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Message From Gardant CEO – October 2022




From the Desk of the CEO, Rod Burkett

Recently, I was surprised and humbled to learn that I would be receiving the 2022 Jan Thayer Pioneer Award from the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). NCAL describes the award as a recognition of individuals who have moved the senior care profession forward, positively affecting the lives of those served and those who serve. Recipients must demonstrate dedication, leadership, and considerable contributions to the profession. I am to receive the award at NCAL’s annual convention in October in Nashville, Tennessee.

While it is a great honor to be named the recipient, I am accepting this award on behalf of our company’s mission of increasing accessibility and affordability in the assisted living sector, and in honor of all our caregivers and support staff, our community Administrators, our leadership teams and our owner/investor groups that make our mission and passion come to life every day.

I am so proud that we have provided love, compassion, and dignity to more than 31,000 deserving residents over the last 23 years, and it’s further gratifying to know that we have been inclusive and innovative in providing this compassionate care by serving those in small rural towns, in both blue collar and affluent suburbs, and in some of our nation’s most challenged inner-city neighborhoods…all while being committed to serving seniors of all income levels.

Where once stood a corn field or a decaying urban building, our mission focused on turning that into a community of caring people that positively impacted thousands of lives. While I co-founded the company and helped it to grow, this award is dedicated to the thousands of caregivers who are the heart and soul of what we accomplish every day!

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