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Aging Advocate Named President of Maryland's Leading Long-Term Care Association
Date:5/4/2009

COLUMBIA, Md., May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM) has appointed Joseph DeMattos, Jr., its President. DeMattos is known as a government relations and communications expert in the aging community.

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Previous to joining HFAM DeMattos was a leader at AARP, serving in key roles in Washington D.C., Texas, Hawai'i, and Maryland. DeMattos, most recently AARP Senior State Director in Maryland, is best known for his national leadership on Medicare and for his work successfully leading AARP's advocacy efforts on healthcare expansion in Maryland. During his AARP career DeMattos was interim National Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Advocacy, acting Regional Vice President, and National Director of Integration.

DeMattos has more than 28 years of professional and community service experience in communications, community outreach, public relations, and government relations. He holds a Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of the University of Hawai'i, where he is also a past president of the University of Hawai'i Alumni Association. DeMattos is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Maryland and a Pacific Century Fellow alumnus.

"Joe has a proven track record of accomplishment and he deeply understands and is personally committed to advocating on behalf of our provider community, and for the people and families we serve," said Eric Shope, Chair, HFAM Board of Directors.

"For more than sixty years HFAM members have been caring for younger and older Marylanders in need; moving forward we envision a Maryland where people and families seeking long-term care have access to quality and affordable care from our members," said DeMattos. "I am excited to be at the helm of HFAM at this critical time and we will continue to work both at the national and state level to ensure HFAM's expertise is tapped as long-term care is reformed."

Health Facilities Association of Maryland is a voluntary provider community association, chartered in 1948 as the Maryland Nursing Home Association. It is the oldest and largest long-term care association representing skilled nursing, sub-acute facilities, assisted living programs and continuing care retirement communities in Maryland. HFAM has 150 member organizations, including non-profits, serving over 19,000 Maryland consumers in need of long-term care. HFAM member organizations employ more than 18,000 people in Maryland.


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