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Mary Blunt to Chair AHA's Section for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation

Mary Blunt, president of Sentara Life Care Corporation & Rehabilitation in Norfolk, Va., is the 2007 chair of the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Section for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation.

As chair, Blunt will lead the section's governing council which advises the AHA on member service strategies and public policy issues concerning general hospitals and freestanding special hospitals that provide rehabilitation, long-term acute, sub-acute, skilled or home health services to chronically ill, elderly or disabled persons.

Sentara Life Care Corporation includes seven skilled nursing facilities, three assisted living facilities, one adult day health care center, one program for all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE) and mobile meals programs.  Ms. Blunt also oversees rehabilitation services in four Sentara hospitals, including a 36-bed rehab unit, six hospital-based rehab units and six outpatient rehab centers.  Among various roles in the Sentara system, Ms. Blunt served as Vice President of Operations for Sentara Southside Hospitals and Sentara Bayside.

Ms. Blunt, a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Virginia and North Carolina, began her health care career as a physical therapist.  During the past three years, she has been involved in shaping state health policy as a member of the Virginia Board of Nursing Home Administrators and AHA Section for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation.  Ms. Blunt is also a Diplomate of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Cynthia A. Kreutz, chief executive officer, Spalding Rehab Hospital, Aurora, Colo., was named as the chair-elect of the section and will assume the role of chair in 2008.  Thomas M. Fritz, chair in 2006 will serve as the immediate past chair.
Also elected to the governing council were Michele  F. Bellantoni, M.D., medical director, John Hopkins Bayview Care Center, Baltimore, Md.; Eddie Howard, vice president/chief operating officer of Rehabilitation, Specialty Hospital, and Home Health Services, East Texas Medical Center, Tyler, Texas; Steven P. Johnson, Ph.D., president, SSM Rehab, St. Louis, Mo.; James Prister, president and chief executive officer, RML Specialty Hospital, Hinsdale, Ill.; Orianna Skomoroch, chief executive officer, Kauai Region, HHSC, West Kauai Medical Center, Waimea, Hawaii.

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