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FHCA Recognizes Steven Schrunk of Countryside Lakes as 2012 ALF Administrator of the Year

Contact: Kristen Knapp, APR
(850) 701-3530 or kknapp@fhca.org

TALLAHASSEE, FL - More than 600 long term care professionals from across Florida were on hand to applaud Steven Schrunk, administrator of Countryside Lakes, as he was honored by the Florida Health Care Association as the 2012 Assisted Living Facility Administrator of the Year. The award was presented by FHCA during the Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando and is the pinnacle of recognition for assisted living facility administrators in Florida’s long term care profession.

Schrunk is committed to raising positive awareness about Florida’s assisted living communities and his facility in particular, bringing in political and community leaders to interact with residents and staff so they can gain a better understanding of the important role assisted living facilities (ALF) play in the health care continuum. His desire to constantly improve his leadership competencies and professional skills led him to earn his MBA while serving as an administrator, and his positive values keep him focused on the residents’ and their family’s spiritual, physical and emotional needs.

Schrunk has been consistent in his leadership in the Association by serving on a number of committees, including FHCA’s FCAL Committee. In his most recent role, he is representing ALFs on Phase II of the Governor’s ALF Workgroup as it works on the development of recommendations for improvement in the state's ability to monitor quality and safety in assisted living facilities. 

“FHCA is pleased to honor Steven Schrunk with this prestigious award,” said FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed. “His leadership in the profession and dedication to the residents he serves makes him an excellent role model for other long term care professionals across the state.”

The Assisted Living Facility Administrator of the Year Award is given annually by Florida Health Care Association to an assisted living facility administrator of an FHCA-member facility who shows true leadership qualities within the facility, along with his/her significant and measurable achievements in overall facility administration, workforce innovation, survey record and implementation of quality improvement programs.

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 www.fhca.org

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