The Foundation for Post-Acute & Long-Term Care (PALTC) Medicine supports the quality of life for persons in the PALTC spectrum through the development of clinical resources, recognizing and inspiring future and current practitioners, and demonstrating the value of a trained and engaged workforce. 

We’ve collected resources to help those working in long-term care and skilled nursing facilities during this time of crisis.
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2020 award winners

Medical Director of the Year Award
Dr. Fred Feinsod
William Dodd Founder's Award
Dr. Keith Rapp 
James Pattee Award
Dr. Robert Kaplan

feinsod headshot“I must remark on the leadership that Dr. Feinsod brings to all his work. He holds the lamp high for the long-term care community and certainly has challenged me to bring my best to any discussion for the improvement of care.” - Nominated by Anne Meier, Colorado State Long-Term Care Ombudsman


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“Dr. Rapp was one of the first AMDA leaders I met at my first AMDA meeting in San Diego many years ago. He was teaching one of the Core classes on leadership and management for nursing medical direction. I still remember some of the principles he taught, and they have helped me in my career.” - Nominated by Susan Levy, MD, CMD


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“Dr. Kaplan’s passion for medicine, for education, and for doing the RIGHT thing, at the RIGHT time will forever resonate with those he has touched in his career.” - Nominated by Bridget Blake, DNP. NP-C



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QI Award
Fatima Sheikh, MD, MPH, CMD; Chitra Hamilton, MD; Mariah Robertson, MD
QIHO Award
Coler Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center, Roosevelt, NY

FutureCare NorthPoint; Baltimore, MD for the project Understanding Long Term Care Resident's Perceptions on Interdisciplinary Care Plan Meetings.






Dr. Howard Finger submitted his quality of life program MOLST PI Project/ Application of the Algorithm for the Unbefriended in Conjunction with the MOLST Form PI Initiative.






AMDA Members Contribute to Study’s Success

AMDA members have worked to proactively address the COVID-19 pandemic and protect residents and empower practitioners and staff. You also have stepped up and taken a lead role on another pressing issue. Thanks to you, an important study about the impact of the annual influenza vaccine choice on long-term care facilities is fully recruited for this year—with over 1,000 facilities participating. The Foundation received $100 for each participant to support its important work, including the Futures Program, awards program, helping health care workers, and more.

Study lead investigator Ed Davidson, PharmD, MPH, partner at Therapeutic Insights, says, “Infectious diseases in nursing homes are at an all-time high in terms of interest and focus, and we have seen a renewed interest in influenza vaccines.” He is hearing from participants at facility chains that they think staff will be more interested in getting vaccinations. This is partly because there is growing awareness due to the COVID-19 pandemic about respiratory infections and how they spread. “Staff members want to protect their own health and that of residents and others,” Dr. Davidson says.

“We couldn’t do this study without the Foundation,” says Dr. Davidson. “AMDA is recognized internationally as providing leadership and guidance on long-term care and nursing homes. The organization’s willingness to join with us and get the word out about this study has contributed significantly to the overall effort.”.

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