Industry magazine calls Wilkes 'Most Influential'

January 1, 2011 – Media Mention
Long-Term Living Magazine

In its 60th anniversary special edition, Long-Term Living Magazine named W&M co-founder Jim Wilkes as one of the top 10 most influential people in shaping the state of long-term care in America.

Wilkes was listed among such long-term care luminaries as the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, and former Health and Human Services Secretary and Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, as well as Emma Holder, the founder of the oldest long-term care resident advocacy group in the nation.

Editor Richard Peck said Wilkes' influence was to "materially raise the level of care in American nursing homes out of sheer fear," citing the fact that Wilkes & McHugh, P.A. "has spent the past 20 years winning liability judgments against nursing homes totaling hundreds of millions of dollars."

Indeed, Wilkes & McHugh, P.A. has achieved record-setting verdicts in multiple states, as well as key court rulings addressing nursing home liability. Jim Wilkes has been called the "pioneer" of nursing home litigation because until he and partner Tim McHugh came along, no one was willing to fight for the rights of abused and neglected elderly.

Over the years, they have highlighted the life-threatening pressure ulcers, falls, fractures, and more that nursing home residents suffer because of understaffing by large, for-profit chains.

According to its website, Long-Term Living Magazine is, "the leading provider of practical, in-depth, business-building and patient/resident care information. Its readers are owners, administrators and directors of nursing at skilled nursing care and assisted living facilities; continuing care retirement centers; post-acute care facilities, and independent living communities."

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