River Garden receives eighth consecutive award for excellence in long-term care
BY SKIP WILLBACH
Director of Communications & Marketing
In late July, River Garden Hebrew Home and the Wolfson Health & Aging Center received a very special honor from the state of Florida for an unprecedented eighth time. Florida Senator Aaron Bean, representing the fourth district (covering all of Nassau and a large portion of Duval Counties), who is also Chair of the Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy, visited the River Garden campus to present the agency with the Governor’s Gold Seal Award for Excellence in Long-Term Care, which it has received every year since 2009.
Senator Bean presented the award to Marsha Pollock, President of the River Garden Home board, while Audrey Moran, Senior VP for Social Responsibility and Community Advocacy for Baptist Health greeted attendees on behalf of Baptist Health. The event took place in River Garden’s Cohen Auditorium and a reception immediately followed.
Of the more than 680 nursing homes in the Sunshine State, River Garden is the only free-standing nursing home in the state to earn the award eight consecutive terms. The Gold Seal Award for Excellence in Long-Term Care was created in 2002 by the Florida State Legislature to recognize Florida’s premier quality nursing homes that have exceptionally high standards and display excellence in the quality of care delivered to their residents. Prior to receiving the award, a nursing facility must undergo a rigorous examination to ensure strict regulatory compliance and the provision of enhanced programming and services. In addition, a site visit is made by representatives of the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care.
In order to receive the Governor’s Gold Seal Award, River Garden had to demonstrate the following. High quality care ranking among all nursing homes in the region, in addition to financial soundness and stability as well as an excellent record with the state Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. The Hebrew Home also had to have no 'conditional' ratings or appearances on the Nursing Home Watch List within 30 months of applying for the award, an evidence of community involvement, along with a stable workforce and some of the 'best practices' in elder care.
River Garden acknowledges that this award would not be possible were it not for the outstanding efforts and successes of every member of its team, from environmental and dining services to plant operations, and of course the countless nurses, therapists, volunteers, and everyone involved in the day-to-day, 24/7/365 operation that is the Hebrew Home. River Garden.