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 Residents, Colleagues Mourn the Passing of Missouri Pioneer

​Jim Giardina, long-time Missouri Health Care Association (MHCA) Board member and past president, passed away on May 22 after a brief illness. He was owner and president of Community Care Centers, where he took great pride in the relationships he had with his residents and loyal employees. Giardina also was a long-time active American Health Care Association (AHCA) member who was a familiar and welcome presence at association conventions over the years.

Jim was an MHCA member for over 40 years.  He served in many capacities on the MHCA Board, including MHCA president for three separate terms (1987-1988, 1997-1998, and 1998-1999).  Jim was recipient of the MHCA Member of the Year Award in 1987 and 1996.  He also received the MHCA President’s Award in 1992 and 1994 for his many years of outstanding service to the chapter. 

“This is a tremendous loss for MHCA. He was a large presence in the organization, and his passing has left a huge hole for us,” says MHCA Executive Vice President Nikki Strong. “He was one of our best—a larger-than-life personality.” AHCA President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Parkinson adds, “Jim was a really authentic and endearing person. We’re sad to hear about his loss.”
 Giardina’s passion for long term care ran deep. At age 16, he began working as a maintenance man at a local nursing facility. At age 19, he became the youngest person in Missouri to ever hold a nursing home administrator’s license. He bought his first nursing facility in 1977. Over the years, he went on to operate more than 20 facilities and care for thousands of residents. He owned other businesses—insurance companies, pharmacies, and commercial real estate—but he had a special passion for nursing facilities.
He is survived by his children Jennifer, Christina, Gina, and Melissa and 10 grandchildren. People may read his obituary and/or write a tribute at
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