Ron Bucci has been named administrator of New Canaan's Waveny LifeCare Network, which operates Waveny Care Center, The Village at Waveny, the Adult Day Program, and the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic.

In this role, Bucci will oversee and manage campus operations.

"After a competitive search that brought forth numerous qualified candidates," CEO Bill Piper said, "Ron's proven record of experience, solid background in long-term care and health care management, leadership and person-centered approach made him the clear choice for Waveny. He brings a patient-focused philosophy and strong record of serving top-notch skilled nursing communities throughout Fairfield County to this position, and we are pleased to have him join Waveny as an integral part of our leadership team."

Joining Waveny with nearly 20 years of long-term health care experience and an understanding of the ever-changing needs of older adults, Bucci most recently served as executive director for Middlebrook Farms, of Trumbull. His not-for-profit health-care experience includes key leadership positions within several five-star communities including executive director of Southington Care Center, campus administrator of Wesley Village of United Methodist Homes and administrator of Lourdes Health Care Center.

Within his former roles, Bucci implemented effective quality-based initiatives including hospital readmission reduction programs and the adoption of the "Planetree" philosophy that care should be organized first and foremost around the individual needs of patients.

"I am excited to join Waveny's diverse and talented team of dynamic leaders," Bucci said. "Throughout my professional career, I have always maintained a strong commitment to enhancing both patient and staff satisfaction, so I'm very pleased to join a premier health-care organization like Waveny, which truly puts `quality first' and shares this philosophy as part of its core mission."

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Bucci has a bachelor's degree from the University of New Haven and nursing home licensure from the University of Connecticut. He has a background in dietetics and nutrition.