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Florida Health Care Association Members Earn Bronze National Quality Awards

51 Florida Long Term Care Centers Earn National Recognition for Best Practices in Quality Care


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
June 2, 2015         
CONTACT: Kristen Knapp, APR                                                                  
(850) 701-3530 or kknapp@fhca.org

Tallahassee, FL – An impressive total of 51 long term care centers that are members of the Florida Health Care Association have earned national recognition for their extraordinary commitment to delivering quality care to Florida’s frail elders. The honors are part of the prestigious National Quality Awards program conducted by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

Florida’s long term care centers consistently rank among the best in the nation. The 51 outstanding centers earning the 2015 Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award is the second biggest total in the nation, just one behind the largest state, California. The program honors skilled nursing, assisted living and post-acute care centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

“Florida long term care providers understand that quality is the cornerstone of our profession,” said Emmett Reed, FHCA Executive Director. “We are pleased that the American Health Care Association is recognizing these centers and their staff for the incredible work they do each day to ensure that our state’s frail elders receive the highest quality care, which they expect and deserve”

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals. The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Centers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with fundamental performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system.  

Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. Centers may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver - Achievement in Quality Award.

“It’s gratifying to see these providers recognized for their commitment to improving quality care,” said AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Christine Boldt. “At this level, Bronze recipients are positioned to achieve even better health and organizational outcomes. I applaud and encourage this year’s recipients to continue their quality journeys.”

Florida’s Quality Award recipients will be honored for their achievement during the FHCA 2015 Annual Conference, to be held in Orlando in August. Additionally, these Florida centers will be honored along with all national recipients during the AHCA/NCAL’s 66th Annual Convention and Exposition in San Antonio, TX, in October.

Florida’s 2015 Bronze Quality Award recipients:
•    Adventist Care Centers - Courtland, Orlando
•    Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center, St. Petersburg
•    Avante at Mt. Dora, Mt. Dora
•    Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion, St. Petersburg
•    Baya Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lake City
•    Boca Ciega Center, LLC, Gulfport
•    Calusa Harbour, Fort Meyers
•    Carrollwood Care Center, Tampa
•    Century Health and Rehabilitation Center, Century
•    Citrus Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center, Hernando
•    Commons at Orlando Lutheran Towers, Orlando
•    Delaney Park Health and Rehabilitation Center, Orlando
•    East Orlando Health & Rehab Center, Inc., Orlando
•    Heritage Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Naples
•    Highland Pines Health and Rehab, Clearwater
•    Hunter's Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Orlando
•    Lakeside Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Jacksonville
•    Lakewood Nursing Center, Crescent City
•    Oak Manor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Largo
•    Oaks at Avon, Avon Park
•    Osprey Point Nursing Center, Bushnell
•    Park Ridge Nursing Center, Jacksonville
•    Ponce Plaza Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Miami
•    Regents Park of Winter Park, Winter Park
•    Riverwood Health and Rehabilitation Center, Starke
•    Sarasota Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Sarasota
•    Seven Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center, Tallahassee
•    Shady Rest Care Pavilion, Inc. dba Page Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Fort Myers
•    Signature Healthcare at The Courtyard, Marianna
•    Signature HealthCARE of North Florida, Graceville
•    Springs at Boca Ciega Bay, South Pasadena
•    St. Mark Village, Palm Harbor
•    Stratford Court of Palm Harbor, Palm Harbor
•    Sunbelt Health and Rehab Center Apopka, Apopka
•    Tarpon Bayou Center, Tarpon Springs
•    Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center, Gainesville
•    The Bridge at Bay St Joe, Port St Joe
•    The Forum at Deer Creek, Deerfield Beach
•    The Gardens Health and Rehabilitation Center, Daytona Beach
•    The Gardens of Port St. Lucie, Port St Lucie
•    The Palms Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Palm Bay
•    The Rehabilitation Center at Park Place, Pensacola
•    Tiffany Hall Nursing and Rehab, Port St. Lucie
•    University Center West, Deland
•    Viera Health and Rehabilitation Center, Viera
•    Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Chipley
•    Woodland Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center, Jacksonville
•    Wright's Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Seminole
•    Ybor City Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Tampa
•    Zephyr Haven Health and Rehabilitation Center, Zephyrhills
•    Zephyrhills Health & Rehab Center, Zephyrhills

Florida’s Quality Award recipients will be honored for their achievement during the FHCA 2015 Annual Conference, to be held in Orlando in August. Additionally, these Florida centers will be honored along with all national recipients during the AHCA/NCAL’s 66th Annual Convention and Exposition in San Antonio, TX, in October.

ABOUT FLORIDA HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION
Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is a federation that serves almost 1,000 members and represents more than 500 long term care centers that provide skilled nursing, post-acute and sub-acute care, short-term rehab, assisted living and other services to the frail elderly and individuals with disabilities in Florida. The mission of FHCA is to advance the quality of services, image, professional development and financial stability of its members. As Florida's first and largest advocacy organization for long term care providers and the elderly they serve, the Association has worked diligently since 1954 to assist its members with continuously improving quality of care and quality of life for the state’s growing elder care population. For more information about Florida Health Care Association, visit http://www.fhca.org. ;  

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