A long-term care veteran with the richest of industry lineages who has been called a cutting edge visionary was elected chairman of the board of governors of the largest U.S. nursing home association on Wednesday.

Phil Fogg Jr. succeeds Debbie Meade as board chairman of the American Health Care Association after an election devoid of suspense since he ran unopposed after serving as the body’s vice chairman for two years.

Fogg is the president and CEO of Marquis Companies in Milwaukie, OR. He is a fourth-generation long-term care provider particularly well known for his advocacy of data analytics and Institutional Special Needs Plans (I-SNPs).

He oversees a business that includes a chain of Northwest nursing facilities and an expansive pharmacy company. A former president of the Oregon Health Care Association, he also has chaired the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition, a group he helped found.

“Phil is at the cutting-edge of the profession. If there is a smart new initiative that is available, he’s probably already analyzed it, implemented it, improved on it and shared it with other providers,” noted AHCA President and CEO Mark Parkinson in a McKnight’s Long-Term Care News profile of Fogg last year. 

On Wednesday, Parkinson hailed his election at the group’s annual convention near Washington, D.C. He also praised Gerald Hamilton of New Mexico, who was voted the chairman of the National Center for Assisted Living. They will serve for the 2021/2022 term.

“We are thrilled to have Phil and Gerald as the chairs of our Boards,” Parkinson said. “They are incredible, influential leaders dedicated to seeing the industry through this challenging time, so we come out stronger, as well as providing the highest quality of care to our residents. I am confident they will do an amazing job leading our sector this next year.”

Fogg’s great-grandmother was one of Oregon’s long-term care pioneers. By age 13, he was working in a family facility, cleaning and making beds. His three sons also have entered the business and spoke during his induction ceremony.

Lining up behind Fogg for the next two years will be Phil Scalo as board vice chairman. Scalo is president and CEO of Bartley Healthcare, of Jackson, NJ. Chris Wright of Connecticut-based iCare Health Network will succeed Scalo as secretary-treasurer.

The other members of the AHCA Board of Governors for 2021-2022 were affirmed by the association’s governing body, the Council of States, on Wednesday: 

•       Immediate past chair Meade, who is based in Georgia.

•       Derek Prince of HMG Healthcare LLC (TX), 

•       Sarah Schumann of Brookside Inn (CO), At-large Representative 

•       Tina Sandri of Forest Hills (DC), At-large Representative

•       Reginald Hartsfield of Advantage Living Centers (MI), At-large Representative

•       Julianne Williams of Elevate Health Care (CA), At-large Representative 

•       Alex Terentev of Lilac Health Group (FL), At-large Representative

•       Steve Flatt of National Healthcare Corporation (TN), Multifacility Representative  

•       Randy Bury of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society (SD), Not for Profit Representative

•       Mark Traylor of Traylor Porter Healthcare (AL), Independent Owner Representative 

•       Ted LeNeave of Accura Healthcare (IA), Regional Multifacility Representative

•      Gerald Hamilton, of BeeHive Homes of Albuquerque (NM), NCAL Representative

•       Jesse Samples, CEO, Executive Director of the Tennessee Health Care Association and the Affiliated State Health Care Association (ASHCAE) Representative

•       Betsy Rust of Plante Moran, Associate Business Member Representative

The 72nd AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention and Expo concluded Wednesday at the Gaylord National Convention and Resort Center in Oxon Hill, MD, a suburb of Washington, D.C., a year after the event was forced online due to pandemic conditions.