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Advocates Recognized at AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing
Joe Warner Award recipients honored for commitment to senior care
Contact: AHCAPressOffice@ahca.org
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

5/20/2014
Washington, DC – Three advocates for the long term and post-acute care profession were recognized today for their commitment to care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today announced the 2014 Joe Warner Patient Advocacy Award recipients at its annual Congressional Briefing event. The following individuals were named this year’s award recipients:

• Tom C. Coble, founder and CEO of Elmbrook Management Company
• James Gomez, President and CEO of the California Association of Health Facilities; and
• Raymond J. Sierpina, Jr, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Kindred Healthcare.

AHCA/NCAL gives this award to association members who have worked directly to educate Members of Congress about the needs of long term and post-acute care patients and to advance quality long term care. The award recognizes caregivers who possess the same compassion for, and commitment to, the country’s elderly and individuals with disabilities that exemplified the work of former president and CEO of Illinois-based Heritage Enterprises, Joe Warner.

“This year’s recipients of the Joe Warner award are passionate about caring for the individuals in skilled nursing care centers,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “These recipients have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to providing a voice in Washington for some of the most vulnerable in our country.”


This year’s award recipients have a combination of advocacy and caregiving experience that truly represent the best of the long term and post-acute care profession.

• Tom Coble is the founder and CEO of Elmbrook Management Company which owns and operates long term care and assisted living communities in Oklahoma. He also is the founder of HealthCare Management Company of Oklahoma. Coble has had many legislative appointments to health-related task forces and councils.
• James Gomez is President and CEO of the California Association of Health Facilities. Gomez leads the primary statewide organization representing skilled nursing, intermediate care, and developmental disabilities facilities in California.
• Raymond Sierpina, Jr. is the Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Kindred Healthcare, based in Louisville, Ky. Sierpina manages the Fortune 500 company’s federal and state government relations programs in Washington, D.C. and state capitols across America.

To enhance the efforts of dedicated individuals like these, AHCA/NCAL also announced the launch of a grassroots and advocacy mobile application. The app, available to all Apple and Android customers, will connect users to up-to-date information about issues important to the long term and post-acute care profession as well as helpful social media links. The application can be downloaded by searching for “AHCA Care” in the app store through the following links:

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ahca-care/id875752211?ls=1&mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ahca.app.android.ui

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.


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