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Ombudsman for elderly named to national council

SPRINGFIELD – The ombudsman for the Illinois Department on Aging has been named to the national leadership council for the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care.

The agency announced Jamie Freschi was elected to the 30-member council. It’s made up of long-term-care consumers, family members, advocates, ombudsmen and policy experts from around the country.

Freschi said the leadership council “has been an amazing resource to me in my work as a state ombudsman” and she is pleased to be a member.

Freschi began her career as an ombudsman 12 years ago at I CARE, a Springfield-based organization. She was named 2014 Ombudsman of the Year by the Illinois Association of Long-Term Care Ombudsmen. She has been the state’s ombudsman since June 2015.

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