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6/12/2017 View File18 Louisiana Nursing Facilities Receive National Quality Award

"I am proud of our member facilities for their dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care,” said Mark Berger, executive director of LNHA. "The Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award is a testament to our unwavering focus on continuous quality improvement. Our members are incredibly deserving of this award.”

6/29/2016 View FileBossier City Administrator Chosen as a Future Long Term Care Leader
  LNHA announced today that Steven Boulware has been chosen by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) as a future leader in long term and post-acute care. Mr. Boulware will join the Association’s Future Leaders program, a year-long program that offers training and guidance for long term and post-acute care professionals. Read more here.
2/20/2015 View FileChanges to CMS Five-Star Quality Rating System Are Confusing, Says LNHA

Reacting to Friday’s announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding changes to the Five-Star Quality Rating System used to evaluate skilled nursing facilities, Joseph Donchess, executive director of Louisiana Nursing Home Association called the new grading structure confusing for consumers...

2/26/2014 View FileForty-two Louisiana Facilities Named America's Best Nursing Homes
  On Wednesday, February 26, the Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA) praised a select group of local, long term and post-acute care providers for being named among the country’s "Best Nursing Homes” by U.S. News & World Report. The annual announcement reflects a growth in "Best Nursing Homes,” from 19 to 42 in Louisiana compared to 2013, a 121 percent increase.
5/8/2016 View FileGov. Edwards Proclaims May 8-14, 2016, as Nursing Home Week in Louisiana

This week Louisiana will join other states in celebrating National Nursing Home Week and will honor nursing facility residents and staff for their contributions to their community. Governor John Bel Edwards recently signed a proclamation designating May 8-14, 2016, as Nursing Home Week in Louisiana. Click here to read the full release.

5/12/2016 View FileGov. John Bel Edwards Celebrates Nursing Home Week by Visiting Maison de Lafayette Nursing Facility Residents

An enthusiastic crowd greeted Gov. John Bel Edwards as he visited the Maison de Lafayette Nursing Facility on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, to celebrate Nursing Home Week (May 8-14). Governor Edwards shared his excitement about Medicaid expansion in Louisiana and encouraged residents that Louisiana’s best days are ahead. (Read the full release here.)

12/2/2014   Guest commentary: Nursing facilities focused on quality
  Read Joe Donchess' guest commentary in the Advocate here.
5/7/2014 View FileJeremy Goux Chosen as a Future Long Term Care Leader
  LNHA announced today that board member Jeremy Goux has been chosen by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) as a future leader in long term and post-acute care.
1/20/2016 View FileLetter to the Editor: Recent Sadow Article Exaggerates Medicaid Costs
  Read Joe Donchess' letter to the editor in the January 20, 2016 edition of the Advocate newspaper. He responds to Sadow's recent false statements regarding Louisiana's nursing facilities. Read the letter here.
4/28/2015   Letter: Louisiana Nursing Home Association director says facilities make ‘special effort’ to change, provide quality care
  Click here to read LNHA Executive Director Joe Donchess' Letter to the Editor in the Advocate.
10/8/2015 View FileLNHA Announces Board of Directors 2015
  The Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA), a nonprofit organization representing more than 250 nonprofit and for-profit nursing facilities and assisted living communities, recently completed its board elections and two new board members were elected to one year terms. (Click the title to read more.)
6/28/2016 View FileLNHA Director to Retire in December
  LNHA announced today that the organization’s executive director, Joe Donchess, will retire effective December 31, 2016. Donchess’ decision to retire will bring to a close a remarkable career of more than 30 years of continuous service to the association and its membership. He will continue through December 2016 to ensure a smooth and successful transition for his successor. Read more here.
7/28/2016 View FileLNHA Names Mark Berger Executive Director Effective January 2017
 The Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA) Board of Directors announced on Wednesday the selection of Mark Berger to succeed its long-serving executive director Joe Donchess. Mr. Donchess will continue as executive director until his retirement on December 31. Click here to read the full press release.
7/29/2015 View FileLNHA Recognizes the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid
  Tomorrow, the Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA) will recognize the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. LNHA thanks Louisiana’s congressmen for working to protect these programs that provide many Louisianans with access to the quality and affordable health care they need...
6/12/2014 View FileLNHA Responds to Press Regarding Legislative Auditor's Office Report

Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA) recently learned of a report by the Legislative Auditor’s Office. Our association is proud of the high level of care provided by our member facilities to approximately 26,000 of Louisiana’s frail and elderly residents. LNHA believes several recent press articles have failed to shed light on improvements listed in the report as well as the complexities that must be analyzed in providing a quality service in an efficient, affordable manner. Read the full response by clicking the link above.

5/8/2016 View FileNursing Home Week: A Special Publication of the Ouachita Citizen
  Click here to view the special publication of The Ouachita Citizen for National Nursing Home Week.
9/11/2015 View FileResponse Letter to Huffington Post article

On behalf of the 255 member nursing facilities of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA), I would like to respond to your recent article concerning contributions for Governor Jindal’s presidential campaign. The article is unfair and unbalanced...and light on substance.

Click the clipboard icon to the left to read the letter in full.

7/10/2017 View FileSix Louisiana Nursing Facilities Receive National Quality Award

Mark Berger, LNHA Executive Director said, "To earn an award at this level requires the unwavering commitment of each individual in a facility. I congratulate each staff member who helped achieve this significant milestone for their nursing facility.”

1/10/2017 View FileWes Hataway Named Legal and Policy Director for LNHA
 The Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA) recently announced that Wes Hataway will serve in the newly created position of Legal and Policy Director. Read the press release here.
5/1/2017 View File2017 radio ads
 Click the clipboard icon to the right to download and listen to the radio ads created by LNHA. 
5/2/2016   Care Conversations Commercial
1/27/2014   Find the Best Care with LNHA!
4/28/2015   LNHA Radio Commercial

Listen to the radio commercial here.

Circumstances don’t always allow your loved ones to be cared for in their own homes. Many members of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association offer a variety of amenities, such as theaters and chapels. Therapy services are offered and are quite effective in returning patients to their homes. Every day we’re caring for others the way we would want to be cared for ourselves. LNHA is here to help you find the best care for your loved one’s needs. We’re here when you need us. To learn more, visit



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