Founding Director, IAHSA-China
Mark Spitalnik is the Founder, President and CEO of China Senior Care, Inc. (“CSC”) and President and a Founding Director of the China Branch of the International Association of Housing and Services for the Ageing. Mr. Spitalnik became involved in the Chinese senior care sector in February of 2007 and CSC was formed and funded in April of 2009 for the purpose of bringing international quality senior care to China. CSC was started with the goal of significantly improving the level of senior care in China and responsibly and ethically satisfying a pressing social need of providing a better quality of life for Chinese elders.
Mr. Spitalnik has put together a world class interdisciplinary team that is applying a care and operational model that draws heavily on a state of the art resident-centered care philosophy to educate, train and deploy staff who are capable of providing exemplary care and services to residents at CSC’s initial senior care facility in Hangzhou, China, currently scheduled to begin operations in 2015.
Mr. Spitalnik is an experienced medical malpractice attorney and consultant with more than eighteen years of experience both in the United States and China. Mr. Spitalnik is also an expert on Chinese healthcare laws and the Chinese healthcare system and a Certified Aging Services Professional pursuant to the Certification Program of the Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services.
From August of 2005 until April 2010, Mr. Spitalnik worked with Garvey Schubert Barer, a U.S. law firm with offices in Beijing, China, in an “Of Counsel” capacity. Mr. Spitalnik’s practice at Garvey Schubert Barer included advising various healthcare companies on legal and business issues related to entering the China market.
From August 2005 until February 2007, Mr. Spitalnik also served as a Vice President and General Counsel for Capitis China, an international healthcare services company based in Beijing, China. Prior to that time, Mr. Spitalnik was a Partner with The ChinaCare Group – a leading western healthcare consulting firm located in Beijing. While serving in these roles, Mr. Spitalnik gained extensive expertise in the Chinese healthcare system.
Mr. Spitalnik received his B.A from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Spitalnik clerked on the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court before entering into private practice in the areas of medical malpractice, complex products liability and insurance defense. Mr. Spitalnik has lived in the People’s Republic of China since 1998 and speaks Mandarin Chinese.
Speaking engagements include the following:
“What are the Appropriate Philosophies, Values and Visions Necessary for Providing the Highest Possible Quality of Life to Chinese Seniors” – Retirement Living World China, Beijing, May 2011
“Barriers to Providing International Quality Senior Care in Long Term Care Facilities in China” – Retirement Communities World Asia, Hong Kong, October 2011
“Culture Change: A China Case Study” – International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing, Washington, D.C., October 2011
Chairman’s Welcome Address “The Business of Residential Aged Care” – Ageing Asia Investment Forum, Singapore, April 2012
“Concept to Construction”- Environments for Aging, Orlando Florida, April 2012
“The Human Resource Challenges in the Development of China Residential Aged Care Facilities” –Retirement Living World China, Shanghai, May 2012
“Introduction to the China Branch of the International Association of Housing and Services for the Ageing” – Leading Age Conference, Denver, October 2012.
“Challenges and Opportunities in Exporting Senior Housing Models and Expertise to Asia” – Retirement Communities World Asia, Hong Kong, October 2012
“Bringing International Quality Senior Care Services to China” – Ageing Asia Investment Forum, Singapore, April 2012.
“Challenges Associated with Getting an International Quality Residential Aged Care Facility Built and Staffed in China” – China Care Show, Shanghai, August 2013
“Navigating the Post Pilot era – The Evolution and Future of Retirement Living in China” – Retirement Living World China, Shanghai, October 2013
“Inside the Boardroom: Strategies for Enabling a Seamless Healthcare Experience for Older Adults” – Ageing Asia Investment Forum, Singapore, April 2014
“Opportunities for U.S. Companies in the Senior Living Sector in China” – United States Commercial Service, Shanghai, April 2014
“Advancing China Senior Housing as an Institutional Asset Class” – Real Estate Investment World China, Shanghai, April 2014
“Challenges Related to Raising Capital for Senior Living Projects in China” -Retirement Living World China, Shanghai, October 2014
“What China Can Learn From the Experience the U.S. Has Had in Developing its Senior Living Sector” – Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce 2014 Annual Meeting, Hangzhou, December 2014