Wayne R. Johnson of Christian Park Village Chosen as a Future Long Term and Post-Acute Care Leader

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Escanaba, MI – The Health Care Association of Michigan announced today that Wayne R. Johnson 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 and post-acute care. Mr. Johnson 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 & CEO of AHCA/NCAL. We look forward to seeing Wayne 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.”

“Wayne represents kind of commitment and caring that is essential to our industry”, said Dan Echler, Regional Director of Operations, Ciena Healthcare. “The combination of knowledge and compassion he brings to Christian Park Village makes him a real asset to our team.”

Johnson, 31, has worked in the long-term care industry for twelve years as a Certified Nurse Assistant and Administrator.  Wayne earned his Masters of Business Administration from Northern Michigan University in 2012, and has worked for Ciena Healthcare as the Administrator of Christian Park Village in Escanaba since that time.  He is the lone representative from Michigan in this year’s Future Leaders program, which selected 35 nationally.

“I am truly humbled by the nomination and appreciative of Ciena to allow me the opportunity to represent our local facilities in Washington”, said Johnson.  “We have a great team that is always looking to exceed expectations, and I’m eager to help in whatever capacity I can.”

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. The year-long program kicks off with a three-day symposium, “Future Leaders of Long Term Care in America,” held each year in Washington, D.C. This year’s symposium will take place June 11-13, 2014.


The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, post-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.

Christian Park Village is a five-star 59-bed Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility in Escanaba, MI that provides physical, occupational and speech therapy services.  For more information, visit http://www.cienahealthcare.com/michigan-facilities/christian-park-village/ or call (906) 786-0408.

This entry was posted on Friday, May 9th, 2014.
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