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Joe Mitchell Named 2017 Circle of Excellence Award Recipient

Summit Care II president earns FHCA highest honor of distinction

August 11, 2017
Contact: Kristen Knapp, APR
(850) 701–3530 or kknapp@fhca.org

On August 3 during FHCA's 2017 Annual Conference in Orlando, Joe Mitchell, President of Summit Care II, was presented with the 2017 Walter M. Johnson, Jr. Circle of Excellence Award, FHCA's highest honor.

Joe Mitchell (pictured center) been a steady force in the Association for over two decades. Mitchell has given countless years of service to FHCA, holding positions that are critical to the Association’s success. After many years serving as FHCA’s Reimbursement Committee Chair, Mitchell’s leadership roles have included Multifacility Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Senior Vice President and ultimately, President of the statewide Association which represents more than 81 percent of Florida’s nursing centers. Today Mitchell serves on the FHCA Board of Directors as Immediate Past President and Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Mitchell has always been a strong advocate for FHCA’s legislative initiatives and is a knowledgeable and steady voice with lawmakers and regulators when it comes to issues such Medicaid managed care, Certificate of Need and most recently, the Prospective Payment System. Mitchell’s political savvy and understanding of the legislative process inspired members over the years to engage in grassroots advocacy like never before.

“Joe has always been a leader in the Association. His work with legislators, regulators and members has contributed greatly to successful advocacy and legislative outcomes for Florida's long term care profession,” said Emmett Reed, FHCA Executive Director.

Florida Health Care Association’s highest honor, the Walter M. Johnson, Jr. Circle of Excellence Award was initiated in 1972 in honor of a man who was one of the significant forces in the establishment of the Association. Johnson served as president of FHCA from 1969-71 and under his leadership, membership in the Association grew rapidly. He was instrumental in establishing an effective committee system for legislative, reimbursement and regulatory issues.

The Walter M. Johnson, Jr. Circle of Excellence Award is given annually to a member of FHCA who has made significant contributions in the past year and has worked for the growth and development of the Association through the years.

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The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is a federation that serves nearly 1,000 members and represents more than 500 long term care facilities that provide skilled nursing, post-acute and subacute 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.