State Senator Lois Kolkhorst Named Long Term Care Champion
December 13, 2019 CONTACT: Scot Kibbe, (512) 458-1257
Kolkhorst Named Long Term Care Champion
Brenham lawmaker honored for her efforts to help nursing homes improve care
State Senator Lois Kolkhorst received recognition for her work to make Texas nursing homes better during the legislative session earlier this year.
The award is given after every legislative session by the Texas Health Care Association (THCA), the state’s largest long term care association which advocates for long term care.
Kolkhorst was recognized for her efforts at a ceremony held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 at the High Hope Care Center in Brenham.
Kevin Warren, President and CEO of the Texas Health Care Association, praised Kolkhorst for her efforts to support long term care this past legislative session, including the passage of a bill to establish a Long Term Care Council that will deal with the biggest issues facing facilities. He also said she stood for supporting incentivizing quality and avoiding unnecessary regulation on providers.
“As Chair of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Kolkhorst is a respected voice in the Legislature,” Warren said. “Texas is blessed that she uses that voice to speak for the most vulnerable in our society and those who care for them.
“She takes on these challenges with a common sense approach, always looking to eliminate waste and use every tax payer dollar efficiently.”
Kolkhorst said ensuring senior Texans receive quality care will always be a priority for her.
“Texas seniors made this state what it is,” she said. “We must never shirk our responsibilities to them and the many hard working people who care for them every day. They deserve the very best we can give them.”
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 nonprofit 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 more than 3,200 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state. To learn more, visit http://txhca.org/ or connect with THCA on Facebook or Twitter