Michael WylieCompass Total Benefit Solutions, a long term care employee benefits firm endorsed by the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), has appointed Michael Wylie as the director of member relations. Wylie will work with the Compass team to improve client outcomes by better understanding member needs.

With more than 40 years of experience, Wylie is a highly respected leader, advocate, and champion in the long term care industry. He began his career as an activities director and worked his way up to senior management. He spent three decades working at Genesis Healthcare.

Recently, Wylie served on the board of advisors for Real Time Medical Systems, where he advised on care coordination advancements of Real Time's interventional analytics platform for post-acute care providers. Currently, he serves as the chair of the AHCA Medicaid enhancement committee and is a 32-year member of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association board of directors.

Wylie said, "I truly look forward to working with the entire Compass team in assisting providers in obtaining more cost-effective benefits plans to the entire provider community."

David SmithSenior living industry leader David Smith recently announced he will no longer be involved with day-to-day operations at Sherpa CRM, a thriving sales enablement platform that he co-founded eight years ago. He will continue with his quest to explore the many ways he can continue to help improve the lives of our growing senior population.

Prior to co-founding Sherpa and overseeing its rapid growth, Smith founded One on One: Inspired Senior Sales to offer evidence-based sales training, consulting, and coaching to senior living communities across the U.S. and Canada. Thanks in large part to the leadership and infrastructure Smith and co-founder Alexandra Fisher put in place, Sherpa continues to support older adults and the communities that serve them with a more empathetic and effective sales process.

In addition to consulting, publishing, and speaking engagements, Smith is working as executive producer of a feature length documentary film to illustrate the complex and challenging emotions that face our elders. He will also continue in his role as co-founder and owner of The Gatesworth Communities, a network of senior living communities in St. Louis, MO.

As an educator, coach, author, consultant, film maker and more, Smith will continue to explore new ways to improve the well-being of seniors.

Given the workplace stress the pandemic has magnified, Sloan Bentley, president and chief executive officer of Lutheran Life Communities, is responding with enterprise-wide programs and opportunities to promote well-being and growth.

Lutheran Life Communities looks at the Great Resignation in a different light. Health care workers are leaving the industry after nearly two years of increased workloads, fear of contracting COVID at work and burnout during the pandemic, is well publicized. Most employers are not offering initiatives to counteract employee discontent. Bentley believes promoting a workplace where team members feel appreciated and valued sets Lutheran Life Communities apart. She recognizes that providing a work environment of personal growth and fulfillment of mission creates a compelling vision that inspires and excites.

To recognize team members with perfect attendance while providing care and meeting the needs of residents during the holiday season, the organization created an innovative incentive program. In addition to receiving a $500 bonus for team members who did not call out from work, their names were entered into a drawing for a $5,000 grand prize. At the end of the bonus period, a total of 474 (or 33%) of all team members were entered into the grand prize drawing. The winning team member is employed at Pleasant View, a Life Plan community located in Ottawa, Ill.


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