The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) announced that Fran Kirley, Elms College trustee, is a winner of the 2012 Joe Warner Patient Advocacy Award. Kirley is the founder, president, and CEO of Nexion Health, Inc., a company based in Sykesville, MD, that operates skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in Texas, Louisiana, and Colorado.

Elms College Trustee Receives Award from American Health Care Association

Fri Jul 20, 2012

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) announced that Fran Kirley, Elms College trustee, is a winner of the 2012 Joe Warner Patient Advocacy Award. Kirley is the founder, president, and CEO of Nexion Health, Inc., a company based in Sykesville, MD, that operates skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in Texas, Louisiana, and Colorado.

"It is an honor to be recognized by AHCA as the recipient of the 2012 Joe Warner Award," Kirley said. "I have dedicated my career to serving the elderly and the disabled, and it's truly an honor to be recognized by my peers."

AHCA/NCAL bestows this award on association members who have worked directly to educate Members of Congress about the needs of long-term care patients and residents and to advance quality long-term care. The annual 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 are not only leaders in the long-term and post-acute care profession," said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. "They are individuals who have turned their personal passions into a lifelong commitment of working on behalf of our nation's seniors and individuals with disabilities. I am honored to celebrate them." 

Kirley founded Nexion Health, Inc. in 2000. He has 30 years of acute and long-term healthcare management experience. Nexion was founded to be a strong clinically driven operating model. Under Kirley's leadership, Nexion has become a quality clinical and operating organization. Over the past few years, Nexion Health has had 38 facilities recognized by the American Healthcare Association as Bronze Quality Award winners. Nexion has grown from a simple vision into a strong, well-managed regionally and nationally recognized operating company.

Kirley is actively involved in American Health Care Association as the AHCA-PAC Chairman (former AHCA Board and Executive Committee Member), Texas Health Care Association Executive Committee, Louisiana Nursing Home Association Board Member 2011/2012, and other community boards and organizations. He earned a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy 1973, and a Master of Business Administration from Western New England College in 1980. 

"As members of the long term and post-acute care community, we understand that families depend on us to provide quality care and compassion for their family members," said Neil Pruitt, Jr., AHCA Chair. "These individuals - like our former colleague and friend, Joe Warner - not only care for the elderly and individuals with disabilities, but they constantly push the bar higher and encourage facilities to strive for even better care."

Claire M. Navaro, Manager, Public Affairs, American Health Care Association, contributed to this story.

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