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Beverly Brunke Named 2016 Adult Volunteer of the Year

The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) has recognized Beverly “Be.Be.” Brunke, a long-time volunteer with the Palm Garden of Sun City care center, as the Association’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year. The award, which is given annually to an individual who shows outstanding service to seniors residing in Florida’s long term care centers, was presented by FHCA during the Association’s…

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Sarasota’s Canines for Christ Named FHCA 2016 Group Volunteer of the Year

The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) awarded Sarasota residents John and Cindy Godby of Canines for Christ as the Association’s 2016 Group Volunteer of the Year. The Godbys work with Canines for Christ to bring their two dogs, Goose and Gandy, to Hawthorne Village of Sarasota. The award, which is given annually to a group that demonstrates outstanding service to…

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Steven Rule Named 2016 ALF Administrator of the Year

Steven Rule, executive director of the Park Summit center in Coral Springs, was honored as the statewide 2016 Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Administrator of the Year by Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) during FHCA’s Annual Conference in Orlando in August. Rule, who oversees the operations of Park Summit’s 274 independent and assisted living residences, is a strong leader with a…

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Lucy Kennedy Named FHCA 2016 Resident of the Year

Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) has recognized Lucy Kennedy, a resident at Signature HealthCARE of North Florida in Graceville, as its 2016 Resident of the Year. The award, which is given annually to a long term care resident who shows outstanding service to seniors residing in Florida’s long term care centers, was presented by FHCA during the Association’s Annual Conference…

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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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