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Florida Health Care Association Announces 2016-17 Officers

John Simmons of Avante at Jacksonville Beach Tapped to Lead

August 23, 2016
Contact: Kristen Knapp
(850) 701-3530 or kknapp@fhca.org

Florida Health Care Association recently elected its 2016-17 officers during its Annual Conference Membership Meeting in August. John Simmons, Executive Director of Avante at Jacksonville Beach  was elected President of FHCA and vowed to continue FHCA’s mission of advancing the quality of services, image, professional development and financial stability of its members. FHCA’s 2016-17 officers include the following individuals:

  • President: John Simmons, Executive Director of Avante at Jacksonville Beach
  • Senior Vice President: Alex Terentev, Director of Operations with Gulf Coast Health Care out of Lake Mary
  • Secretary: Anita Faulmann, Regional Vice President of Operations with Genesis Health Care out of Tierra Verde
  • Treasurer: Marco Carrasco, Administrator of West Gables Health Care Center in Miami
  • Member at Large: Thomas Groesbeck, Vice President of Business Development at Airamid Health Services in West Palm Beach
  • Independent Owner Vice President: Jeffrey Freimark, President & CEO of Miami Jewish Health Systems
  • Multifacility Vice President: Kathy Gallin, Director of Legislative Affairs at Signature HealthCARE out of Lake City
  • Not-for-Profit Vice President: Keith Myers, President of MorseLife Health System in West Palm Beach
  • Assisted Living Facility Vice President: Steven Schrunk, Administrator of CountrySide Lakes in Port Orange
  • Associate Member Vice President: Bradlee Cox, Account Manager with McKesson Medical-Surgical out of Clermont
  • Region I Vice President: Gary Krulewitz, Executive Director of Renaissance Health and Rehabilitation,  West Palm Beach
  • Region II Vice President: Eric Mock, Administrator of Courtyards of Orlando Care Center
  • Region III Vice President: Vernon Zeger, Executive Director of Hawthorne Health & Rehab of Brandon
  • Region IV Vice President: Thomas McDaniel, Executive Director of Emerald Shores Health & Rehabilitation in Callaway


 “We are extremely pleased to have such dedicated members chosen to lead the Association,” said Emmett Reed, Executive Director of Florida Health Care Association. “Each of these individuals is passionate about long term care and extremely committed to the membership, the profession and the residents cared for in our members’ 550+ centers. We look forward to their vision and leadership as providers work to navigate through Florida’s ever‐changing landscape of long term care.”


Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is a federation that serves nearly 1,000 members and represents over 500 long term care facilities providing skilled nursing, post-acute and sub-acute care, short-term rehab, assisted living and other services to the frail elderly and individuals with disabilities in Florida. The mission of FHCA is to advance the quality of services, image, professional development and financial stability of its members. As Florida's first and largest advocacy organization for long term care providers and the elders they serve, the Association has worked diligently since 1954 to assist its members with continuously improving quality of care and quality of life for the state’s growing elder care population. For more information about the Florida Health Care Association, visit http://www.fhca.org.

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