Senior Strategy Educator – Senior Living & Healthcare
Connie March’s experience spans more than 35 years in senior living. It includes serving as the CEO of the senior living division in Catholic healthcare systems for 17 years. She led her division through several internal and external mergers and integration of more than 50 nursing care centers, long term acute care hospital, senior housing, home care, hospice, day care and pharmacy services. She also concurrently served in a system leadership role along with corporate officers and other system CEOs in a billion dollar healthcare system that had 20,000 employees.
Other healthcare experience includes various roles in nursing and administration such as starting the Employee Health Service at a major Illinois multispecialty clinic and hospital system while working as a Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and developing a Geriatric Program for two separate healthcare clinics/hospitals while practicing as a Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in conjunction with multiple physicians. Connie taught medical students at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and nursing students and continuing education nursing courses at Parkland College. She was a geriatric nursing consultant to the Veterans Administration in Danville, Illinois. She served as a Leadership Coach for the AAHSA Leadership Academy (currently known as LeadingAge Leadership Academy) and has presented at several state and national conferences.
Connie currently serves on The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Board which is the largest not-for-profit senior living organization in the nation and The Joint Commission Board which is a leader in improving quality and safety in healthcare organizations around the nation and world. Previous board memberships include Life Services Network (currently known as LeadingAge Illinois); American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (currently known as LeadingAge); Catholic Health Association; Illinois Catholic Health Association; Northern Illinois College of Nursing Advisory Board and Kankakee County Salvation Army Board.
Connie received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Illinois. She has authored various articles and books pertaining to senior living.