This website is one of the many ways for Georgia’s hospitals, nursing homes, and other local and state agencies to be kept informed of vital news, information, and tools to assist them in their disaster preparedness and mutual aid planning. Please log into the system and register to receive a username and password for any member of your facility. Bed count drills will occur every Wednesday and your update is due before 12pm. You must update on Wednesdays and before noon in order to be counted as participating.

A recorded training video for can be found on the GHCA website by clicking here. If additional training is needed, please contact


Please forward all technical issues to Tiffany Hanshaw at

January 30th, 2015|Emergency Preparedness|

Soliciting facilities to participate in the Regional Exercise Program

This spring, facilities in RCH Regions B, F, K, and M will be participating in a Regional Full Scale Exercise.  This is an excellent opportunity for long term care facilities to test their plans while interacting with community partners.  Meeting locations and start times will be sent out prior to the meetings.  We are asking for full participation in each Region.  Please contact Tiffany Hanshaw with any questions or concerns.

Upcoming Meeting Schedule:
Region M
Region K

January 30th, 2015|Emergency Preparedness, Newsfront|

January 2015 GSNHSW Updates

Social Worker Spring Training
The 2015 Social Worker Spring Training will be held March 2 – 6.  On March 6, we will be offering a full day of training on “Ethics & Advance Care Planning: Building Confidence & Competence. This course has been approved by the NASW for 5 ethics or core continuing clock hours. To register online or to downloand a printable copy of the brochure, click HERE.
2015 Social Worker Annual Meeting
The Metro Atlanta Council of Social Workers is now planning the 2015 Annual Meeting.  This will be held at King & Prince Resort, October 14 – 16.  This meeting is the first to be joined with the Activity Director Annual Meeting, October 11 – 14 per a request from the GHCA Budget & Finance Committee.  Teepa Snow, one of the best Alzheimer and Dementia speakers in America, will speak all three days.  Please make plans now to send your Social Worker.

January 30th, 2015|Affiliate Updates, GSNHSW, Newsfront|

January 2015 GSNHAD Updates

Activity Director State-Approved 36-Hour Course
The next Activity Director State-Approved 36-Hour Course will be held April 12 – 17, 2015 at the GHCA Training Center. Click HERE for more information.
Ms. Georgia Health Care Association Pageant
The 40th Annual Ms. Georgia Health Care Association Pageant will be held Saturday, April 25th, at Evergreen Resort in Stone Mountain, Georgia.  Information was sent out on how to enter your resident for this special event. Information can also be found HERE.
2015 Activity Director Annual Meeting
The Metro Atlanta Council of Activity Directors is now planning the 2015 Annual Meeting.  This will be held at King & Prince Resort, October 11 – 14.  Teepa Snow, one of the best Alzheimer and Dementia speakers in America, will speak the entire session.  She is customizing her presentations to both the Activity Directors and the Social Workers.  This meeting is the first to be joined with the Social Worker Annual Meeting, October 14 – 16 per a request from the GHCA Budget & Finance Committee.  Please make plans now to send your Activity Director.

January 30th, 2015|Affiliate Updates, GSNHAD, Newsfront|

Save The Date ~ May 20th, 2015 GHCA Foundation Golf Tournament

Registration Coming Soon…

January 29th, 2015|Foundation, Golf Tournaments, Newsfront|

January 2015 Classifieds


Job Description

Visiting Nurse Health System, Georgia’s largest nonprofit homecare provider, is looking for a Care Coordinator Coach in our Long Term Care division to join our team. VNHS has a rich 60 year tradition of serving its mission of delivering compassionate, innovative and cost-effective care management, home health and end of life care in the Atlanta community.

CARE COORDINATOR COACH / Long Term Care is responsible for:

Working collaboratively with the Executive Director through initiatives in the implementation, leadership, and development of the Healthy Transitions senior living community (SLC) program.
Developing strong partnerships with the SLC staff, the VN/HA Business Development team, and the VN/HA clinical teams and managers.
Directing clinical coordination referrals to Home Health and Hospice.
Communicating with core customers at area senior living facilities.
Working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers, social workers, discharge planners, and physicians.
Visiting Nurse Health System is an EOE.

Care Coordinator Coach / Long Term Care

Job Requirements

Visiting Nurse Health System provides professional clinical and care management services to over 5,000 patients in metropolitan Atlanta every day. Its vision is to set the standard for quality in Georgia and be the first place patients, families, payers and other healthcare providers select when in need of homecare or hospice services.

Job Requirements of the Care Coordinator Coach / Long Term Care:

Perfect candidate […]

January 27th, 2015|Classified Ads, Newsfront|

CDC Releases New Influenza Vaccination Toolkit for Long-Term Care

A new web-based toolkit for increasing influenza vaccinations among healthcare workers in long-term care settings is now available. The toolkit, created by the National Vaccine Program Office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with support from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Department of Health and Human Services, includes guidance documents, educational resources and best practices for improving influenza vaccination coverage among long-term care staff. Access the toolkit.

January 27th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality Corner|

2015 Winter Convention Session Handouts

Please download and print the handouts for the sessions you are attending below. […]

January 19th, 2015|Convention, Education Updates|

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January 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Vice President of Government Relations – Russel Carlson

GHCA is pleased to announce Russel Carlson of Madison, GA has been named Vice President for Government Relations effective February 16.  Russel joins GHCA after serving 3 ½ years as the Deputy Adjutant General of Georgia’s Department of Defense.  In that capacity, Russel was the highest ranking civilian in the GADOD, a $600 million organization comprised of 1400 uniformed men and women of the Georgia Army and Air National Guard, members of the volunteer Georgia State Defense Force and over 500 state and federal civilian employees.

Many in GHCA may be familiar with Russel from his six years of service with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.  Hired in April of 2005, Russel was literally one of the initial hires in then-Senator Cagle’s high profile bid for Lt. Governor and transitioned to the Lt. Governor’s official office serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Campaign Advisor.

During his time in Lt. Governor’s Office, Russel worked with GHCA yearly on its budget and legislative priorities.  A veteran of eight legislative sessions and two statewide campaigns in Georgia, Russel has built relationships with elected officials and community leaders across the entire state and Washington, DC.

In 2011, Russel was appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to the Georgia Education Foundation.  In 2012, he was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve […]

January 15th, 2015|Legislative, News, Newsfront|