HCP President Justin Hutchens will leave the real estate investment trust June 1 to become CEO of HC-One, a senior living, home care and long-term care provider in the United Kingdom and a client of HCP, the REIT announced Monday.

Hutchens joined HCP in 2015 and has served as president since January. He formerly was executive vice president and chief investment officer at the REIT. HCP said it will recruit a new CIO to replace him.

“I've been fortunate to work with a management team and Board of Directors of exceptionally high caliber, and I believe HCP's portfolio has been repositioned to achieve great success,” Hutchens said.

HCP CEO Tom Herzog noted that 2016 was a “transformative” year for the REIT, “led by the spin-off of Quality Care Properties and other strategic initiatives.”

HCP Executive Chairman Mike McKee said that Hutchens “helped build a strong operational infrastructure within HCP, backed by a deep pool of talent, that positions us well for future growth.”

Thomas Martin new senior research director at AHCA/NCAL

Thomas Martin has joined the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living as senior research director of quality and regulatory affairs.

“With his years of experience in research and statistical methods, Thomas will be a valuable asset to both our team and the profession as a whole,” said David Gifford, M.D., MPH, AHCA/NCAL senior vice president of quality and regulatory affairs. “His background and knowledge of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regulations and Medicare and Medicaid will help advance the association's mission to improve lives by delivering solutions for quality care.”

Martin recently served as director of analytics for PointRight, where he led a team in developing predictive models and designing projects that informed quality improvement programs for providers of long-term and post-acute care. During his seven years at the company, he managed and spearheaded multiple projects, including the development of a long-stay hospitalization measure that was endorsed by the National Quality Forum.

Before joining PointRight, Martin served as project manager for a chronic asthma study and a statistics teaching assistant at the University of Massachusetts, his alma mater. Martin graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree in resource economics in 2007 and a Master of Science degree in applied econometrics in 2009.

Windsor Park welcomes new healthcare leadership

Windsor Park, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Carol Stream, IL, has appointed Mardi Wiedelman, RN, as director of assisted living and catered living. Additionally, Lynn Blackburn has been named healthcare administrator at Johnson Health Care Center, the skilled nursing facility at Windsor Park.

Wiedelman reports to Associate Executive Director Joe Xanthopoulos and manages the day-to-day operations of catered living, which is Windsor Park's newest living option and includes 70 apartment homes. Catered living is meant for those who need extra help with daily activities but not enough to warrant moving to assisted living.

She also manages the daily operations of assisted living and the memory care neighborhood, which feature 22 and 16 apartment homes, respectively. Wiedelman oversees a staff of 40.

Wiedelman has worked in the senior living and healthcare industries for 39 years. She is a former memory care manager and nurse education coordinator at Presbyterian Homes, Evanston, IL. At sister Chicagoland community Covenant Village of Northbrook, she served as a referral liaison at Brandel Care Center, the community's skilled nursing center. She has an undergraduate degree in nursing from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, and a master's degree in gerontological nursing from Loyola University in Chicago.

Blackburn, as healthcare administrator, oversees operations at Windsor Park's highest levels of care, which include 72 beds in rehab and skilled nursing. She is responsible for ensuring federal and state compliance and maintaining quality care. She reports to Executive Director Andrew Clauson and oversees a staff of 175.

Blackburn is a former administrator at Church Creek Senior Living, Arlington Heights, IL, and served as healthcare administrator at Greenfields of Geneva, Geneva, Ill. She has a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation/geriatrics from Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.

Additionally, Blackburn and Wiedelman are trained supporters in the SAIDO Learning program, a drug-free cognitive therapy program designed to improve the symptoms of the Alzheimer's and other dementias. As supporters, they lead residents in SAIDO Learning sessions, which include simple math, writing, reading aloud and number boards. SAIDO Learning is a component of Windsor Park's LifeConnect Wellness Partnership with residents.

LCB Senior Living names two regional directors of sales and marketing

Nick Lausier has been named the LCB Senior Living's new regional director of sales and marketing for its northern region, and Kimberly Johnson is the company's new regional director of sales and marketing for the southern region.

Lausier will coordinate with and oversee the sales and marketing teams within LCB's communities in northern Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, and Johnson will perform the same functions within LCB's communities in southern Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Most of the LCB Senior Living communities within their territories offer independent living, assisted living and memory care living services, although the Arbors of Bedford in Bedford, NH, and The Lighthouse at Lincoln in Lincoln, RI, specialize in memory care assisted living.

Lausier has more than 10 years of experience in sales and marketing in the senior living industry. He has served in several sales, marketing and operations roles with Benchmark Senior Living, Kindred Healthcare and SunBridge Healthcare. Before joining LCB, he was regional director of sales with Benchmark Senior Living for the Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and northern Massachusetts territory.

Johnson has 10 years of experience within the senior living industry. She has served in several sales, marketing and operations roles at Atria Senior Living, Benchmark Senior Living and Emeritus Senior Living. Before joining LCB, she was district director of operations for the state of Virginia for Brookdale Senior Living.

Headquartered in Norwood, MA, LCB currently operates 22 communities throughout New England and is developing several more.

Heather Bell appointed healthcare administrator

Heather Bell has been appointed healthcare administrator at Colonial Acres, the healthcare center at Covenant Village of Golden Valley, a faith-based continuing care retirement community in Golden Valley, MN, administered by Covenant Retirement Communities and providing assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and short- and long-term care. She reports to Executive Director Jim Angell and oversees a staff of 115.

In previous positions, Bell has served as executive director and administrator at Highland Chateau Health and Rehabilitation Center, St. Paul, MN, and as administrator-in-training at Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls, WI.

A licensed nursing home administrator in Minnesota, Bell holds two undergraduate degrees, one in business administration with a major in healthcare administration from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and the other in business administration with an emphasis in quality management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie.

Bell is a member of the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce, LeadingAge Minnesota and the Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network.

Roger Landry, MD, MPH, featured in ‘80 Things to Do When You Turn 80'

Masterpiece Living President Roger Landry, M.D., MPH, is one of many contributing authors of the newly released “80 Things to Do When You Turn 80,” alongside celebrities such as Pat Boone, Donald Hall, Oliver Sacks, The Amazing Kreskin, Donald Hall, Tab Hunter, Ruta Lee, Caroll Spinney, George Lois and many more.

The book is a collection of 80 essays focussing on the possibilities for older adults. Topics include making each day count, resilience, growth and potential, finding purpose, creativity, and planning for a dynamic future. All of the royalties from the book are donated to cancer research and prevention.

NASL honors Sen. Susan Collins

The National Association for the Support of Long Term Care presented Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) with the NASL Award on Monday for her work on behalf of seniors.

“I am honored to receive this recognition for my efforts to improve care and lower costs for seniors,” Collins said. “As the chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, I look forward to continuing to protect seniors from undue out-of-pocket costs and ensure that they get the healthcare that they need.”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), third from left, accepts the NASL Award from National Association for the Support of Long Term Care President John Damgaard. Also pictured, from left: Andrea Price-Carter, NASL director of government relations; Garry Pezzano, NASL immediate past president; NASL board member Dan Hirschfield; and NASL founding member Laurence Lane. 

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