4 West Virginia Health Care Centers Recognized in 2018 Silver National Quality Awards Program

August 10, 2018 — CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Health Care Association (WVHCA) salutes four long-term and post-acute care members that earned the 2018 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). Recognized were: Braxton Health Care Center, Sutton; Bridgeport Health Care Center; Meadow Garden, Rainelle; and Springfield Center,... Read More

WVHCA Annual Honorees

June 12, 2018 — The West Virginia Health Care Association annually honors member employees and programs that enhance the lives of their residents. Here are the honorees recognized during the 2018 Awards Gala: Distinguished Administrator – Patty Lucas Patty Lucas, Administrator of McDowell Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Gary, a member of the AMFM family, brings comfort to her... Read More

The Exponent-Telegram Editorial: Nursing shortage in W.Va. is critical

December 15, 2017 — Health care in the U.S. is in a state of turmoil. There is great uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act and efforts by Congress to replace it. In many rural states — including West Virginia — there are shortages of doctors and specialists. And there is a critical shortage of nurses nationwide.... Read More

State Journal: W.Va. nursing shortage said to be ‘worst ever’

December 15, 2017 — A number of West Virginia hospitals are desperately seeking to fill nursing positions. Nursing shortages aren’t new. Hospitals have seen them in the past. But this one seems far worse and threatens to be long-lasting. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there will be more than a million job openings for registered nurses by... Read More

McKnight’s: Supreme Court grants nursing home win in arbitration case

May 18, 2017 — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday took a Kentucky nursing home’s side in a closely-watched case involving power of attorney and arbitration. In a 7-1 opinion published Monday, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said the Kentucky court failed to put the nursing home arbitration agreements “on equal footing with all other contracts,” as required by... Read More

WVHCA Flood Relief Video

May 18, 2017 — In June 2016, West Virginia experienced devastating rains and floods. Two nursing homes successfully evacuated. WVHCA member nursing homes accepted the residents and cared for them. WVHCA President Andy Barker presented the WVHCA President’s Award to everyone who helped in flood relief efforts.

AMFM’s Greg Elliot Elected to AHCA Board of Governors

October 25, 2016 — Greg Elliot, Vice President and Owner of AMFM, LLC, Charleston, was elected as an at-large member of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) Board of Governors for the 2016-17 term. AHCA and the National Center for Assisted Living recently held its annual convention in Nashville. AMFM owns and manages 16 care centers in West Virginia.... Read More

21 States, Business Groups Challenge Overtime Rule Change

September 28, 2016 — AHCA reported that 21 states’ attorneys general, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and more than 50 national and Texas business groups filed a legal challenge on September 20 to the federal overtime rule scheduled to take effect on December 1. The new regulations revise overtime exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional employees, commonly known as... Read More

Flooding Tests Long Term Care Facilities In West Virginia

July 12, 2016 — Raging floodwaters from what emergency officials described as a 1,000-year event hit West Virginia on June 23-24, claiming at least 23 lives and testing the resolve of first-responders and whole communities—including long term care facilities. Intense rainstorms quickly filled creeks and rivers. Fast-rising floodwaters destroyed property, isolated communities, and endangered tens of thousands, including numerous... Read More