Jul 13 2023
Combatting Workforce Issues in the Long Term Care Community
In our inaugural episode, host Debbie Stadtler, sits down with Christopher Schmidt, MBA, LNHA, CNA, president and CEO of Schmidt Wallace Healthcare in Alabama, to discuss industry-wide workforce shortages. The two talk about his career journey in long term care, the continuum of care his facilities offer, the effect of the workforce shortage in the industry and how to successfully combat it, and retention efforts, including creating a career ladder.
AHCA/NCAL has additional resources mentioned in this episode to help tackle workforce challenges:
The Careers in Caring website offers templates and plans to help you source, recruit, and hire workers. Visit careersincare.org for more.
AHCA/NCAL offers other training and education courses, such as How to Be a Nurse Assistant. Go to educate.ahcancal.org.
The National Quality Award program is another great opportunity. Find out more information and how to apply at ahcancal.org. Click on quality.
Christopher Schmidt, MBA, LNHA, CNA, is president and CEO of Schmidt Wallace Healthcare, which provides healthcare services to more than 780 residents with 1100 employees in five skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Alabama. Chris has has been involved in the skilled nursing and rehabilitation profession for more than 35 years.
He is owner of Nursing Assistant Academy with four locations and Primary Care Select, a physician and nurse practitioner company. In addition, he owns IntegraCare Pharmacy and IntegraCare Medical who provide pharmacy services and medical supplies to skilled nursing facilities and assisted living centers across the state.
Chris serves on the board of the Alabama Nursing Home Association and the Alabama Performance Excellence Program.
All of the facilities Chris has been involved with have received quality awards from the American Healthcare Association Quality Award Program and the Alabama Quality Award Program. Chris was a master quality award examiner for the American Healthcare Association for 10 years and a quality award examiner for the Alabama Quality Award for 4 years.
He received his bachelors degree in Marketing from Auburn University in 1988 and received his master’s degree in business administration from Auburn University Montgomery in 1990.
Chris enjoys outdoor activities such as snow skiing, sailing and soccer.
This episode is produced by Association Briefings.