Sherrill House, a not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, announced that Chief Executive Officer Patrick Stapleton has been appointed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to serve on the state’s recently established Nursing Facility Task Force.
The 15-member Nursing Facility Task Force is charged with evaluating ways to ensure the financial stability of skilled nursing facilities, to enhance their role within the continuum of elder care services, and to address current workforce challenges.
“I am honored to serve with this exceptional group of officials and advocates, all of whom share my commitment to identifying the best strategies to bring financial stability to the nursing home industry in Massachusetts,” said Stapleton. “There will always be a need for skilled nursing facilities and the level of care that only they can provide, particularly as the aging population continues to increase. I look forward to fulfilling the mission as laid out by Governor Baker and the Legislature.”
Stapleton has more than 25 years of experience in the skilled nursing industry and is certified by the American College of Healthcare Administrators. He joined Sherrill House in 2003 and has served as CEO since 2005.
Members of the Nursing Facility Task Force, chaired by Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, include policymakers, medical professionals, long-term care and aging policy experts, and representatives from the skilled nursing facility industry. The task force will file a report in February.
In addition to this most recent appointment, Stapleton has had extensive experience representing Sherrill House in various state government entities. He has occupied the not-for-profit seat on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Informal Dispute Resolution Panel since 2008 and was appointed to serve on the American Health Care Association’s Not-for-Profit Council in 2012. He was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to serve on the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators and was reappointed to this position by Gov. Baker in 2016.
The Milton resident also serves in several appointed positions in the senior care industry including as a former director of both Mass Senior Care and LeadingAge Massachusetts. He is a former member of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton board of trustees and a current member of its finance committee and board of overseers.