Sule Aygoren Carranza is managing editor of Real Estate Forum.

NEW YORK CITY-Cushman & Wakefield has formed a formal unit dedicated to firms involved in various sectors of the healthcare industry. The Healthcare Practice Group will provide services for senior housing and healthcare investments; hospitals and healthcare practice groups; healthcare payors, plans, and specialty services; and medical and academic properties.

The creation of the Healthcare Practice Group, says Norman LeZotte, a C&W managing director and co-chair of the HPG, was actually spurred by its clients. “We had several clients that were in the seniors housing business that we were providing a variety of services for,” says the Atlanta-based executive, adding that these firms were scattered throughout the US and Canada. It was these clients that brought us the idea of formalizing the services they already provide in a group. “Cushman & Wakefield took that idea and ran with it.”

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