W. Russell McDaid was recently promoted to president and chief operating officer of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association and the Center for Assisted Living Management (PHCA/CALM).
PHCA/CALM is an advocacy organization for the state’s most vulnerable older residents and their care providers.
McDaid is a longtime advocate for the welfare and care of the elderly and disabled in Pennsylvania, and is also a veteran health and human services policy adviser.
“We are honored to name Russ as president and COO,” Stuart H. Shapiro, CEO of the association, said. “His knowledge of long-term care issues and leadership is invaluable for PHCA/CALM, its member facilities and the residents they serve. His track record of success in Harrisburg and his years of experience serving every corner of our commonwealth is a tremendous asset for the association as we address new opportunities and challenges in the years ahead."
McDaid, a Penn State graduate, originally joined PHCA/CALM in April 2013 as its COO and executive vice president. Before joining PHCA/CALM, he spent nearly 20 years working in health and human services policy where he served as senior vice president and chief policy officer for LeadingAge PA, and as a senior health and human services policy adviser to Governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker.
“There are few individuals who have gained the respect of all segments of the sub-acute, long-term care and assisted living communities as has Russ," Shapiro said. "He has worked with both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, and his experiences, insight, and well deserved respect, should help the association serve its members and continue its growth.”