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?
Celebrations
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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Seniors shine in Ms. Northwest Florida Senior Pageant

In April, 13 contestants participated in the Ms. Northwest Florida Senior Pageant. Annually hosted by Pensacola-area nursing homes from FHCA District XII, the competition promotes the inner beauty and share the life experiences of nursing home and assisted living facility residents. Contestants are judged for their interview skills, which allow them to demonstrate conversational skills and give the judges a glimpse into their personality. Contest judges also looked for a candidate who exhibit grace and poise. This year's judges included owners and executives from Summit Health Care, Southern Health Care Management, Gulf Coast Health Care and Sacred Heart Hospital.

A Hollywood theme set the stage for this year's pageant, which featured over 150 guests in attendance. Pageant contestants were escorted by members of the Washington High School ROTC. U.S. Army Specialist Stephen Calloway, who had recently returned from Afghanistan, led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Dave Keighley, administrator with Southern Oaks, conducted the invocation.

The winner of this year’s pageant was Ms. Ida Rutledge of Haven of Our Lady of Peace. First Runner up was Ms. Olean Nelson of Crestview Rehabilitation Center. 

In its 14th year, the pageant is described as being “what America is about . . . a re-affirmation of life and self-worth, of laughter and tears, of inner beauty and outward charm.”

FHCA District XII would like to extend a special thanks to all those who contributed - facilities, vendors and community partners - as the pageant is totally funded by donations and volunteers.

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