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Providers and the Elders They Serve

FHCA Honors Allen Curtis of Citrus Health & Rehabilitation Center as the 2012 Nursing Home Administrator of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2012
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 Allen Curtis, administrator of Citrus Health and Rehabilitation Center in Inverness, as he was honored by the Florida Health Care Association as the 2012 Nursing Home Administrator of the Year. The award was presented by FHCA President Nina Willingham during the Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando and is the pinnacle of recognition for nursing home administrators in Florida’s long term care profession.

Curtis has made a significant contribution to the long term care profession, his local community and more specifically, the residents and staff of his facility. He is an effective leader and creative problem solver, and the overall facility success has been a direct correlation to him joining the team in 2003. He immediately embraced the residents, staff and families and built a relationship based on professionalism, guidance and trust. Under his leadership, the facility has had an excellent survey history, including a zero deficiency licensure survey in 2012.

Curtis helped the facility embrace the culture change movement and is committed to the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Home Campaign and other quality improvement programs. His company leaders and facility staff agree that his work ethic, professionalism and ability to think outside the box have been instrumental in improving the facility’s satisfaction levels and services companywide.

“FHCA is pleased to honor Allen Curtis 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 Nursing Home Administrator of the Year Award is given annually by Florida Health Care Association to a nursing home administrator of an FHCA-member facility with demonstrated service to the Association, along with his/her significant and measurable achievements in overall facility administration, workforce innovation, survey record and implementation of quality improvement programs, including the Advancing Excellence campaign and culture change.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION
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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