Employee of the Quarter

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Congratulations to Tammie Miller, Staffing/Staff Development Coordinator, for being recognized as the Employee of the Quarter.

Tammie received 3 nominations for Integrity, Compassion, Opportunity and Choice – serving her staff and residents at FPH – great job Tammie, kudos to you and for all that you do!

Previous Employee of the Quarter: Etta Owens, Dean of Residents.

Honored Staff – 22 and 21 years of service

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IMG_1916-LHHIMG_1922-LHH IMG_1920-LHHThis October we continue our 60th anniversary celebration by asking for memories and comments from long time employees at Florida Presbyterian Homes. This month we have memories and comments shared by Mary Willis, who works as a CNA and also in housekeeping; Mary has been an FPH employee 22 years. With many staff members named Mary she is sometimes called Queen Mary! Long time employee Gigi Beaty works in laundry and housekeeping and has been here 21 years, and finally, super electrician Mike Harding is a 21 year FPH employee. Mike is a member of the maintenance crew.

These are the memories of their first day:

Mary – “I remember Oct. 25, 1992 when I started as a housekeeper and I got lost in this big place!” A smile comes to Mary’s face as she remembers residents Martha Hughes and Eleanor Faught. “They were sisters and made me feel at home as we talked about some old times for the three of us.”

Gigi- “My first day I remember how nice and welcoming Jan McCann (Human Resources) was to me. I couldn’t ask for a better way to begin. I started in housekeeping and soon met Mrs. Castor and Mrs. Rigsby, they both liked and appreciated me.”

Mike – “When I first came to FPH I thought ‘How will I learn my way around?’ For weeks, I would get turned around going in one building and out another! However, the first resident I came in contact with said “Welcome to the Homes. Glad you are here. You are now a member of another family, you have two families, don’t ever forget that!”

Honored Staff with 22 Years of Service

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The three long term employees that were interviewed this month are Lisa Lewis, Etta Owens and David Grody. It’s Lisa’s voice and helpful manner that you hear many times when you call a request to maintenance. You see David in a yellow security pick up; he helps to keep us safe as a security employee. Etta’s official title is Dean of Residents, but she is involved in many day to day events and activities. It is her wonderful smile that we all respond to.

As we celebrate Florida Presbyterian Homes’ 60th year, we asked these three dedicated employees about their first day, a special event and a favorite memory. All three have been employed at FPH for 22 years. We thank them for their faithful commitment to residents and to each other.

Executive Assistant Barbara Collins Retires

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BarbaraCollins1Barbara Collins began employment at Florida Presbyterian Nursing Center as a secretary/bookkeeper in 1980. Through the years she worked in admissions, human resources, staff development and in 1998 joined the executive staff.

“All the various positions I’ve held helped increase my knowledge and understanding of our organization and was a great learning experience. I believe the Lord placed me at FPH and I have been blessed to work these 35 years serving many wonderful residents and working with a great staff!”

Barbara may come back to work part time or for special projects as needed.

Thank you, Barbara, for your many years of devoted service!

Annual School Supply Drive for Dixieland Elementary

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IMG_1159A group of FPH residents, staff and volunteers were delighted to present Dixieland Elementary principal Dawn Mulder (far right) with three boxes of school supplies and over $500 in gift cards to help students and teachers start the school year off right!

Florida Presbyterian Homes Awarded CARF–CCAC Accreditation 

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CARF Accreditation sealCARF–CCAC announced that Florida Presbyterian Homes has been awarded a Five-Year Term of Accreditation. This latest accreditation is the sixth consecutive CARF–CCAC accreditation that has been awarded to Florida Presbyterian Homes for accreditation as a continuing care retirement community and the second consecutive for accreditation in person centered long term care.

Florida Presbyterian Homes Porter McGrath Health Center is currently the only facility in the state of Florida accredited in person centered long term care. Only 12 CCRCs in Florida currently hold the coveted seal of accreditation.

2015 Compassionate Care Award

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CompassionateCareAwardFSC2015Florida Presbyterian Homes Community Nurse Kay Henry, RN, BSN was pleased to present Florida Southern College graduate nurse Tara Rose Saxon, a senior at FSC who will graduate on May 2, with the FPH Compassionate Care Award during a lunch in her honor on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Students from FSC’s School of Nursing have been on the FPH campus since the 2008 fall semester, working in a variety of settings and gaining valuable clinical experience in Porter McGrath health center. The award consists of a trophy and a monetary gift, and is given annually to one graduate nurse.

FPH Executive Chef Wins Top Chef of Polk County

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Polk County, Florida’s elite chefs were stunned last night when a little known chef from a small retirement community took top honor at the Top Chef of Polk County competition, a fundraiser for the Achievement Academy.

Florida Presbyterian Homes Executive Chef Ronald Mayer wowed the judges with a delectable five course menu paired with local winery Keel & Curley selections at the April 20th event held at The Lakeland Center.

“Ron is an extremely accomplished and experienced chef with over 35 years in the industry,” says dining services manager Russell Colleran. “He embodies the culinary spirit of creativity and execution. Food is very important to the residents we serve and we are so proud to have him as our chef.”

Sisters Cook Up 40 Years of Love at FPH

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ConnieWilson1EthelBlackSisters Constance “Connie” Wilson and Ethel “Ekie” Black, both cooks at Florida Presbyterian Homes, celebrated 40 years of service on Feb. 28 and April 5, respectively. Thank you, Connie and Ekie, for nourishing the tummies and hearts of our residents and staff for 40 years!

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