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ABOUT HCCI

The Health Care Council of Illinois (HCCI) strives to bridge the divide between policymakers and nursing home communities across the state. As a non-profit member association, we represent more than 300 licensed Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNiFs) in Illinois.

Through education and advocacy, we work collaboratively with administrators, lawmakers and other stakeholders to find creative, practical solutions to complex public policy issues impacting our residents and neighbors.

MEET OUR TEAM

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Donna Ginther joined HCCI in 2008 and now serves as the Senior Advisor to the HCCI Board. Donna excels in a variety of relevant fields, including lobbying, political campaigns, public policy, legislative research and community organizing.

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For more than 25 years, Pat Comstock has provided her marketing and business management expertise to assist all types of long-term care facilities, service corporations and provider trade associations.

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Amanda Ginther Communication Director

A key member of the HCCI team since 2010, Amanda Ginther currently oversees legislative and communication programs.

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Ellen McElroy Office Manager

Ellen McElroy is the HCCI office manager. Before joining HCCI, she spent nearly 27 years supporting the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus in various staff roles. Most recently, McElroy served as an assistant to the Policy and Budget staff.

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Pam Elliot Education Assistant

As the Educational Assistant for HCCI, Pam Elliot is responsible for facilitating education seminars for members, including organizing attendance and dues.

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Mary Button is a Senior Reimbursement Associate for HCCI. Mary joined HCCI in 2012 as a Research Associate and has worked on the Nursing Home Care Act and subsequent JCAR rules, the SMHRF Act and subsequent JCAR rules, the Managed Care roll-out, including preparation for member training and discussions, as well as DHS Applications and Admissions, DPH meetings and research and multiple HFS meetings.

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Sara Steen joined the HCCI team in 2020 as a Regulatory Specialist. Prior to her current role, Sara was a regulatory consultant for HCSC where she collaborated with Government Relations and Legal to manage and lead legislative and regulatory efforts from preliminary research to implementation.

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Nate Harris is HCCI’s Legislative and Regulatory Analyst. Prior to joining HCCI, Nate worked for the Illinois Senate Democrats in a variety of political and legislative roles, including Operations and Research Director, Deputy Political Director and Associate Legal Counsel.

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EDUCATION

We work to educate our members and citizens of Illinois about the ever-changing political and regulatory landscape in Illinois. See below for our upcoming seminars, which are open to the public.

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PUBLIC POLICY

HCCI actively works alongside state legislators and officials to develop, respond and interpret state and federal regulations. Our efforts support legislation that will benefit our nursing home communities, as well as overcome any legislation that could be harmful to our members and residents.

NEWS & UPDATES

HCCI is working across the state to help the lives of our members and residents. Stay up to date with our work and the latest news of the long-term care industry.

‘This is great to see her.’ After pandemic pause, some nursing homes allowing visitors.

After more than three months apart due to the coronavirus shutdown, nursing home residents across the state were reunited with their loved ones during outdoor visits.

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We must protect the elderly in nursing homes and their caretakers from COVID-19

Pat Comstock, HCCI’s Director of COVID Response, calls on elected leaders and society in general to put a greater priority on the safety of the elderly and their caretakers.

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Unsung Heroes of Nursing Homes

Maria Villareal, whose husband and mother both reside at local nursing homes, shares her experience during the COVID-19 pandemic: "I have met my guardian angels".

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‘Bittersweet’ Reunions After Months of Isolation

"The joy on the residents’ faces just to see their family members is an unbelievable experience," said Pat Comstock, "Staff members are thrilled to give residents this opportunity, which has provided some much-needed joy."

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HCCI advocates for more than 300 long-term care and skilled nursing facilities throughout Illinois. If you would like to learn more about our membership or how to join, email us at info@hccil.org

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HCCI is working across the state to help the lives of our members and residents. Stay up to date with our work and the latest news of the long-term care industry.

CONTACT US

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Chicago Office

203 N LaSalle St, Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
(773) 478-6613

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Springfield Office:

1149 W. Edwards St., Suite C
Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 544-4224

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Donna Ginther Senior Advisor to the HCCI Board

Donna Ginther joined HCCI in 2008 and now serves as the Senior Advisor to the HCCI Board. Donna excels in a variety of relevant fields, including lobbying, political campaigns, public policy, legislative research and community organizing. This year marks Donna’s 31st legislative session. She started her career as a lobbyist for National Organization for Women, then became a senior researcher for a bi-partisan legislative agency before joining the Illinois Senate Democratic Staff and working her way up to Budget Director. Donna then joined AARP and created the state legislative program in Illinois as part of a pilot program, which is now replicated across the country. In her decades of experience, Donna developed a deep understanding of regulatory topics in long-term care, such as assisted living and other congregate living type services, aging community and in-home services, Medicaid, employee and resident background check systems, senior prescription drug programs and the Managed Care Patient Bill of Rights.

