FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2016
CONTACT: Kristen Knapp, APR
(850) 701-3530 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tallahassee, FL – Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) recently presented Bayside Health and Rehabilitation Center, a skilled nursing facility in Pensacola, with its 2016 Media and Community Involvement Award. Administrator MaryAnn Loiselle accepted the award on the center’s behalf during the FHCA 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando on August 7-11.
The Award is presented annually to a long term care center that actively engages its local community and media to help raise positive awareness about the long term care profession and the work done by providers to improve residents’ quality of care and quality of life.
“Bayside Health and Rehab’s commitment to the community is one of the reasons it is among the finest centers in Florida,” said Emmett Reed, Executive Director of Florida Health Care Association. “The center’s enthusiasm and dedication to its residents, in addition to the work it does do to involve its local community, makes it an excellent model for other long term care centers across the state.”
Bayside Health and Rehabilitation Center was voted the “Best Place to Work” by The Pensacola News Journal, and was featured several times in local media throughout the year. The center is known for partnering with its local community organizations to enrich the lives of residents through special events and activities, including involvement with local children, community events, and cultural experiences. One such event, “Bark to Remember,” is held each year by residents to raise money for the local Alzheimer’s Association.
The center also hosts a number of intergenerational activities throughout the year, bringing in children from the local Childcare Network and giving Escambia County Bright Futures scholarship students the opportunity to volunteer at an Easter festival, Mardi Gras parade, and trick-or-treat festivities. Scholarship hopefuls even do one-on-one visits with each resident. Residents also participate in Pick a Bowl, a local food bank fundraiser. The fundraiser enables residents to connect with the community and help underprivileged families in Escambia County.
The 2016 Media and Community Involvement Award is part of Florida Health Care Association’s Long Term Care Achievement Awards. These awards annually honor a Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Administrator of the Year, Resident of the Year, the Willis J. Gregson Associate Member of the Year, and a number of community volunteers for their service to long term care. For more information about FHCA’s Long Term Care Excellence Awards, visit the Quality Improvement section of the FHCA website at http://www.fhca.org.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION
The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is a federation which serves nearly 1,000 members and represents more than 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 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.
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