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Green House® Project Names New Director

Capital Impact welcomes David Farrell, M.S.W., L.N.H.A., as the new director of The Green House® Project. David, who is a prominent, tireless, and lifelong advocate for improving the quality and changing the culture of long-term care, enters as the organization celebrates its 10th anniversary and moves to spread its model for long-term care that looks and feels like a real home.

Having worked at every level of long-term care, from cutting his teeth as a nurses’ aide in his earliest days to turning around struggling inner-city nursing homes as a high-level executive, David knows what it takes to put the visionary principles of a model like Green House into practice. As founder and first chair of the Rhode Island Culture Change Coalition and a board member of the national Pioneer Network, he has traveled the country inspiring long-term care leaders to make meaningful changes to enhance quality.

Prior to joining Green House, David served as both the Director of Organizational Development and Regional Director of Operations for Windsor Healthcare in California—overseeing the operations of five skilled-nursing facilities and the implementation of person-centered care in 33 nursing homes across the state. Before that, he served as Care Continuum Director at Lumetra, then California’s federally funded Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), where he led a team that significantly improved the performance of 125 skilled-nursing facilities. Farrell also chaired California’s Advancing Excellence in Nursing Homes campaign. Earlier in his career, David served as the administrator at a handful of facilities around California.

He holds a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in business administration and gerontology from Boston College, a license in nursing home administration and an undergraduate degree from Stonehill College. He is co-author of the award-winning book “Meeting the Leadership Challenge in LTC: What You Do Matters,” and has co-authored numerous journal articles on quality improvement and culture change.


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