LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, MD., November 12, 2021 – The Green House Project (GHP) today announces the hire of Ann McLaughlin in the role of Project Coach.
McLaughlin comes to GHP with a deep and unique perspective on the challenges facing long-term care reformers today – as well as their solutions. A licensed nursing home administrator with a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, McLaughlin has worked both on the front lines of eldercare and as a researcher probing racial disparities in the long-term care system.
“Everyone deserves to age with dignity,” McLaughlin said. “It is a personal goal to do everything I can to make that possible.”
Prior to joining GHP, McLaughlin was a Health and Aging Policy Fellow in the office of Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, where she wrote legislation and advised the Congresswoman’s staff on key policy issues. In addition to her research while at the University of Minnesota, she gained real-world experience at several eldercare communities in Minnesota – including a position as an artist-in-residence at The Waters of Highland Park in St. Paul, where she gave harp performances and developed music and social programming for elders.
At GHP, McLaughlin will support forward-thinking eldercare organizations as they develop new Green House communities and implement culture-change programs across the country. She will also provide insights into the structural and policy reforms that must occur to create truly transformative change in long-term care.
“We’re delighted to have Ann and her incredible talents on the Green House team,” Susan Ryan, GHP’s senior director, said. “We’re at a key inflection point in nursing home reform after the COVID-19 tragedy, and Ann will play a vital role as we work to break down the barriers to new and empowering models of care across the country and the world.”
McLaughlin holds a doctor of musical arts degree and a master of music degree from the University of Illinois; she also received a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of North Texas.
“For years, I have known about The Green House Project, its excellent work, and the high standard it sets for quality of life for older adults,” McLaughlin said. “It is such an honor to join the team!”
About The Green House Project
Since 2003, The Green House Project has led a revolution in the way we provide eldercare services. With private rooms, warm communal areas, empowered care teams, and an emphasis on connecting with nature, Green House homes provide a vital alternative to institutional nursing facilities. GHP believes that elders, no matter their physical or cognitive challenges, deserve to live a meaningful life in a setting that doesn’t just feel like home – because it truly is home.
Alex Spanko, Director of Communications