Advocates for Georgia's Elderly Since 1953


Suzanne Gerhardt Chosen as a Future Long Term and Post-Acute Care Leader

For Immediate Release
July 12, 2021

Devon Barill, Director of Communications 
(678) 783-1703
The Georgia Health Care Association (GHCA) is thrilled to announce that Suzanne Gerhardt, Senior Area Vice President for PruittHealth and GHCA Vice Chair, has been chosen by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) as a national, future leader in long term and post-acute care. Gerhardt will join AHCA/NCAL's Future Leaders program, a year-long program that offers training and guidance for industry professionals.
“Now more than ever, we need to build a pipeline of diverse leaders for our profession,” said Mark Parkinson, President & CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “Our profession has been through the most challenging year, and we need dedicated, up-and-coming leaders to continue to innovate and improve long term care. We are excited to work with Suzanne and help her develop her career and passion for serving our nation's seniors.”
“I have had the privilege of working closely with Suzanne through her years of service on the GHCA Board of Directors, and her dedication to quality care and strong leadership skills make her an excellent candidate for the Future Leaders program,” said GHCA President & CEO Tony Marshall. “I look forward to watching her enhance these skills and apply them within GHCA, AHCA/NCAL, and the long term care community.”
Gerhardt is a Senior Area Vice President for PruittHealth. She has served as a long term care administrator for 23 years and on the GHCA Board of Directors for 6 years. She currently serves as GHCA Vice Chair and as Chair of the GHCA Public Relations Committee.
AHCA/NCAL developed the Future Leaders program in 2004. Selected participants demonstrate both leadership potential and represent the interests of state and national long term care providers. The program covers the latest theories and practical applications in quality management, customer satisfaction, and leadership. The year-long program kicks off with a two-day symposium held each year in Washington, D.C. This year's symposium will take place September 28 - 30, 2021.
About GHCA
The Georgia Health Care Association is a non-profit association of skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, and home and community based case managers called SOURCE. Advocates for Georgia's elderly since 1953, the Association represents the best interests of patients, residents and consumers as well as owners, administrators, and other personnel. GHCA strives to enhance the ability of its members to provide competent and compassionate care to meet the ever-changing health care needs of elderly Georgians. For more information, visit
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit