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Profile: Seniors' intimacy expert

Profile: Seniors' intimacy expert

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When Gayle Doll began her career, she set out on a completely different path from the one she is on today.

Profile: Faith in nursing and family

Profile: Faith in nursing and family

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As the youngest of four children in a small rural town in Minnesota, Neal Larson grew up in a tight-knit circle where hard work and putting family first were cherished values.

Profile: A rare bird in Congress

Profile: A rare bird in Congress

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When Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) was around 4 years old, she asked for a doctor's kit. But growing up in a working class family in Glen Burnie, MD, the future nurse and Congressman didn't know how to pursue her healthcare dreams.

Profile: Mastering by example

Profile: Mastering by example

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Everything Mary Leary needed to know about tenacity and resilience, she learned at home. Her father lived a full life despite injuries from World War II that left him fully disabled and forced him to relearn how to walk and talk.

Profile: On the side of seniors

Profile: On the side of seniors

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For those who work with Medicare beneficiaries, Judith Stein is a well-known powerhouse. Since founding the Center for Medicare Advocacy in 1986, she's led numerous major cases involving Medicare denials.

Profile: Work feels just like home

Profile: Work feels just like home

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If a Ciena Healthcare Management facility feels especially homelike, it's possibly because of Kay Peruski.

Profile: Headlines to headliner

Profile: Headlines to headliner

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It could have been fate that led Leonard Russ to healthcare. No one will really know. But what it wasn't was expected.

Profile: Boldly improving quality

Profile: Boldly improving quality

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As a child, Adrienne Mims, M.D., MPH, thought about being a lawyer. But when her beloved grandmother died of cervical cancer when she was in high school, she redirected her attention to a career in healthcare.

Still answering many calls

Still answering many calls

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When he entered nursing school, Steve Proctor was answering a call to serve others that he first heard years earlier. As a child growing up near Lake Huron, Proctor suffered from severe allergies and asthma and was in and out of doctors' offices. A series of shots helped him overcome his condition, and he saw that healthcare workers could change lives.

Wise beyond his years

Wise beyond his years

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Although he is one of the preeminent leaders in the field of aging, at least one of his friends says Judah Ronch is an under-recognized architect of nursing homes' culture change movement.

The grateful gatekeeper

The grateful gatekeeper

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Close to 50 years ago, John F. Taylor made two important decisions. First, he married his wife, Paula. Then, he left college roughly 10 credit hours shy of graduating.

Slow gardener, fast study

Slow gardener, fast study

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Stephen McAlilly, CEO and president, Mississippi Methodist Senior Services

A credit to the accreditor

A credit to the accreditor

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After more than two decades rising through the ranks at the Joint Commission, Gina Zimmermann's career can partially be ascribed to ethics instilled by her parents.

Every day learner, leader

Every day learner, leader

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For a man who describes himself as a "shy nerd" drawn to data and analytics, Christopher E. Laxton has mastered the role of leader.

Extremely goal-oriented

Extremely goal-oriented

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Of the many remarkable moments in Aysha Kuhlor's life, one of the biggest arrived in 1994. She went to a party in New York City a week before she was planning to go back to London, where she had a job and was in nursing school. She met a man named Francis. They were married six weeks later. As to why she agreed to stay in the United States and get married, "I think it was all the promises," Kuhlor says, laughing.

He learned from the best

He learned from the best

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If your first role model is a parent, then Mike Rich, 49, learned early what it takes to be a long-term care administrator. His mother, Donna, "was the type of administrator who went to work early," he says. "Back then, administrators did a lot of the hands-on work. They did rounds, they made beds. "She would come home and feed the six of us and then go back to do dishes. In the '70s, she was a regional director of operations in a time that most of those executives were men," he says.

Ron Arrison, Executive Director, King's Daughters and Sons Home

Ron Arrison, Executive Director, King's Daughters and Sons Home

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Ron Arrison knows why he works at the interdenominational King's Daughters and Sons Home. "I believe God sent me here," he says. The former hospital administrator says he planned to stay a year. That was in 1987.

On the job for 6 decades

On the job for 6 decades

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Over the past 63 years, 11 presidents have come and gone, wars have been won and lost, and the long-term care industry has experienced a roller-coaster of changes. But one thing has remained consistent: Nora Morant has served residents at Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of the Jewish Association on Aging.

Profile: Joseph C. Isaacs Executive Director, Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative

Profile: Joseph C. Isaacs Executive Director, Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative

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From an early age, Joseph Isaacs has strived to make people proud.

Profile: Roxanne Galloway, Chairwoman, American College of Health Care Administrators

Profile: Roxanne Galloway, Chairwoman, American College of Health Care Administrators

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As a first-year social worker, Roxanne Galloway often lay awake worrying about her future.

Profile: Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors

Profile: Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors

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There may be nobody more imbued in the policy of Medicaid than Matt Salo.

