St. Louis, Missouri – The Missouri Healthcare Association and Garden View Care Centers announced today that Courtney Nieves, Administrator of Garden View Care Center at Dougherty Ferry has been chosen by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) as a national, future leader in long term and post-acute care. Courtney will join AHCA/NCAL’s Future Leaders program, a year-long program that offers training and guidance for industry professionals.

“I want to extend my sincerest congratulations to Courtney Nieves and our new class of Future Leaders,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “These individuals have distinguished themselves with the potential to guide long term care into the future, and I am excited to watch this class grow into the profession’s leaders of tomorrow.”

“Courtney Nieves has excelled as the Administrator of Garden View Care Center at Dougherty Ferry for the last 5 ½ years. Her career focus is to be a leader in the senior care industry using her professional insights and experience to promote long term care communities. We are so very proud of Courtney for being honored as a member of the new class of “Future Leaders” by AHCA/NCAL” said Richard Winter, President of Garden View Care Centers.

Courtney Nieves has worked in Long-Term Care for 15 years serving in many different roles. Her experience and vast knowledge of skilled nursing has proven her to be a lucrative and driven leader in the industry. Under Courtney’s leadership, Garden View Care Center at Dougherty Ferry has successfully increased their CMS Quality ratings from a 1-star to a 5-star facility. Additionally, Garden View has had successful state and federal surveys, including a deficiency-free state health survey in 2022.

AHCA/NCAL developed the Future Leaders program in 2004. Selected participants demonstrate both leadership potential and represent the interests of state and national long term care providers. The program covers the latest theories and practical applications in quality management, customer satisfaction, and leadership. The year-long program kicks off with the “Future Leaders of Long Term Care in America” Symposium held each year in Washington, D.C.


The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,500 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit