Westside uses anniversary to shed light on long-term healthcare to politicians

Westside Terrace Healthcare marked its 25th anniversary by educating local lawmakers about long-term healthcare. The Dothan facility invited area politicians to an evening reception to shed light on the state of long-term health care and the importance of issues that impact the elderly and disabled. The event brought the politicians together with several of their older constituents for discussions about health care issues.

In attendance were: Sandra Jackson, field representative for U.S. Senator Doug Jones, Mark Saliba, mayor of Dothan; and Jeff Sorrells, State House District 87 candidate and mayor of Hartford, Alabama.

“This was a tremendous opportunity for our present and possibly future representatives to learn more about the concerns of constituents that often don’t get heard,” said Westside Terrace administrator Kristie Hughes. “I think people sometimes forget that older people are very civically-minded and care deeply about the issues that impact them. In fact, voters 45 and older make up more than 54 percent of the voting-age population in Alabama.”

During the anniversary celebration, a resolution from Alabama State Sen. Harri Anne Smith was also presented to Westside to commend the facility on 25 years of service to the Wiregrass area. Smith, whose mother was a former resident, also wrote a letter to express her appreciation.

“I appreciate the kindness that everyone there extended to her and our family. I am a big fan of your staff and their hard work to do so much for so many,” Smith wrote.

The anniversary reception was also an opportunity for Westside Terrace to show its appreciation to the residents, families, staff, and members of the local healthcare community that have supported the facility over the last 25 years. Since opening its doors Westside has been committed to providing person-centered care that focuses on the optimal mental, social, and physical well-being of its residents.

Westside Terrace Healthcare was recognized as a 2018 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its commitment to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The facility is one of just nine facilities in Alabama to receive this recognition. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long-term and post-acute care.

“We’re extremely proud to be a top-performing facility in Dothan. As we look back at 25 years of service, we are very grateful to all who have helped us continue to enhance the quality of life and daily experiences for our residents,” Hughes said.

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