President and CEO,
American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living
As a former governor and owner of long-term care facilities, Parkinson was well-prepped to act as a spokesman and adviser to the nursing home community on handling the COVID-19 pandemic. AHCA/NCAL has been extremely active in raising alarm bells about the problems facing nursing homes, where roughly 40% of all COVID-19 deaths have occurred. The association partnered with the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and others to develop an online community to help improve COVID-19 infection control at nursing homes.