Activities Coordinator Earns Certification

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DebbieMastersCertificateCongratulations to our activities coordinator, Debbie Masters, for receiving certification as an Activity Professional from the National Association of Activity Professionals’ Credentialing Center. We are proud of you, Debbie!

FPH Recognized as a Best Place to Work by CareerSource Polk

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10409118_855112141179481_1111417086454843266_nFPH received a 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:

  • 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.

FPH Receives Livable Polk Award

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Mickey Roberts, Construction Consultant; Gokhan Uzmez, Project Administrator; and Joe Diaz, Construction Manager

Mickey Roberts, Construction Consultant; Gokhan Uzmez, Project Administrator; and Joe Diaz, Construction Manager

FPH is so very pleased to share that we received a Livable Polk Award from the Polk County Board of County Commissioners during the recent Polk Vision annual meeting at Polk State College. We received the Judges’ Choice Award for sustainable development for utilizing universal design renovations at one of our lakefront cottages. Each time we renovate a house or apartment on campus, we try to incorporate as many aging in place / universal design upgrades as we can. Congratulations to the construction, maintenance, sales and housekeeping teams for the work that they do listening to our customers and making our homes elder friendly.

FPH’s Annual School Supply Drive

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IMG_0463Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual backpack and school supply drive for Dixieland Elementary. We were so excited to drop off three boxes of school supplies and over $450 in Wal-mart gift cards to Dixieland Elementary School. Pictured here is FPH dean of residents Etta Owens, two student helpers, FPH resident Joann Coates and school counselor Shenita Seeden.

FPH Hosts USF Gerontology Students

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USF class

Dr. Brianne Stanback (left) and Dr. Sheila Bosch (fourth from right) with Aging in Space and Place students. (Photo courtesy of USF.)

USF Students Help Older Adults Age in Place

by Bonnie Beth Silvestri, Director of Strategic Communications

We all love having a place to call home that feels special and reflects our identity; but as we age, our homes may someday become a hazard. A second floor may become inaccessible or a seemingly innocuous lower cabinet may become a threat to our health and safety. Nonetheless, the vast majority of adults approaching late-life wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible.

Dr. Brianne Stanback, Instructor and Internship Director in the School of Aging Studies, has taken the next step by creating a service-learning course called Aging in Space and Place in partnership with Florida Presbyterian Homes, a continuing care retirement community that offers a variety of choices for independent living and assisted living. She received a mini-grant from the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships to support the implementation of the course. Read more of the story on the USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships website.

FPH Welcomes New Dining Services Manager

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Our new dining services manager, Russell Colleran, started working at FPH on August 1. He has extensive management and food service experience in senior living communities and commercial restaurants. Russ completed an MBA in 2011 through Keller Graduate School and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ithaca College in 1987. He also provided presidential support and event planning during a 15 year career in the Air Force, which required the highest level of security clearance! He has been living in Melbourne hoping to relocate to the Tampa Bay area, and is very excited to meet everyone at FPH.

FPH Receives Media & Community Involvement Award

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FHCA award croppedPublic Relations Manager Jennifer Olivier was excited to accept the 2014 Media & Community Involvement Award on behalf of Florida Presbyterian Homes presented during the annual meeting of the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) on July 9 during the annual conference in Orlando. This award is given to one facility member each year that has demonstrated a positive and meaningful association with representatives of the news media and their community. Jennifer is pictured here with FHCA president Scott J. Allen.

FPH Receives 6th Gold Seal Award

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Gold SealIt’s official! Florida Presbyterian Homes Porter McGrath Health Center has been recognized for the sixth time with the Florida Governor’s Gold Seal Award, which recognizes nursing homes that demonstrate the highest standards of quality of life and care for their residents. The award is presented every two years.

FPH Recognized for Improving Quality

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FMQAI awardCongratulations to our ARNP Cindy Brown and her work with Florida Medical Quality Assurance, Inc. Her commitment to Florida Presbyterian Homes to improve quality and attend four of the five Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative meetings has brought home this recognition. Thanks to Pamela Rawlinson, our Director of Nursing, for attending the final meeting  yesterday and accepting the award on our behalf. They suggested we proudly display it so surveyors can see it when we have our inspection. Thank you Cindy for helping us lower our antipsychotic use and minimizing re-hospitalizations in Porter McGrath Health Center!!

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