Vet lobbyist signs on as new AAH CEO

Saturday, May 31, 2003

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — AAHomecare has named veteran healthcare lobbyist, Kay Cox, to replace outgoing CEO and President Tom Connaughton, effective June 1.

With more than 20 years experience in the health care industry, Cox most recently served as vice president of the Washington office and Political Action Committee of Beverly Enterprises, a $2.4 billion company that operates skilled nursing facilities in 26 states.

Until her AAHomecare appointment, she had been heading up a health care consulting group that advises nationally known health care providers on public policy issues. In addition, she has managed and coordinated federal contracts with several government agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Labor, and the Veteran’s Administration.

“She met all of the criteria we’d set out,” said Steve Knoll, outgoing chairman of AAHomecare. “She has the ability to bring diverse groups together. She has knowledge of healthcare and home care. And she’s a strategic thinker.”

AAHomecare received 26 applications for its CEO spot and interviewed seven candidates.

“Kay stood out as someone with passion and enthusiasm,” said Joel Mills, incoming chairman of AAHomecare.

Connaughton, 60, has accepted a new job as head of the Washington D.C. office for the Cook Group, a medical technology manufacturer headquartered in Bloomington, Ind. HME