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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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Inspiration for “Lucy’s Law” Helping Nursing Center Residents Recognized by Legislators

A Florida law that tripled the personal needs allowance for nursing center residents across the state is known as “Lucy’s Law.” This week the measure’s namesake received a proclamation from the Florida Legislature, presented by two of the lawmakers who helped enact the change.

Lucy Kennedy, who gave the legislators the idea when she served as Resident Council president at…

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Highlands Lake Center Earns Gold – Excellence in Quality Award

Highlands Lake Center, a 179-bed skilled nursing center in Lakeland, has been recognized as a 2015 recipient of the Gold – Excellence in Quality National Quality Award for superior performance in the long term and post-acute care profession. Representing the best of the best, the award is the final step in three progressive levels of awards through the American Health…

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FHCA Recognizes Thomas Groesbeck with 2015 Arthur H. Harris Government Services Award

FHCA recently awarded Thomas Groesbeck, Director of Government Affairs and Media Relations for Airamid Health Services, with the Association’s 2015 Arthur H. Harris Government Services Award. Groesbeck accepted the award in front of over 800 long term care professionals gathered during the FHCA 2015 Annual Conference in Orlando. The Award is given annually to an FHCA member who actively engages…

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Parkside Health and Rehabilitation Center Receives FHCA 2015 Media and Community Involvement Award

Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) recently presented Parkside Health and Rehabilitation Center, a 122-bed skilled nursing facility in Deland, with the Association’s 2015 Media and Community Involvement Award. Administrator Heather Jackson accepted the award on the facility’s behalf in Orlando during the FHCA 2015 Annual Conference in front of over 800 long term care professionals gathered from across the state…

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