Movers & Shakers: People and Positions For Week Of January 8, 2009

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Stephen Morton Named President of Bell Senior Living

Bell Partners has announced that Stephen T. Morton has been named president of Bell Senior Living (BSL), the senior living division of the real estate investment and management company.  Morton will assume operational direction of 28 senior living communities located in five Southeastern states. Bell Senior Living provides homes for more than 2,500 residents in settings including independent living, assisted living and dementia care.


Morton, 53, was previously co-founder, president and chief operating officer of Southern Assisted Living, Inc. (SALI), a Chapel Hill. N.C. company that became the largest assisted living provider in North Carolina. In association with SALI co-founder Chris Hollister, Morton conceived and created SALI development models, operating procedures, care and supervision standards and company policies.   SALI operated 41 communities for the elderly, serving more than 3,200 residents. SALI was sold in 2006 to Brookdale Senior Living, one of the largest senior living operators in the U.S.  Over the last three years, Morton has served as a consultant to several of the nation’s largest operators and investors in the independent and assisted living sectors, including Bell Partners. 

Steven D. Bell, Bell Partners founder and chief executive officer, said, “Steve Morton is a widely-respected and proven leader in the nation’s senior living profession. His longtime commitment to excellence and the highest operating standards will be of invaluable benefit to our residents, community employees and our investors.”

Morton began his career in senior living services in 1983, eventually holding executive positions with Standish Care in Boston, Mass. and Emeritus Corporation in Seattle, Wash. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in economics from the University of California at Irvine.



The Legacy at Preston Hollow Names Mark Fleschler Medical Director

Photo By:  Photo by Advan-tex Photography Mark J. Fleschler, M.D., F.A.C.P., has been named medical director of The Legacy at Preston Hollow.  The announcement was made by Michael Ellentuck, president of The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc., the parent organization of The Legacy at Preston Hollow.

Dr. Fleschler brings more than 20 years of medical experience to his new position. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin, and his doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

“It is an absolute pleasure to grow professionally here at The Legacy at Preston Hollow,” said Fleschler. “I look forward to continuing to work with the wonderful staff and residents.”

Fleschler is a member of numerous hospital committees, and is part of the attending staff in internal medicine and geriatrics at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. He is a four-time Texas Monthly “Super Doctors” winner, and has been named one of the best doctors in Dallas for the past eight years by D Magazine.


AdCare Health Systems Names Boyd Gentry and Josh McClellan to its Board

AdCare Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE AMEX: ADK), announced the appointment of Boyd P. Gentry and Joshua J. McClellan to its Board of Directors for the coming year.

David A. Tenwick, Chairman of the Board, stated that "Boyd Gentry and Josh McClellan are seasoned long-term health care executives, both with significant health care operating and financial experience. Tenwick continued, "with our plans to expand our operations which include potential acquisitions of assisted living facilities and nursing homes as well as new management contracts, it is important to also add talent and strength to our board to keep up with the growth. With the addition of Boyd and Josh as independent directors, I believe the board will be keeping pace with the expansion plans of AdCare."

Mr. Gentry was employed by Mariner Health Care, Inc., a former NYSE publicly held long-term health care provider with $2B in annual revenue, from 1995 to 2007, and promoted to CFO subsequent to its 2004 going private transaction sponsored by National Senior Care. He transitioned to an ongoing consulting role for Mariner in September, 2007 when he was recruited to Millennium Pharmacy Systems, Inc. as CFO. He remained with Millennium until 2009. From 1982 until 1995, Mr. Gentry was employed with Bank of America and it predecessors with various financial responsibilities as Senior Vice President. Mr. Gentry received his BA in Economics from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and his MBA in Finance and Accounting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Mr. McClellan spent from 1996 until 2006 as Founder and President of McClellan Health Systems, Inc. Through acquisitions and development, he grew his company from a single, skilled nursing facility to a large regional healthcare provider for over 650 residents which he sold in June, 2006 for $53M. He is now developing and has under construction a large rehab facility which when completed will have the capacity to provide rehabilitation and other medical services to approximately 100 residents. Mr. McClellan received his BS from Ohio State University and his MBA from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.


The Legacy at Preston Hollow Names Jerry McDonald Executive Director

Jerry McDonald Jerry McDonald has been named executive director of The Legacy at Preston Hollow. The announcement was made by Michael Ellentuck, president of The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc., the parent organization of The Legacy at Preston Hollow.

McDonald joins brings more than a decade of industry experience to his position as executive director of The Legacy at Preston Hollow.  His previous industry experience includes serving as executive director of Sunrise Assisted Living – Hillcrest, administrator of The Lennwood, and assistant administrator of Golden Acres – formerly known as Dallas Home for Jewish Aged.

“I am proud and excited to be a part of this wonderful community,” McDonald said. “I look forward each day to the opportunity to provide quality and compassionate care to our residents.”

McDonald earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a master’s degree in major long-term administration, both from the University of North Texas. In addition to his professional responsibilities, he is an advisory chair for AIDS Arms, Inc.