Vernon Baker Chosen as AHCA/NCAL Future Long Term Care Leader

Vernon Baker, CEO of Dogwood Village of Orange County has been chosen by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) as a future leader in long term care.  Vernon will join the Association’s Future Leaders program, a year-long program that offers training and guidance for long term care professionals.

“AHCA/NCAL is committed to taking a proactive role in creating opportunities for long term care leaders to improve their understanding of the profession, and to promote a culture of quality within their facilities,” said Mark Parkinson, President & CEO of AHCA/NCAL.  “We look forward to seeing the 2012-2013 future leaders helping to pioneer the future of long term care, benefiting the millions of Americans who rely on skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities every day.”

Steve Morrisette, President of VHCA/VCAL said, “Vernon has been a leader in our Association and we are delighted that he will represent Virginia in this year’s Future Leaders Class.”

Since 2004, AHCA/NCAL has hosted long term care professionals in the Future Leaders program. Selected participants have demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in representing the interests of long term care providers at the state and national levels.  The program covers the latest theories and practical applications in quality management, customer satisfaction, and leadership. The year-long program kicks off with a two-day symposium, “Future Leaders of Long Term Care in America,” held each year in Washington, DC.  This year’s symposium will take place June 27 - 29.