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FHCA Unveils 2021 Legislative Priorities

FHCA today released its 2021 legislative priorities for long term care. Topping the list of priorities are protecting the 2020-2021 Medicaid funding increase, enacting COVID liability protections for long term care, and addressing long term care centers’ workforce challenges by making the Personal Care Attendant Program permanent.

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FHCA Provides Update on COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout in Nursing Homes

“FHCA continues to assist the limited number of member providers who come to us looking for assistance or clarity, but the overwhelming majority of nursing home providers tell us their clinics have been scheduled or have already occurred and that the program is running smoothly overall. A number are preparing for their second dose clinics, which are set to begin…

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FHCA Issues Statement on FDA Approval of Moderna Vaccine, South Florida Nursing Homes Direct Vaccination Pilot

“Florida Health Care Association shares the enthusiasm of Floridians everywhere over the expanding reach of breakthrough COVID-19 vaccines, which represents a significant step toward protection from COVID-19 for us all. This most recent approval and launch of the vaccine developed by Moderna provides additional resources to ensure greater safety for Florida’s vulnerable elderly population and the staff who risk their…

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FHCA Applauds Governor DeSantis and Federal CDC Panel for Making Long Term Care Residents and Staff the Highest Priority for Vaccine Distribution

On behalf of the more than 70,000 long term care residents and 200,000 staff who Florida Health Care Association represents, we applaud Governor DeSantis for his ongoing leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. His commitment to prioritize our residents and caregivers for the first distribution of the COVID vaccine, combined with a similar decision by the CDC’s APIC, will provide another…

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Valerie Chambers-Jones of Fletcher Health & Rehabilitation Center Named 2020 CNA of the Year

Florida Health Care Association recently recognized Valerie Chambers-Jones, a certified nursing assistant at Fletcher Health and Rehabilitation Center, as 2020 CNA of the Year. This recognition is part of FHCA’s Excellence in Long Term Care Nursing Awards, which are traditionally presented during FHCA’s Nurse Leadership Program. However, due to COVID-19, the Program, along with the Awards Ceremony, has gone virtual.…

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Kim Biegasiewicz of Avante Group Named 2020 Rising Star in LTC Nursing

Florida Health Care Association recently recognized Kim Biegasiewicz, Vice President of Clinical Services at Avante Group, as 2020 Rising Star in Long Term Care Nursing. This recognition is part of FHCA’s Excellence in Long Term Care Nursing Awards, which are traditionally presented during FHCA’s Nurse Leadership Program. However, due to COVID-19, the Program, along with the Awards Ceremony, has gone…

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Valencia Henderson of Brooks Rehabilitation University Crossing Named 2020 RN of the Year

Florida Health Care Association recently recognized Valencia Henderson, Assistant Director of Nursing at Brooks Rehabilitation University Crossing, as 2020 Registered Nurse of the Year. This recognition is part of FHCA’s Excellence in Long Term Care Nursing Awards, which are traditionally presented during FHCA’s Nurse Leadership Program. However, due to COVID-19, the Program, along with the Awards Ceremony, has gone virtual.…

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Reina Beck of Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Nursing Home Named 2020 LPN of the Year

Florida Health Care Association recently recognized Reina Beck, a licensed practical nurse at Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Nursing Home, as 2020 LPN of the Year. This recognition is part of FHCA’s Excellence in Long Term Care Nursing Awards, which are traditionally presented during FHCA’s Nurse Leadership Program. However, due to COVID-19, the Program, along with the Awards Ceremony, has…

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Jeanette Ortiz of Jacksonville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Named 2020 Nurse Administrator of the Year

Florida Health Care Association recently recognized Jeanette Ortiz, Director of Nursing at Jacksonville Health and Rehabilitation Center, as 2020 Nurse Administrator of the Year. The recognition is part of FHCA’s Excellence in Long Term Care Nursing Awards, which are traditionally presented during FHCA’s Nurse Leadership Program. However, due to COVID-19, the Program, along with the Awards Ceremony, has gone virtual. …

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FHCA Urges Floridians: Exercise Caution Around Holiday Gatherings To Limit Community Spread Of COVID

Preventing community spread is key to keeping seniors and caregivers safe. As the holiday season approaches and families come together to celebrate, Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) urges Floridians take every necessary precaution to protect long term care residents and healthcare staff, and minimize the risk of an outbreak in our state’s long term care facilities.

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FHCA Statement on Governor’s Announcement to Revise LTC Facility Visitation Restrictions

Today’s announcement by the governor is a significant step forward in achieving our shared goal of reuniting long term care residents with their loved ones.The Task Force’s recommendations strike an important balance between a safe reopening of our care centers and keeping residents protected from the virus, which has been our number one priority since the pandemic began. We look…

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