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OHCA Grants Avamere CMO Special Services Award

Updated: Dec 16, 2021

WILSONVILLE, Ore. – The Oregon Health Care Association granted Dr. Elizabeth Burns, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the Avamere Family of Companies (AFC), one of four Special Services Awards for 2021. Dr. Burns joins three other Avamere recipients for 2021, making the company the top-earning awards recipient across all who were honored.

Dr. Burns has been CMO with Avamere for two years and has been instrumental in opening dedicated COVID-19 units in several Avamere skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).

According to the OHCA, Dr. Burns helped contribute valuable support to their enhanced efforts to support senior care providers via policies and best practices to keep residents and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the OHCA’s Pandemic Response Team, she helped to guide the priorities of OHCA staff to ensure providers were able to receive ongoing guidance and expertise to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the pandemic to assure the best interest of residents, families, and staff was met.

“Dr. Burns has been invaluable to our company during the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Rick Miller, CEO of the Avamere Family of Companies. “She successfully guided our company through one of the most challenging experiences in the healthcare industry and the world, and in addition guided other agencies as part of the OHCA’s Pandemic Response Team. Thank you and congratulations to Dr. Burns on this well-deserved award.”

This achievement exemplifies one of Avamere’s core values: quality that is obvious.

Dr. Burns will be recognized with three other Avamere recipients at the Annual Convention on November 10, 2021 in Portland, Oregon.


About the Avamere Family of Companies

Founded in 1995 and based in Wilsonville, Oregon, the Avamere Family of Companies provides assisted living, independent living, memory care, rehabilitation, home care, transitional care, and more. Today Avamere’s diverse companies operate in 300 locations across 20 states with over 8,000 employees. Avamere is proud to be considered one of Oregon’s most admired companies as they continue to serve their valued patients and residents. For more information, visit

Avamere Family of Companies

25115 SW Parkway Ave, Suite B

Wilsonville, OR 97070

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