Rich Schutt named GAN Board Chair

GAN board chair and providence CEO Rich Schutt sits at a table

Rich Schutt, Providence CEO and GAN Board Chairman, has worked for Providence Life Services for over 40 years.

During the Global Ageing Network‘s (GAN) conference in September 2017, Providence Life Services CEO Rich Schutt was named the incoming chairman of the Board for the organization.

The annual conference connects more than one thousand aged care professionals from more than 20 countries. Rich has served on its board for several years, most recently as treasurer.

GAN, an international organization, is committed to helping people age with dignity. Their leaders set the stage for innovative ideas in senior living solutions. Members of GAN include global leaders from many different areas of expertise all working toward the same goal: ensuring that our aging population get an opportunity to have exceptional quality of life. It includes international leaders in aging services, housing, research, technology, and design.

Providence is proud to be represented in this global community, and grateful to be able to access the collective knowledge, wisdom, and experience of this international team.

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The Global Ageing Network (GAN) is comprised of leaders in senior services across the world.

GAN is a Non-Government Organization (NGO) recognized by the United Nations, and works to promote quality services for those aging around the world. It works toward shared education between countries, and sponsors scholarships for people whose nation’s aging policies either don’t exist or need radical enhancement.

More than 20,000 aging services providers worldwide, who serve almost 5 million elderly daily, are represented in GAN. The network’s members are for-profit, not-for-profit, and governmental organizations from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong (SAR), India, Israel, Ireland, Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Meet GAN Chairman and PLS CEO Rich Schutt

Rich is deeply committed to his life and work here at PLS and at home. Here are a few things you may not know about Rich:

His first job was at Providence (then called Rest Haven). He began working in maintenance at Providence of Palos Heights when he was 15.

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GAN members pictured left to right: Margie VanZyl (Past Chair), Katie Smith Sloan (Global Ageing Network, Executive Director LeadingAge, CEO), Marcus Riley (Past Chair), Richard Schutt, (GAN Chair)

He was named CEO in 1986, and he has served at Providence for more than 40 years.

He is married to Linda Schutt (RN, MSN), who serves PLS as the VP of Education.

They have have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.

They are members of Orland Park Christian Reformed Church, where Rich is an Administrative Elder. Linda serves on the Orphan Ministry.

He shares that his favorite moments at Providence are serving and interacting with residents, along with solving complex healthcare strategies for the organization.

His biggest challenges in the role of CEO include lowered Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and rising costs, as Providence keeps up with regulations and the needs of a growing aging population.

His vision for Providence is continued ministry expansion — especially the growth of assisted living and specialized dementia care — as well as more partnerships with hospitals and accountable care organizations.