Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Not-for-Profit Difference

When it comes to caring for the elderly and people with disabilities, not-for-profits (NFPs) have a common mission. Their approach includes a passion for community involvement, a focus on person centered care and a goal to meet the personal, spiritual, and healthcare needs of individuals living in their communities.That was the message that Gary Kelso, president of Mission Health Services of Salt Lake City, Utah, brought to Washington, D.C. during a recent visit.
The NFP Council meets in Washington, D.C.

Kelso was in town for a regular meeting of the AHCA NFP Council, which includes representation from large and small NFP long term care providers nationwide.  While the Council discussed the current political climate and potential activity of the Supercommittee, they also discussed ways to enhance AHCA/NCAL member services to NFP providers. 

Some highlights of the Council’s discussion include:

• Creating a NFP-specific strategic plan for the Association.
• Strengthening representation of senior housing and home health/hospice providers.
• Cultivating NFP leaders in the long term care profession.
• Collaborating with other organizations dedicated to quality long term care services.

Over 25 percent of AHCA/NCAL’s membership, or 2,800 nursing and assisted living facilities, as well as developmental disabilities services providers, is made up of NFPs. As Kelso points out, this number continues to grow and diversify, and AHCA has helped foster this group with a NFP-specific publication, a NFP track at the Annual Convention, and much more. 

To find out what else the Council is up to, check out Gary’s recent interview with Provider magazine’s Meg LaPorte. And be sure to visit the new NFP webpage for more information.

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