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American College of Health Care Administrators President and CEO William “Bill” McGinley will retire from the position in late May, sometime after the end of the organization’s 2021 Convocation & Expo Virtual Experience, slated for April 13 to 27.

He notified ACHCA’s board of directors of his plans on Friday and was expected to make a public announcement this morning.

“It has been an honor and privilege to lead this association that I have belonged to for my entire career and that I love,” McGinley told McKnight’s in an email. “I will miss the daily contact with our members, but I will stay a member and hope to see many at future convocations. I am most proud of the hundreds and hundreds of new members that joined during my tenure and that I was able to raise the profile of the association.”

The ACHCA board has created a special committee and is conducting an open search for McGinley’s successor. He will remain involved in the organization as the treasurer of the Massachusetts chapter.

McGinley became president and CEO of ACHCA in 2017, having most recently been executive director of New Pond Village, a continuing care retirement community in Walpole, MA, that at the time was operating by Brightview Senior Living.

“Over the course of his three-year tenure, Bill has stabilized our operations, enhanced ACHCA’s visibility in the post-acute community, and set us back on a successful course,”  ACHCA Board Chair Bob Lane said. “His relatability, level head and dedication to this association will be missed tremendously.”

McGinley first joined the association in 1982 when he became a licensed long-term care administrator. His career spans more than four decades, beginning at Greenery Rehabilitation Group. He spent the majority of his career with Salmon Health and Retirement, a family-owned company based in Westborough, MA, that manages independent and assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities and other aging services offerings.

Specifically, at Salmon, he led Whitney Place in Natick, MA, for 17 years. Under his leadership, Whitney Place was the first assisted living community in Massachusetts to be accredited by the Joint Commission. The campus, which also includes a child care center, a skilled nursing center and an adult day care center, had a record 12 consecutive years with no life safety code violations, according to ACHCA.

A fellow of ACHCA, McGinley has held several other leadership roles within the organization at both the state and national level, including serving as convocation chair and past president. He received ACHCA’s Distinguished Assisted Living Administrator Award in 2017 and was named Outstanding Member of ACHCA in 2010.

McGinley, who earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and holds an MBA from Boston University with a concentration in healthcare management, holds the certified assisted living administrator credential from ACHCA and the certified director of assisted living credential from the Senior Living Certification Commission. He also is a certified nursing home administrator and certified administrator of subacute care. Additionally, McGinley also was only the third person in the country to earn the health services executive credential from the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.

Among his favored accomplishments as ACHCA leader, McGinley lists combating ageism and enhancing relationships with industry partners such as the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living, AMDA–The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing and the National Association of Health Care Assistants.

“I am happy that we were able to collaborate with our industry partners during the pandemic for the betterment of the profession and long-term care in general,” he told McKnight’s.

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