���Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today announced that Clifton Porter II will serve as its new head of government affairs. Porter will join the Association following an eight-year tenure as Vice President of Government Relations for HCR ManorCare – a national skilled nursing and post-acute care provider.
“We are extremely excited to have Clif on board,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “He did an outstanding job running the government relations department for one of our largest members - HCR ManorCare – and will carry that same commitment to AHCA and NCAL. When it comes to advocating on behalf of the millions of patients and residents we serve daily, Clif has few equals. He’s worked at every level of the profession, and will bring those personal experiences to every meeting with policymakers both on the Hill and within CMS, sharing a firsthand perspective on the issues that matter most to our members.”
As Senior Vice President, Porter will oversee all federal, grassroots and public policy functions in the Association’s Government Relations department. He will also serve as top lobbyist on every facet of the organization’s legislative agenda, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements as well as new policy initiatives. Porter will officially join the Association in early January.
Porter possesses more than 24 years of health care management experience, specializing in skilled nursing operations and policy development. He began his career in long term and post-acute care as an administrator-in-training, ascending through nursing center operations with 16 years of progressive responsibility, including new facility openings, turnaround, and multifacility management.
Porter formerly served on the Board of Advisors for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Health Administration Program, and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine.
Since 2005, Porter has been active with Kidz Unlimited, a Toledo, Ohio-based organization where he volunteers his time tutoring elementary students in underperforming school districts. He and his wife, Deborah, are the parents of three children.
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.