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With more than 30 years in the industry, Laurence C. “Larry” Gumina has experience leading it all.

Whether at the helm of senior living communities, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, home health and hospice services, or affordable senior housing, the president and CEO of Ohio Living has sought innovative solutions to challenges.

Now, insurer can be added to the list. Gumina teamed up with three other operators and a risk management company to offer Perennial Advantage, which began coverage in 2021. The operator-owned Medicare Advantage network is a way for operators to capture more of the federal dollars typically flowing to private insurers for the care provided at residential communities.

Gumina also has created new business lines for Ohio Living, including Harvest Grove Pharmacy and Curana Health medical group. For all these reasons, and more, Gumina was named a “Thought Leader” category winner by judges in the 2023 McKnight’s Pinnacle Awards competition.

He had just graduated college when he arrived at Bayshore Health Care Center in New Jersey in 1989 as the assistant administrator of operations. He would spend the next 22 years ascending the ranks in the Garden State, holding senior leadership positions at Bayshore Community Health Services, Riverview Medical Center and Springpoint Senior Living before joining Ohio Living (formerly Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services) in 2011.

One of Gumina’s noted achievements is rebranding and uniting the company’s governance under the Ohio Living umbrella, which includes Ohio Living Communities, Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice and the Ohio Living Foundation.

The holder of a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bryant University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Gumina is on the LeadingAge national board of directors and was given LeadingAge Ohio’s Visionary Leader Award in 2021.

The McKnight’s Pinnacle Awards program is jointly administered by McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, McKnight’s Senior Living and McKnight’s Home Care. Honorees were recognized March 7 at a gala banquet and awards ceremony in Chicago. The program’s Platinum sponsor was MatrixCare. Omnicare was a Silver sponsor, and additional sponsors included Pinnacle Quality Insight, HealthDirect and Sentrics.