The Ohio General Assembly and Gov. John Kasich are to be congratulated for their ideas to improve the quality of health care residents of Ohio's long-term care facilities deserve. I urge our state leaders to keep proposed quality incentive payments in the state budget.
As board members of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Services, Inc., a not-for-profit long-term care provider for more than 600 Ohio seniors, my fellow board members and I face a difficult balancing act. We must ensure that Shepherd of the Valley's doors stay open in the face of rising health care costs while continually improving the quality of care provided to our residents. While we have been able to accomplish this in recent years, some facilities have not. The financial impact required some to reduce services to their residents while others have had to close their doors ... all leading to the elimination of options for older Ohioans, not to mention local jobs and business-to-business commerce.
For the good of both older Ohioans and the state's local economies, my fellow board members and I urge the General Assembly and Gov. Kasich to keep quality incentive payments in the final budget. These incentives stimulate quality improvement and continue a positive economic impact through employment and health commerce.
President, Board of Directors
Shepherd of the Valley