On Wednesday, August 5, 2009, Jim Spadola, Administrator at Peninsula Care and Rehabilitation Center; Denise Crosby, Administrator at Heritage Park Care and Rehabilitation Center; Ryan Dulski, Administrator, and Sheri Morin, Dietary Manager, at Pinellas Park Care and Rehabilitation Center; and Kathy Gallin, Director of Legislative Affairs at Signature HealthCARE, attended a fundraiser event hosted by Palm Garden of Tampa for Representative Kevin Ambler.
Representative Ambler has been a true companion for healthcare throughout his 7 years in office and was recently honored by Florida Health Care Association at their annual statewide conference with the 2009 Legislator of the Year award. He was appointed to serve as the Chairman of Health Appropriations Committee, which encompasses nearly $20 billion (or about 1/3) of our state’s annual budget and is seeking the State Senate seat for District 12.
During the fundraiser, Representative Ambler discussed with Kathy Gallin the many issues he has continuously supported relating to long-term care and the health care community, and the fact that he was involved in the restoration of nursing home staffing levels to the required full 2.9 hours per patient per day weekly average.
One of the first bills Representative Ambler co-sponsored, was the Silver Saver Program, which lowered prescription drug prices for seniors. He was instrumental in passing the self imposed quality assessment fee, enabling leverage of federal matching dollars to restore prior cuts to nursing homes all the way back to January, 2008 and avoided imposing any new cuts in the 2009-2010 budget. Representative Ambler has proven that he is an innovative thinker and continues his pledge to serve Florida’s nursing home population.
Signature HealthCARE believes affordable quality eldercare is a key staple to improving public health in the United States. Our organization’s goal is to educate and provide creative solutions by being a nonpartisan organization hoping to protect our seniors in any healthcare reform approach.