RICHA names Fraser president and CEO upon Burke’s retirement

WARWICK — The Rhode Island Health Care Association has announced Scott Fraser will replace President and CEO Virginia Burke, who will retire at the end of this year.

Fraser, of North Scituate, most recently operated and owned a public relations agency, Fraser Communications Group, for nearly 10 years. Prior to that, he served more than 20 years in corporate public relations and legislative lobbying for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Health Care Association is a state affiliate of the American Health Care Association. RIHCA represents the interests of the nursing care community to government, business leaders and the general public.

“We are very pleased to be bringing Scott on board to continue RIHCA’s fine work,” said Hugh Hall, chairman of the RIHCA board of directors. “His public relations skill and lobbying background are just what we need to continue advocating for our member nursing homes in the state,” Hall said.

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“I also want to wish Virginia Burke well in her retirement and thank her for her dedicated service,” he added. “During Virginia’s 11 years as head of the Association, she did an outstanding job internally with significant growth within the association, and externally as a tireless advocate for the proper funding of the critical services provided by the Skilled Nursing Facilities in Rhode Island.  In a difficult health care environment in Rhode Island, Virginia was a significant force in effecting positive change for our elders in nursing homes,” Hall said.

Fraser is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University. He is a graduate of Tufts University. Fraser serves on the board of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Borkowski@PBN.com.