Paul M. Winkler '78

2021 Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award Recipient

Paul M. Winkler '78

Paul M. Winkler is President and CEO of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, a continuum of senior housing and care communities and services (including non-profit supportive housing, personal care and long-term care) at 56 locations across 10 counties of western Pennsylvania serving approximately 6,500 seniors and families annually. Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is the largest senior living provider in western Pennsylvania and within the Top 50 largest non-profit providers in the United States, and is accredited as a Network by CARF. Winkler has been with Presbyterian SeniorCare Network since 1987 and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Network, overseeing its range of services and facilities, including Woodside Place, the internationally recognized specialty care facility for persons with Alzheimer's disease. Winkler was elected President and CEO in March 1999.

Winkler has served in leadership capacities for numerous local, state and national boards and advisory committees, including the following:

  • Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh board of directors (co-chair, 2018-present)
  • Allegheny County long-term care advisory board (1990-1996)
  • Alzheimer's Association - Greater Pittsburgh Chapter board of directors (/988-1996, president of the board 1993-1996)
  • Alzheimer's Association - National board of directors, alternate regional delegate (/996)
  • Faith-Based Network, Inc. board of directors (/997-2015)
  • Family Hospice and Palliative Care board of directors (2000-2015), chair (2007-2010)
  • Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania board of directors (1987-1994) and co-chair, Committee on Aging and the Continuum of Care (1996-1998)
  • LeadingAge leadership development committee, education planning committee and Center for Managed Care and Innovation advisory committee
  • LeadingAge PA public policy committee and board of directors (chair 2007-2009)
  • Oakmont Borough Council (2000-2005; president 2004-2005)
  • Pittsburgh Care Partnership, Inc. (a consortium of hospital systems and long-term care organizations created to pursue efforts to integrate care including establishment of a PACE--Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly--in Allegheny County) board of directors (1995-present)
  • Pennsylvania Medicaid Policy Center advisory board
  • Pennsylvania Medicare Health Support community advisory board
  • Robert Morris University School of Nursing and Health Sciences board of visitors (2017-2018)
  • South Hills Health System Home Health Agency advisory board (1997-1998)
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania AIDS Planning Coalition board of directors and steering committee
  • (1988-l 994)
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging steering committee (/989-1990); membership
  • committee (/992-1996); board of directors (executive committee and chair) (1999-present)
  • Thomas House of Oakmont board of directors (/988-1991)
  • Touch town, Inc. board of directors (2004-20 J 9)
  • University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health national advisory committee, chair (2006- 2008) and Adjunct Faculty (2019, 2020)
  • University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health Medicaid policy center advisory board University of Pittsburgh, Health Policy Institute advisory council


  • LeadingAge PA, Paul P. Haas Distinguished Achievement Award (2020)
  • UPMC Senior Services, Grand Champion (2013)
  • University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Distinguished Alumni Award (2008)
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging, Charles W. Pruitt, Jr. Award of Excellence (2003)
  • Penn State Dubois Campus, Alumni of the Year Award (2000)
  • Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania, Champion Award, Healthy Communities for Western PA (1997)
  • VASP Award (1989)

Prior to joining Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, Winkler worked for seven years as an administrator within Allegheny County's John J. Kane Hospital/Kane Regional Center's long-term care system. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree in Health Planning and Administration, and a B.A. degree in General Arts and Sciences, Winkler also holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He regularly teaches classes on long-term care at local universities, served as adjunct faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health where he taught a Healthcare Leadership course, and served as a coach with the national LeadingAge Leadership Academy. He has also presented at state and national conferences on a variety of topics, including Strategic Perspectives on Continuum of Care, Alzheimer's Disease Design and Programming, Culture Change/Person-Centered Services, Performance Improvement, Post-Acute Network Collaboration/Alternative Payment Models and Presbyterian SeniorCare Network's Continuing Care at Home program (Envisage). He and his wife, Connie, reside in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. They have two adult children and two grandsons.