Long-Term Care Taskforce

IMPH convened a taskforce to assess the long-term care (LTC) system in South Carolina and establish a strategic direction that meets the future needs of the system and those it serves. With the release of the taskforce’s final report in June 2015, a Long-Term Care Implementation Leadership Council was established to focus attention on the recommendations.

Taskforce Purpose

The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) convened a taskforce to assess the long-term care (LTC) system in South Carolina and establish a strategic direction that meets the future needs of the system and those it serves.  Consisting of experts, practitioners and stakeholders from across the state, the taskforce identified priority areas that are in need of improvement, particularly in light of the growing older adult population and researched best practices from South Carolina and across the country.  The goal of the taskforce was to present actionable recommendations to policymakers that promote greater return on investment and to offer a broad vision for affordable, accessible and high-quality services enabling older adults and people with disabilities to live with dignity.

Click here to view the taskforce’s final report, “Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina.”

Click here to view “One Year Update – Long-Term Care Taskforce.”

Click here to view the 2016 Progress Report.

Taskforce Leadership & Committees

The Long-Term Care Taskforce was chaired by Joel Smith, Dean Emeritus of the USC Moore School of Business and President (retired) of Bank of America – East Region Banking Group.  The Board liaison was Senator Thomas Alexander.  The Long-Term Care Taskforce was guided by a 16-member Steering Committee that oversaw the work of four committees which explored specific issues in greater depth, reviewed best practices as needed and generated potential solutions: Access to Care, Financing & Affordability, Providers & Workforce and Service Delivery.

Long-Term Care Implementation Leadership Council

Following the successful release of the final report in June of 2015, IMPH established a Long-Term Care Implementation Leadership Council (ILC). The role of the Long-Term Care ILC is to prioritize recommendations of the taskforce; keep continued, focused attention on recommendations; eliminate or minimize barriers to implementation; connect and mobilize stakeholders; promote and track progress related to implementation of taskforce recommendations and inform the content of an annual written report of progress towards implementation. The Long-Term Care ILC is chaired by Sam Waldrep, Senior Advisor at IMPH. The Board liaison is Mr. Joel A. Smith III. Members of the Long-Term Care ILC are:

  • Mr. Sam Waldrep, Senior Advisor, IMPH and Long-Term Care ILC Chair
  • Ms. Coretta Bedsole, Associate State Director for Advocacy, AARP South Carolina
  • Mr. Johnny Belissary, Administrator, New Generations Adult Day Centers
  • Ms. Stephanie Blunt, Executive Director, Trident Area Agency on Aging
  • Mr. Darryl Broome, Agency Director, Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging
  • Ms. Kelly Cordell, Director, Adult Advocacy Division, SC Department of Social Services
  • Ms. Brenda Hyleman, Aging Life Care Professional
  • Dr. Pete Liggett, Deputy Director for LTC and Behavioral Health, SC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Mr. Sam Mathur, President, Comfort Home Health Care
  • Ms. Gloria Prevost, Executive Director, Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.
  • Ms. Beth Sulkowski, Vice President for Communications and Advocacy, Alzheimer’s Association, SC Chapter

Please contact Dr. Corey Remle for more information on the Long-Term Care Taskforce or ILC.

Page first published: March 2014
Page last updated: March 2018


  • IMPH has released the first Progress Report presenting a status update on recommendations from June 2015’s Long-Term Care Taskforce report “Creating Direction: A Guide to Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina.” Following the release of the report, IMPH formed an Implementation Leadership Council of key stakeholders to prioritize the recommendations and guide implementation. This Progress Report outlines advances towards meeting the prioritized recommendations. The progress made reflects the work of many partners in improving long-term services and supports in South Carolina.
  • With support from 15 sponsors, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened an expert committee to examine what is known about the nation’s family caregivers of older adults and to recommend policies to address their needs and help to minimize the barriers they encounter in acting on behalf of an older adult.
  • IMPH’s Behavioral Health Taskforce and Long-Term Care Taskforce reports have been in the news recently.
  • The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that one in 10 people over 60 experiences elder mistreatment (i.e., abuse or neglect), which translates to nearly six million cases every year. According to Macie Smith, Program Development and Training Manager for the Arnold School’s Office for the Study of Aging (OSA), this number is actually much higher due to underreporting. And as the U.S. population continues to age, this number will only increase over time. Smith suggests working with policymakers in order to educate them about the effects of chronic caregiving on the aging population and its impact on our society as a whole.
  • The Office for the Study of Aging at the University of South Carolina has recently completed a series of five short videos in conjunction with their Dementia Dialogues program.
  • The University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health will create a new institute focusing on how to age well from cradle to grave by addressing issues faced by the most vulnerable in our population – young children and older adults – thanks to a $7 million gift from the school’s largest benefactors. The Gerry Sue and Norman J. Arnold Institute on Aging will be dedicated to scholarly research and the sharing of accurate, consumer-friendly health information resulting from aging-related science important to children and the elderly. It will include work in areas such as childhood obesity prevention, chronic stroke recovery, nutrition and food safety, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of senile dementia.
  • The South Carolina Healthy Brain Research Network and its network partners will host a Healthy Aging Forum: A Focus on Brain Health on December 9 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Program Room of the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, which is located within the Thomas Cooper Library on the University of South Carolina’s Columbia Campus. The forum, which will include plenary and programmatic sessions, a research panel and networking, is being held to advance the public health research and translation agenda for cognitive health and healthy aging.
  • Based in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the Office for the Study of Aging has trained more than 21,000 South Carolinians with their Dementia Dialogues program since it was created in 2002. In early August, the Office kicked off a nationwide rollout of the program in Utah.
  • Dean of the USC College of Social Work Dr. Anna Scheyett served on the steering committee of the IMPH Long-Term Care Taskforce and refers to the report "Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina” in her guest column in The State newspaper on Labor Day. The report is the product of a year and a half of work by over 60 providers, researchers and advocates.
  • The Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together (PART) initiative is a statewide quality improvement learning collaborative organized by stakeholder organizations in South Carolina working with hospitals, home health, skilled nursing facilities, hospice and other providers to improve care coordination for patients and families in South Carolina.



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