Sunrise Senior Living Names Paula Adams Chief Clinical Officer
Sunrise Senior Living, a leading provider of senior living services, announced today the appointment of Paula Adams as the company’s next chief clinical officer. In this role, Ms. Adams will be responsible for Sunrise’s clinical operations to include leading care and wellness programs, clinical informatics, and clinical education.
“Providing the very best in personalized resident-centered care and services remains at the very core of Sunrise as we get ready to celebrate 40 years of championing quality of life for all seniors,” said chief operating officer Nick Stengle. “We are pleased to welcome Paula, a highly skilled clinical and operations leader to the Sunrise team and look forward to her utilizing her deep experience in optimizing care models and innovating service delivery across the healthcare spectrum to support our customers today as well as help us identify and execute on strategic opportunities for growth.”
Ms. Adams joins Sunrise with more than 30 years of diverse healthcare management experience. Most recently, Ms. Adams served as chief clinical officer for Senior Lifestyle Corporation, where she was responsible for all clinical operations across 180 communities providing assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing as well as the company’s compliance and programming teams. She played a critical role in designing and implementing value-based ancillary services to positively impact operations to include home care, hospice, pharmacy and therapy services.
Previously, Ms. Adams served as a regional vice president for Brookdale where she managed their home health business in the west division and led a national operational model change initiative to improve the customer experience, clinical quality outcomes and financial performance. She has held a variety of operational leadership roles for HCR Manor Care, Tender Loving Care, Housecall Medical Resources as well as Apria Healthcare among other companies after starting her career with Nutrisystem where she designed nursing training and corporate policies and procedures for its growing franchise model, as well as all staff recruitment and development programs.
A registered nurse, Ms. Adams received her master’s degree from Northwestern University after earning her bachelor of science in genetics and chemistry from The Ohio State University.
“I am incredibly humbled to join the Sunrise team known for its resident-first care model and commitment to innovation as we look for opportunities to further elevate our offerings to benefit the holistic health and wellness of our customers today and into the future,” shared Ms. Adams. “I look forward to building on Sunrise’s strong clinical foundation as we explore ways to grow through the integration of healthcare and hospitality, and seek new partnerships across the continuum all while maintaining a focus on providing the very best in care and quality outcomes to benefit residents and their families.”
Ms. Adams officially began her role at Sunrise on November 29, 2021.