Executive Team

John M. Hehn, Jr., Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the community, and serves at the direction of the Board of Directors. Mr. Hehn assumed these duties in October 2003. Prior to joining FPH, he was an executive with BayCare Health System, serving from 1993 to 2003 in various positions, including: director of support services and director of ambulatory services for St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, real estate manager for BayCare Health System, and assistant administrator of planning and development for South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City. Mr. Hehn has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, FAHA Health and Services, Johnnie B. Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Presbytery of Tampa Bay. LeadingAge Florida recognized Mr. Hehn as Executive of the Year in 2012 and Advocate of the Year in 2014. He received his B.S. in Marketing and Finance from the University of South Carolina and his M.B.A. from New York University.

“Daily, I witness compassionate, personalized continuing care and service of the highest quality being delivered by staff, consistent with our Christian heritage. Our mission is alive, and it makes the Homes an inspiring and fun place to work.”

Maria E. Rivera, Administrator


The Administrator is responsible for the efficient operation of the Assisted Living Facility and the Skilled Nursing Facility, supervising the staff and ensuring compliance with all applicable State and Federal laws and regulations. Also serves as Risk Manager. Ms. Rivera was hired by Presbyterian Nursing Center in 1992 as a staff nurse shortly after moving to Florida. She later became the evening supervisor followed by the unit manager for the sub-acute wing. She was promoted in 1996 as the Director of Nursing when FPH built a new Skilled Nursing Facility on campus. Ms. Rivera assumed the duties of Administrator in 2007. The Polk County Organization of Nurse Executives recognized Ms. Rivera as Nurse Manager of the Year in 2012. She received her B.S. in Nursing from the City College of New York. Ms. Rivera is an active member of the Florida Health Care Association and the Florida Pioneer Network.

“It has been a ministry working here almost 20 years. The love and honor for our elders is seen on a daily basis from all departments. The love between staff, residents and family truly makes it a home. I can not think of a better place to serve.”

Patty M. Fekete, Director of Finance


The Director of Finance is responsible for the maintenance of the financial records of FPH in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The Director of Finance reports to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors regarding the historical, current and projected financial condition of FPH. She is also responsible for managing the activities associated with accounting, budgeting and human resources, and for ensuring the accurate and timely dissemination of financial management reports including, but not limited to, internal and external monthly financial statements, annual audits and budgets and annual Medicare and Medicaid cost reports. Ms. Fekete assumed these duties in January 2008. She received her B.S. from West Liberty State College, West Virginia, and her M.B.A. from Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL. Her background includes 20+ years in healthcare accounting positions.

“FPH is a great place to be – it is a pleasure to work with the dedicated staff and a privilege to serve our residents!”

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