Good Samaritan Society supports workforce on Capitol Hill

June 2, 2023

Tess Hedrick
Sanford Health Media Relations
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SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society – the nation’s largest provider of senior care and services – will share forward-looking solutions to address the long-term care industry’s workforce challenges with elected officials at the 2023 American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Congressional Briefing June 5-6 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The invite-only congressional briefing provides AHCA/NCAL members the opportunity to personally connect with elected officials, gain insight on the latest legislative and policy developments and collaborate with other industry leaders.

Good Samaritan Society executive leadership participating in the briefing include:

As an integrated health system with Sanford Health, the largest rural health system in the country, the Good Samaritan Society has launched creative workforce solutions and made historic investments in its people since the pandemic, which include starting pay; bonuses; training and education; flexible scheduling options; benefits and well-being support. Despite these efforts, staffing challenges persist.

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is expected to release a proposed minimum staffing mandate for skilled nursing facilities this month. Good Samaritan Society leaders will discuss what’s at stake with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and explore solutions to address ongoing workforce challenges.

“We foresee an access crisis unfolding if an unfunded, one-size-fits-all minimum staffing requirement is enforced in skilled nursing facilities, and unfortunately, our nation’s seniors will pay the price,” said Schema. “Seniors living in rural areas will be disproportionately impacted by any unfunded mandate. Approximately 70% of the Good Samaritan Society’s long-term care residents live in rural communities,” Schema added. “We need ongoing, comprehensive investments to ensure our most vulnerable residents have access to the care they need and deserve no matter where they live. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to advocate for our residents and team members and to discuss these key issues with legislators on Capitol Hill.”

Schema, along with AHCA/NCAL CEO Mark Parkinson and other industry representatives, will participate in a press conference on June 6 at 10:30 a.m. ET at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. There they will share their perspective on the current state of the long-term care industry and how Congress can deliver meaningful solutions to address the long-term care workforce crisis and protect access to care for seniors living in rural America.

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About the Good Samaritan Society
The Good Samaritan Society is one of the largest not-for-profit providers for senior care and services in the United States with more than 200 locations in 21 states. Its services include senior living, long-term care, rehabilitation therapy, home-based services and more. For 100 years, the organization has been dedicated to sharing God’s love through the work of health, healing and comfort. Learn more about the Good Samaritan Society at 

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health, the largest rural health system in the United States, is dedicated to transforming the health care experience and providing access to world-class health care in America’s heartland. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization serves more than one million patients and 220,000 health plan members across 250,000 square miles. The integrated health system has 47 medical centers, 2,800 Sanford physicians and advanced practice providers, 170 clinical investigators and research scientists, more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations and world clinics in 8 countries around the globe. Learn more about Sanford Health’s commitment to shaping the future of rural health care across the lifespan at or Sanford Health News.