On June 10, 2016, Life Care Centers of America’s Missouri Region was proud to sponsor and support the St. Louis-area VOYCE Agency’s annual conference, “The Changing Landscape of Long-Term Care.”
“Because Life Care has 11 buildings throughout Missouri, it is necessary for us to be a vital part of the resources for seniors,” explained Donna Rohr, divisional director of business development. “Our facilities work with VOYCE to help our patients and families get the resources they need while residents in our long-term care communities.”
VOYCE, formerly the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, was founded in 1979 in St. Louis following the passing of the Older Americans Act of 1978. Congress created this act in response to public outcry over abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities. Today, every state has an established ombudsman program – more than 500 programs operate across the United States. VOYCE serves 21 counties in the St. Louis area.
The conference was held at The Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. The public and volunteer ombudsman attended the event, as well as many Life Care executive directors and marketing team members. The Life Care team set up a booth at the event to provide information about the local facilities and the company, and associates enjoyed attending the presenters’ educational sessions on the ever-changing long-term care environment.
“It was an honor to serve on the committee for this event and work with our team to assist in making this event a huge success in raising over $47,000 to support VOYCE,” Rohr said.
VOYCE receives funding from several local Area Agencies on Aging as well as from foundation grants, corporate contributions and individual gifts.
Rohr added, “Special thanks for setting up and manning our booth to our marketing directors: Mark Fitzgerald from Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Katina Boykin from Life Care Center of Florissant, Judy Lea from Life Care Center of Sullivan, Wendi Sartain from The Westchester House [in Chesterfield] and Adam Sparks from Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau. You all made the difference, with your hard work and commitment to your communities. Thank you to each of our regional facilities for its support, and I am especially grateful for the presence and support of executive directors Kristin Shambro from The Westchester House, Jackie Roberts from Life Care Center of Sullivan, Valerie Warters from Life Care Center of Florissant and Julie Collins from Life Care Center of Bridgeton.”