Say 'Guten Tag' to Gehm

Say 'Guten Tag' to Gehm

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Frankenmuth, MI, is a quaint Bavarian village about 90 miles north of Detroit that draws tourists from around the United States and Canada.

A success at new starts

A success at new starts

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What most people know about Francis Kirley pertains to his success: how he is the American Health Care Association PAC chairman, and how he created one of the top 25 nursing home chains in the United States, Nexion Health.

Optimistic man with plan

Optimistic man with plan

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As the ranking Republican member on the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Bob Corker has witnessed firsthand the debates on antipsychotic legislation, long-term care financing and chronic illness.

This leader's a team player

This leader's a team player

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Convincing medical students to go into geriatrics is a tough sell, which Joseph Ouslander, M.D., knows better than anyone.

This 'car on perpetual roll

This 'car on perpetual roll

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Robin Arnicar has been on an accelerated life plan. By age 6, she knew she wanted to be a nurse. By 17, she had started working in her first nursing home as a licensed practical nurse. At 18, she was married. By the time she was 22, she was a divorced single mother who owned a home.

Better policies her policy

Better policies her policy

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From an early age onward, Judy Feder learned how to stick up for herself. The third of four girls raised by an English immigrant salesman and a bookkeeper mother, Feder says she was told by her father to "stand up for what I believe in, speak out and always look people straight in the eye."

Ready for the next stage

Ready for the next stage

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While some government officials might dream of their retirement days to be filled with globe-trotting, for Sheila Lambowitz, travel couldn't wait.

Sitting still not an option

Sitting still not an option

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From his days as a child to running around the halls of UHS centers to running after his own children, Neil L. Pruitt Jr. has always balanced family and work.

Still a caregiver at heart

Still a caregiver at heart

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The new leader of the American Hospital Association's Governing Council for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation has been a chief executive officer for the past 15 years. But at her core, Patricia Ostaszewski still considers herself a nurse.

Health policy powerhouse

Health policy powerhouse

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Kathleen Wilson, Deputy Director, Division of Nursing Homes, CMS

A founder, and a keeper

A founder, and a keeper

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At LeadingAge's 50th anniversary celebration in October, Howard Washburn was applauded, thanked and much sought after.

Not settling for one path

Not settling for one path

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If you ever find yourself in the company of Joe Steier, you might get lucky and be treated to a delicious meal at Bearno's, a Louisville, KY, favorite among locals for decades.

Providing wise counsel

Providing wise counsel

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Marsha Greenfield, VP of Legislative Affairs, LeadingAge

What a long, strange trip

What a long, strange trip

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Should a visitor ever go into labor at eldercare's St. Leonard Franciscan Living Community in Centreville, OH, never fear: The executive director knows his way around a delivery room.

Ready for any transition

Ready for any transition

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Mary Naylor, Ph.D., RN, Chairwoman, Long-Term Quality Alliance

LTC friend: Scout's honor

LTC friend: Scout's honor

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Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, U.S. Congress (R-PA)

He's ready for House calls: David Gifford, M.D.

He's ready for House calls: David Gifford, M.D.

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David Gifford, M.D., Senior VP, Quality & Regulatory Affairs AHCA

Profile: She's in it for the long run

Profile: She's in it for the long run

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Cheryl Phillips, MD, SVP for Advocacy, LeadingAge

Profile: A nurse walks into a bar...

Profile: A nurse walks into a bar...

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Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC; Director of Clinical Affairs, American Medical Directors Association

Trailblazer dishes it out

Trailblazer dishes it out

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Courtney Lyder, Dean, UCLA School of Nursing

He knows the business

He knows the business

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Mark Parkinson, President, CEO American Health Care Association

Always eyeing the upside

Always eyeing the upside

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Cynthia Morton, Executive Vice President, NASL

Profile: Barbara Manard -- From bayou to beltway

Profile: Barbara Manard -- From bayou to beltway

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VP of Long-Term Care and Health Strategies AAHSA

Profile: Christopher Christensen - It's not business as usual

Profile: Christopher Christensen - It's not business as usual

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Christopher Christensen, President and CEO, The Ensign Group Inc.

Profile: Karen Schoeneman - No ordinary bureaucrat

Profile: Karen Schoeneman - No ordinary bureaucrat

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Karen Schoeneman, Deputy Director, Nursing Homes Division, CMS

Profile: Toby Edelman - A determined advocate

Profile: Toby Edelman - A determined advocate

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Toby Edelman, Senior Policy Attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy

Profile: Lori Porter - A commitment to CNAs

Profile: Lori Porter - A commitment to CNAs

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Lori Porter CEO, Founder, NAHCA

Profile: Gina Kaurich - Teaching nurses the way

Profile: Gina Kaurich - Teaching nurses the way

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Gina S. Kaurich, Executive Director, NADONA

Profile: Audrey Weiner - Never afraid to mix it up

Profile: Audrey Weiner - Never afraid to mix it up

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Audrey S. Weiner, President, CEO, Jewish Home Lifecare

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