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About Advocate Healthcare Management

Advocate Healthcare Management provides successful leadership, direction, support and operational management for Skilled Nursing Facilities across Massachusetts. The company specializes in patient-centered care, operational improvement, and building facilities into highly regarded healthcare providers for their local communities known to be well aligned with partnered acute care hospitals in their areas.

Its founders and principals are the visionaries who created Merrimack Health Group—a franchise of Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, and Independent Living facilities and an institutional pharmacy across Massachusetts. Merrimack grew in 10 years from one facility in Marblehead, MA, to 14 highly respected operations and was heralded as an industry success story until its sale in 2014.

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Michael Walsh, Partner

Mr. Walsh was one of the two original founders and owners of Merrimack Health Group, a visionary who led the development of that company into an exemplary healthcare operation. His extensive financial and operations background provides him with the understanding of how to develop an in-depth and practical approach to almost any business situation or challenge.

His analytical methodology and extensive knowledge of finance position him to deliver powerful, pragmatic and logical approaches to the day-to-day operations of a Skilled Nursing Facility, no matter the operational, financial or reputational obstacles.

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William Mantzoukas, Partner

Also one of the two original founders and owners of Merrimack Health Group, Mr. Mantzoukas is the visionary on the team. From his experience spending several years as a Hospital Administrator, Mr. Mantzoukas became convinced he could "do it better"—and he did. The growth of Merrimack Health Group of Haverhill, MA was unprecedented during its amazing expansion over two decades.

The spectacular growth of the company was due in large part to is his innate ability to control growth while maintaining the highest levels of patient-centered care, building a highly engaged and motivated workforce, and producing superior financial performance.

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Thomas Gomes, Partner

A life-long resident of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Mr. Gomes brings to Advocate Healthcare Management first-class operational expertise in "turning around" Skilled Nursing Facilities and driving organizations to levels of excellence that result in deficiency-free survey results from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Department of Public Health surveys.

His track record in taking facilities from a 1-Star ranking to a 5-Star ranking is well recognized in the industry. Throughout his distinguished career he has led facilities as Administrator, driven market penetration, and dramatically improved financial performance.

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Laura McDonnell, Partner

Ms. McDonnell brings to the company a wealth of information and skills in Business Office operations. She was the Corporate Business Manager of Merrimack Health Group throughout its 20-year existence, overseeing the business office operations of the home office as well as the 14 facilities within the Merrimack Health Group system. Her expertise in streamlining and optimizing Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll and Billing processes led her to a leadership role as the President of the Long Term Care Finance Association of Massachusetts.

She is the author of two well-known industry journals that establish scalable and efficient Business Office practices; both works are highly regarded by healthcare professionals as performance benchmarks for the industry.

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