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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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