In early December, the Warwick-based Rhode Island Health lobbies for Care Association (RIHCA), a state-affiliate of the American Health Care providing legislative strategy for the state’s skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation facilities, announced the hiring of Scott Fraser to be the next President and CEO of the organization. Fraser will replace Virginia Burke who is retiring at the end of this year.
Fraser, a resident of North Scituate, for nearly a decade operated a full-service public relations agency, Fraser Communications Group. Prior to that he served more than 20 years for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island as a lobbyist and public relations official.
Fraser is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University. He is a graduate of Tufts University. Fraser serves on the board of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. He is married and has three children.
Fraser, an Advocate for Rhode Island’s Nursing Homes
“We are very pleased to be bringing Scott on board to continue RIHCA’s fine work,” said Hugh Hall, Chairman of the RIHCA Board of Directors who serves as Administrator at West View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. “His public relations skill and lobbying background are just what we need to continue advocating for our member nursing homes in the state,” said Hall.
“I also want to wish Virginia Burke well in her retirement and thank her for her dedicated service, added Hall. During Burke’s eleven years as RIHCA’s President and CEO, she did an outstanding job growing the organization and being a tireless advocate for appropriate Medicaid funding for critical services provided by the state’s Skilled Nursing Facilities. In Rhode Island’s difficult health care environment Burke was a significant force in effecting positive change for residents in our nursing facilities, he said.
“I look forward to advocating for the nursing home industry in Rhode Island. At a time when health care centers like West View and others are being asked to do more for their patients with dwindling resources, it is important to have a strong voice at the Rhode Island State House and in Washington to represent some of our most vulnerable fellow Rhode Islanders,” says RIHCA’s Fraser.
“Working with Hugh Hall and other health center administrators, we will continue to speak up on behalf of those whose voices may not otherwise be heard,” adds Fraser.