Annual conference to highlight advocates of elder
More than 1,000 long term care providers from across Florida will attend the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) Annual Conference to honor long term care professionals, recognize supportive legislators and provide specialized trainings to enhance the care of elders across the state. The conference, which will be held July 31 to August 4 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, will be centered around the theme, “FHCA University.”
The conference will also honor a dozen legislators who demonstrated a deep commitment to elders and others who need the services of long term care centers by supporting key legislation. Recognized as 2017 Champions for the Elderly are Senate President Joe Negron of Palm City and Senators Rob Bradley of Orange Park, Anitere Flores of Miami, René Garcia of Hialeah and Kelli Stargel of Lakeland, as well as House Speaker Richard Corcoran of Lutz and Representatives Daisy Baez of Coral Gables, Travis Cummings of Orange Park, Shawn Harrison of Tampa, Alex Miller of Sarasota and Frank White of Pensacola.
“Florida is fortunate to have so many extraordinary supporters for our long term care residents and families, from the people who work in our care centers to the legislators who advocate on their behalf,” said Emmett Reed, FHCA executive director. “This conference is an opportunity to bring together so many people who tirelessly perform work that is challenging but so meaningful.”
Attendees will hear from inspirational speakers including Leigh Anne Tuohy, the mother at the heart of the book and film the Blind Side; former Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson, who serves as President and CEO of American Health Care Association; Kim Smoak, a bureau chief in the Division of Health Quality Assurance within the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration; and renowned international photographer Platon.
ABOUT FLORIDA HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION
The Florida Health Care Association is a federation that serves almost 1,000 members and represents over 500 long term care centers that provide skilled nursing, post-acute and sub-acute care, short-term rehab, assisted living, and other services to the frail elderly and individuals with disabilities in Florida. The mission of FHCA is to advance the quality of services, image, professional development, and financial stability of its members. As Florida’s first and largest advocacy organization for long term care providers and the elderly they serve, the Association has worked diligently since 1954 to assist its members with continuously improving quality of care and quality of life for the state’s growing elder care population. For more information about Florida Health Care Association, visit www.fhca.org.