SOURCE: Golden Living

December 17, 2008 13:26 ET

Golden Living Names James Avery, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

FORT SMITH, AR--(Marketwire - December 17, 2008) - Renowned geriatrics physician-leader and author James Avery, M.D., has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Golden Living. Most recently he was Senior Medical Director, Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care. He will begin his new position on January 26, 2009, and he will be based out of Golden Living's Washington, D.C. office.

"Dr. Avery brings to this important role a brilliant combination of geriatric healthcare knowledge and operational excellence that will help us become the nation's leading provider of quality, outcomes-based care for older Americans," said Neil Kurtz, M.D., President and CEO of Golden Living. "He is a man of enormous integrity with a passionate commitment to geriatric care and quality of life issues, and we are honored to have him join our company."

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Avery will be instrumental in helping Golden Living provide superior quality medical, nursing and therapy services to its patients and residents. He will have clinical responsibility and oversight across all Golden Living businesses -- including Golden LivingCenters, Aegis Therapies and AseraCare Hospice and Home Health. He will be responsible for redefining the role and significantly strengthening the effectiveness of the Medical Directors and attending physicians who work with Golden Living.

Dr. Avery will be charged with identifying opportunities that improve Golden Living's clinical outcomes as well as helping the organization implement quality-of-care improvements. He plans to build upon the company's patient-centric approach to care and disease management throughout the organization. Dr. Avery also will assist in the company's efforts to provide continuity of care from one setting to the next within the Golden Living family of companies.

Dr. Avery is extremely well-qualified to take on this new role. He is a practicing physician who worked for 14 years as an internal medicine and pulmonary specialist in Florida. Dr. Avery is board-certified in Internal and Pulmonary Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and he is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians.

While working at Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care, Dr. Avery helped to grow the company into the largest hospice in New York City. Prior to that he was Senior Medical Director of The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, the largest hospice in the world at that time.

Strongly committed to education and training, Dr. Avery serves as Assistant Clinical Professor in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the "2007 Lillian Wald Award for Healthcare Leadership in New York City" and the "Roger C. Bone National Leadership Award." He is a frequent author and lecturer on topics including pain and symptom management, palliative medicine and end-of-life care.

Dr. Avery earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received his M.D. Medical Degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa. He served his medical internship and residency at Northwestern University Hospitals in Chicago, and he received fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of South Florida, Tampa.

About Golden Living (www.goldenliving.com)

The Golden Living family of companies provides care and services that directly or indirectly serve the elderly and disabled, including companies that operate nursing homes and provide rehabilitation therapy, hospice care, home health services and temporary staffing services. There are more than 300 Golden LivingCenters (skilled nursing facilities) in 22 states. Golden Living also offers assisted living services at more than 40 locations. In addition, the Golden Innovations companies are leading providers of integrated senior healthcare services, partnering with more than 1,000 nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare organizations in 37 states. Golden Innovations companies include Aegis Therapies, AseraCare Hospice and Home Health, 360 Healthcare Staffing, Ceres Purchasing Solutions, and Vizia Healthcare Design Group. Collectively, the Golden Living family of companies has nearly 40,000 employees who provide quality healthcare to more than 30,000 patients every day.

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