Professionals announce new leadership coalition
Long-term care organizations representing four professions have united to create a new coalition: The Long Term Care Professional Leadership Council.Months in the making, the council formally announced its creation in late February. Members will identify and promote comprehensive approaches to defining and meeting quality standards, officials said.
"Long-term care stakeholders really have to sit down and work together and accept some general truths to push us further," said one council member.
The council's goals include: advancing consistent standards, positions and recommendations; promoting evidence-based cross-disciplinary protocols for care and operational issues; and overcoming political, social and economic obstacles to coordinated, consistent care.
Leaders of the four groups have met to carefully plan first steps. They include (left to right in the photo above) Charlotte Eliopoulos, interim executive director of the National Association Directors of Nursing Administration Long-Term Care; Robert Siebel, education committee chairman of the American College of Health Care Administrators; Sherrie Dornberger, NADONA president; and Ron Romano, NADONA director of operations.
Also, Marianna Grachek, ACHCA president and CEO; Steve Levenson, then-president of the American Medical Directors Association; Lorraine Tarnove, AMDA executive director; and Thomas R. Clark, director of policy and advocacy for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.