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IHCPAC Endorses Dr. Rhonda Sharp for State Representative

Posted Apr 25, 20242 min Read

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 24, 2024)  – The Indiana Health Care Association/Indiana Center for Assisted Living (IHCA/INCAL) and its Indiana Health Care Political Action Committee (IHCPAC) announces its official endorsement of Dr. Rhonda Sharp for state representative of House District 51.

IHCA/INCAL is the state’s largest trade association and advocacy group representing more than 500 for-profit and not-for-profit long-term care communities that employ and provide care to more than 100,000 Hoosiers.

Sharp, a local family medicine specialist at Parkview Health, is a candidate for state representative of House District 51, which includes all of LaGrange County and a portion of Steuben County. IHCA/INCAL represents three long-term care communities in the district, including Lakeland Rehab and Healthcare, Waters of LaGrange, and Life Care Center of LaGrange.

“Dr. Sharp is a strong advocate for older Hoosiers, particularly those in need of long-term care services,” said Paul Peaper, IHCA/INCAL President. “With the number of Hoosiers 65 and older expected to grow 15% in the next decade, Dr. Sharp’s medical background and expertise will be of critical importance in the Statehouse to ensure aging Hoosiers in LaGrange and Steuben counties, and the state as a whole, have the legislative support they need. We are excited to give our endorsement for Dr. Sharp’s candidacy of House District 51.”

Sharp, who has lived in the district for over 50 years, is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine and previously served as president of the Indiana State Medical Association.

“I am honored and grateful to have the endorsement of the IHCA/INCAL,” Sharp said. “As a family physician, I recognize that some stages of life are much more vulnerable than others. I look forward to working with the IHCA/INCAL on policies that can help protect our elderly and most at risk populations and help guide those who care for them.”

Indiana’s primary election is on May 7, 2024. Early voting for Indiana’s Republican and Democratic primaries is ongoing through May 6. Visit for election resources.


IHCA/INCAL is the state’s largest trade association and advocacy group representing for-profit and not-for-profit nursing homes, as well as assisted living communities and independent living.

The association provides education, information, and advocacy for health care providers, consumers, and the workforce on behalf of its more than 500 member facilities.

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Courtney Heiden

IHCA/INCAL Director of Communications

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