Kansas Governor To Head Nursing Home Group

Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson will head a national nursing home trade group after he leaves office in January. 

Parkinson, a Democrat, will be president and Chief Executive Officer of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living, a non-profit, Washington-based trade and lobbying organization representing 11,000 nursing homes and assisted living centers.

Before becoming lieutenant governor, Parkinson used to run a chain of long-term care facilities. He assumed the governor’s job after Kathleen Sebelius left that post to become secretary of health and human services under President Barack Obama.

“I always intended to return to the business of caring for our senior citizens with dignity,’ Parkinson said in a statement. ‘My wife Stacy and I share a passion for this cause, and we have been fortunate to make a difference in the lives of thousands of senior citizens and their families.’ … Republican Sam Brownback and Democrat Tom Holland are running in November to replace Parkinson,” who opted not to run this year.

“We wish Governor Parkinson much success with the new role,” stated Jesse Slome, executive director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.¬† “The nation faces a significant issue as the number of aging¬†Americans grows significantly in the years ahead.”

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