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SDAHO Welcomes the Assisted Living Association of South Dakota as New Members

The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) is excited to welcome the Assisted Living Association of South Dakota (ALASD) as new members.

ALASD was established in September of 1994 and was titled South Dakota Assisted Living Facilities Association (SDALFA). The organization was non-profit and provided industry resources, updates on industry regulations and educational opportunities.

Like many organizations, ALASD was impacted by COVID-19, which highlighted the need for additional advocacy, education and resources for senior living facilities. The organization formed an exploratory committee in the spring of 2021 to pursue and evaluate opportunities on how to better serve the needs of their members, which connected them with SDAHO. After several conversations with SDAHO, the ALASD brought a proposal to their board of directors in October of 2021 which was accepted.

Heather Moechnig, ALASD President, said the collaboration between the two associations will provide better support and enhance the assisted living industry in South Dakota. In an email to ALASD members, Moechnig said, “We feel the time is right for our two associations to come together to raise your voice and build a stronger assisted living network in the State of South Dakota.”  Tammy Hatting, COO SDAHO says she is excited about the collaboration and is looking forward to providing additional resources and opportunities to South Dakota’s assisted living industry. “At SDAHO, we represent the full continuum of care including hospitals, nursing homes, home health, hospice and now assisted living facilities.”

During Moechnig’s announcement to ALASD members, she assured them this is the right direction for the association. “It is a priority for ALASD Board members and SDAHO to ensure a smooth transition to ALASD members and to demonstrate the additional value you will receive for your investment.” Moechnig, also provided information on additional resources created to assist with the transition and collaboration.

  • Assisted Living Council
  • Quarterly member call for assisted living providers
  • Add (2) assisted living members to the Post-Acute Care Council
  • Add an assisted living member to the Education Committee
  • Add a dedicated education track for assisted living at our Annual Convention.

All assisted living facilities are welcome to become members of SDAHO effective immediately. For more information on the latest SDAHO / ALASD collaboration or to learn how an assisted living facility can become a member, contact SDAHO’s Tammy Hatting, COO and Post-Acute Care Contact at tammy.hatting@sdaho.org.

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