Katherine Butler was recently chosen by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living as a future leader in long-term care. As a result of this designation, she will participate in the AHCA’s upcoming “Future Leader’s of Long Term Care in America,” a yearlong program that offers training and guidance for long-term care professionals.
Butler currently serves as the administrator at Grand Islander Center Genesis HealthCare in Middletown, where she is also a member of the organization’s Leadership Development Program. She holds a B.A in business management and an M.S. in health care administration.
PBN: What are you looking forward to most about the future leader’s program? What do you hope to gain from it?
BUTLER: The 12-month-long program joins together 35 long-term care professionals across the country to take part in a curriculum with an emphasis on recent theories on quality management, customer satisfaction and leadership. The concept of this program excites me as a younger leader in long-term care here in Rhode Island.
PBN: What is the American HealthCare Association’s Quality Award Program?
BUTLER: The American HealthCare Association’s Quality Award Program is a three-tiered process in which long-term care providers work towards achieving quality excellence. Each year the quality award team at AHCA selects individuals across the country to serve as reviewers.
PBN: What kind of preparations are going on at Rhode Island Healthcare Association for the Medicaid-managed care program?
BUTLER: We believe that the primary goal of any Medicaid managed-care program should be to support and enhance the quality of covered health care services, while assuring that the program is only covering medically necessary and appropriate care. These goals can be accomplished by care coordination, prevention and wellness initiatives, and well-designed quality-improvement initiatives. RIHCA is working with other stakeholders who are seeking to assure that our state’s expansion of Medicaid managed care to long-term care consumers focuses on these methods, without putting further financial and administrative strains on providers. •