- Best Assisted Living Facility – When residents need assistance with three or more activities of daily living, FPH offers both apartments and the first floor of their Assisted Living building — dedicated to those needing a higher level of care, but who do not require 24-hour skilled nursing services.
- Best Nursing Home – For award-winning skilled nursing care, FPH provides family-centered care around-the-clock to residents in their Porter McGrath Health Center, a Skilled Nursing Facility that focuses on the unique needs of each resident.
– By Joe Xanthopoulos, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
The well-being of the residents living and staff working at Florida Presbyterian Homes are our greatest priority. COVID-19 is proving to be the most challenging immediate threat to our residents and staff. Face coverings/masks have been determined by the CDC, NIAID, Drs. Fauci, Redfield, Hahn and Admiral Dr. Giroir, and many other reputable and qualified health experts, to have a positive impact on mitigating risk and exposure for contracting COVID-19.
The attached letter which has been sent to the Lakeland Commissioners via the lakelandgov.net website and in hard copy print, was co-drafted by myself and Brian Robare at The Estates of Carpenters. We felt that this issue is of such importance to all people living in Lakeland and certainly especially for those we serve, we need to state our position strongly with the hope the Commission will reconsider the Executive Order presented by Mayor Mutz. We encourage everyone who receives the attached letter to contact our City Commissioners at lakelandgov.net.
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Florida Presbyterian Homes’ Assisted Living Facility has been recognized as a 2018 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long term and post-acute care. The program honors association members across the country that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.
“We are proud to be honored for our commitment to quality improvement,” said Alexis Bautz, Quality Coordinator of Florida Presbyterian Homes. “Our team is extremely proud of the work they do every day to improve our residents’ quality of life. Working together as a team has enabled us to reach this milestone.”
The National Quality Award Program, established by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which also serves as the foundation for the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldrige framework helps organizations among different business sectors improve organizational effectiveness and achieve strategy-driven performance.
The Award Program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision, mission statement, and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, Florida Presbyterian Homes may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award criteria.
“I applaud Florida Presbyterian Homes for taking this important step towards quality improvement,” said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Alana Wolfe. “I encourage them to continue on their path to achieving superior outcomes.” The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 69th Annual Convention and Exposition in San Diego, California, October 7-10, 2018.
Florida Presbyterian Homes (FPH) is pleased to welcome a new Director of Nursing to their administrative team.
Mary K. Ziomkowski, DNP, MEd, RN, BS, RAC-CT, joined FPH in April 2018 and is responsible for the overall operation of nursing services in accordance with current federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations. She will oversee a team of more than 60 nurses, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants. Dr. Ziomkowski comes to FPH from Michigan with excellent credentials and nursing experience in skilled nursing facilities and sub-acute rehabilitation practice settings. Her family includes her husband Dave, five children and five grandchildren.
“We are thrilled and honored to have Mary on our team,” said John M. Hehn, Jr., Executive Director for FPH. “She has a unique blend of nursing experience combined with a passion for the sciences, having been an educator of biology, chemistry and mathematics. Mary brings us a proven track record in nursing management and we look forward to having her lead our highly qualified nursing staff.”
Dr. Ziomkowski holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Health Systems Leadership from Grand Valley State University (GVSU), where she engaged with students as a professor in the College of Nursing. She completed a Master’s degree in Education at GVSU with an emphasis on Adult and Higher Education. Dr. Ziomkowski also obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees from GVSU – one in nursing and another in biology. Prior to that, she received a diploma as a Registered Nurse from the Mercy Central School of Nursing in Grand Rapids.
Previous to joining FPH, Dr. Ziomkowski was the Director of Nursing at United Church Homes, Pilgrim Manor, in Grand Rapids Michigan. She has also held positions as an MDS [nurse assessment] Coordinator, Health Compliance Coordinator, Clinical Unit Manager, Surgical Nurse and as an educator at the secondary and university levels.
In addition to receiving numerous honors and awards, Dr. Ziomkowski has published papers and presented research relating to her areas of expertise. She holds several certifications and licensures, and is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Nurses Association and the American Society of Aging.
Florida Presbyterian Homes (FPH) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to our esteemed Board of Directors: (pictured left to right)
- Ashley Link – Director of Marketing, Southern Homes
- Nicole Travis – Manager, Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Lakeland
- Alice O’Reilly – Retired, President Emeritus, Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE)
These new members join the existing Board of Directors, which serves as the governing body of Florida Presbyterian Homes. FPH is an accredited and award-winning continuing care retirement community designed to accommodate the changing needs of residents as they age. The campus is located on 48-acres along the shores of Lake Hunter in the historic Dixieland neighborhood of Lakeland.
