NEW: Former RI Health Dept. Director Gets DC Job

Tuesday, March 01, 2011


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Dr. David Gifford, the recently departed director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, has take a position with the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, the group announced today.

“Dr. Gifford will be a valuable asset to both our Association and profession as a whole,” said Governor Mark Parkinson, President & CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “We are making remarkable strides in quality – unquestionably the most important focus of long term care. Dr. Gifford will help us further those strides and brings with him decades of experience and a commitment to the future of quality care that cannot be matched.”

Gifford will serve as the senior vice president of quality and regulatory affairs. As part of his job, he will lead the internal quality department and spearhead initiatives on improving the quality of long-term care.

“I am very excited to join Mark Parkinson and the AHCA/NCAL team to help make sure that the elderly, who are our parents or grandparents, receive the highest quality of care when they need care in a nursing home or assisted living facility,” said Dr. Gifford. “AHCA/NCAL is a leader in advocating for quality, which was one of the reasons I wanted to join this organization and work with its members.”

Gifford served as the Director of the state Health Department from 2005 until last month.

Gifford will begin his new job in May.

Photo credit NBC 10


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