Amanda Ginther Communication Director

A key member of the HCCI team since 2010, Amanda Ginther currently oversees legislative and communication programs. Amanda led projects for HCCI’s Medicaid budget campaigns and HCCI PAC political campaigns, including the nursing home media event tours from 2011 to 2014. Amanda grew up in Illinois politics, and has more than 15 years of experience in strategic communication and campaign planning. Before working with HCCI, Amanda did corporate communications and media relations for top consumer brands such as Microsoft, Starbucks and T-Mobile USA. She also worked as a grassroots organizer for various candidate and issue campaigns in Oregon. Amanda has a bachelor's degree in both public relations and print journalism with a minor in communications studies from the University of Oregon, and an Associate Arts degree with an emphasis in creative writing from Portland Community College.

Ellen McElroy Office Manager

Ellen McElroy is the HCCI office manager. Before joining HCCI, she spent nearly 27 years supporting the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus in various staff roles. Most recently, McElroy served as an assistant to the Policy and Budget staff. In that capacity, McElroy organized both substantive and appropriation committee materials for the Policy and Budget Director, Deputy Directors and staff analysts. McElroy also managed the process of sharing legislative analyses with senators during both committee and floor action.

Rosalina Gilbertson

Rosalina Gilbertson is a Special Projects Associate at HCCI, where she researches custom content. She studied Business Management in Minneapolis, MN. Her past experiences include Guest Experience Innovation for Buffalo Wild Wings in Minneapolis, MN, Workman’s Compensation Insurance Software Analytics for PCIS in New York and Mortgage Processing for Hard Money Lenders in her hometown of Miami, FL. Rosalina can speak three languages, is an animal lover and spends time contributing to programs that provide support for children who have lost siblings.

Pam Elliot Education Assistant

As the Educational Assistant for HCCI, Pam Elliot is responsible for facilitating education seminars for members, including organizing attendance and dues. Among her other roles in the Springfield office, she also assists members with continuing education inquiries. Prior to joining HCCI in 2017, she served an administrative staff member for the Policy and Budget Staff /Appropriations Staff in the Illinois Senate and worked as office administrator for the Governmental Relations/Legislative Office at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Additionally, she was a legislative assistant to several state representatives, as well as Senator John J. Cullerton.

Mary Button Senior Reimbursement Associate

Mary Button is a Senior Reimbursement Associate for HCCI. Mary joined HCCI in 2012 as a Research Associate and has worked on the Nursing Home Care Act and subsequent JCAR rules, the SMHRF Act and subsequent JCAR rules, the Managed Care roll-out, including preparation for member training and discussions, as well as DHS Applications and Admissions, DPH meetings and research and multiple HFS meetings. She has also been crucial in gathering information to adjust key concepts or legislative language to better serve HCCI members, and has managed various HCCI operations. Mary served in the United States Army as a communications specialist for the I-Corp and 9th Infantry Division. After leaving the military, Mary served in the U.S. Army Reserve where she completed training as a Licensed Practical Nurse. While raising three daughters, Mary obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology followed by her master’s degree and educational specialist degree, both in School Psychology.

Nate Harris Legislative and Regulatory Analyst

Nate Harris is HCCI’s Legislative and Regulatory Analyst. Prior to joining HCCI, Nate worked for the Illinois Senate Democrats in a variety of political and legislative roles, including Operations and Research Director, Deputy Political Director and Associate Legal Counsel. Nate brings valuable experience with the agency rulemaking process, legislation drafting and election operations.

Originally from Western Springs, Nate earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Augustana College in Rock Island and then his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Nate currently lives in Springfield with his wife Jessica and dog Gideon.

Sara Steen Regulatory Specialist

Sara Steen joined the HCCI team in 2020 as a Regulatory Specialist. Prior to her current role, Sara was a regulatory consultant for HCSC where she collaborated with Government Relations and Legal to manage and lead legislative and regulatory efforts from preliminary research to implementation. She was also previously a regulatory compliance manager for Cigna where she worked closely with the compliance team to ensure regulatory compliance with state and federal requirements.

Sara has Master of Jurisprudence Health Law with Compliance Concentration from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Olivet University.

Pat Comstock COVID Response Director

For more than 25 years, Pat Comstock has provided her marketing and business management expertise to assist all types of long-term care facilities, service corporations and provider trade associations. Prior to HCCI, Pat worked as the Legislation and Communication Director at Illinois Health Care Association and served long-term care associations in Ohio, specializing in association and group management, government affairs, marketing, market research, educational program planning, and trade show management. Pat also has taught college-level public speaking and other applied communication courses. Pat knows how to position organizations due to her deep knowledge of promoting and expanding the industry, as well as vast experience developing and implementing grassroots legislative programs, fundraising for political action committees and creating targeted campaign activities.