Just one person is selected from each state.

For 2016, Bill Turenne, a second generation nursing home executive from Montgomery, was chosen to represent Alabama as a member of the American Health Care Association’s Future Leaders program.

Nationwide, Turenne is one of 38 long-term care professionals who are members of the 13th annual class of Future Leaders. In late September, Turenne and his classmates gathered in Washington, D.C for a symposium called “Future Leaders of Long-Term Care in America.” The three-day event included leadership training, meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and education on important long-term care topics.

“I literally grew up working in nursing homes and thought I had seen or learned just about everything related to our profession,” Turenne said. “This experience opened my eyes to what’s happening in other states, and how important it is for us to have a unified presence in Washington, D.C.”

Turenne’s family business, Turenne & Associates, operates three nursing homes in Alabama: Capitol Hill Health & Rehab First in Montgomery, McGuffey Health & Rehab First in Gadsden and Westside Terrace Health & Rehab First in Dothan. While in our nation’s capital, Turenne met with Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-AL) whose district encompasses the Montgomery and Dothan skilled nursing care centers.

“The meeting with Congresswoman Roby was very productive,” Turenne said. “We discussed observation days and the three-day hospital rule. Because of our meeting, I believe she has a better understanding of how those two issues can cause problems for people needing short-term rehab. Hopefully, she’ll be able to visit one of our nursing homes soon to learn more those concerns and the value based purchasing system currently being proposed by Congress.”

Over the course of the year-long program, Turenne and his Future Leaders classmates will participate in quarterly conference calls, complete reading assignments and work on special projects.

About the Future Leaders Program:

Since 2004, the American Health Care Association has hosted long-term and post-acute care professionals in the Future Leaders program. Selected participants 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.

American Health Care Association's Future Leaders of Long-Term Care in America class of 2016/2017.

American Health Care Association’s Future Leaders of Long-Term Care in America class of 2016/2017.