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FHCA Launches Long Term Care Emergency Preparedness Resource Website

Older residents in long term care centers are among the most vulnerable Floridians when natural disasters occur, and the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is launching a comprehensive preparedness website - http://www.LTCprepare.org - designed to help skilled nursing and post-acute care centers, as well as assisted living communities, meet the special challenges that can arise during emergencies.

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Florida Skilled Nursing Facilities Among Best in Nation in New Nursing Home Report Card

Skilled nursing facilities in Florida are among the very best in the nation, earning an overall superior grade of “A” in the state-by-state Nursing Home Report Card released this week. The report card gave its highest praise to Florida’s facilities for their direct care staffing hours and fewest verified ombudsman complaints. Overall Florida had the highest ranking in the nation,…

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Adult Floridians Concerned About Ability to Care for Aging Parents, New Survey Shows

A clear majority of Florida adults are deeply concerned about their ability to help aging parents face the increasing challenges of age-related decline, according to a newly released statewide poll. Leaders of Florida’s long term care profession said the findings underscore the need for Florida’s next governor to ensure that a range of service options is in place to help…

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Gail Ward Named 2014 Nursing Home Administrator of the Year

More than 700 long term care professionals from across Florida were on hand to applaud Gail Ward, administrator of Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center in Belleair, as she was honored as the 2014 Nursing Home Administrator of the Year by Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). The award, presented to Ward during FHCA’s Annual Conference in Orlando last week, is the highest…

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Jim Mikula Named 2014 Assisted Living Facility Administrator of the Year

More than 700 long term care professionals from across Florida were on hand to applaud Jim Mikula, administrator of Pacifica Senior Living Ocala, as he was honored as the 2014 Assisted Living Facility Administrator of the Year by Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). The award, presented to Mikula during FHCA’s Annual Conference in Orlando last week, is the highest honor…

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FHCA Announces 2014-15 Officers

Florida Health Care Association (FHCA), the statewide trade association which represents over 500 Florida long term care facilities and over 1,000 professional members, recently elected its 2014-15 statewide officers. These volunteer leaders were sworn in during the FHCA 2014 Annual Conference held in Orlando, Fl. on July 10, 2014. Joe Mitchell, President of Summit Care II based in Tallahassee, was…

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Debbie Shortridge of Avante at Melbourne Named 2014 Resident of the Year

Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) has awarded Debbie Shortridge, a resident of Avante at Melbourne, as the Association’s 2014 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 facilities, was presented by FHCA during the Association’s Annual Conference last week in…

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40 Florida Long Term Care Centers Earn National Recognition for Best Practices in Quality Care

An impressive total of 40 long term care centers that are members of the Florida Health Care Association recently earned national recognition for their extraordinary commitment to delivering quality care to Florida’s frail elders. The honors are part of the prestigious National Quality Awards program conducted by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

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FHCA Recognizes Local Certified Nursing Assistant with Statewide Award

Florida Health Care Association is pleased to recognize Shae Brown, Certified Nursing Assistant at Haven of Our Lady of Peace of Pensacola, as the 2014 winner of FHCA’s CNA Essay Contest. This annual program is held in honor of National Nursing Assistants Week (June 12-19) and helps to raise awareness about the important role of Certified Nursing Assistants and their…

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FHCA Honors 2014 Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Award Winners

Five nurses who represent the very best in long term nursing care in Florida have been honored by the Florida Health Care Association as recipients of statewide 2014 Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Awards. The awards, which recognize nursing administrators, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants, were presented at a luncheon in St. Pete Beach.

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