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Joe Mitchell Elected to American Health Care Association Board of Governors

Tallahassee, Fla. – Joe Mitchell, Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) Immediate Past President and CEO of Summit Care, has been elected to the American Health Care Association (AHCA) Board of Governors for the 2017/2018 term. Joe will represent Florida as an At Large member of the Board of Governors and will bring his innovative and visionary leadership to issues impacting long term care providers across the nation.

“There are few more willing to confront the challenges that face long term care providers today than Joe Mitchell,” said Emmett Reed, FHCA Executive Director. “He is highly regarded as a leader in Florida and will be a genuine asset to the American Health Care Association. We’re proud to have him represent Florida’s long term care residents and caregivers supported by FHCA membership.”

Mitchell has been a steady force in FHCA for over two decades. He has served as FHCA’s Reimbursement Committee Chair, as well as Multifacility Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Senior Vice President and ultimately, President of the statewide association. Mitchell has built a culture at Summit Care that focuses on quality. Ten of the 13 Summit Care centers hold an AHCA/National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) Bronze National Quality Award, while 1 center has earned the Silver National Quality Award distinction. In addition, 9 of the Summit Care centers hold a Four or Five Star Rating and one holds the prestigious Governor's Gold Seal Award for Excellence in Long-Term Care.

“We are so grateful to be adding the passion and wisdom of this distinguished group of leaders to our respective Boards,” said AHCA/NCAL President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Parkinson.

Members of the AHCA/NCAL Board of Governors are elected by the association’s governing body, the Council of States. The election took place on October 18 at the AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention.


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.


The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,500 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit http://www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.



Kristen Knapp, APR
FHCA Director of Communications
850-701-3530 or kknapp@fhca.org