NIC Leadership Huddle:

The Skilled Nursing Sector: Where Do We Stand?

Amid a pandemic of historic proportions, skilled nursing properties have borne some of the greatest challenges as they fight to care for the most vulnerable Americans, many of whom have multiple chronic conditions and multiple activities of daily living. Often lacking support and supplies, the skilled nursing sector responded by aggressively seeking accurate, timely testing, sufficient personal protective equipment, and by employing new technologies, such as telehealth, to provide care. In the few months since COVID-19 hit the U.S., how has the sector changed, and where do skilled nursing properties stand as the country begins to reopen?

Hear from skilled nursing operators during this installment of the popular “Leadership Huddle” webinar series. Hear their take on the current status of the skilled nursing sector. Gain real-world insight into what is happening on the front lines, what strategies they are implementing, and what opportunities they see in these times of unprecedented challenge and disruption.

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Bill Kauffman
Senior Principal

Senior Principal Bill Kauffman works with the research team in providing research and analysis in various areas including sales transactions and skilled nursing. He has lead roles in creating new and enhanced products and implementation of new processes. Prior to joining NIC he worked at Shelter Development in investing/acquiring, financing, and asset management for over $1 billion in assets. He also had key roles in the value creation and strategic planning and analysis for over 65 entities. He received his Master of Science in Finance from Loyola College in Maryland. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation (CFA).



BJ Hauswald
Sr. Vice President, Planning & Development
Genesis Healthcare

BJ Hauswald serves as SVP of Strategic Development for Genesis Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest providers of nursing and post-acute rehabilitative care with nearly 350 skilled nursing facilities in 26 states, over 70,000 employees and $4 billion in total revenues.

Ms. Hauswald joined Genesis HealthCare in 1998 as the company’s Treasurer, and has served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Development since 2003. Her responsibilities have included portfolio positioning, acquisition and reinvestment and product development, including the design and implementation of new models of care delivery. She led the company’s successful participation in multiple CMS demonstration programs and alternative payment models, both as a direct participant and as an integrated provider partner with hospitals and physicians, including the development of the first Accountable Care Organization exclusively serving the residential nursing home population. Most recently, she has supported the development of a Population Health team to foster collaborative partnerships with upstream and downstream providers to improve patient outcomes and lead transformational change to value-based care delivery.



Ray Thivierge
Chief Strategy Officer

Raymond Thivierge is the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Sava SeniorCare, one of the largest post-acute care providers in the country. Ray is a seasoned professional with nearly 30 years of experience in strategy, operations, development, and sales. His passion for the profession has afforded him the opportunity to serve on the executive teams of some of the largest providers in post-acute care and seniors housing including Genesis HealthCare, Sun Healthcare Group, Hillhaven and most recently, Sava Senior Care. Ray has also had the privilege of providing industry insights as an executive adviser and consultant to numerous organizations through his private consultancy firm, RLT Advisers.

Ray has a bachelor's degree from Skidmore College and an MBA from Boston University. He is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and has served on the board of several State associations, including Massachusetts and Connecticut. Ray is a past member of the board of directors for NIC, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care.



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