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!

2015 Kym Harris Scholarship Awarded

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Kym Harris ScholarshipThe 2015 Kymberly Jane Harris Endowed Scholarship in Long-Term Care Administration recipient at USF’s School of Aging is Kathy Turben. Kathy was an intern this school year, focusing on our Music & Memories personalized iPod program. Laura Gilboe was present with her family. Laura is Kym’s niece and some may remember she previously worked at FPH as a staffing coordinator.

Porter McGrath Health Center Receives Highest Rating from U.S. News & World Report

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U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing HomesPorter McGrath Health Center at Florida Presbyterian Homes has received the highest overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s seventh annual Best Nursing Homes, available exclusively at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.

Created by the publisher of Best Hospitals and Best Children’s Hospitals, the Best Nursing Homes 2015 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. The goal is to help users find a home with a strong track record of quality care.

Porter McGrath Expansion Approved

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Grateful to be approved for our 20 bed expansion project. Here is the official word:

Per your request, this is to notify you of the Agency’s initial decision to approve CON application #10305 by Florida Presbyterian Homes, Inc. to add 14 community nursing home in District 6/ Subdistrict 6-5, Polk County, Florida.  The State Agency Action Report will be available later today on this website: http://apps.ahca.myflorida.com/certneedweb/decisions.aspx?TYPEDATE=N1410.

View a drawing of the project.

Board of Director News

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IMG_1024Ron SchuckFlorida Presbyterian Homes Resident Association President Bob Bourquein recently presented Harry Pettit with a plaque of appreciation for his many years on the board of directors and serving as chairman of the board 2012 – 2014. Harry and Bob are pictured with Harry’s lovely wife Jean.

FPH also welcomes Ronald Shuck, Senior Housing Development Consultant, Windermere Strategic Partners, LLC, to the FPH Board of Directors. Ronald has extensive experience in the senior care industry. Welcome aboard, Ron!

January Breakfast Forum Covered in The Ledger

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CanadyBreakfastForumFlorida Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Canady provided an interesting Breakfast Forum discussion on January 8. He is featured in this photo (left) with resident Jim Ryal and former board member/local attorney Scott Langston.

Breakfast Forums are organized by FPH residents and held monthly in the Florida Presbyterian Homes Lakeside Dining Room. They are open to the public and feature a variety of speakers, usually local political figures or community leaders. The cost is $5, which includes a delicious breakfast buffet.

Local political reporter Bill Rufty from The Ledger joined us this month and ran a subsequent article about the talk in the 1/9 issue.

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