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FHCA Names Yale Metz 2015 Willis J. Gregson Award Recipient

Healthcare Services Group Executive Recognized for Outstanding Service to Florida’s Long Term Care Community

August 11, 2015
CONTACT: Kristen Knapp, APR
(850) 701-3530 or kknapp@fhca.org

Tallahassee, FL - More than 800 long term care professionals from across Florida were on hand to applaud Yale Metz, Divisional Vice President Healthcare Services Group, as he was honored as the 2015 Willis J. Gregson Award by Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). The award, presented to Metz during FHCA’s Annual Conference in Orlando last week, is the pinnacle of recognition for associate members who support Florida’s long term care community.

Yale Metz has been an active member of Florida Health Care Association for more than a decade and continues to show unwavering enthusiasm for the Association and its programs. Metz first became engaged and supportive of FHCA’s local districts but quickly realized that his experience and knowledge would be greatly valued at the state level. He recently completed a two-year term on FHCA’s Board of Directors as the Associate Member Vice President, and has also been an active participant on the Associate Member Support Committee and Annual Conference Committee. Metz is actively involved in FHCA’s grassroots initiatives and can often be seen standing side-by-side with caregivers to help advocate for important long term care issues.

His commitment to the long term care profession can also be seen through the work he does on a day-to-day basis, meeting caregivers in their centers to ensure he understands the challenges they are facing. At the same time, these personal connections gives him the ability to constantly reevaluate his company’s products and services to ensure they meet the needs of providers as they strive to deliver residents the highest quality care.

 “FHCA is pleased to honor Yale Metz,” said FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed. “His leadership and dedication to the long term care community makes him an excellent role model for others who serve the profession across the state.”

The Willis J. Gregson Award was created to honor the memory and contributions of an outstanding FHCA associate member, the late Willis J. Gregson.  It is presented each year to a Florida Health Care Association associate member who demonstrates a commitment level of service to FHCA members which goes “above and beyond.”  FHCA associate members are businesses, firms, organizations, corporations and other groups that provide services to the long term care profession. Associate members also include individuals and organizations that support quality long term care and are dedicated to the profession’s success.    

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.

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