Ronda is a Life Coach Team Leader here at Florida Presbyterian Homes. She is known for going above and beyond in her work. Ronda shows great compassion for our residents and is continually looking for special ways to ensure the wants and needs of our residents are fulfilled. Employee of the Quarter award winners receive a cash prize for their efforts and a special parking space for the entire quarter. We thank Ronda for all of her hard work and for being willing to go the extra mile.
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.
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.
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.
Florida Presbyterian Homes (FPH) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to our esteemed Board of Directors: (pictured left to right)
- Ashley Link – Director of Marketing, Southern Homes
- Nicole Travis – Manager, Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Lakeland
- Alice O’Reilly – Retired, 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.
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!
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.”
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 Commission – Founded 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.
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.
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/