HAMMOND — State Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) visited Hammond Health Services to tour the skilled nursing facility, meet with residents, and present a Legislative citation to the facility.

“As our population ages, facilities like Hammond Health Services will continue to be a crucial resource in addressing Wisconsin’s long-term care needs,” said Senator Patty Schachtner (D- Somerset). “It was great to visit Hammond Health Services and recognize their achievement of receiving the Bronze Commitment to Quality Award.”

Senator Schachtner recently hosted a roundtable discussion on the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) shortage with Department of Workforce Development Secretary-Designee Caleb Frostman and with area nursing home administrators and CNAs. Senator Schachtner is a co- sponsor of Senate Bill 103, bipartisan legislation which would match Wisconsin’s CNA hourly training requirements with the federal standard of 75 hours. The current 120-hour training requirement is a significant barrier to employment and has been especially impactful in western Wisconsin with neighboring Minnesota adhering to the federal standard training requirements.

Hammond Health Services was recently recognized as a 2019 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) for its commitment to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. As a recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award, Hammond Health Services may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the Silver - Achievement in Quality Award criteria.

“We were honored to have Senator Schachtner visit our center and we sincerely appreciate her efforts to improve access to long-term care in the state of Wisconsin,” said Laurie Edelman, Executive Director of Hammond Health Services. “We, along with long-term care providers across the state, thank Senator Schachtner for her continued efforts on behalf of the provider community.”

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