Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) Appoints Ken Knutsen as Chair

Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

NYSHFA is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Knutsen as Chair of the Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA). Mr. Knutsen is a superb leader dedicated to the profession and his community. Mr. Knutsen is currently employed at Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation, Melville, NY. Under Article 28-D of the New York State Public Health Law the Commissioner directs the New York State Department of Health to appoint a Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA). The Board is authorized to establish standards for the examination, licensure and registration of nursing home administrators and standards for the issuance, revocation and suspension of nursing home administrator licenses. The Board is also responsible for the investigation of written charges and complaints filed with the Board relating to any nursing home administrator and the assessment of civil penalties or other disciplinary actions.

Board members must, by law, meet specific criteria. The Board plays a critical role in the Department's efforts to promote high quality nursing home care in New York State. Nursing home administrators are, in effect, the chief executive officers of health care organizations and, as such, are responsible for the health, safety and well-being of the most vulnerable New Yorkers. The Board works to ensure that nursing home administrators are thoroughly educated, trained and experienced before they are granted a license and registered to practice in New York State.

The term for each seat is three years. The Board meets at least two times annually in Albany. Occasional needs may dictate additional meetings. Meetings are structured with a Public Session, which is webcast, and an Executive Session, which is closed to the public. Business typically conducted during Executive Session includes disciplinary actions involving licensed nursing home administrators and determinations on whether specific applicants for licensure have satisfied the requirements for licensure.

For more information contact the New York State Department of Health Board of Examiners Nursing Home Administrators, Bureau of Professions Credentialing, 875 Central Avenue, Albany, NY, 12206; 1-877-877-1827 profcred@health.ny.gov.