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Ben Higgins Selected for Future Leaders of LTC Program

Ben Higgins Selected for Future Leaders of LTC Program

Ben HigginsVHCA-VCAL Board member and Administrator of Brandon Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Ben Higgins has been selected to participate in the thirteenth annual “Future Leaders of Long Term Care (LTC) in America” program hosted by the American Health Care Association (AHCA)/National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL).

After a competitive review process, 38 long term care professionals from across the country were selected.  Higgins will join the Association’s Future Leaders program, a year-long program that offers training and guidance for long term and post-acute care professionals.

“AHCA/NCAL is dedicated to offering skilled nursing professionals who are providing high quality care the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “We look forward to seeing Ben and the entire Future Leaders class apply these newly-acquired skills to improve the well-being of individuals within long term and post-acute care.”

“VHCA-VCAL is honored that Ben has been selected to participate in the Future Leaders Program for 2016-2017,” said Keith Hare, VHCA-VCAL President and CEO.  “I continue to be impressed by his thoughtfulness and interest in serving the greater long term care community in the Commonwealth.”

Prior to serving as the Administrator of Brandon Oaks, Higgins served as an administrator at Liberty Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center.  He started his career with American HealthCare (AHC).  With AHC he served as an administrator at various nursing centers in central Virginia, as well as Regional Vice President of Operations overseeing operations for nine facilities with over 1,000 beds and over 1,000 employees.  In addition, he is a standing member on two NAB committees.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Health Services Administration from James Madison University.

Since 2004, AHCA/NCAL has hosted long term and post-acute care professionals in the Future Leaders program. Selected participants both demonstrate leadership potential, and represent the interests of both state and national long term care providers. The program covers the latest theories and practical applications in quality management, customer satisfaction, and leadership. Chad Isabelle, East District Manager at American HealthCare, participated in the 2015-2016 Future Leaders Program.