TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration announced Jan. 17 that 11 nursing facilities have received the Gold Seal Award from the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care, including two state veterans’ homes.
Among the new award recipients for 2017 are the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes and the Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home in St. Augustine. They join the Clifford C. Sims State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Panama City as one of 37 statewide recipients of the award, which recognizes long-term care facilities that consistently provide their residents with exceptionally high levels of care.
Governor Rick Scott said, “Gold Seal facilities represent the very best nursing homes that Florida has to offer. Our state is dedicated to providing our seniors with the best possible care, and these facilities help give families the peace of mind that their loved ones are in good hands. I would like to thank these nursing homes and their staff members for their commitment to providing exceptional care for elderly Floridians.”
“I’m very proud of the men and women in our network of award-winning veterans’ homes,” said Glenn Sutphin, executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “The Gold Seal Award is another reason Florida is the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.”
Facilities that wish to be considered for the Gold Seal Award must be in operation for a minimum of 30 months and meet rigorous standards for quality of care, financial soundness, family and community involvement, training and workforce stability. Facilities must also have an excellent regulator history in the 30 months preceding their application.