Health and Family Services Cabinet
Strader named state long-term care ombudsman
FRANKFORT, Ky, (Feb. 5, 2007) -- Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell has announced the appointment of Jacqueline R. Strader as the state long-term care ombudsman.
The long-term care ombudsman is responsible for the design, implementation and management of the statewide program and network of local and regional long-term ombudsman programs that receive, report and work to resolve complaints on behalf of long-term care facility residents.
“Jackie Strader brings to the cabinet years of experience in long-term care, in addition to a wide range of clinical and management expertise,” Birdwhistell said. “She will be front and center in efforts to modernize the long-term care ombudsman program and will play an integral role in furthering and strengthening Kentucky’s long-term living initiative. We’re delighted to welcome her aboard.”
Strader most recently was employed by Kindred Healthcare of Louisville as district director of clinical operations. She also held other positions with Kindred, including assistant regional director, district director of utilization services and director of nursing.
Strader previously worked for Health Care Excel of Louisville, where she developed and delivered training for nursing facility personnel. She has also served as an independent consultant to long-term care facilities, providing staff training in Medicaid provider services and clinical skills. Strader’s career history also includes experience as a staff nurse at Louisville’s Jewish Hospital Frazier Rehab Center.
Strader has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bellarmine University.
The state long-term care ombudsman is involved in investigations of alleged resident abuse, neglect and other problems at long-term care facilities. The long-term care ombudsman also develops policies and procedures addressing issues such as records and reporting source identity confidentiality, ensuring public access to information on long-term care facilities, and providing education and training for staff and volunteer long-term care ombudsmen.