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Industry Leaders to Speak at Inaugural ‘National Skilled Nursing Investment Forum’

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New NIC Event Being Held in San Diego on March 8-10, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2009
Contact: Renee Tilton, (410) 626-0805 or

Annapolis, Md. – The National Skilled Nursing Investment Forum, debuting in San Diego, Calif., on March 8-10, 2010, will bring together a who’s who of industry operators, financiers, association heads and government representatives with a vested interest in the skilled nursing sector to focus on the theme, “Moving from Yesterday to Tomorrow: Capital & Reimbursement Strategies.” The National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC), which is hosting the Forum, plans to make it an annual event, according to Robert G. Kramer, president of NIC.

Several industry leaders will headline general sessions and present case studies on modernizing and repositioning skilled nursing properties, as well as reimbursement strategies and advice for accessing capital in order to do so.

General sessions will begin on Tuesday, March 9.

  • At 9:00 a.m., the opening session, “The Business Case for Modernizing Your Facility: Moving from Yesterday’s Skilled Nursing Model to Tomorrow’s,” will include data about the nursing home sector, a case for modernization based on two case studies (one national and one regional) , and strategic approaches for assessing, prioritizing and implementing those improvements. Speakers include George V. Hager, Jr., chief executive officer, Genesis HealthCare Corporation; Arnold Whitman, CEO & co-chairman, Formation Capital, LLC; Paul Hubbard, co-CEO, Plum Healthcare Group; Alexander Fraser, director, GI Partners LLP; and Michael Hargrave, vice president – NIC MAP, NIC.John J. (Sean) Nolan, CFO, Fundamental, will moderate the session.
  • During the 12:00 p.m. lunch, a knowledgeable group of experts will look at “The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Long-Term Care and Especially on Skilled Nursing Facilities: The View from Washington, D.C.” Moderated by Brian Fortune, chief political strategist, Marwood Group, and including Alan G. Rosenbloom, president, Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care; Greg Miller, senior vice president-corporate development, Kindred Healthcare, Inc.; and Eric Gommel, vice president, Stifel Nicolaus, the panel will present a clear and simple examination of healthcare reform, including its effect on Medicare reimbursement and the impact of the new disclosure requirements.
  • The 4:30 p.m. session, “Medicaid Funding and Policy Directions: The View from Individual States,” will offer insights about Medicaid reimbursements and local policy initiatives – and how these policies may have applications beyond individual states – from four state nursing home presidents: Tim Graves, president & CEO, Texas Health Care Association; Dick Herrick, president & CEO, New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc.; James H. Gomez, CEO/president, California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF); and Jim Carlson, CEO/president, Oregon Health Care Association. Mark Ballif, co-CEO, Plum Healthcare Group, will moderate.

Two additional general sessions will be held on Wednesday, March 10.

  • The 8:30 a.m. morning session will focus on the “Practical Realities of HUD LEAN.” Moderated by Alan Plush, president, HealthTrust, the panel will use several case studies to illustrate project and application characteristics that are necessary for a successful HUD funding outcome, as well as action steps that can prevent delays and rejections. Speakers include Scott Moore, managing director, RED Mortgage Capital, Inc.; Leonard A. Lucas, first vice president-senior loan originator, Love Funding Corp.; and T. Brian Pollard, managing director, Lancaster Pollard.
  • At 10:15 a.m., the closing session will reveal the “State of the Industry: How Do Capital Markets View Skilled Nursing?” Moderator Raymond Braun, managing member, Prospects Advisory Group LLC, will lead a Q&A discussion with financiers on how they view the sector and what they like – and do not like – about it. Panelists include Kurt C. Read, partner, Javelin Capital Partners; Taylor Pickett, CEO, Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc.; Jim Pieczynski, president-healthcare real estate group, CapitalSource; and Jim Sullivan, managing director, Green Street Advisors.

Breakout sessions will provide added insights about capital and reimbursement strategies. Attendees will also have networking opportunities including an opening reception, coffee/networking breaks and a networking lounge. In addition, on March 9 a joint networking reception with the co-located 2010 NIC Regional Symposium also held that week will allow attendees to interact with key lenders and investors who are not only involved in the skilled nursing sector, but also interested in the private pay side of seniors housing and care.

The early bird registration rate for the 2010 National Skilled Nursing Investment Forum is $1000 for general (non-operator) attendees; $1350 after January 15, 2010. This registration includes free admission to the NIC Regional Symposium, which is being held immediately after the Forum on March 9-11, 2010. For operators, the registration rate is $600, which increases to $750 after the early bird deadline. Operators pay just $350 more to attend the Symposium.

Attendance for both events is limited, CLICK HERE to register. To become a sponsor, contact Elisa Infante Freeman at (410) 267-0504 or

About NIC

Founded in 1991, the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry is a nonprofit education and research organization providing information about business strategy and capital formation for the senior living industry. NIC is the leading provider of historical and trend data on the industry through its NIC MAP® Data and Analysis Service that tracks properties in the 100 largest metropolitan areas and its Key Financial Indicators™ (KFIs) that report nationwide statistics. Proceeds from its annual conference and other events are used to fund data and research on issues of importance to lenders, investors, developers, operators, and others interested in meeting the housing and care needs of America’s seniors. For more information, visit or call (410) 267-0504.

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