Amy La Fleur
Amy La Fleur

The Ciena Group – including Ciena Healthcare and Laurel Health Care Company – has hired Amy La Fleur as senior vice president of operations. La Fleur brings with her more than 25 years of operational experience in the Midwest.

“Amy brings a breadth of experience from across the senior living spectrum to our organization and has a proven track record of transformational leadership,” said Mohammad A. Qazi, president & CEO. “She is well-equipped to lead our facilities into the future and to help address the challenges facing the long-term care and skilled nursing industry.”

LaFleur’s vast senior living background includes executive-level roles with Daas Healthcare, SavaSeniorCare, eight years with Trinity Health Senior Communities and 15 years with HCR ManorCare. In addition to her position with The Ciena Group, La Fleur is an adjunct faculty member at Madonna University and is a previous board member for LeadingAge Michigan.

“It is truly a privilege to join an organization committed to promoting the highest level of independence and quality of life for the geriatric population,” La Fleur said. “I have never been more passionate about quality of care for our seniors than I am today, and I look forward to working with our management team and outstanding caregivers to help position The Ciena Group for continued success.”

LaFleur, a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, replaces Barbara Lombardi as senior vice president of operations for The Ciena Group.

Lombardi retired in April after 27 years with Laurel Healthcare Company and six years with The Ciena Group.

The Ciena Group provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation at more than 80 locations across five states.

Ciena Healthcare has managed skilled nursing homes and rehabilitation centers since 1998. Ciena’s leadership team provides nursing homes throughout Michigan with clinical, operational, regulatory and financial management services. Laurel Health Care Company, operator of The Laurels skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, is a national provider of skilled nursing, rehabilitation, sub-acute and assisted living services.