Personnel note: FHCA’s Tony Marshall tapped as CEO of Georgia nursing home group

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Tony Marshall has left Florida’s nursing home advocacy group to become head of a similar organization in the Peach State.

Marshall, who started on Monday, now is president and CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association (GHCA), according to a news release. The association is located in Stockbridge, about 20 miles south of Atlanta.

He had been senior director of reimbursement at the Florida Health Care Association in Tallahassee.

Both organizations advocate for nursing homes, assisted living facilities and others that care for the elderly and people with disabilities.

“Marshall’s breadth of long-term-care experience will provide one of the greatest impacts to GHCA, its members, and the people it serves throughout Georgia’s communities,” said Norma Jean Morgan, chair of the GHCA Board of Directors. “I look forward to seeing the progress and success that he will most certainly bring to this organization.”

The GHCA’s prior president was paid about $313,000 yearly, according to financial disclosures on file with the Internal Revenue Service. Marshall’s last reported salary at the Florida association was $192,000.

Marshall “has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with over 16 years in association management, and also brings experience and knowledge from the long-term-care provider perspective,” the news release said.

He also has been vice president of reimbursement at ServiceMaster Diversified Health Services in Memphis, Tenn. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in accounting.

“It is with tremendous enthusiasm and gratitude that I take on a leadership role” at GHCA, Marshall said.

Marshall succeeds former president and CEO Jon Howell, who stepped down in May amid turmoil within the organization, according to a report by Georgia Health News.

At the time, a GHCA spokesman said there was “a difference of opinion on an internal policy matter.”

A spokeswoman for the Florida Health Care Association did not respond Monday to an email seeking comment on Marshall’s departure.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.