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Florida Nursing Homes Clear First Phase Toward "Gold Seal" Designation

Nine nursing homes in Florida have cleared the first phase to receive what is called the state’s “Gold Seal” designation.  The Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care reviewed applications for several state nursing homes that want to be recognized as a top nursing home. Part of the panel’s criteria is looking at a nursing home facility’s record in caring for its residents.

“When I look at a facility, and working with facilities for the betterment of residents so that we’re all working as a team, as far as being an ombudsman is concerned,…if we resolve a complaint [at the facility], I’m not counting that against the  [nursing home] facility, and that’s my opinion on the panel," said Jim Crochet, Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Jim Crochet and a member on the panel.

The next phase before awarding the “Gold Seal” designations is a site visit to the nursing home facilities. The nursing homes in Florida that cleared the first phase Tuesday include Tuskawilla Nursing and Rehab Center in Winter Springs, Pavilion For Health Care in Penney Farms, and Tierra Pines in Largo.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.