A health care discussion and tour for area legislators was held Friday, October 17, 2014 at Westview Health Care Center in Dayville. Westview Administrator David T. Panteleakos hosted Connecticut 2nd District Congressman Joseph Courtney; 50th District Representative Mike Alberts; and 44th District Representative Mae Flexer, who is running for State Senate, and Hilary Felton-Reid, Lobbyist from Leading Age of Connecticut, an association for long term care facilities.
“We make it a point to keep our area legislators informed and engaged in the long-term health care and rehabilitative care industry,” said Panteleakos. “We take great pride in the delivery of exceptional health care, but we rely heavily on our legislative partners to understand the complicated nature of our industry and their support of a fair reimbursement structure in order to allow us to sustain these high standards.”
Panteleakos and staff shared successes and challenges as they discussed a wide variety of topics including cost of care, resident demographics, occupancy rates and payment sources. According to a U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA) report, nursing home care may be out of reach for many aging baby boomers, who are living longer with chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimers, but lack family support services and the financial resources needed to afford the cost of care. “This represents an approaching crisis in caregiving,” said Richard Suzman, director of the NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research in an agency news release.
“I had a positive, lively discussion on the challenges facing long term care in both Connecticut and the nation,” said Congressman Courtney. “Westview's intelligent and proactive approach to improving patient care and holding down costs is exactly the model the health care sector should follow. I was particularly impressed with the upbeat, caring attitude of the staff and the high marks the residents gave their care." Representative Flexer added, “Gatherings such as this ensure that government leaders understand how their decisions can affect great community organizations like Westview."
A tour of the Westview inpatient and outpatient facilities was provided which included introductions with Westview Resident Council President Evelyn Fairfield and Vice President Genevieve Doran.
(Color photo, standing left to right) Leading Age Lobbyist Hilary Felton-Reid, 2nd District Congressman Joseph Courtney, Westview Administrator David T. Panteleakos, 44th District Representative Mae Flexer and 50th District Representative Mike Alberts. (Seated left to right) Westview Resident Council President Evelyn Fairfield and Vice President Genevieve Doran
Westview Health Care Center is a 103-bed skilled nursing inpatient facility, which includes a distinct and self-contained 28-bed subacute short-term rehabilitation unit and an Outpatient Rehabilitation and Aquatic Center, both dedicated to providing quality health care services. Along with garnering a perfect five star overall rating found on Medicare.gov Westview is proud to have received such accolades as US News and World Report America’s Best, Consumer Reports Top 10 Connecticut Nursing Facility rating and Health Grades 5-Star Top Ranking.
If you or your loved one would like more information or to take a tour of the facility, we invite you to a closer look at Westview Health Care Center.
Please contact our Resident Services office at 860-774-8574