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Andrew McKillop Named 2016 Nursing Home Administrator of the Year

More than 800 long term care professionals from across Florida were on hand to applaud Andrew McKillop, administrator of Okeechobee Health Care Facility, as he was honored as the statewide 2016 Nursing Home Administrator of the Year by Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). The award, presented during FHCA’s Annual Conference in Orlando on August 7-11, is the highest honor given…

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Distinguished Group of Nursing Centers Honored for Demonstrating Excellence in Long Term Care

Governor Scott recently confirmed Florida’s newest recipients of the Governor’s Gold Seal Award for Excellence in Long Term Care. FHCA members receiving the Gold Seal Award for the first time include PruittHealth-Santa Rosa, First Coast Health and Rehabilitation Center, The Commons at Orlando Lutheran Towers, Rehab & Healthcare Center of Cape Coral and Ybor City Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. FHCA…

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FHCA Honors Dedicated Miami Administrator With Rising Star in Nursing Award

Amina Dubuisson left her native Haiti years ago, but she never truly left the island behind. That’s why as an adult, she frequently returns to her homeland to apply her skills as a registered nurse, exhibiting the same commitment to helping others that she demonstrates on a daily basis as executive director at North Beach Rehabilitation Center in Miami.

Dubuisson’s…

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FHCA Honors Five Florida Nurses With Excellence in Nursing Awards

Five nursing professionals whose unique life experiences and dedication to long term care have earned them the respect of contemporaries and administrators alike have been honored by the Florida Health Care Association with statewide 2016 Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Awards. The awards, in categories for nursing administrators, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants, were presented…

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Maitland Nurse Wins Statewide Recognition as FHCA Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year

The 2016 Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year is a Maitland long term care professional with one of the most unique stories in the award’s history. Mary Stevenson, a 74-year-old CNA at the Rehabilitation Center of Winter Park, was honored by the Florida Health Care Association at its 2016 Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Awards presentation, held in…

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FHCA Recognizes Milton Woman as Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year

A natural-born caregiver who uses her personal experiences to enrich the well-being of residents at a Milton care center has gained statewide acclaim as Florida’s 2016 Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year. Amy Welty, an LPN at PruittHealth-Santa Rosa, was honored by the Florida Health Care Association at its 2016 Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Awards presentation in St.…

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FHCA Recognizes Lady Lake Nurse as RN of the Year

A registered nurse known for her special focus on education and hands-on approach to patient care has gained statewide acclaim as Florida’s Registered Nurse of the Year. Carman Dockham, Assistant Director of Nursing Services at Lady Lake Specialty Care Center, was honored by the Florida Health Care Association at its 2016 Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Awards presentation,…

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Pensacola Woman Recognized as FHCA Nurse Administrator of the Year

A Pensacola nursing supervisor with more than a decade of experience in rehabilitation and patient-centered care is seeing her years of hard work pay off, with recognition as Florida’s Nurse Administrator of the Year. Kristin Rutherford, Director of Nursing at the Bayside Health and Rehabilitation Center, was honored at its 2016 Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Awards presentation,…

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FHCA Thanks Senators for CON Vote Helping Elders

Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) today thanked members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services for listening to the concerns of Florida’s long term care community and leaving intact the effective Certificate of Need (CON) process for nursing centers. The subcommittee’s vote defeating SB 1144 today retains an effective two-year old CON process for nursing centers.

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FHCA Members Earn Gold Seal Designation

The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) recently recognized seven Florida nursing centers for earning the Governor’s Gold Seal Award for Excellence in Long-Term Care. Recipients included six new awards and one renewal award. FHCA members earning the impressive designation this cycle included Opis Bayview Center in Eustis, Centre Point Health and Rehab Center in Tallahassee and Sarasota Memorial Nursing…

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