FPH Earns 2016 Silver National Quality Award

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qaward_16silverFlorida Presbyterian Homes has earned the 2016 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which recognizes providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for residents and patients in long term and post-acute care centers and communities.

“This award is a symbol of our team’s commitment to the pursuit of quality excellence,” said Maria Rivera, RN, BSN, Administrator of Florida Presbyterian Homes. “Every day, 24/7, the women and men of FPH work to ensure the highest level of quality and person-centered care to our residents, patients and their families. We are honored to be recognized for the work we do.”

Based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program challenges member providers to achieve performance excellence through three progressive levels—Bronze, Silver, and Gold. At the Silver level, members develop and demonstrate effective approaches that help improve performance and health care outcomes.

“It takes incredible dedication and passion to successfully apply the demands of the criteria,” said Chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Christine Boldt. “I applaud Florida Presbyterian Homes for reaching this level and for its commitment to always improve.”

As a recipient of this year’s award, Florida Presbyterian Homes can now advance in developing approaches that meet the criteria required for the Gold – Excellence in Quality Award.

The awards will be presented to honorees on October 18 during AHCA/NCAL’s 67th Annual Convention & Expo in Nashville, Tennessee.

For a full list of recipients, visit AHCA/NCAL’s Quality Award website here.


The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.

FPH Executive Chef Wins Top Chef Polk County Second Year in a Row

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Ron Mayer, Polk County Top Chef 2016

Ron Mayer, Polk County Top Chef 2016

For a second year in a row, 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 Top Chef of Polk County.

“Achievement Academy’s second annual Top Chef of Polk County took place April 18 at The Lakeland Center. The event raised $52,943 for the children of Achievement Academy. Chef Ronald Mayer of Florida Presbyterian Homes was crowned Top Chef of Polk County 2016 for the second year. ”

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“A Chef-Driven Approach to the Menu”

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Ron Mayer, Executive Chef

Ron Mayer, Executive Chef

Our very own Executive Chef, Ron Mayer, winner of the 2015 Polk County Top Chef, was highlighted in Gordon Food Service’s Spring ’16 Magazine.

“Florida Presbyterian Homes is continuously expanding its dining amenities, and features an upscale dinner once a month. “In October,” Mayer says, “we celebrated Oktoberfest with sauerbraten and wiener schnitzel. It was a huge success.”‘

Thanks Ron for all you do!


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“Flight of a Lifetime”

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Colonel William Brake, a resident of FPH, went on a B-17 bomber along with a Tuskegee airman. The story aired on Channel 8, WFLA, on April 6, 2016.

“LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – Two World War II veterans went on the flight of a lifetime Wednesday in Lakeland. For Col. William Brake, it’s been more than 60 years since he flew a B-17 Bomber. He flew 22 missions in the plane back in World War II. Today, the 94-year old retired U.S. Army Corps pilot got the chance to take one more flight. “It’s so good to see the 17 again,” Col. Brake said. “It was home for a long time.”’

Read the full story at http://wfla.com/2016/04/06/wwii-vet-embarks-on-flight-of-a-lifetime-on-b-17-plane/

Employee of the Quarter

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Tammie Miller
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.

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