Executive Director and State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care
1402 Pankratz Street, Suite 111
Madison, WI 53704-4001
Heather Bruemmer has been the executive director/state ombudsman for the state of Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long-Term Care since January 2008. Previously she was the program supervisor for the Ombudsman Program for three years and a regional ombudsman for Northeast Wisconsin for five years. She has been with the Board on Aging and Long Term Care since February 2000.
Ms. Bruemmer is currently treasurer of the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs. She also chairs the Finance committee for that organization. She was appointed by Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary in 2008 and continues to chair the state’s Long-Term Care Advisory Council. This group oversees the expansion of Wisconsin’s redesigned long-term care system and its signature element, Family Care. The Council is also responsible for monitoring the quality of Family Care services and Aging Disability Resource Centers. She actively serves on the Restraint Advisory Council, the Prevention Advisory Council, the Statewide Falls Prevention Advisory Council, and the Civil Money Penalty State Review Committee, and she is the aging liaison for the Wisconsin Council of Physical Disabilities. Last year, Ms. Bruemmer testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging on the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act.
Ms. Bruemmer has been in the long term care arena for almost 25 years in both provider and advocacy roles. Prior to joining the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, Ms. Bruemmer served clients in nursing home and assisted living settings. Her educational background includes degrees in education and music therapy. She is a music therapist, certified activity consultant and is licensed as a nursing home administrator.