Changes are everywhere in our environment and can be stressful or a blessing. FPH has been changing since its founding in 1955. As FPH changed, old residential units were removed and newer units constructed. We are experiencing these changes today as several former homes have been removed and newer units are in the pipeline.
Grateful to be approved for our 20 bed expansion project. Here is the official word:
Per your request, this is to notify you of the Agency’s initial decision to approve CON application #10305 by Florida Presbyterian Homes, Inc. to add 14 community nursing home in District 6/ Subdistrict 6-5, Polk County, Florida. The State Agency Action Report will be available later today on this website: http://apps.ahca.myflorida.com/certneedweb/decisions.aspx?TYPEDATE=N1410.
View a drawing of the project.
Florida Presbyterian Homes Resident Association President Bob Bourquein recently presented Harry Pettit with a plaque of appreciation for his many years on the board of directors and serving as chairman of the board 2012 – 2014. Harry and Bob are pictured with Harry’s lovely wife Jean.
FPH also welcomes Ronald Shuck, Senior Housing Development Consultant, Windermere Strategic Partners, LLC, to the FPH Board of Directors. Ronald has extensive experience in the senior care industry. Welcome aboard, Ron!
Mrs. Lucille Munn lived at 777 Lakeside Avenue in a fine old house with eleven acres of land sloping down to Lake Hunter. It was a wedding gift from her husband, William Munn, in 1914. Mr. Munn had terraced the land to avoid erosion and planted citrus trees, exotic plants and shrubs, and named it “Terrace Gardens.” By 1956 the garden had gone to seed, but the house had been designated a Local Historical Monument, and Mrs. Munn was a widow in her eighties.
February 14th is Valentine’s Day! And is also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine. The religious connotation dates from the late 5th century when Valentine, a Christian priest in Rome, was martyred about 496 A.D. Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church. The romantic love association with St. Valentine began with Geoffrey Chaucer in the late Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. Today, many people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day. So, send someone a reminder of this special day of love and friendship. “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue” – well known words will do. Make someone happy!
Destruction and construction are the campus words for February and March as old residences are replaced by new. The Administration has finally been able to begin this process after receiving the long sought approvals by various city offices. The old residences are primarily from the 1960s and are more economical to replace than upgrade.
The history of the Florida Presbyterian Homes buildings was originally written by Penelope Pinson and George Laird Hunt with support from the rest of the History Committee at that time. The articles were in various Lake Hunter Heralds in 2005 in preparation for the 50th Anniversary of Florida Presbyterian Homes.
Residents and future residents have been hearing about the bungalow court concept for a long time now and we appreciate your patience as we work through the construction process. It has taken a lot longer than we anticipated! Here’s a brief recap of what’s been going on “behind the scenes” and where we are now…
The Rev. Dr. Robert Ward, resident of Florida Presbyterian Homes Porter McGrath Health Center, baptized his great-granddaughter Peyton in a Sunday Chapel service wearing his doctoral robe. His family from all around the country was there. His son, Rev. Dr. Bob Ward, assisted his father in the baptism. The staff worked hard to get him ready, in his clerical robe, in a wheelchair. The rehab team provided a “sling” to help him sit up straight to do the baptism. Bob is a very large man who has grown frail due to a stroke and it took a tremendous amount of effort and coordination to make this event happen, and it was done with excitement and love! “It was the most moving service I have ever been to,” said The Rev. Dr. Barbara Booth-Jarmon, full time pastor at Florida Presbyterian Homes.
Although Bob’s physical presence is deteriorating, his mind and memory are sharp! It meant the world to him and his wife to be part of this special moment in their family’s lives.
The Jan. 7 meeting with the City of Lakeland’s Community Development department did not go as well as we had hoped. We requested changes to our south PUD (planned unit development) to allow for demolition of one duplex and an addition of a two-story 20-bed expansion to existing Porter McGrath Health Center (our skilled nursing) and 54 space parking lot be classified as a minor modification. Unfortunately, the needed changes to proceed with this project will be classified as a major modification. What is the difference? Two to three months of additional meetings and reviews. With tight guidelines from the state in which construction must start by February 2016, this was a disappointment to say the least.
Part of the CON (certificate of need) process includes submitting letters of support and recommendation for the Porter McGrath expansion project. Over the years our administrators and directors have formed great relationships within the industry and the local community. Thanks to these strong relationships, we were able to provide an amazing collection of letters recommending that our CON be approved. Read the letters for yourself!