CareTrust REIT promotes David Sedgwick to president

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David Sedgwick

David Sedgwick, chief operating officer and one of the original members of CareTrust REIT’s management team, was promoted by the San Clemente, CA, healthcare real estate investment trust to president of the company. He will retain his chief operating officer title as well.

Greg Stapley, CareTrust’s chairman and CEO, previously also held the title of president.

In his new role, Sedgwick will be responsible for leading the company’s investing, financing, asset management, portfolio management and inverter relations activities. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the senior living and skilled nursing industries to his new role.

Before helping to launch CareTrust, he was chief human capital officer and president of corporate services at The Ensign Group, overseeing back-office and in-field support for Ensign’s facilities and personally training more than 100 new facility CEOs. CareTrust was spun off from Ensign in 2014, when it became a separate and independent publicly traded, self-administered and self-managed REIT. Ensign is CareTrust’s top tenant by rent.

Sedwick also is a licensed nursing home administrator.

Cadence Living names Robyn Childs regional vice president of marketing

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Robyn Childs

Robyn Childs has joined the management team of Scottsdale, AZ-based Cadence Living as vice president of marketing for the Mountain Region. She will have principal responsibility for marketing strategy for senior living communities in Colorado, Idaho and Utah.

Childs has more than 13 years of experience in marketing and operations in senior living. She previously held several regional sales and marketing positions with The Wolff Co., Koelsch Communities, MBK Senior Living and Atria Senior Living, where she was responsible for all sales and marketing for the Desert-Mountain Region and Central-East divisions.

Childs was named a McKnight’s Women of Distinction Rising Star in 2020.

Sunrise Senior Living names Flavio Silva executive director

Flavio Silva has been named executive director of Sunrise of Palo Alto, a Palo Alto, CA, Sunrise Senior Living assisted living and memory care community.

Silva joins the community after two years as an executive director at a Sunnyvale community, where he increased occupancy to more than 95% and also increased revenue. He previously served in various roles at that community, from community business director to interim administrator.

Bridges by EPOCH names Alona Salzburg community liaison

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Alona Salzburg

Alona Salzburg has been named the new community liaison at Bridges by EPOCH at Trumbull, a memory care and assisted living community in Trumbull, CT.

In her new role, Salzburg will connect local organizations, area professionals and family caregivers with the education, resources and support at the community. 

Salzburg recently served as a director of business development operations, where she cultivated relationships with area physicians, hospitals and families to build referrals. 

She earned her undergraduate degree in business marketing from Southern Connecticut State University.

Pathway Health names Susan LaGrange chief nursing officer

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Susan LaGrange

Susan LaGrange, RN, BSN, has been named chief nursing officer at Pathway Health, a Lake Elmo, MN-based post-acute consulting services, interim management and education company serving assisted living, skilled nursing, home health and hospice clients, among others.

LaGrange will lead the management, development, implementation and strategic direction of all clinical aspects of the company. Her primary responsibilities also include planning and implementing clinical programs to assist clients in maintaining regulatory compliance, implement best practices and support changes in the industry.

LaGrange has been with the company for 20 years, assisting organizations in resident care management, regulatory compliance and overall management of nursing operations. She has 30 years of clinical and long-term care management experience, including leadership roles as director of nursing services and consultant.

LaGrange, a registered nurse, is licensed in nursing home administration and is infection preventionist board-certified, a certified director for nursing in long-term care, a fellow in the Academy of Certified Directors of Nursing Administration, and a certified INTERACT 4.0 master trainer. She is a past president of the Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council.

LeadingAge Illinois President, CEO Karen Messer announces retirement

Karen Messer, president and CEO of LeadingAge Illinois, has announced her upcoming retirement after 32 years with the association. She has served in a variety of roles in that time, including director of professional development, vice president of member services, executive vice president in addition to her current role.

The board of directors created a search committee led by Chair-elect Elizabeth McLaren from Covenant Living Communities and Services. The committee will hire a search firm to conduct a national search for Messer’s replacement by mid-summer.

Argentum Board Chair Pat Mulloy appointed to Sharps Compliance board

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Pat Mulloy

Argentum Board Chair William Patrick “Pat” Mulloy II has been named to the Sharps Compliance Corp. Board of Directors.

Houston-based Sharps Compliance is a national provider of waste management solutions.

Mulloy, a McKnight’s 40 for 40 honoree, has more than 20 years of experience in the senior living and long-term care industry. Most recently, he was CEO of Elmcroft Senior Living. He also formerly was president and CEO of Atria Senior Living, where he led the successful sale of the company to Lazard Freres Real Estate Investments.

In 2000, Mulloy was recruited by Morgan Stanley Capital Partners to lead LifeTrust America, a venture-backed senior housing company. He was instrumental in the sale and merger of LifeTrust into Five Star Quality Care (now Five Star Senior Living). Before that, he practiced law for almost 20 years and also served as the secretary of finance to the Kentucky governor. 

Mulloy serves on several boards, including as vice chair of University of Louisville Health; director of Assembly Healthcare, which provides technology-enabled products and services to long-term care communities; and director at Republic Bancorp in addition to his role at Argentum.