About Us

Our History

Since its founding in 1984, Athena Health Care Systems has grown into New England’s largest for-profit, privately owned long-term care management company. Consistently ranked in the top 25 largest nursing home operators in the United States, Athena employs nearly 8,000 employees throughout its continuum of care, touching the lives of tens of thousands of patients, residents, and family members each year.

Athena, headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut, was formed by a group of like-minded individuals with a diversified background in healthcare. This partnership began its management of one third-party-owned center, Valerie Manor in Torrington, Connecticut. Over the next several years, multiple centers were constructed under the guidance of the Athena team while others were acquired. Athena proudly manages facilities across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

The Athena partners, led by founding partner President and C.E.O. Larry Santilli, believed in the overriding principle of “Protecting the Quality of Life” while maintaining a business model of steady, deliberate growth. As the company approaches 40 years, those principles hold true as Athena now operates a network of nearly 50 skilled nursing centers, and assisted and senior living residences. The Athena continuum of care also offers home health, hospice, and private duty care.

Mr. Santilli leads a team of highly qualified professionals who bring a diverse background in management experience, covering all facets of health care and business management to the continuum. Their knowledge is deep, their approach is creative and informed, and their expertise is varied – including day-to-day operations, financial management, regulatory compliance, clinical care, public relations, marketing, and much more.

Athena and its affiliates are prepared to navigate the challenges of the ever-changing healthcare profession. Athena has a penchant for creative thinking, a history of strategies that work, and a proven track record of success.

Our Mission

To provide the highest quality of care and customer service to our residents and their families through the use of best practices, highly trained staff and innovative programs and services designed to meet their needs.

Lawrence G. Santilli
President and Chief Executive Officer

The Athena partners, led by founding partner President and C.E.O. Larry Santilli, believed in the overriding principle of “Protecting the Quality of Life” while maintaining a business model of steady, deliberate growth. Decades later, those principles hold true as Athena now operates a network of nearly 50 skilled nursing centers, assisted and senior living residences, as well as home health and hospice care agencies and a private duty program in three states.

Mr. Santilli leads a team of highly qualified professionals who bring a diverse background in management experience, covering all facets of health care and business management to the continuum. Their knowledge is deep, their approach is creative and informed, and their expertise is varied – including day-to-day operations, financial management, regulatory compliance, clinical care, public relations, marketing, and much more.

Athena and its affiliates are prepared to navigate the challenges of the ever-changing healthcare profession. We have a penchant for creative thinking, a history of strategies that work, and a proven track record of success.

Athena Health Care Systems was rated by Modern Healthcare as a Top Post-Acute Company in 2017, Largest Post-Acute Care Company in 2018, and the Largest Post-Acute Care Company in 2019.