Weekly Cooking Demonstrations Offer Tasty Options for All

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Mark your calendar for Tuesdays at 2 pm for the “Dishes & Diets” cooking demonstration at Florida Presbyterian Homes. We’ve partnered with Elder Pointe Ministries to provide fresh produce on Mondays at an affordable cost. A cooking demonstration using select produce is then offered on Tuesdays in the Porter McGrath building.

Attendees at Dishes & Diets help prepare ingredients to be used in various quick and easy meals. All cooking demonstrations take place on an induction burner that is cool to the touch — making for a safer cooking environment. Recipes are made available following the demonstration for residents to take and try at home.

“Everyone truly enjoys the sights, smells and flavor of a home-cooked meal prepared right before their eyes,” says Chef Etta Owens, Dean of Residents at Florida Presbyterian Homes. “There are plenty of smiles and empty plates to indicate our residents’ enjoyment of these cooking activities.”


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Chef Etta is shown making chicken and rice using a one-pot recipe with the following ingredients: virgin olive oil, green peppers, shredded carrots, roasted red peppers, strawberry onions, scallions, yellow rice, diced chicken and chicken broth.

For more information on Dishes & Diets or to confirm the exact location of these cooking events, contact Chef Etta at 863-577-6027 or by email at eowens@fphi.org.

FPH Announces Accreditation By The Joint Commission

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Florida Presbyterian Homes announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Nursing Care Center Accreditation and Post-Acute Care Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient and resident care.

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Florida Presbyterian Homes underwent a rigorous on-site survey from Nov. 28-30, 2017. During the review, Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with nursing care center standards related to several areas, including assistance with activities of daily living, coordination of care, and staff education and training. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews with leaders and staff of the organization. Notification of this award was announced on Dec. 5, 2017.

“Joint Commission accreditation and certification provides nursing homes with a framework for the processes needed to improve the care patients and residents receive,” said Gina Zimmermann, MS, executive director, Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Florida Presbyterian Homes for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

Alexis Bautz, Quality Coordinator at Florida Presbyterian Homes, said Florida Presbyterian Homes was very pleased to receive accreditation and certification from The Joint Commission, which is known to be the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for our patients and residents,” said Bautz

Established in 1966, The Joint Commission’s Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program accredits more than 1,000 organizations that offer nursing home and other long-term care services. The Post-Acute Care Certification award was launched in 2013 by The Joint Commission to recognize nursing homes that demonstrate advanced competencies in the provision of post-acute care to patients and residents recently hospitalized. The accreditation and certification programs are awarded for a three-year period.

Florida Presbyterian Homes is a Continuing Care Retirement Community located on a 48-acre lakeside campus at 16 Lake Hunter Drive in Lakeland, Fla. Our 68-bed award-winning Nursing and Rehab Center serves all older adults following hospital stays. The campus has 113 single-family homes and 60 apartments for independent living residents, and there are 42 assisted living residences for people who need personal assistance in daily activities.

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The Joint CommissionFounded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

Employee of the Quarter Award Winner Announced

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Congratulations to Amy Green-Smith — winner of the Florida Presbyterian Homes’ Employee of the Quarter Award for the 1st quarter of 2018. Amy is known for being a big help to the Dietary team and assists with all of the department’s needs. She goes above and beyond to find the right products at the best price. Amy also volunteers for every event, and helps with serving and clean up, while also making sure our residents have great time. She is truly an advocate for our residents and we appreciate all of Amy’s efforts. 

Valued Employee Wins Prize for Perfect Attendance

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Congratulations to Diana McCourty – winner of a weeklong stay at an Orlando resort.

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Diana was one of four eligible employees at Florida Presbyterian Homes with over 9 years of perfect attendance. As the lucky prize winner, Diana gets to relax and enjoy a 7-day vacation at a beautiful timeshare destination. We applaud Diana for her excellent attendance record and value the commitment she has shown toward her job. Way to go Diana!

Congratulations to our Employee of the Quarter!

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Please join us in congratulating Steve Patient of our Maintenance Department for being recognized as the Florida Presbyterian Homes Employee of the Quarter for the 4th quarter of 2017. Steve is always willing to go above and beyond in his work. He was one of the first to jump in and assist with the flooding that occurred in the lobby area during the recent hurricane. Steve shows great care and compassion for everyone, including the residents, staff and guests of FPH. We applaud Steve for his efforts and thank him for a job well done!

Nursing Team Credited for Superior Safety Efforts

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Florida Presbyterian Homes (FPH) was recognized in September 2017 by their worker’s compensation carrier United Heartland. The FPH nursing team received a $5000 check for their superior safety efforts. This money will go towards the purchase of new Safe Patient Handling equipment and/or devices, which will further FPH’s commitment to providing the industry’s best safety practices and programs. The administration of Florida Presbyterian Homes would like to thank United Heartland for this donation. In addition, they would like to recognize the stellar nursing team that made this happen! To learn more about awards and recognitions given to Florida Presbyterian Homes, visit: www.fphi.org/awards-and-recognition/

Florida Presbyterian Homes Featured in National Publication

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Florida Presbyterian Homes (FPH) was recently featured in a national article published by Vikus Corporation. Vikus is a software company based in Chattanooga, TN, who helps build hiring software for employee recruitment. FPH is one of 1800 locations across the US working with Vikus to reduce employee turnover and improve care for their residents. Human Resources Manager Kim Roberts was quoted in the article on behalf of Florida Presbyterian Homes. You can read the article by clicking on the front and back pages of the article, found here:

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Ribbon Cutting & Open House Announced for New Short-Term Rehab Center

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Florida Presbyterian Nursing and RehabFlorida Presbyterian Nursing and Rehab, Lakeland’s newest short-term nursing and rehabilitation center, will host a special ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 4 pm – 6 pm.  This event is open to the public and will take place at 519 W. Highland Street, on the corner of S. Lakeside Avenue. Several dignitaries are scheduled to be in attendance, including Mayor Howard Wiggs, Lakeland Chamber members, area healthcare professionals and board members of Florida Presbyterian Homes. Light refreshments will be served.

During the open house, attendees will enjoy guided tours of our new rehab facility designed as a caring bridge between hospital and home. There’s a state-of-the-art therapy gym, private rooms with in-room bathrooms and showers, and several modern amenities and special touches. Guests will meet our team of professionals and learn more about Florida Presbyterian’s warm, family-oriented environment where a speedy recovery, improved function and a smooth transition home are the primary goals.

Florida Presbyterian Nursing and Rehab is open for all adults in this community, as well as for our residents who reside here at Florida Presbyterian Homes. Our highly skilled staff provides person-centered nursing care and specialized rehabilitation plans for individuals recovering from stroke, hip fractures, knee/hip/joint replacements, respiratory ailments, heart attacks and open-heart surgery (including grafts, valves and stents).

For more information about the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house, call Alexis Bautz at 863-577-6035 or email abautz@fphi.org.

Employee of the Quarter!

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John O. Stanfield

Please join us in congratulating John O. Stanfield

for being recognized as the

FPH Employee of the 2nd Quarter 2017.

Thank you for all you do!

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