PLANO, Texas--()--Golden Living has named David Friend, M.D. to the newly created position of Chief Clinical Officer. In this role, Dr. Friend will oversee the clinical practices within the Golden Living family of companies. He will be responsible for integrating the company’s clinical resources — including medical, nursing, therapy, and pharmacy services — to enhance patient care and maximize the use of Golden Living’s clinical expertise.
“By adopting a unified approach for our clinical services under Dr. Friend, our clinical teams will be able to enhance their clinical relationships, have better access to best practices, and collaborate more effectively across all business lines.”
“Dr. Friend’s deep medical knowledge and broad experience in clinical leadership will benefit our patients and residents as we align our clinical services across our family of companies,” said Neil Kurtz, M.D., President and CEO of Golden Living. “By adopting a unified approach for our clinical services under Dr. Friend, our clinical teams will be able to enhance their clinical relationships, have better access to best practices, and collaborate more effectively across all business lines.”
As a physician with an M.B.A. degree, Dr. Friend brings a broad range of educational, professional, and business experience to his new leadership position. In addition to his extensive business background, Dr. Friend was a member of the Board of Directors at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine for nine years, where he served as Chair of the Clinical Affairs Committee.
Previously, Dr. Friend was President and Chief Medical Officer of AseraCare, a Golden Living company. Before joining AseraCare, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive of the Palladium Group, the global leader in helping organizations in the areas of strategy, performance management, analytics, and business intelligence.
Dr. Friend earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Brandeis University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
About Golden Living (www.goldenliving.com)
Golden Living is a family of companies that specialize in recovery care. Its mission is to help people recover health and improve quality of life through a network of healthcare services, including rehab, home care, assisted living, skilled nursing care and hospice. The Golden Living family of companies includes Golden LivingCenters, Aegis Therapies, AseraCare, and 360 Healthcare Staffing. There are more than 300 Golden LivingCenters in 21 states. Golden Living also offers assisted living services at more than 30 locations. In addition, the Golden Living companies partner with more than 1,000 nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare organizations in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Collectively, the Golden Living family of companies has more than 42,000 employees who provide quality healthcare to more than 60,000 patients every day.