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AHCA/NCAL Honors Long Term Care Providers

– Joe Warner Patient Advocacy Award recipients praised for commitment to improving quality of care and life for America’s seniors –

Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) this week proudly announced the 2012 Joe Warner Patient Advocacy Award recipients: John Barber of White Oak Manor; Fran Kirley of Nexion Health, Inc.; Ted LeNeave of American HealthCare L.L.C.; and Richard Pell of Genesis HealthCare.

AHCA/NCAL bestows this award on association members who have worked directly to educate Members of Congress about the needs of long term care patients and residents and to advance quality long term care. The annual award recognizes caregivers who possess the same compassion for, and commitment to, the country’s elderly and individuals with disabilities that exemplified the work of former president and CEO of Illinois-based Heritage Enterprises, Joe Warner.

“This year’s recipients are not only leaders in the long term and post-acute care profession,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “They are individuals who have turned their personal passions into a lifelong commitment of working on behalf of our nation’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. I am honored to celebrate them.”

This year’s honorees are outstanding individuals and community leaders. John Barber is the Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer of White Oak Manor in Spartansburg, SC. Fran Kirley is the founder, president, and CEO of Nexion Health, Inc., a company based in Sykesville, MD, that operates skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in Texas, Louisiana, and Colorado. Ted LeNeave is the President and CEO of American HealthCare L.L.C., which manages 16 long term and post-acute care properties across Virginia. Rich Pell is Senior Vice President of Administration for Genesis HealthCare, which is headquartered in Kennett Square, PA. Each of this year’s award recipients has demonstrated dedication to protecting the rights of seniors and advocating for long term and post-acute care.

“As members of the long term and post-acute care community, we understand that families depend on us to provide quality care and compassion for their family members,” said Neil Pruitt, Jr., AHCA Chair. “These individuals – like our former colleague and friend, Joe Warner – not only care for the elderly and individuals with disabilities, but they constantly push the bar higher and encourage facilities to strive for even better care.”