Ventas's Cafaro elected chairwoman of real estate investment trust association

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Debra A. Cafaro, chair, president and CEO of Ventas Inc., has been elected chair of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) for 2009-2010.

NAREIT is the worldwide representative voice for REITs and publicly traded real estate companies with an interest in U.S. real estate and capital markets. NAREIT's members are REITs and other businesses throughout the world that own, operate and finance income-producing real estate, as well as those firms and individuals who advise, study and service those businesses.

Ventas, a real estate investment trust, is the landlord of Kindred Healthcare Inc., a major nursing home chain. Ventas's portfolio also includes seniors housing communities, hospitals, medical office buildings and other properties.