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Long Term Care Advocates Recognized at AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing  
Long Term Care Advocates Recognized at AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing
Joe Warner Award recipients honored for commitment to senior care
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Washington, D.C.The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today recognized the 2017 Joe Warner Patient Advocacy Award recipients at its annual Congressional Briefing event. Two advocates for the long term and post-acute care profession were recognized for their commitment to care for seniors and individuals with disabilities: 
·       Dirk Anjewierden, Executive Director, Utah Health Care Association
·       Greg J. Elliot, Vice President, American Medical Facilities Management (AMFM)
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 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.
“Dirk and Greg are the sort of leaders that we can all learn from,” said AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson. “They committed to advocating for the most vulnerable citizens in our country, and the long term care profession is better for having their voices in Washington.” 
This year’s award recipients truly represent the best of the long term and post-acute care profession.
·    Dirk Anjewierden is the executive director of Utah Health Care Association. Growing up, his parents owned a skilled nursing facility and he pitched in mowing lawns, and assisting with housekeeping and the kitchen. He went on to become a licensed administrator and second generation owner of that facility. Anjewierden served on several AHCA committees and is active on the state level as well, serving on the Utah Governor’s Health Innovation Summit and Work Group and has chaired the Utah Department of Health Medical Care Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the University of Utah Masters of Health Care Administration Advisory Board, the AHCA Board of Governors, and as president of the AHCA Affiliated State Health Care Association Executives (ASHCAE).
·    Greg Elliot is vice president and second generation owner of AMFM, a long term provider comprised of 16 skilled nursing facilities in West Virginia and operator of Lifetree Therapy Company and Lifetree Pharmacy. AMFM facilities have received the AHCA National Quality Award 15 times and have ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation for customer or workplace satisfaction 38 times since 2008. Elliot takes the lessons he learned from successfully operating facilities in a market funded over 75 percent by Medicaid to his advocacy work. He represents the employees and patients of West Virginia’s nursing homes on both the national and state level, including a member of the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Health Care Association and an At-Large member of the AHCA Board of Governors.