Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Shady Ladies Are Back!

On Monday, six family members from Shady Rest Nursing Home in Ft. Myers arrived in Tallahassee to spend three days visiting legislators in support of long term care and FHCA's 2009 legislative priorities. FHCA members might remember these folks from the 2007 Annual Conference when they supported their administrator, Wes Edwards, as he received the Arthur Harris Government Services Award. Unfortunately Wes was unable to join them for this visit, but these folks have had a successful trip to Tallahassee, busily working the halls of the Capitol and making lots of visits to their legislators. Their stories are amazing, and I enjoyed speaking with them Monday evening when they stopped by the FHCA headquarters for a legislative briefing. This year the group includes two men, so we might have to coin a new name for them. Regardless, their impact on legislators cannot be minimized. What a great idea-thanks to Shady Rest.

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