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Sarasota Nursing Home 1st in Florida to Win Gold

Bradenton Times

Life Care Center of Sarasota has become the first Florida skilled nursing and rehab facility to win the Gold National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association, a spokeswoman for the nursing-home association says. 

The award, co-sponsored by that group and the National Center for Assisted Living, has gone to only 18 facilities across the country, including five this year. 

Life Care had to first earn bronze and silver awards before achieving the gold award for quality. It took six years to go through the process, according to senior executive Nina Willingham, who was quoted in a news release. The application for the award was 55 pages, she said.

“This is not a process to be taken lightly,” Willingham said.

The president and CEO of the group giving the award agreed

“The centers that have earned this award are a testament to what can be done when our focus remains on providing high-quality, person-centered care,” Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL said in a news release. “The staff, leadership and community of Life Care Center of Sarasota have improved the lives of their residents, and their commitment to quality deserves to be recognized.”

Carol Gentry, founder and special correspondent of Health News Florida, has four decades of experience covering health finance and policy, with an emphasis on consumer education and protection.After serving two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, Gentry worked for a number of newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times), the Tampa Tribune and Orlando Sentinel. She was a Kaiser Foundation Media Fellow in 1994-95 and earned an Master's in Public Administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1996. She directed a journalism fellowship program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for four years.Gentry created Health News Florida, an independent non-profit health journalism publication, in 2006, and served as editor until September, 2014, when she became a special correspondent. She and Health News Florida joined WUSF in 2012.
Lottie Watts is our Florida Mattersproducer, and she also covers health and health policy for.
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