COLUMBUS — State Long-term Care Ombudsman Beverly Laubert will serve on a national commission to assess nursing homes' response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release from the Ohio Department of Aging.
Laubert was one of 25 experts selected nationwide.
The Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes will review and help inform current and future responses to COVID-19 and potential infectious disease outbreaks within nursing homes.
“I am pleased that the organizers of this commission looked to Ohio for a representative of consumer advocacy in quality nursing home care,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news release. “In Beverley Laubert, they saw an unwavering and accomplished professional who has devoted her long career to improving the lives of residents not just in Ohio but across our nation.”
She has been an ombudsman for more than 30 years, including 24 as the state long-term care ombudsman for Ohio. From December 2017 to January 2019, Laubert served as the director of the Ohio Department of Aging.
On the commission, Laubert will represent the interests of advocates, consumers and families.
"We have heard thousands of stories from residents and families about the impact of COVID-19 on their lives," said Laubert. "Each resident deserves excellent care, and families should be able to have confidence in that. By focusing on residents, we will be successful.”
The commission also includes infectious disease experts, nursing home leadership, academics, state leaders, clinicians, a nursing home resident and others. Members were selected by the MITRE Corporation, an independent contractor working on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.