Governor Ron DeSantis has appointed LeadingAge Florida President and CEO Steve Bahmer to serve on the Re-Open Task Force Industry Working Group on Agriculture, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Management and Professional Services. The group is tasked with providing recommendations for reopening the state’s economy.
“I would like to thank Governor DeSantis for his ongoing efforts to resolve the unique needs and challenges that seniors face as a result of the coronavirus,” said Steve Bahmer, President and CEO of LeadingAge Florida. “I am honored to have been asked to serve, and I look forward to representing the perspectives of long-term care providers in working with the Task Force to help develop thoughtful recommendations to ensure the safe reopening of our state.”
Among other initiatives, the Governor has deployed Florida National Guard Strike Teams and Veteran Affairs testing teams across the state to expand asymptomatic COVID-19 testing in long term care facilities to help identify and prevent outbreaks before they occur. To date, the Florida Department of Emergency Management has also shipped nearly seven million masks, almost a million gloves, more than half a million face shields and 160,000 gowns to long term care facilities, with more orders continuing to be placed.
Established in 1963 as a Florida not-for-profit corporation, LeadingAge Florida is committed to assisting its members in achieving excellence as providers, businesses and employers. The Association provides up-to-date regulatory information, a wide variety of educational opportunities, representation before the Legislature and government agencies, group purchasing services, and opportunities for networking with peers.