Mark Bedinger was elected to succeed Janet Snipes as the Chair of the Board of the Colorado Health Care Association during the organization’s 2014 fall convention. Previously, Mark served in other capacities on the Board, most recently as First Vice Chair.
Mark started his career in long term care in the culinary arena with a strong desire to provide outstanding food and service to the population our industry serves. He was promoted into a position of providing regional oversight of food service operations in 15 buildings, traveling between California, Washington, Nevada, Arizona and Utah.
A desire to provide excellent service to residents in long term care spurred Mark to become a Nursing Home Administrator. “I felt there was a great opportunity to apply the principles of hospitality across the full spectrum of services provided in the homes I worked in.”
Having spent 12 years working for a large national chain, in 2001 Mark decided that working for an independent owner would best allow him the freedom to fully apply the principles of hospitality to the management of a home. He made the decision to go to work for Dick Whelan at Saint Paul Health Center in Denver. “Dick was instrumental in giving me the latitude to pursue my passion of integrating hospitality into a model of health care delivery that was already seeing transformative change.”
Mark soon began managing the three buildings in the joint portfolio of Dick Whelan and Robert (Bob) Wilson. In 2004, Mark launched Colavria Hospitality, a Denver-based company that provides a full spectrum of management and consulting services in long term and short term care. In 2013, Mark purchased one of the facilities from Dick and Bob.
Mark looks forward to working with the rest of the Board to continue to chart a direction that promotes our industry’s financial health, fair regulatory environment, and the on-going efforts toward offering a truly person-centered care model.