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Florida Health Care Association Announces 2013-14 Officers

Diverse group of long term care professionals elected to lead Florida's first and largest advocacy organization for long term care providers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 14, 2013
Contact: Kristen Knapp, APR
(850) 701-3530 or kknapp@fhca.org

TALLAHASSEE, FL ‐ Florida Health Care Association (FHCA), the statewide trade association which represents over 500 Florida long term care facilities and over 1,000 professional members, recently elected its 2013-14 statewide officers. These volunteer leaders were sworn in during the FHCA 2013 Annual Conference & Trade Show held in Hollywood, Fl. on August 7, 2013. Scott Allen, Tampa, was elected for a second term as 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. The Association’s 2013-14 officers include:

• President: Scott Allen, Vice President of Government Relations at Health Care Navigator in Tampa
• Senior Vice President: Joe Mitchell, President of Summit Care II, Inc. in Tallahassee
• Secretary: John Simmons, Administrator of Macclenny Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
• Treasurer: Marco Carrasco, Administrator of West Gables Health Care Center in Miami
• Member at Large: Thomas Groesbeck, Dir. of Communications and Government Affairs at Airamid Health Services in West Palm Beach
• Independent Owner Vice President: Weston Edwards, President of Page Healthcare, Inc. in Ft. Myers
• Immediate Past President: Nina Willingham, Senior Executive Director of Life Care Center of Sarasota
• Multifacility Vice President: Jeff Jellerson, COO of Consulate Management Company in Maitland
• Non‐Proprietary Vice President: Elaine Boyer, Administrator of Village on the Isle - Luke Haven in Venice
• Assisted Living Facility Vice President: Rosemary Carbonelli, Administrator of Pines of Sarasota ALF
• Associate Member Vice President: Yale Metz, Divisional VP with Healthcare Services Group, Inc.
• Region I Vice President: Keith Myers, Administrator, President & CEO of Morse Geriatric Center in West Palm Beach
• Region II Vice President: Alex Terentev, Administrator of Manor on the Green in Daytona Beach
• Region III Vice President: Anita Faulmann, Administrator of Orchard Ridge Nursing & Rehab Center in New Port Richey
• Region IV Vice President: Melissa Fijalkowski, Administrator of Crestview Rehabilitation Center in Crestview

“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’ 500+ facilities. We look forward to their vision and leadership as providers work to navigate through Florida’s ever‐changing landscape of long term care.”

FHCA’s Board of Directors is composed of the elected officers, along with the President of each of the Association’s 16 districts. For a complete list of FHCA’s Board of Directors, click here.

ABOUT FLORIDA HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is a federation which serves nearly 1,000 members and represents over 500 long term care facilities that provide 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 elderly 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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*Pictured front row: Weston Edwards, Thomas Groesbeck, Nina Wilingham, Scott Allen, Joe Mitchell, John Simmons, Emmett Reed. Back row: Melissa Fijalkowski, Anita Faulmann, Keith Myers, Elaine Boyer, Alex Terentev, Rosemary Carbonelli, Yale Metz. Not pictured – Marco Carrasco, Jeff Jellerson