[UPDATED] Andrew Carle Departs COO Post at Affinity Living Group

Andrew Carle has left his position as COO at Affinity Living Group, one of the largest senior living providers in the nation.

“After a year and half, I was unable to continue the 400 mile commute each way between my home in the Washington, D.C. area and the corporate office in Hickory, N.C.,” in an Aug. 17 statement. “For personal and professional reasons — including my commitment to the Program in Senior Housing Administration at GMU — I was unable to relocate to Hickory, resigning from the company effective June 1st.”

A representative for Affinity could not be reached to comment on the move.

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Affinity Living Group is one of the largest providers of assisted living and memory care in the U.S. As of earlier this year in May, the provider had 88 communities spread throughout Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, with more on the way.

The company came into existence in 2016 after it split off from Meridian Senior Living. The company’s CEO, Charlie Trefzger, hired Carle in 2015. Affinity is focused on providing more medically intensive assisted living at a more affordable price point than typical senior living options.

The provider recently was in the headlines for facing a Medicaid  lawsuit, which was first unsealed July 7. Affinity has since called the suit “frivolous.”

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Carle is well known in the industry for his role at GMU, one of the few universities to offer a curriculum specifically focused on senior housing.

Written by Tim Regan

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