COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Cincinnati long-term care provider and businessman has been elected President of the state's largest long-term care association.
Gregory S. Miller was elected 2016-2017 President of the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) by the organization's Board of Directors at the OHCA 2016 Annual Convention and Exhibition on May 4 in Columbus, Ohio.
As the Executive Vice President of Health Care Management Group (HCMG), Cincinnati, Miller helps guide the company which operates seven long-term health care facilities around the Greater Cincinnati area, including Northern Kentucky.
A licensed nursing home administrator for 21 years, Miller began working in the long-term care community and spent his entire career working in HCMG's seven facilities as an admissions director and administrator in training, moving on to assistant administrator and administrator. He now serves as Executive Vice President, overseeing the operations of the facilities and management of the company.
Within OHCA, Miller has served on numerous association committees dealing with reimbursement, quality and regulations, and has chaired or co-chaired several committees during his tenure. A member of the Association Board of Trustees since 2011, Miller has also served as Secretary/Treasurer and President Elect.
During his inaugural speech to the members of the Association, Miller saluted the individuals who work as state tested nurse aides (STNAs) and other positions, and said that the number one priority during his tenure would be building and fighting for the caregivers and others in the long-term care workforce.
"When you can work as a bank teller, administrative assistant, or in the fast food industry for the same wage or even a higher wage than we can pay our STNA, housekeeping and dietary personnel, those positions become less and less desirable," said Miller. Stressing the importance of those individuals and the human touch, Miller added that "the bank teller can be replaced by an ATM, the administrative assistant by an auto-attendant and the fast food worker by an iPad. We cannot replace our caregivers with any type of automation, nor would we want to."
He added that "we need to get high school students interested in our profession, and the best way to do this is through our technical schools and high schools. High school programs which would give students jobs as STNAs and a career path to becoming an LPN is just a start."
Miller also stressed the importance of long term care providers' and their caregivers' involvement in the Association and the legislative process, as well as their necessary work to education state legislators and local thought leaders on the implications of their decisions on quality care.
In addition to his service to his business, the long term care community and OHCA, Miller is also involved in many community and religious organizations. He resides in Cincinnati with Bryna, his wife of 20 years, his son Matthew and daughter Samantha.
The Ohio Health Care Association is a non-profit association of more than 900 skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, and providers serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, delivering care for 80,000 individuals. Many OHCA members also provide a variety of home and community-based services. OHCA is the largest long-term care association in the state, and the only chartered Ohio affiliate of the American Health Care Association, representing facilities providing essential care to one million individuals in over 12,000 not-for-profit and proprietary member facilities.
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SOURCE Ohio Health Care Association