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AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention Visits Nation's Capitol  
AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention Visits Nation's Capitol
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Washington, DC – Today the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) welcomed nearly 3,000 long term and post-acute providers to the association’s 65th Annual Convention and Expo at the National Harbor in Washington, DC. During the next three days, convention attendees will learn ways to improve their operations and provide better care to their patients and residents through informative educational sessions and inspiring speakers.

This morning’s Opening General Session encouraged providers to continue to fulfill AHCA/NCAL’s mission statement: improving lives by delivering solutions for quality care. Individual members exemplifying the mission were highlighted through video testimony, and association leadership remarked on the profession’s ongoing quality improvements and advocacy messages. The keynote was delivered by General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) who has devoted his life to public services and helped transform regions into prosperous societies through diplomatic cooperation.

“Our members’ passion and unwavering commitment to service have allowed us to overcome many obstacles and provide solid solutions for our nation,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “We look forward to celebrating these accomplishments in Washington, DC and to continuing the dialogue about the many extraordinary opportunities that lie ahead.”

AHCA also revealed an upgraded version of its online tool, LTC Trend TrackerSM at Opening General Session. Available exclusively to AHCA members, LTC Trend Tracker allows providers to access extensive data on skilled nursing centers, as well as compare themselves to those of their peers. The new platform enhances current features and expands functionality for users.

“There are many accomplishments to be proud of over the past year, and Convention provides a great forum to reflect and celebrate with our members,” said Leonard Russ, Chair of the AHCA Board of Governors. “Success, such as the progress we’ve made through our Quality Initiative, takes the hard work of many, and that dedication will remain strong as we work towards our goals.” 

On Wednesday, convention attendees will hear from Closing General Session keynote speaker Captain Richard Phillips and his harrowing tale as a cargo ship captain rescued by U.S. Navy SEALs from Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.

The 65th Annual AHCA/NCAL Convention will run through Wednesday, October 8.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 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 or