Chairman's Message


My final year serving as chairman of the board has been exciting and busy! The state of our association is strong, our total membership remains at an historical high, our financials are sound, and we have an outstanding group of staff and volunteers that have represented us well throughout the past year.

Highlights of the year include:

  • The Board conducted the search and selection of our new Executive Director Joe Russell. In addition, we added Kathy Royer as the new full-time Hospice Regulatory Director.
  • We were one of the first state associations in the country to offer Emergency Preparedness education programs to help providers meet a host of new requirements designed to ensure that they have the necessary planning in place to provide safe care for their patients, regardless of what type of emergency may occur.
  • We conducted a survey to voice our member’s growing concerns regarding the difficulties in recruiting and retaining a high quality workforce. The results were used to create the industry-wide The Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis Report, which was shared with the Governor’s office and key legislators. These efforts led to the successful inclusion of several work force development related amendments into House Bill 49, the state’s FY18-19 budget, which directly benefited home care providers.
  • We partnered with the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization to host the two-day Hospice Manager Development Program Foundational Course that attracted attendees from around the country.
  • We advocated and kept our members informed regarding a number of key issues, including the new CMS CoPs, Hospice NOE, the DOL Overtime Ruling, and Hospice Compare.
  • We Marched on Washington to strengthen our relationships with Ohio’s federal-level elected officials, to impact our ability to steer federal-level issues and initiatives.
  • On the state level, we hosted the Advocacy Day at the Statehouse which featured Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted as the keynote speaker.  

Can you say busy? It has been a pleasure to be in your service.

Best Regards,


Deborah Albaugh, RN, BSN, MHA
Chairman of the Board
Home Care Director, Union Hospital Home Health