Texas Health Care Association Presents Long Term Care Champion Award to Senator Lois Kolkhorst for Legislator’s Dedication to Seniors

October 12, 2015



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October 12, 2015                                                                                                                               410-212-3843


Texas Health Care Association Presents Long Term Care Champion Award To Senator Lois Kolkhorst for Legislator’s Dedication to Seniors


Senator’s Legislative Track Record Supporting Senior Health Care and Long Term Care Provider Issues Earns Recognition


(Victoria, TX) –   Lauded for her unwavering support for public policy that advances the efforts of long term care providers to deliver quality, compassionate skilled nursing care to Texas seniors, Senator Lois Kolkhorst, R-18, was presented the Champion of Long Term Care Award today by the Texas Health Care Association (THCA), the state’s largest association representing nursing home providers.

“Following each legislative session, it is THCA’s honor to recognize steadfast advocates of long term care, who, through their leadership and dedication, work to assist providers in their ability to improve health outcomes of elderly patients and enhance their quality of life,” said Kevin Warren, President of THCA. “Senator Lois Kolkhorst exemplifies the champion for the elderly and those in the long term care profession who provide care for their needs.”

Senator Kolkhorst serves as Vice Chair for the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, both committees of jurisdiction for long term care issues in the State Senate.

“The Champion of Long Term Care award is a great honor and one that I accept with both pride and gratitude,” said Kolkhorst. “Our wonderful seniors and their compassionate and dedicated caregivers are the true champions and I pledge to continue to advocate for them before the Texas state legislature.  Our Golden Texans deserve to age with dignity and grace while receiving the highest quality skilled nursing care and I extend my deepest appreciation to those who choose the noble profession of caring for them.”

Hosted by Retama Manor South, a Victoria, TX skilled nursing facility located in the state Senator’s district, caregivers, elderly residents and their family member and local dignitaries joined to praise Kolkhorst’s leadership on public policy impacting Texas elderly and those who provide them long term care.

In addition to the Senator and THCA president Kevin Warren, other speakers included the Honorable Paul Polasek, Mayor of Victoria, Mark McKenzie, CEO of Senior Care Centers, Chairman of THCA Board and Oscar Flores, Facility Administrator for Retama Manor South.

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About THCA

Founded in 1950, the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) is the largest long-term care association in Texas. THCA’s membership is comprised of several hundred licensed non-profit and for-profit skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), specialized rehabilitation facilities and assisted living facilities in Texas. These facilities provide comprehensive, around-the-clock nursing care for chronically ill or short-term residents of all ages, along with rehabilitative and specialized medical programs. THCA also represents more than 190 long-term care businesses that provide products and services to the state’s approximately 2,850 nursing homes and assisted living facilities. To learn more, visit http://txhca.org/ or connect with THCA on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.