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Distinguished Group of Nursing Centers Honored for Demonstrating Excellence in Long Term Care

Governor Recognizes FHCA Members with Gold Seal Designation

July 25, 2016
Contact: Kristen Knapp, APR

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) recently recognized 11 Florida nursing centers for earning the Governor’s Gold Seal Award for Excellence in Long-Term Care. Of the 11 centers recognized this cycle by AHCA, five are newly-awarded. FHCA members earning the impressive designation for the first time include the following:

  • PruittHealth-Santa Rosa, Milton
  • First Coast Health and Rehabilitation Center, Jacksonville
  • The Commons at Orlando Lutheran Towers, Orlando
  • Rehab & Healthcare Center of Cape Coral
  • Ybor City Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center

FHCA members Clifford Chester Sims State Veterans Nursing Home and Florida Presbyterian Homes, Inc. also had their Gold Seal status renewed this cycle. This brings Florida's total number of Gold Seal Award nursing centers to 36, with 28 of those centers being members of Florida Health Care Association. To review the list of FHCA members earning the Governor's Gold Seal Award, click here.

“It’s rewarding to see these providers recognized for their commitment to quality care,” said Emmett Reed, executive director of FHCA. “I am proud of our members for earning this distinguished recognition award, and I know they will continue to serve as role models to all our member centers as they work to deliver exceptional care and services to Florida's elderly.”

Governor Scott said, “Florida is dedicated to providing our elder population with the best possible care. These facilities help families know that their loved ones are getting the quality care they deserve thanks to the hard work of these nursing homes and their staff members. I’d like to thank those that work in the Long
Term Care industry for their commitment to Florida’s elderly population.”

Agency Secretary Elizabeth Dudek said, “I would like to congratulate all of the facilities receiving this honor and thank them for providing quality care to their residents. Recipients of the Governor’s Gold Seal Award have proven to provide an exceptional service to members of our families and our communities. This award recognizes the very best Long term Care facilities in Florida, and their commitment to excellence allows family members to know that their loved ones are in good hands.”

The Governor's Gold Seal Award recognizes Florida nursing centers that demonstrate excellence in long term care over a sustained period. Nursing centers that wish to be considered for the Gold Seal Award must submit an application to AHCA which is reviewed by the Governor's Panel on Excellence in Long Term Care (Panel). Before making recommendations to the Governor, the Panel considers criteria including star ratings, survey outcomes, customer satisfaction, workforce stability, family interactions and financial soundness. Additionally, Gold Seal recipients must be in operation a minimum of 30 months prior to the date of application.

For a complete listing of the 36 Gold Seal centers in Florida, visit http://www.FloridaHealthFinder.gov.  

The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is a federation which serves nearly 1,000 members and represents over 500 long term care facilities 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 the Florida Health Care Association, visit http://www.fhca.org.