Ferry native named new president, ceo of Lifespace Communities

DES MOINES – Lifespace Communities, operator of senior living communities in seven states, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sloan Bentley as its new president and CEO. She succeeds the retiring Scott Harrison.

“Scott has been a tremendous leader, and we are confident that Lifespace will continue to grow and thrive with Sloan’s succession,” says Robert C. Kehm, chairman of the Lifespace board of directors. “Since Scott announced his intention to retire early last year, Sloan emerged as a proven leader in senior living and one of the most accomplished professionals in the industry. We see her skills and experience, combined with her personality and drive, propelling the continued success of the organization.”

Under Harrison’s leadership, Lifespace became a self-managed organization, moving from nine separate continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) to an enterprise of 12. He helped build a new corporate structure, refine strategic plans, and led Lifespace to become the seventh largest nonprofit senior living provider system in the country, as recognized by the LeadingAge Ziegler Top 100.

“It has been an honor and privilege to lead Lifespace Communities,” says Harrison. “Sloan will be surrounded by some of the most talented colleagues in the senior living field, coupled with an organization committed to excellence and providing vital seniors everything they need for satisfying lives.”

A 29-year veteran in senior living and health care, Bentley previously served in top-level leadership positions with ABHOW (American Baptist Homes of the West). Most recently, she served as president of Seniority, Inc., a wholly owned ABHOW subsidiary providing management, sales and marketing services to senior living organizations nationwide. Bentley is a gerontologist, recognized thought leader, speaker and author.

“Lifespace is well positioned in today’s dynamic senior living market, and I will work to enhance it with forward-thinking initiatives, innovative new offerings and an unrelenting commitment to a resident-centered culture,” Bentley says. “I’m excited to lead Lifespace into the future and build upon its success by helping colleagues achieve individual and organizational goals, responsible stewardship, and by focusing on what matters most – the older adults we serve.”