CEO Meritage Healthcare
Don Gormly represents the third generation in his family involved in elder care. Don is the co-founder and CEO of Meritage Healthcare, which is based on the philosophy that “We are women and men for others.”
Meritage has focused on fostering a family atmosphere to ensure that team members recognize the importance of their contribution in caring for others in the post-acute care setting. Short term stays coupled with high intensity therapy programs have earned the Meritage facilities an honorable reputation for getting patients back home as quickly as possible. Meritage employs over 800 people including their in-house therapy teams.
Don also drives the company’s charitable efforts in supporting women’s shelters located near the Meritage facilities. Don holds a JD from Loyola Law School and a business degree. He lives with his wife, Nancy in Southern California. They have two children and six grandchildren.
COO Meritage Healthcare
Jerry Holloway, NHA
Jerry Holloway is driven in his quest for excellence in mentoring and developing leaders. Jerry began his healthcare career in 1994 by securing a Social Service Assistant position in a Skilled Nursing Facility. Steadily, he worked his way through various positions to become a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in 1996. In 1999 Jerry seized upon a challenge to lead a Skilled Nursing Facility out of bankruptcy. As a result of taking this risk, Jerry is now the co-owner and COO of Meritage Healthcare, a network of Skilled Nursing Facility providers in California.
Through Jerry’s career path, he has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the eldercare profession and the teams that deliver care to those patients. This has enabled Jerry to provide leadership based on extensive real-world knowledge. Jerry’s pragmatic approach is a key factor in Meritage Healthcare’s success.
CFO Meritage Healthcare
Gordon Copley, CPA, MBA
Gordon prides himself as a purpose driven leader grounded by his core driving principles of ethical and disciplined financial management to support the organization and those in our care. Gordon exercises these values as CFO leading the Corporate Office Team in Huntington Beach, California, and the field Business Offices Teams. Gordon has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare marketplace including both payors (Health Net, PacifiCare) and providers (Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Apria Healthcare).
Gordon’s responsibilities include the preparation and presentation of all historical and prospective financial information and management of key vendors and third-party relationships. He is keenly focused on driving meaningful change and efficiencies at Meritage Healthcare. Outside of work Gordon enjoys many leadership positions in the community.
VP of Operations Meritage Healthcare
Dave Kuhls, NHA
Dave is dedicated to delivering quality services through strong leadership that fosters teamwork and cooperative spirit. Dave’s leadership style, strong interpersonal skills and knowledge of the skilled nursing profession has enabled him to build a culture that strives to provide exceptional care to patients and drives the company’s core values. Dave oversees the day to day operations at Meritage Healthcare.
Dave has over 22 years of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care experience. Dave joined Meritage Healthcare in 2004 as an Administrator at the company’s flagship facility. He was instrumental in facilitating the new construction and opening of Meritage’s newest 120-bed skilled nursing facility in Merced CA. Dave was promoted to VP of Operations in May 2019. Dave’s success, along with the success of the facilities under his management, comes from a commitment to focus first on the people who take care of people.
Outside of work, Dave is able to follow his other passion of coaching and watching his three sons play baseball in the Merced area.
VP of Regulatory Compliance Meritage Healthcare
Terry Sheets, OTR, MHA, RAC-CT
Terry is dedicated to delivering quality care with a concentration on regulatory compliance, staff development, and program enhancement. Terry’s passion for working with the elderly started in high school when she began volunteering and then working in nursing homes. This passion drives her need to provide quality of care for the residents of Meritage Healthcare.
Terry has over 35 years’ experience in the post-acute and long-term care profession as a clinician, manager, and educator. Over the past 20 years Terry has been an integral part of Meritage Healthcare’s growth and success. She has made significant contributions to the company’s Medicare reimbursement, regulatory compliance, and Quality Improvement programs.
Terry stays active at the state level sitting on the Board of Directors for the Quality Care Health Foundation, is a member of the California Association of Healthcare Facilities (CAHF) Government Relations Committee, is Chair of the Quality Improvement Committee for CAHF, and a member of the Quality Improvement Committee for the American Health Care Association (AHCA).
VP of Nursing Services Meritage Healthcare
Patty Craner, R.N, MSN
At the age of 17, Patty knew that she would be a nurse in the long-term care profession when she cared for her aging grandmother. Starting as a certified nursing assistant, Patty has continued her education and now holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing Leadership and Management. For the last 34 years, Patty has grown continually in her professional skills and leadership roles.
At Meritage Healthcare, Patty is responsible for establishing and maintaining clinical and patient care standards, while formulating and implementing care delivery strategies. Patty’s greatest responsibility is to develop nursing leaders. In this role, Patty draws upon a variety of research and nursing leadership experiences to mentor her teams and empower them to grow both professionally and personally. At the heart of Patty’s mentoring efforts is her belief that nursing arises out of listening to the patient.