To All Missourians from the Regional Representatives and Board of Directors of MC5…
This year represents our 15th anniversary. Needless to say, this isn’t how we intended to roll out the new logo, ideas, and celebrate with you all. But upon reflection, it’s ironically appropriate. For many years, culture change coalitions like MC5 and the Pioneer Network have worked hard to define person-directed care and place value on those who depend on us in healthcare. Whether that be veterans, skilled nursing facilities, assisted livings, residential care, those in hospice or in group homes, people with developmental disabilities, and even our own family members–we’ve talked about creating that home-like environment and changing the language. We’ve created Green houses and new dining standards, and tools like the artifacts of culture change.
But in March of 2020, all that progress came to a halt. For the simple safety of our residents and staff, we had to lock front doors, isolate to rooms, stop group activities, and scatter people around the dining room. But as this virus rages through our country and hits our most vulnerable populations, we’re seeing something that years of programs, conferences, and webinars could never produce. We’re seeing humanity, and that is the heart of culture change. No longer are our residents seen by some as a byproduct of a forward-moving society. Instead, they are a living testament that in the face of adversity, life goes on!
MC5 wants to thank all of our friends and partners for a wonderful 15 years, with a special recognition of the MO Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), the Missouri Healthcare Association (MHCA), the Missouri Assisted Living Association (MALA), the Missouri League for Nursing (MLN), the Ombudsman program, and Missouri Leading Age, as well as those corporations, DMEs, hospice companies, food suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, and so many, many more that have helped us bring education throughout the state.
We are honored to continue to fight alongside you. Stay in, stay safe, stay strong. Thank-you.
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