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Richard Gamache named President of Eden Alternative Board of Directors

Richard Gamache, Vice-President of Extended Care for CharterCARE Health Partners, has been named President of the Board of Directors of the Eden Alternative, an international, non-profit organization dedicated to creating quality of life for Elders and their care partners, wherever they may live.

He has been a board member of the Eden Alternative since 2009, most recently serving as Treasurer. Gamache serves as Administrator of Elmhurst Extended Care, Rhode Island’s only Eden Alternative community. He is a Certified Eden Alternative Educator and Eden Mentor, and under his direction, Elmhurst has been practicing the Eden Alternative philosophy since 2002.

"This is a personal and professional honor for me, given how much respect and admiration I have for my fellow board members and all people, worldwide, who are practicing The Eden Alternative in an effort to make lives better for Elders and those who care for them,” said Gamache. “In my new role, I will work with the board and our CEO Chris Perna to collectively provide guidance and leadership to our organization and the people we serve."

Focused on changing the culture of elder care since the early 1990’s, the Eden Alternative approach to person-directed care initially came to life in nursing homes and has since expanded its reach to all care settings, including home care and residential care for people living with different abilities.

Gamache has more than 25 years of experience as a healthcare executive in the field of elder care. He is a licensed and nationally certified nursing home administrator who has worked in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, including multi-site management of nine facilities in three states. He has achieved the rank of Fellow within the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) and is the immediate Past-President of the Rhode Island chapter. Currently, he serves on the national education committee for the ACHCA.

He is a founding member and past chair of “RI Generations”, a partnership to promote person-centered care in RI nursing homes. Rick is also the immediate past chair of the Rhode Island Health Care Association. This year, the ACHCA honored Gamache with the 2014 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. In 2009, Gamache was chosen as the national “Distinguished Administrator Award” winner by the ACHCA, specifically for his work to improve Eldercare in nursing homes.

Gamache holds a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from Salve Regina University, and a BA in History from UMass/Dartmouth.

CharterCARE Health Partners is the corporate parent of Roger Williams Medical Center and St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island. It operates a total of 579 licensed hospital beds, employs approximately 3,200 employees and has annual operating revenues of approximately $330 million.