The Board helps define the mission, vision and values of FPH, and monitors the programs and services offered. The Board also assists with goal setting and planning, forming policies, providing proper financial oversight, selecting, supporting and evaluating the executive director, and ensuring legal and ethical integrity and compliance of the highest standards.
Current Board members include: William Cloyd, Chair; Michael Spake, MHA, JD, Vice-Chair; Elena Nicholas, Secretary; Ronald R. Shuck, Treasurer; Bob Tebbe; Rev. Marilyn H. Cummings, MDiv., MRE, BCC; John Siefert; Jim Verplanck; Maureen Browne; Scott Langston, JD, MBA; Tom Bowles; F. Carter (Bud) Karins; Katie Piperata; and Michael W. Tamney.
Established in 1955, Florida Presbyterian Homes has a rich Christian heritage of serving elders, by offering a wide variety of homes and apartments for independent seniors. Award-winning assisted living and skilled nursing facilities are available on campus for residents should they need them.
Most recently, FPH opened a short-term rehabilitation facility in 2017 that is available to all adults in the community, as well as for residents of FPH. A highly skilled staff provides person-centered nursing care and specialized rehabilitation plans for individuals recovering from stroke, hip fractures, knee/hip/joint replacements, respiratory ailments, heart attacks and open-heart surgery (including grafts, valves and stents). There’s an on-site, state-of-the-art therapy gym, private rooms with in-room bathrooms and showers, and several modern amenities and special touches. Guests experience a warm, family-oriented environment where a speedy recovery, improved function and a smooth transition home are the primary goals.
For more information about Florida Presbyterian Homes’ Board of Directors, contact our administration at 863-577-6035. Visit www.FPHI.org for additional information about FPH. Or, call 863-688-5521 to schedule a tour or request more information.
Florida Presbyterian Homes announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Nursing Care Center Accreditation and Post-Acute Care Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient and resident care.
Florida Presbyterian Homes underwent a rigorous on-site survey from Nov. 28-30, 2017. During the review, Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with nursing care center standards related to several areas, including assistance with activities of daily living, coordination of care, and staff education and training. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews with leaders and staff of the organization. Notification of this award was announced on Dec. 5, 2017.
“Joint Commission accreditation and certification provides nursing homes with a framework for the processes needed to improve the care patients and residents receive,” said Gina Zimmermann, MS, executive director, Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Florida Presbyterian Homes for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”
Alexis Bautz, Quality Coordinator at Florida Presbyterian Homes, said Florida Presbyterian Homes was very pleased to receive accreditation and certification from The Joint Commission, which is known to be the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for our patients and residents,” said Bautz
Established in 1966, The Joint Commission’s Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program accredits more than 1,000 organizations that offer nursing home and other long-term care services. The Post-Acute Care Certification award was launched in 2013 by The Joint Commission to recognize nursing homes that demonstrate advanced competencies in the provision of post-acute care to patients and residents recently hospitalized. The accreditation and certification programs are awarded for a three-year period.
Florida Presbyterian Homes is a Continuing Care Retirement Community located on a 48-acre lakeside campus at 16 Lake Hunter Drive in Lakeland, Fla. Our 68-bed award-winning Nursing and Rehab Center serves all older adults following hospital stays. The campus has 113 single-family homes and 60 apartments for independent living residents, and there are 42 assisted living residences for people who need personal assistance in daily activities.
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The Joint Commission – Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.
Florida Presbyterian Homes (FPH) was recognized in September 2017 by their worker’s compensation carrier United Heartland. The FPH nursing team received a $5000 check for their superior safety efforts. This money will go towards the purchase of new Safe Patient Handling equipment and/or devices, which will further FPH’s commitment to providing the industry’s best safety practices and programs. The administration of Florida Presbyterian Homes would like to thank United Heartland for this donation. In addition, they would like to recognize the stellar nursing team that made this happen! To learn more about awards and recognitions given to Florida Presbyterian Homes, visit: www.fphi.org/awards-and-recognition/
Florida Presbyterian Homes (FPH) was recently featured in a national article published by Vikus Corporation. Vikus is a software company based in Chattanooga, TN, who helps build hiring software for employee recruitment. FPH is one of 1800 locations across the US working with Vikus to reduce employee turnover and improve care for their residents. Human Resources Manager Kim Roberts was quoted in the article on behalf of Florida Presbyterian Homes. You can read the article by clicking on the front and back pages of the article, found here: