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ABOUT HCCI

The Health Care Council of Illinois (HCCI) strives to bridge the divide between policymakers and nursing home communities across the state. As a non-profit member association, we represent more than 300 licensed Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNiFs) in Illinois.

Through education and advocacy, we work collaboratively with administrators, lawmakers and other stakeholders to find creative, practical solutions to complex public policy issues impacting our residents and neighbors.

MEET OUR TEAM

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Pat Comstock Executive Director

For more than 25 years, Pat Comstock has provided her marketing and business management expertise to assist all types of long-term care facilities, service corporations and provider trade associations.

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Donna Ginther joined HCCI in 2008 and now serves as the Deputy Director. Donna excels in a variety of relevant fields, including lobbying, political campaigns, public policy, legislative research and community organizing.

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Amanda Ginther VP Public Affairs

A key member of the HCCI team since 2010, Amanda Ginther currently oversees legislative and communication programs.

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Eric Lane

Eric Lane is the current Political and Grassroots Director for the Health Care Council of Illinois.

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Ellen McElroy

Ellen McElroy is the HCCI office manager. Before joining HCCI, she spent nearly 27 years supporting the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus in various staff roles. Most recently, McElroy served as an assistant to the Policy and Budget staff.

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Rosalina Gilbertson

Rosalina Gilbertson is a Special Projects Associate at HCCI, where she researches custom content. She studied Business Management in Minneapolis, MN.

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Pam Elliot Education Assistant

As the Educational Assistant for HCCI, Pam Elliot is responsible for facilitating education seminars for members, including organizing attendance and dues.

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Mary Button is a Senior Reimbursement Associate for HCCI. Mary joined HCCI in 2012 as a Research Associate and has worked on the Nursing Home Care Act and subsequent JCAR rules, the SMHRF Act and subsequent JCAR rules, the Managed Care roll-out, including preparation for member training and discussions, as well as DHS Applications and Admissions, DPH meetings and research and multiple HFS meetings.

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Sherri Mitchell Regulatory Specialist

Sherri Mitchell joined HCCI in January 2019 as a regulatory specialist. She brings over 20 years of experience as a licensed Nursing Home Administrator, including her previous administrative roles at The Alden Group and Extended Care Council.

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EDUCATION

We work to educate our members and citizens of Illinois about the ever-changing political and regulatory landscape in Illinois. See below for our upcoming seminars, which are open to the public.

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PUBLIC POLICY

HCCI actively works alongside state legislators and officials to develop, respond and interpret state and federal regulations. Our efforts support legislation that will benefit our nursing home communities, as well as overcome any legislation that could be harmful to our members and residents.

SENATE BILL 42 / HOUSE BILL 224

The Nursing Home Reform Act would create a framework for the provision of care to residents of nursing home facilities, ensuring the coordination of regulation and reimbursement, strengthening the provider and employee community, and supporting the highest possible quality of resident-centered services and care.

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Senate Bill 42 / House Bill 224
Fact Sheet

SENATE BILL 43 / HOUSE BILL 1603

This legislation would reform managed care for skilled nursing facility residents. Managed care organizations (MCOs) require prior authorizations for admission to a nursing home, no minimum reimbursement rate exists in law or state contracts with MCOs, and MCOs have unchecked authority to deny claims.

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Senate Bill 43 / House Bill 1603
Fact Sheet

NEWS & UPDATES

HCCI is working across the state to help the lives of our members and residents. Stay up to date with our work and the latest news of the long-term care industry.

PEOPLE 65 YEARS AND OLDER & INFLUENZA

It has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults because human immune defenses become weaker with age. While flu seasons can vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease.

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THE HOLIDAYS AND ALZHEIMER’S

The holidays are a time when family and friends often come together. But for families living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, the holidays can be challenging. Take a deep breath. With some planning and adjusted expectations, your celebrations can still be happy, memorable occasions.

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EXERCISE PLAN FOR SENIORS

If you’re an older adult looking to establish an exercise routine, you should, ideally, be able to incorporate 150 minutes of moderate endurance activity into your week. This can include walking, swimming, cycling, and a little bit of time every day to improve strength, flexibility, and balance.

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LONELINESS IS AN EPIDEMIC

At the 1976 Democratic National Convention, Hubert H. Humphrey said, “The ultimate moral test of any government is the way it treats three groups of its citizens.”

“First, those in the dawn of life — our children, “ he added. “Second, those in shadows of life — our needy, our sick, our handicapped. Third, those in the twilight of life — our elderly.”

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REPORT: MEDICAID SHORTFALL MEANS CRISIS FOR IL NURSING HOMES

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- A widening gap between costs and Medicaid reimbursements is causing a crisis for Illinois nursing homes, according to a new report from the Health Care Council of Illinois.

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HCCI advocates for more than 300 long-term care and skilled nursing facilities throughout Illinois. If you would like to learn more about our membership or how to join, email us at info@hccil.org

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HCCI is working across the state to help the lives of our members and residents. Stay up to date with our work and the latest news of the long-term care industry.

CONTACT US

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Chicago Office

203 N LaSalle St, Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
(773) 478-6613

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Springfield Office:

1149 W. Edwards St., Suite C
Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 544-4224

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Pat Comstock Executive Director

For more than 25 years, Pat Comstock has provided her marketing and business management expertise to assist all types of long-term care facilities, service corporations and provider trade associations. What is Pat most proud of? Prior to HCCI, Pat worked as the Legislation and Communication Director at Illinois Health Care Association and served long-term care associations in Ohio, specializing in association and group management, government affairs, marketing, market research, educational program planning, and trade show management. Pat also has taught college-level public speaking and other applied communication courses. Pat knows how to position organizations due to her deep knowledge of promoting and expanding the industry, as well as vast experience developing and implementing grassroots legislative programs, fundraising for political action committees and creating targeted campaign activities.

Donna Ginther Deputy Executive Director

Donna Ginther joined HCCI in 2008 and now serves as the Deputy Director. Donna excels in a variety of relevant fields, including lobbying, political campaigns, public policy, legislative research and community organizing. This year marks Donna’s 31st legislative session. She started her career as a lobbyist for National Organization for Women, then became a senior researcher for a bi-partisan legislative agency before joining the Illinois Senate Democratic Staff and working her way up to Budget Director. Donna then joined AARP and created the state legislative program in Illinois as part of a pilot program, which is now replicated across the country. In her decades of experience, Donna developed a deep understanding of regulatory topics in long-term care, such as assisted living and other congregate living type services, aging community and in-home services, Medicaid, employee and resident background check systems, senior prescription drug programs and the Managed Care Patient Bill of Rights.

Amanda Ginther VP Public Affairs

A key member of the HCCI team since 2010, Amanda Ginther currently oversees legislative and communication programs. Amanda led projects for HCCI’s Medicaid budget campaigns and HCCI PAC political campaigns, including the nursing home media event tours from 2011 to 2014. Amanda grew up in Illinois politics, and has more than 15 years of experience in strategic communication and campaign planning. Before working with HCCI, Amanda did corporate communications and media relations for top consumer brands such as Microsoft, Starbucks and T-Mobile USA. She also worked as a grassroots organizer for various candidate and issue campaigns in Oregon. Amanda has a bachelor's degree in both public relations and print journalism with a minor in communications studies from the University of Oregon, and an Associate Arts degree with an emphasis in creative writing from Portland Community College.

Eric Lane

Eric Lane is the current Political and Grassroots Director for the Health Care Council of Illinois. Prior to joining HCCI, Eric served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza, where he oversaw and coordinated the Comptroller’s legislative interactions with members of the General Assembly and state agencies. Eric previously served in a number of roles with House Speaker Michael J. Madigan’s Issues Development Staff, including Assistant Director of Communications. In his capacity with the Speaker’s office, Eric was a member of the legislative team, supervised the caucus’ in-district program, worked roll calls to ensure passage of legislation in committee and on House floor, and worked with the Chief of Staff to manage legislative action and member requests. For over 15 years, Eric played a variety of roles with the Democratic Party of Illinois/Democratic Majority, overseeing all aspects of more than 15 highly targeted political campaigns and participating in candidate recruitment. Eric is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University (B.A., Political Science) and he resides in Chatham with his wife and son.

Ellen McElroy

Ellen McElroy is the HCCI office manager. Before joining HCCI, she spent nearly 27 years supporting the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus in various staff roles. Most recently, McElroy served as an assistant to the Policy and Budget staff. In that capacity, McElroy organized both substantive and appropriation committee materials for the Policy and Budget Director, Deputy Directors and staff analysts. McElroy also managed the process of sharing legislative analyses with senators during both committee and floor action.

Rosalina Gilbertson

Rosalina Gilbertson is a Special Projects Associate at HCCI, where she researches custom content. She studied Business Management in Minneapolis, MN. Her past experiences include Guest Experience Innovation for Buffalo Wild Wings in Minneapolis, MN, Workman’s Compensation Insurance Software Analytics for PCIS in New York and Mortgage Processing for Hard Money Lenders in her hometown of Miami, FL. Rosalina can speak three languages, is an animal lover and spends time contributing to programs that provide support for children who have lost siblings.

Pam Elliot Education Assistant

As the Educational Assistant for HCCI, Pam Elliot is responsible for facilitating education seminars for members, including organizing attendance and dues. Among her other roles in the Springfield office, she also assists members with continuing education inquiries. Prior to joining HCCI in 2017, she served an administrative staff member for the Policy and Budget Staff /Appropriations Staff in the Illinois Senate and worked as office administrator for the Governmental Relations/Legislative Office at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Additionally, she was a legislative assistant to several state representatives, as well as Senator John J. Cullerton.

Mary Button Senior Reimbursement Associate

Mary Button is a Senior Reimbursement Associate for HCCI. Mary joined HCCI in 2012 as a Research Associate and has worked on the Nursing Home Care Act and subsequent JCAR rules, the SMHRF Act and subsequent JCAR rules, the Managed Care roll-out, including preparation for member training and discussions, as well as DHS Applications and Admissions, DPH meetings and research and multiple HFS meetings. She has also been crucial in gathering information to adjust key concepts or legislative language to better serve HCCI members, and has managed various HCCI operations. Mary served in the United States Army as a communications specialist for the I-Corp and 9th Infantry Division. After leaving the military, Mary served in the U.S. Army Reserve where she completed training as a Licensed Practical Nurse. While raising three daughters, Mary obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology followed by her master’s degree and educational specialist degree, both in School Psychology.

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Sherri Mitchell Regulatory Specialist

Sherri Mitchell joined HCCI in January 2019 as a regulatory specialist. She brings over 20 years of experience as a licensed Nursing Home Administrator, including her previous administrative roles at The Alden Group and Extended Care Council. In 2009, she founded Sherrenau Consulting, LLC which provides long term care consulting services, as well as monitors nursing homes facing decertification through a contract with the Illinois Department of Public Health. Along with her administrative roles, Sherri taught Nursing Home Administration at Wilbur Wright College and authored “Choosing a Good Nursing Home” to help consumers navigate the world of nursing homes. Sherri is certified in Health Care Compliance, and is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, Chicago Health Executives Forum and the Illinois Health Care Association.