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Kimberly Green
Kimberly Green

In 2011, Kimberly Green experienced what she now calls her “Alive Day.” She and her family were involved in a car accident with a semi-truck. The wreck left her with extensive injuries that required her to stay in the ICU for 10 days, in rehab for 30 days and in a wheelchair for four months. 

It took almost a year to learn to walk on her own again, and her brain injury causes physical and memory issues to this day. Instead of being defeated by her lasting injuries, however, Green took them as a chance to view her career from a new perspective: as a patient. 

She began working in the healthcare industry when she was 16 as a nursing aid. She went on to work in several medical rehabilitation, skilled nursing and long-term care facilities. In 2008, she created her own company, Eli Healthcare Consulting, which specializes in Medicare, RAC, skilled nursing and Medicare B, rehabilitation, restorative nursing and long-term care. 

She is now the chief operating officer at Diakonos Group, where she is responsible for operations management. The company sports revenues of $50 million annually and includes nine skilled nursing facilities, three assisted living centers, one independent living center and eleven communities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Kimberly Green receiving Hall of Honor award
Kimberly Green, right, receives her award from Elizabeth Newman
of McKnight’s Long-Term Care News at a May 16 ceremony.
Photo: Social Snacks.

Beyond them, she traveled to Haiti on medical missions to train physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers on how to provide restorative care for their elderly patients after the earthquake there in 2010.

She is currently on the Quality Improvement Committee with the American Health Care Association and serves on the board of directors for Care Providers Oklahoma and the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma. She also volunteers with the Mental Health Association’s Joy in the Cause and The Purpose Project, which focuses on behavior and mental health for seniors. 

McKnight’s Women of Distinction is a joint program of McKnight’s Senior Living and McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.

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