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Letter to the Editor

March 10, 2009 - TRC

March 10, 2009

Dear Editor:

Todayís healthcare climate is stressful: people live longer with more medical complications, medical professionals and caregivers are in short supply, payments are decreasing while expectations are increasing, mental health issues are widespread, the latest medical technologies are expensive, lawsuits are rampant, quality and inspection scores are transparent, and regulations are growing, among other issues. In long-term care, many dedicated individuals are committed to providing excellent care to our frail elders, including those who must coordinate and manage all of these issues Ė the nursing home and assisted living administrators.

March 16-20 is National Long Term Care Administratorsí Week. Administrators must undertake a rigorous internship, followed by state and national board exams, in order to be entrusted with the care of a vulnerable population. There are ongoing educational requirements. They must be masters of multi-tasking, taking into account every aspect of a personís lifestyle, not just medical needs, on a 24/7 basis. On behalf of the Maine Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators, I commend, salute, and thank those administrators in nursing homes and assisted living facilities who are committed to providing excellent quality of care and quality of life for Maineís elderly. Congratulations on a job very well done!

Sincerely,

Philip C. DuBois
President, Maine Chapter
American College of Health Care Administrators
(Administrator, Market Square Health Care Center, 3 Market Square, South Paris, ME)


NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.