Thursday, October 28, 2010

Long Term and Post-Acute Care Rock October

October 28, 2010

As many of you know, October was a busy month for AHCA/NCAL.  Not only did we host over 2,000 members of the long term and post acute care community during the 61st Annual Convention and Expo, but we completed our nation-wide Driving for Quality Care RV Tour. Both events were a resounding success, thanks to the support and participation of our members.

The Convention opened with a bang during the Opening General Session, where we heard from incoming President and CEO Mark Parkinson, who was recently honored for his work in elder care. “Taking on the role of President & CEO of AHCA/NCAL allows me to combine my passion for quality elder care with my public policy experience,” stated Governor Mark Parkinson. Bob Beckel and Cal Thomas, authors of the USA Today column, “Common Ground,” led an eye-opening keynote address and told us what it really takes the bridge the partisan divide in Washington. Convention attendees also visited over 300 top expo booth and attended groundbreaking education sessions. The convention closed with a memorable ceremony honoring the 2010 Quality Award recipients and an inspiring session from best selling author Chester Elton, who showed us the unexpected value of employee appreciation.

In addition to receiving the AHCA Annual Report, attendees got a first hand view of our activity over the year, including our nation-wide Driving for Quality Care RV Tour.

The drive began on June 29th in Washington, D.C. and completed it in Blacksburg, Virginia earlier this week. Along the way, we were fortunate to meet the staff, residents, families and friends that make us proud day in and day out. We salute them and the over 8,000 individuals who signed the online petition to protect and preserve stable Medicaid funding.

As we bring the RV tour to a close, we turn our attention to our state affiliates and continue to support them in ensuring that the Medicaid funding included in the FMAP extension gets to the intended recipients: America’s elderly and developmentally disabled. Check out the Driving for Quality Care YouTube Channel to watch stories from the road and the Flickr Stream to view photos. For a play by play, read up on our blog.

Parkinson Honored for Elder Care

October 26, 2010

Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson, who begins his position as AHCA/NCAL President and CEO in January, was recently honored for his service to elders in the state of Kansas. The Kansas Advocates for Better Care (KABC), the largest nursing home advocate organization in Kansas, honored Parkinson during their second annual “Stand By Me” event in Lawrence, Kansas. The KABC Caring Award is given to recognize exemplary contributions of leadership in providing quality care for frail elders and persons with disabilities in Kansas.

Governor Parkinson has intimate knowledge of the long term and post-acute care sector that has allowed him to be a dedicated champion of elder care issues both in the Kansas legislature and as Governor.  We know that he will continue to advocate for long term care professionals when he joins AHCA/NCAL and we congratulate him on this well-deserved and appropriate award.