June 2013
Delivered to you courtesy of the FHCA Quality Foundation
In This Issue
Quality at Work
Telegram from Uncle Sam
Facility opens doors to national research project on prevention of infections in nursing homes
There's an App for that!
Seniors shine in Ms. Northwest Florida Senior Pageant
Late at Night, in Rehab, My Anxious Mom, & "A Woman Named Wendy”
Florida tops nation in Quality Award recognition
Tracking Trends
Is it dementia, mental illness or just plain bullying?
AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative
News You Can Use
QAPI offers data-driven, proactive approach to improving the quality of life, care and services
Resource guide for dementia care
National conference makes culture change resources available
Critical questions - just how prepared are you for a hurricane?
Nurse leaders honored for excellence in care delivery
FHCA members earn national recognition for advocacy efforts
Celebrating caregivers on the frontline
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FHCA members earn national recognition for advocacy efforts

Earlier this month, FHCA Past President Kelley Rice-Schild and Reimbursement Co-Chair Doug Burr were honored with the Joe Warner Patient Advocacy Award during American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's (AHCA/NCAL) Congressional Briefing. More than 400 long term care providers from across the country were in attendance for the award ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Kelley Rice-Schild is executive director of Floridean Healthcare, which operates the oldest nursing home (The Floridean) in Miami. She is also owner/partner in Partner Care Pharmacy in south Florida. Rice-Schild comes from a background of long term care, growing up in the family-owned facility that was established by her grandparents. Kelley has received numerous awards for her service to the long term care profession, including FHCA’s highest honor, the Walter M. Johnson Circle of Excellence Award, as well as Nursing Home Administrator of the Year and the Arthur H. Harris Government Services Award.  

In a message to attendees, Cong. Joe Garcia (D-FL) said, “We need more advocates like Kelley to work diligently to educate Members of Congress about the needs of long term care patients and residents, and who have worked to advance quality care in the long term and post-acute care community."

Doug Burr currently serves as the vice president of finance, reimbursement and government relations for Health Care Navigator, LLC, (HCN), a long term care company based out of New York. Throughout his 20 years of health care finance experience, Doug has served in several leadership positions. He currently acts as Co-Chair of the FHCA Reimbursement Committee and Chair of the AHCA Finance Committee and Georgia Health Care Association (GHCA) Reimbursement Committee. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA).  

During the event, Cong. Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) shared, “As a practicing physician for over 20 years, I know firsthand how important it is for individuals and their families to have someone just like Doug in their corner, fighting to make sure they receive the best care and support they need when they need it.”

Named for the late Joe Warner, the annual award recognizes advocates who possess the same compassion for, and commitment to, the nation's frail, elderly and disabled that exemplified the work of former president and CEO of Illinois-based Heritage Enterprises, Joe Warner. Kelley and Doug were two of the four Joe Warner recipients honored with this national award.

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