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37 Florida Long Term Care Centers Earn Silver and Bronze National Quality Awards

October 20, 2016
Contact: Kristen Knapp
(850) 701-3530 or kknapp@fhca.org

Tallahassee, FL  - Thirty-seven Florida 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 to the care centers -  26 centers earning Bronze – Commitment to Quality Awards and 11 earning Silver – Achievement in Quality Awards – 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 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 appreciate that quality is important in this profession,” said Emmett Reed, FHCA Executive Director. “It is exciting that the American Health Care Association is recognizing these centers and their incredible staff for the wonderful work they do every day to guarantee our state’s elderly 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. At the Silver level, members develop and demonstrate effective approaches that help improve performance and health care outcomes.

“The quality of care we provide to those we serve continues to improve because of champions like this year’s honorees,” said AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson. “I applaud their unwavering commitment to the pursuit of quality excellence.”

“It’s rewarding to see these providers recognized for their commitment to improving quality care,” said Christine Boldt, chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. I am proud of this year’s recipients and I know they will continue to give quality care.”

Florida’s 2016 Silver Quality Award recipients (alphabetical order):

The Court at Palm Aire, Pompano Beach,
Accentia Health and Rehabilitation Center of Tampa Bay, Tampa,
Silvercrest Health and Rehabilitation, Crestview,
Pines of Sarasota, Sarasota,
Shoal Creek Rehabilitation Center, Crestview,
Rehabilitation and HealthCARE Center of Cape Coral, Cape Coral,
Stratford Court of Palm Harbor, Palm Harbor,
Signature Healthcare of North Florida, Graceville,
Presbyterian Homes, Lakeland,
Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Chipley,
Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services, Seminole,

Florida’s 2016 Bronze Quality Award recipients (alphabetical order):

Arch Plaza Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, North Miami
Astoria Health & Rehabilitation, Winter Haven
Aventura Plaza, North Miami Beach
Barrington Terrace, Boynton Beach
Benderson Family Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Sarasota
Brandywyne Health Care Center, Winter Haven
Calusa Harbour, Fort Myers
Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, DeFuniak Springs
The Court at Palm Aire, Pompano Beach
Crestwood Nursing Center, Palatka
Egret Cove Center, St. Petersburg
Emerald Health Care Center, Port St. Lucie
Gainesville Health Care Center, Gainesville
Harbour Health Center, Port Charlotte
Hawthorne Health and Rehabilitation of Brandon, Brandon
Hawthorne Village of Sarasota, Sarasota
Isle Health & Rehabilitation Center, Orange Park
Jackson Plaza Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Miami
Madison Health and Rehabilitation Center, Madison
Medicana Nursing and Rehab Center, Lake Worth
Miami Jewish Health Systems, Inc., Miami
Park Meadows Health and Rehabilitation Center, Gainesville
Regents Park of Sunrise, Sunrise
South Pointe Plaza Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Miami Beach
Surrey Place Health Care and Rehabilitation, Bradenton
Westchester Assisted Living Facility, Winter Park

The awards were presented to recipients on October 18 during AHCA/NCAL’s 67th Annual Convention & Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. 


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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