Senior Care CEOs Unite to Push Louisville as Aging Hub

On the heels of opening the doors to the senior care industry’s first-ever technology innovation hub, in Louisville, Kentucky, there’s another push to put the city at the forefront of the aging services industry.

Some of the health care leaders involved with the Thrive Center for innovation are banding together with other CEOs in the city. Their goal: to revolutionize the city’s health care economy by establishing the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, according to a report in the Louisville Business Journal.

In addition to uniting the city’s health care organizations and their respective leadership, another goal of the CEO Council is to promote Louisville’s reputation as a “wellness and optimal aging center.”

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The council was formed through an official filing with the Kentucky Secretary of State on October 12, featuring the names of 10  health care executives as directors of the organization, including:

• Benjamin Breier, CEO of Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND);
• Bruce Broussard, CEO of Humana, Inc. (NYSE: HUM);
• Randall Bufford, CEO of Trilogy Health Services LLC;
• Mark Carter, CEO of Passport Health Plan;
• Russell Cox, CEO of Norton Healthcare Inc.;
• Phil Marshall, CEO of Hosparus, Inc.;
• Joe Steier, CEO of Signature HealthCare, Inc.;
• Mark Vogt, CEO of Galen School of Nursing;
• Greg Weishar, CEO of PharMerica Corp. (NYSE: PMC); and
•  Kennan Wethington, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kentucky.

Humana’s National Sales and Distribution Executive Leader Rick Remmers is listed as the council’s incorporator.

In-home health care provider Almost Family Inc. (Nasdaq: AFAM), was the only Louisville-based publicly traded health care company not featured in the filing.

David Buschman, managing director for Health Enterprise Network, confirmed the formation of the council to The Louisville Business Journal, but said the council will not be ready to comment until early 2018.

Senior Housing News reached out to Kindred, but the company declined to comment.

The new group, however, is already underway in its search for a president/CEO, according to a job posting by Louisville-based H2R Consulting LLC’s website, who is conducting the search for the council.

Atria Senior Living and Elmcroft Senior Living are among other prominent senior housing and care companies headquartered in Louisville.

Written by Carlo Calma

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