Three New Leaders Added to Board of Directors

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Florida Presbyterian Homes (FPH) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to our esteemed Board of Directors: (pictured left to right)

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  • Ashley Link – Director of Marketing, Southern Homes
  • Nicole TravisManager, Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Lakeland
  • Alice O’ReillyRetired, President Emeritus, Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE)

These new members join the existing Board of Directors, which serves as the governing body of Florida Presbyterian Homes. FPH is an accredited and award-winning continuing care retirement community designed to accommodate the changing needs of residents as they age. The campus is located on 48-acres along the shores of Lake Hunter in the historic Dixieland neighborhood of Lakeland.

The Board helps define the mission, vision and values of FPH, and monitors the programs and services offered. The Board also assists with goal setting and planning, forming policies, providing proper financial oversight, selecting, supporting and evaluating the executive director, and ensuring legal and ethical integrity and compliance of the highest standards.

Current Board members include: William Cloyd, Chair; Michael Spake, MHA, JD, Vice-Chair; Elena Nicholas, Secretary; Ronald R. Shuck, Treasurer; Bob Tebbe; Rev. Marilyn H. Cummings, MDiv., MRE, BCC; John Siefert; Jim Verplanck; Maureen Browne; Scott Langston, JD, MBA; Tom Bowles; F. Carter (Bud) Karins; Katie Piperata; and Michael W. Tamney.

Established in 1955, Florida Presbyterian Homes has a rich Christian heritage of serving elders, by offering a wide variety of homes and apartments for independent seniors. Award-winning assisted living and skilled nursing facilities are available on campus for residents should they need them.

Most recently, FPH opened a short-term rehabilitation facility in 2017 that is available to all adults in the community, as well as for residents of FPH. A 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). There’s an on-site, state-of-the-art therapy gym, private rooms with in-room bathrooms and showers, and several modern amenities and special touches. Guests experience a warm, family-oriented environment where a speedy recovery, improved function and a smooth transition home are the primary goals.

For more information about Florida Presbyterian Homes’ Board of Directors, contact our administration at 863-577-6035. Visit www.FPHI.org for additional information about FPH. Or, call 863-688-5521 to schedule a tour or request more information.

Housekeeping Staff Member Recognized as Employee of the Quarter

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to announce Carl Battles from our Housekeeping team as winner of the Employee of the Quarter award. Carl is recognized for having a great work ethic and for always being willing to help when needed. He’s dependable, caring and has great integrity. Carl also shows a lot of compassion for our residents — even calling on his days off to check on them. For these attributes and more, we recognize Carl as an award winner for the second quarter of 2018. Congratulations!

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.

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“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.”

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. 

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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FPH Recognized as a Best Place to Work by CareerSource Polk for Third Year

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FPH received its third Best Places to Work Award from Career Source Polk (formerly Polk Works) that honors employers who exemplify best practices in their workplace and who are committed to improving the quality of life for their employees. Applicants are anonymously scored by an outside panel of Human Resource professionals on the company’s demonstrated commitment to:

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  • Workplace Diversity
  • Work/Life Balance of Employees
  • An Educated Workforce
  • Training and Development Initiatives
  • Recruitment of Quality Employees
  • Retention of Quality Employees

 

In addition, applicants also have the opportunity to share what sets them apart from other employers. Please congratulate Kim Roberts, our Human Resources manager, and our executive team for their commitment to providing great benefits and quality of life policies for our staff.

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