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John O'Connor

John O'Connor

John is the editorial director, vice president and associate publisher of McKnight's Senior Living and McKnight's Long-Term Care News. He joined McKnight's in 1990. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he was introduced to journalism, late-night bull sessions and many of his closest friends. Before McKnight's, John worked at a weekly newspaper in Chicago. An avid reader and sports fan, he has a weakness for magazines, biographies and almost anything containing chocolate. John lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Layne, and their two children.

Most recent articles by John O'Connor

There’s something about Larry

Thanks to years of struggling with “simple” tasks, I have come to loathe those who make the difficult look easy. That’s especially the case where writing is concerned. Now that I have just read his first book, “Hallowed Ground,” I should probably hate Larry Minnix. Where does he get off delivering elegant insight after elegant…

The right prescription?

If you want to know what skilled care will look like in five years, consider what hospitals look like today. The first time I heard that adage was in 1990. These days, it rings truer than ever. To be sure, skilled care settings are by no means hospitals. But there’s no denying that nursing facilities…

Brian Jurutka, NIC 2018

NIC’s boss: This is a time of challenges, opportunities

Challenging fundamentals and real opportunity define the seniors housing and care sector, according to a top industry leader. Current obstacles include low occupancy rates and staffing headaches, noted Brian Jurutka, president and CEO of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care. He spoke Wednesday at the organization’s Fall Conference in Chicago. Jurutka cautioned…

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