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PruittHealth-Santa Rosa Earns FHCA’s 2017 Media and Community Involvement Award

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 PruittHealth-Santa Rosa in Milton as it received the statewide 2017 Media and Community Involvement award from Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). The award, presented during FHCA’s Annual Conference in Orlando July 31-August 4, is among the highest honors given in Florida’s long term care profession.

In partnership with Second Wind Dreams, a nonprofit organization, PruittHealth educated the Santa Rosa and Escambia County community about long term care and elders and the need to empower them as they age with dignity, hope and joy.

Throughout the year, PruittHealth has granted opportunities to individuals. Marie Garner received the opportunity of a lifetime to work with Channel 3 News. The experience helped raise awareness about the hopes and dreams that still live inside of many elders in long term care today. Musician Paul Bruketa was reconnected with a former band member, and with help from several community organizations, performed a concert for the community. The event drew coverage from radio stations, The Pensacola New Journal, Santa Rosa Gazette and national news coverage from Good Morning America and Ellen DeGeneres Show.

A 120-bed nursing center, PruittHealth is involved in the local community, donating baskets to Emerald Coast Hospice, hosting tribal dancers from the Santa Rosa Creek Indian Tribe, and conducting holiday events for residents.

“PruittHealth’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.”

The 2017 Media and Community Involvement award is part of Florida Health Care Association’s Long Term Care Excellence Awards. These awards annually honor an Administrator 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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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 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.