Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Nursing Homes Recognized for Gold Seal Excellence in Long Term Care

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) recognized nine Florida nursing homes this week for receiving the Governor's Gold Seal Award, which recognizes nursing homes that demonstrate the highest standards of quality of life and care for their residents.
Governor Rick Scott said, "We owe it to Florida's elders to provide the best care we can. I would like to congratulate and recognize the nine nursing homes that are receiving the Governor's Gold Seal Award. Through their hard work, Florida families can know that their loved ones are getting the best care possible."
Award recipients include six new recipients*and three renewal recipients. They are as follow:
  • Joseph L Morse Geriatric Center Inc., West Palm Beach (FHCA member)
  • Life Care St. Johns, Inc., St. Augustine* (FHCA member)
  • Tierra Pines Center, Largo* (FHCA member)
  • Tuskawilla Nursing and Rehab Center, Winter Springs* (FHCA member)
  • Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center, Trenton
  • Bear Creek Nursing Center, Hudson*
  • Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center, St. Petersburg*
  • Harbour's Edge, Delray Beach
  • The Pavilion for Health Care, Penney Farms

"Florida's Health Care Association (FHCA) is pleased that the Agency for Health Care Administration has recognized these facilities with the Gold Seal. Florida's nursing facilities continue to deliver high quality care," said Emmett Reed, Executive Director of FHCA. "Recognition programs like these are important to helping give the public a clear picture of the positive care outcomes and customer service that long term care providers are delivering every day.”
Nursing homes that wish to be considered for the Gold Seal Award must submit an application to the Agency, which is reviewed by the Governor's Panel on Excellence in Long Term Care. The Panel considers the criteria below and makes recommendations to the Governor. Gold Seal recipients must be in operation a minimum of 30 months prior to the date of application and the facility must:
  • Meet a quality of care scoring and ranking that places them in the top 10 percent in their region or top 15 percent in the state and be a 5-star facility in the Nursing Home Guide
  • Have no Class I or II deficiencies within 30 months preceding application
  • Provide evidence of financial soundness and stability
  • Participate in a consumer satisfaction process involving residents, family members and guardians
  • Involve families and members of the community in the facility on a regular basis
  • Have a stable workforce
  • Have an outstanding record with the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council within the 30 months preceding application
  • Provide targeted in-service training to meet training needs identified.
The Gold Seal Award program was established in 2002 and developed and implemented by the Governor's Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care, which is composed of persons appointed by the Governor's Office, Agency for Health Care Administration, Department of Health, Department of Elder Affairs, Florida Association of Homes for the Aging, Florida Health Care Association, Florida Life Care Residents Association and the State Long Term-Care Ombudsman.
For a complete listing of Gold Seal facilities, please visit then click on Find a Facility or Provider. From here choose Search by Facility Type/Location and use the Advanced Search option when searching for Nursing Homes to find the list of Gold Seal facilities.

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