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Patricia Spears Selected as National Future Leader in Long Term Care

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is proud to announce that FHCA Secretary Patricia Spears, Florida Regional Administrator and Government Affairs Director with Topaz Fiscal Services, has been selected by the American Health Care Association/ National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) as a future leader in long term and post-acute care. Spears is one of 39 individuals selected nationwide who will participate in AHCA/NCAL’s Future Leaders program, which provides year-long training and mentorship for professionals in long term and post-acute care.

This recognition is a testament to Patricia’s tremendous leadership and dedication to the long-term care profession,” said Emmett Reed, FHCA CEO. “Patricia will bring exceptional insight to the program that she’s gained throughout her career and through her service to FHCA. I am confident that her experience in this prestigious program will benefit the association and the members we serve.”

Spears, who is based in Jacksonville, has worked in long term care for over 25 years. She began her career as a social worker, and after earning her nursing home administrator’s license, used that passion for caring and leadership to springboard her active involvement with FHCA. Spears is a member of the FHCA Executive Committee, currently serving as Secretary of the Board of Directors. She is also the Annual Conference Committee Vice Chair, a former Legislative Committee Chair and has served as an FHCA District President.

As a graduate of FHCA’s Florida Leaders program, Spears is known for her tireless advocacy on behalf of her residents, frontline caregivers her fellow long term care professionals. Spears often visits lawmakers in their districts and the Florida Capitol and has testified before the Legislature, ensuring the voices of long-term care are heard.She is known for championing exceptional care and services for Florida’s seniors and has managed several high-quality centers throughout her career. In 2021, Spears was awarded FHCA’s highest honor, the Walter M. Johnson, Jr. Circle of Excellence Award.  

Spears joins the ranks of several other FHCA Executive Committee members who’ve participated in the “Future Leaders of Long-Term Care in America” including:

  • Joshua Wagoner, FHCA Treasurer (2023)
  • Anita Faulmann, FHCA President (2013)
  • Marco Carrasco, FHCA Immediate Past President (2011)

Spears was selected as an AHCA/NCAL Future Leader for her demonstrated leadership. The year-long program offers training in the latest theories and practical applications in quality management, customer satisfaction, and leadership. The program kicks off with the “Future Leaders of Long-Term Care in America” Symposium held each year in Washington, D.C.

June 11, 2024

Kristen Knapp, APR
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