Sunrise CEO Out After Only 5 Months, Winkle to Take Over

After only five months as chief executive officer of Sunrise Senior Living, Penny McIntyre is being replaced according to a statement from the operator.

Announced the same day as the closing of the recapitalization of Sunrise by Revera Inc. and Health Care REIT, the board has chosen Chris Winkle to lead the company as chief executive officer, Sunrise said.

“We are excited by the prospect of how this recapitalization positions Sunrise, and believe Chris’ strong background in healthcare and senior living are well suited to expand our business of serving seniors with the best possible care,” said Jeff Lozon, director on Sunrise’s board and former president and chief executive officer of Revera Inc. “We’d like to thank Penny for her service to Sunrise and wish her well in her future endeavors.”

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Winkle previously served as the chief operating officer of Sunrise and has more than 30 years of experience in health care. Prior to Sunrise, he served as CEO at MedQuest, Inc. and, prior to that, as president and CEO of Mariner Health Care, Inc., a long-term health care company with more than 250 skilled nursing facilities in 23 states.

On the Sunrise’s website, Winkle writes that the company is well positioned and looking for opportunities to innovate and grow.

“We are firmly focused on driving quality and performance improvement in all that we do, and have many initiatives under way to make certain that the core processes within Sunrise translate to consistent, superior care delivery to benefit our residents,” he said. “Our team is also looking at development opportunities to bring the Sunrise Signature Experience to even more people.”

Written by John Yedinak

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