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Matthew Thompson Named 2017 Assisted Living Facility Administrator of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2017
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 Matthew Thompson, Director of Health and Financial Services at The Villa at Carpenters in Lakeland, as he was honored as the statewide 2017 Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Administrator of the Year by Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). The award, presented during FHCA’s Annual Conference in Orlando July 31-August 4, is the highest honor given to an ALF administrator in Florida’s long term care profession.

Thompson is an up and coming leader in the profession and the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). While relatively young, his career in long term care is solidified by his deep passion and commitment to his residents, his staff, and the association and profession he serves.

Thompson has led his team at the 52-bed center to earn numerous awards, including the American Health Care Association’s Bronze and Silver National Quality Awards, a national achievement based on the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence criteria.

Thompson has a strong desire to continuously improve his skills and knowledge to be a better leader and recently earned his Master’s Degree in Aging Services while working full time.  

Thompson also has a strong commitment to Florida Health Care Association, with his involvement ranging from president of his local district, by which he serves on the Board of Directors, Rules and Regulations Chair, a member of the Long Term Care Survey Task Force and the FHCA Nominating Committee.

“Matthew is a true leader in our profession,” said Emmett Reed, Executive Director of Florida Health Care Association. “His dedication not only to his center but also this association are what makes him worthy of this recognition.”

The 2017 ALF Administrator of the Year award is part of Florida Health Care Association’s Long Term Care Achievement Awards. These awards annually honor the Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Administrators of the Year, Volunteers of the Year, Resident 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.

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ABOUT THE FLORIDA HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION
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.