CareTrust REIT announces that David Sedgwick will succeed Greg Stapley as CEO 

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David Sedgwick

David Sedgwick will become CEO of CareTrust REIT, San Clemente, CA, effective Jan. 1.

He will succeed Greg Stapley, founding chairman and CEO. Stapley will continue to serve as the company’s executive chairman during a six-month transition period.

The board also has announced the appointment of Diana M. Laing as lead independent director. 

Sedgwick has been with the company since 2014 and currently is president and chief operating officer. He will retain the title of president.

Before joining the company, Sedgwick served in many operational and leadership roles within The Ensign Group, from 2001 to 2014, the year CareTrust was spun off from Ensign.

Laing has been a member of CareTrust’s board of directors since January 2019 and is a member of its audit, compensation and ESG committees.

Cypress Cove promotes Matt Lessing to associate executive director

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Matt Lessig

Matt Lessing has been promoted to associate executive director of Cypress Cove, a continuing care retirement community in Fort Myers, FL. 

In this position, Lessig will have direct supervision of operations in the assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing areas. He also will work on projects and other assignments to help the executive director. 

This is a new role that Cypress Cove created in response to the company’s growth over the past couple of years.

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David Weiner

Winchester Gardens announces new assistant executive director and administrator

David Weiner has joined Winchester Gardens, a Springpoint life plan community, as the assistant executive director and administrator.

In this capacity, Weiner assists in the direction of the overall function of the company’s ongoing operations, including planning and development in accordance with federal, state and local standards and regulations. 

Courtyards at Mountain View welcome new memory care director

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Michael James Flores

Michael James Flores has joined The Courtyards at Mountain View, a Pegasus Senior Living community in Denver, as memory care director, a newly created position for the community, which is not yet open.

He has worked in the field since 2012. Before joining the community, Flores was the resident care coordinator at a Brookdale Senior Living community. Before that, he was a memory care program coordinator for many years.

Laurel Circle announces director of food and beverage services and executive chef

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Chester Page

Chester Page, CDM, CFPP, CALA, has been announced as the director of food and beverage services at Laurel Circle, a Life Care Services-managed life plan community in Bridgewater, NJ. Will Patterson has been named executive chef. 

Page enters his position with 22 years of experience in the senior living field. Before joining the company, he was at Winchester Gardens, Maplewod, NJ, where he served as director and interim director of culinary services. He holds an assisted living administrator certification (CALA) from Longtree & Associates, as well as a dietary manager certification (CDM, CFPP) from Passaic Community College.

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Will Patterson

Patterson has 37 years of professional culinary experience, including cooking for three former presidents while working at the Hilton Raleigh North Hills. 

The Watermark at Houston Heights hires dining director, executive chef 

The Watermark at Houston Heights, Houston, has hired a dining director and executive chef. 

The community is projected to be completed in 2022 and is one of the five communities managed by Watermark Retirement Communities in its Élan Collection.

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Carlos Sampson

Carlos Sampson joins the company as dining director, and Scott Mathes comes aboard as executive chef. Together, they will lead culinary direction across the community’s four on-site, chef-driven dining facilities. 

Before joining Watermark, Sampson worked for Hilton America Hotels, where he oversaw banquet operations. He has more than 28 years of food and beverage experience and also has held management positions at places such as Cordua Restaurants, the Pontchartrain Hotel and Harrah’s Casino. 

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Scott Mathes

As dining director, Sampson will be responsible for directing all culinary operations. He and Mathes will work together to develop daily and seasonal menus while closely working with nutritionists and dietitians to help create nutritious meal options tailored to each individual’s needs. Sampson also will oversee hiring, onboarding and staff training for the food preparation personnel. Both Sampson and Mathes also will make custom menus for the property opening and other events. 

Before he joined Watermark, Mathes was executive chef at Hotel ICON in downtown Houston. Previously, he also held a variety of executive chef roles at Galveston/Houston Archdiocese, Luby’s and Hilton Plaza Houston. He also was a member of the Texas Chefs Association, serving as the certification chair for Houston.

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Karen Taggert

Juniper Village at Spicewood Summit welcomes Karen Taggert as team leader

Karen Taggert has joined Juniper Village at Spicewood Summit, a Juniper Communities assisted living and skilled nursing community in Austin, TX. She leads the care and associate team.

She has a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management from American InterContinental University.

Nashville Health Care Council chooses Brookdale’s chief nursing officer for Class of 2022 Fellows Program

Kim Estes Elliott
Kim Estes Elliott

Kim Elliott, RN, chief nursing officer at Brookdale Senior Living, Brentwood, TN, has been selected as a member of the Nashville Health Care Council’s Class of 2022 Fellows Program. 

Elliott will join a cohort of other senior executives based in the Nashville, TN, area for a five-month program with a customized curriculum created for healthcare leaders as they continue to shape the future of the industry. 

Her selection as a member of the NHCC Class of 2022 Fellows Program also increases Brookdale’s presence with the NHCC, where President and CEO Cindy Baier serves on the executive committee and on the board of directors as vice chair. 

Elliott is a 2019 McKnight’s Woman of Distinction Hall of Honor inductee. 

Wedgewood Investment Group platform welcomes Mike Wpirovski as managing director

Mike Spirovski has joined the Wedgewood Investment Group platform as the new managing director. 

Spirovski has more than 15 years of experience in structured full capital stack solutions for clients nationwide, including acquisitions, construction financing and equity partnerships. In his new position, Spirovski will have a local and national focus on tailoring debt and equity solutions.

Morning Pointe Leadership announces 2021 Campus Excellence Awards

Morning Pointe Senior Living, Chattanooga, TN, has announced its 2021 Campus Excellence Awards. Seven of its senior living and Alzheimer’s memory care communities at an annual conference were honored for their dedication to residents and their families. Annually, Morning Pointe acknowledges top-performing teams of caregivers, directors and customer service associates from its 35 communities located in the Southeast. 

Morning Pointe of Russell in Kentucky received the 2021 Community of the Year award for its leadership in providing senior care. The award was accepted by Cheryl Stephens and Tammy Muffley, executive directors of the community. 

Other honors presented:

  • The Morning Pointe Foundation Award was presented to Morning Pointe of Athens, TN. Crystal Sutton is the executive director of the community. 
  • The Fiscal Responsibility Award was presented to Morning Pointe of Powell, TN, where Leslee Wilkinson is executive director.
  • The Associate Satisfaction Award was presented to Morning Pointe of Hixson, TN, where Robin Jackson is executive director.
  • The Operational Achievement Award was presented to The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Spring Hill Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, TN. Heidi Wolaver is executive director.
  • The Chairman’s Award was presented to Morning Pointe of Tuscaloosa, AL, where Kendra Martin is executive director.