FPH Awarded National Recognition For Quality of Care in Assisted Living

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Florida Presbyterian Homes’ Assisted Living Facility has been recognized as a 2018 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long term and post-acute care. The program honors association members across the country that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

“We are proud to be honored for our commitment to quality improvement,” said Alexis Bautz, Quality Coordinator of Florida Presbyterian Homes. “Our team is extremely proud of the work they do every day to improve our residents’ quality of life. Working together as a team has enabled us to reach this milestone.”


The National Quality Award Program, established by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which also serves as the foundation for the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldrige framework helps organizations among different business sectors improve organizational effectiveness and achieve strategy-driven performance.

The Award Program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision, mission statement, and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, Florida Presbyterian Homes may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award criteria.

“I applaud Florida Presbyterian Homes for taking this important step towards quality improvement,” said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Alana Wolfe. “I encourage them to continue on their path to achieving superior outcomes.” The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 69th Annual Convention and Exposition in San Diego, California, October 7-10, 2018.

Does Driving Make Your Hands Ache?

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If you or your loved ones suffer from arthritis, then driving may be painful. Making adjustments can help to minimize pain and safely accommodate a limited range of motion while driving.

senior woman hands on steering wheel


Try these 4 tips — brought to you by the Arthritis Foundation — to help lessen your arthritis pain while at the wheel.

FPH Wins Award from Lakeland Historic Preservation Board

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Congratulations to Executive Director John Hehn and Construction Manager Joe Diaz for their role in helping Florida Presbyterian Homes receive the coveted Residential Preservation Award from the Lakeland Historic Preservation Board.

This award was given due to the outstanding efforts of the FPH team to relocate the O.W. McCallister House (1925) from Lakeside Avenue to 939 S. New York Avenue in Lakeland. In addition to the relocation, the house received a major rehabilitation and restoration.

Click HERE to read the article that ran in The Ledger. Congratulations to John, Joe and all those involved in these award-winning efforts.


Nursing Open House to be Held on May 24

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A Nursing Open House is set to take place on Thursday, May 24, 2018, from 5-7 pm, here at Florida Presbyterian Homes, 909 Lakeside Avenue, Lakeland. All nurses, including FPH nurses, as well as RNs, LPNs and CNAs from the community, are encouraged to stop by and tour the new 68-bed Nursing & Rehab Unit. Plus, attendees will get a chance to meet and greet Florida Presbyterian Homes’ new Director of Nursing – Mary Ziomkowski, DNP, MEd, RN.

Open House

Guests will enjoy refreshments in the garden while they learn about FPH’s upgraded PRN pay rates, lower staffing ratios and flexible schedules with OnShift. Contact Kim Roberts for more information at 863-577-6060. See you there!

New Director of Nursing Joins Florida Presbyterian Homes

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Florida Presbyterian Homes (FPH) is pleased to welcome a new Director of Nursing to their administrative team.


Mary K. Ziomkowski, DNP, MEd, RN, BS, RAC-CT, joined FPH in April 2018 and is responsible for the overall operation of nursing services in accordance with current federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations. She will oversee a team of more than 60 nurses, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants. Dr. Ziomkowski comes to FPH from Michigan with excellent credentials and nursing experience in skilled nursing facilities and sub-acute rehabilitation practice settings. Her family includes her husband Dave, five children and five grandchildren.

“We are thrilled and honored to have Mary on our team,” said John M. Hehn, Jr., Executive Director for FPH. “She has a unique blend of nursing experience combined with a passion for the sciences, having been an educator of biology, chemistry and mathematics. Mary brings us a proven track record in nursing management and we look forward to having her lead our highly qualified nursing staff.”

 Dr. Ziomkowski holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Health Systems Leadership from Grand Valley State University (GVSU), where she engaged with students as a professor in the College of Nursing. She completed a Master’s degree in Education at GVSU with an emphasis on Adult and Higher Education. Dr. Ziomkowski also obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees from GVSU – one in nursing and another in biology. Prior to that, she received a diploma as a Registered Nurse from the Mercy Central School of Nursing in Grand Rapids.

Previous to joining FPH, Dr. Ziomkowski was the Director of Nursing at United Church Homes, Pilgrim Manor, in Grand Rapids Michigan. She has also held positions as an MDS [nurse assessment] Coordinator, Health Compliance Coordinator, Clinical Unit Manager, Surgical Nurse and as an educator at the secondary and university levels.

In addition to receiving numerous honors and awards, Dr. Ziomkowski has published papers and presented research relating to her areas of expertise. She holds several certifications and licensures, and is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Nurses Association and the American Society of Aging.

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