Movers & Shakers: Brookdale Names Steven Swain as New CFO

Brookdale Announces New CFO

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) has tapped Steven Swain to serve as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Brentwood, Tennessee-based Brookdale is the nation’s largest owner and operator of private-pay senior living communities, as well as a major provider of home health and hospice services.


As a company, Brookdale operates a total of 988 independent living communities, assisted living communities, memory care communities and continuing care retirement communities in 46 states. That network serves about 95,000 residents combined, according to the company. Brookdale’s home health business serves about 15,000 patients daily across more than 40 locations in 27 states.

Among his duties, Swain will be responsible for Brookdale’s finances, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, market insights and analytics, tax and treasury  functions, according to Brookdale.

Swain is expected to start on Sept. 4. He will replace Brookdale’s current interim CFO, Teresa Sparks.


“Steve is incredibly focused on consumers, having helped acquire and retain a profitable subscriber base of over 10 million customers,” Brookdale President and CEO Cindy Baier said in an announcement. “Steve has been an important leader who has achieved strategic and operational goals in multi-billion dollar organizations.”

Swain has served as senior vice president and CFO of DISH Network Corporation since October 2014, after having served as its senior vice president of programming. Prior to DISH Network, Swain most recently worked at CenturyLink, Inc. and Qwest Communications International, Inc.

Lane Home Health Names Community Relations Coordinator

Terri Nelson, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, has been named community relations marketing coordinator at Lane Home Health.

Zachary, Louisiana-based Lane Home Health is an affiliate of Lane Regional Medical Center serving patients in east and west Feliciana, and in portions of Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee, Livingston and St. Helena. Its services include pre- and post-operative care, diabetic management, cardiac home care, hydration therapy and other offerings.

Nelson will be responsible for communication, physician relations and business development, The Advocate reported. Prior to her new role, Nelson specialized in metabolic illness, performance nutrition and gut restoration at Baton Rouge General Medical Center.

New Medical Director for Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice

Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice has appointed Charles Hackett as its medical director.

Portsmouth, Rhode Island-based Visiting Nurse & Hospice is a not-for-profit independent home health care and hospice agency that serves patients throughout Rhode Island and parts of southern Massachusetts.

In 2016, the agency served more than230 patients in homes and assisted living communities, according to its most recent annual report. In the same year, Visiting Nurse & Hospice provided more than 92,000 individual home care visits, the majority of which were categorized as skilled nursing.

Hackett, who has more than 40 years of palliative care and occupational medicine experience, will work in the agency’s office in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Heart & Soul Hospice of Farmington Finds Clinical Director

April Courtway has been named the new clinical director for Heart & Soul Hospice of Farmington.

Farmington, Missouri-based Heart & Soul Hospice of Farmington provides end-of-life care to patients in Iron, Madison, St. Francois, St. Genevieve and Washington counties. It is an extension of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America.

Courtway, a registered nurse, has been with the hospice organization since March 2005, when she first started as an aide, the Farmington Press reported. Prior to joining Heart & Soul Hospice of Farmington, Courtway had also worked at South East Missouri Mental Health Center.

Yolo Hospice Board Has New Member

Dawn Myers Purkey has joined Yolo Hospice’s board of directors.

Davis, California-based Yolo Hospice provides hospice services to individuals in nearly two dozen cities. Its services include the YoloCare palliative medicine and supportive care program, which helps the seriously ill manage symptoms and navigate the overall health care system.

“We’re pleased and honored to have Dawn join our board,” Yolo Hospice CEO Craig Dresang said in an announcement. “She brings a rich depth of knowledge and connections in the community. We’re excited to have her working with us to create an adult daycare center for Davis, expanding the continuum of care we’re able to provide.”

Myers Purkey has been serving as the program manager of Dignity Healthcare’s Yolo Adult Day Health Center in Woodland for the past two decades, according to Yolo Hospice. Previously, she was also a member of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Advisory Committee to the California Department of Health and Human Services from 2006 to 2012.

Among her goals as a board member, Myers Purkey plans to focus on palliative care and the inclusion of adult day programming. She officially joined the board in June.

The Legacy at Home Names Jewish Community Liaison

The Legacy Senior Communities has appointed Elise Power as its Jewish community liaison for its The Legacy at Home segment.

Plano, Texas-based The Legacy Senior Communities is the parent company of The Legacy Willow Bend, The Legacy at Home and The Legacy Midtown Park.

The Legacy at Home is one of the largest not-for-profit personal care and home health providers operating in the Dallas area. The Jewish-sponsored agency’s offerings include personal assistance services focused on activities of daily living, transitional care and companionship, along with Medicare-certified home health care and therapy services.

Power has held various positions in management and educational outreach during her more than 30 years working the health care and home health industries, according to The Legacy Senior Communities. In addition to her professional work, Power’s experience includes roles and membership with The National Institute for Jewish Hospice, Daughters of World War II, National Council of Jewish Women and several other organizations.

Written by Robert Holly

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