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FHCA Members Earn Gold Seal Designation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2016
Contact: Kristen Knapp, APR
kknapp@fhca.org

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) recently recognized seven Florida nursing centers for earning the Governor’s Gold Seal Award for Excellence in Long-Term Care. Recipients included six new awards and one renewal award. FHCA members earning the impressive designation this cycle included Opis Bayview Center in Eustis, Centre Point Health and Rehab Center in Tallahassee and Sarasota Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center. This brings Florida's total number of Gold Seal Award nursing centers to 32, with 19 of those centers being members of Florida Health Care Association.

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 32 Gold Seal centers in Florida, visit http://www.FloridaHealthFinder.gov.  

ABOUT THE FLORIDA HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION
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.