National HealthCare Corporation Hires Behavioral Health Executive

Shawna Nymeyer, PhD, VP of Behavioral Health

Murfreesboro, Tenn. –National HealthCare Corporation (NYSE American: NHC) has appointed Shawna Nymeyer, EdD, as vice president of behavioral health. The senior care leader is expanding its behavioral health service line with the opening of two new psychiatric hospitals in 2022. Nymeyer will lead NHC’s behavioral health service line as the company expands to meet the needs of its communities.

Nymeyer brings with her 30 years of experience with previous roles in administration and has served in a clinical capacity as a clinical psychologist. She was most recently the executive director of psychiatry and behavioral health at Horizon-Health Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minnesota.

“Shawna’s extensive background in administration and as a behavioral health provider make her a great fit as we expand our behavioral health service line,” said Steve Flatt, chief executive officer of NHC. “Shawna’s leadership ability and her commitment to providing compassionate behavioral healthcare will provide a solid foundation as we expand our behavioral health services to new communities.”

NHC will open two psychiatric hospitals in Maryland Heights, Missouri and Knoxville, Tennessee in 2022. The Maryland Heights Center for Behavioral Health, a 16-bed geriatric hospital, will provide psychiatric care to geriatric patients. The Knoxville Center for Behavioral Medicine will provide psychiatric care to adults and geriatric patients in the new 64-bed hospital.  NHC currently offers psychiatric care at The Osage Beach Center for Cognitive Disorders in Missouri.

Nymeyer holds a doctorate degree in behavioral health administration from Nova Southeastern University, a post-graduate degree in long term care administration from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from University of Wisconsin-Superior, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Wisconsin-Superior.

 About National HealthCare Corporation

NHC affiliates operate for themselves and third parties 75 skilled nursing facilities with 9,473 beds. NHC affiliates also operate 24 assisted living communities, five independent living communities, one behavioral health hospital, 34 homecare agencies, and 28 hospice agencies. NHC’s other services include Alzheimer’s and memory care units, pharmacy services, a rehabilitation services company, and providing management and accounting services to third party post-acute operators. For more information, visit