June 22, 2022 – The Skilled Nursing Unit (SNU) at Gulf Coast Medical Center has won the 2022 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The local facility was one of only 14 in Florida and 180 in the United States, including 151 skilled nursing facilities, 26 assisted living communities and 3 skilled/supported nursing providers in 40 states, to win the award . All three Lee Health Skilled Nursing Facilities now hold the Bronze award.
HealthPark Care and Rehabilitation Center received the award in 2020 and Lee Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit achieved recognition in 2021.
The Bronze Award is the first of three possible honors under the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, a comprehensive organizational assessment and recognition program for long-term care providers. Each entry is reviewed and judged against a set of nationally recognized standards for achieving excellence.
“We are extremely pleased to earn this recognition,” said Dr. Larry Antonucci, President and CEO of Lee Health. “This award reflects our commitment to providing quality care to patients who require skilled nursing care and rehabilitation outside of the hospital setting.”
The National Quality Awards will be presented at the 73rd AHCA/NCAL Convention and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee, October 9-12, 2022. Florida award winners will also be recognized at the annual conference and the 2022 Florida Health Care Association Trade Show at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, July 31-August 4 as part of the Quality Award Ceremony and Celebration.
Located on Plantation Road adjacent to Gulf Coast Medical Center, the 75-bed SNU welcomed its first patients in early 2019. With its opening, the total number of skilled nursing beds in the Lee Health System grew to 205, providing patients with access to state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment and high-quality nursing care as they strive to return to their previous lifestyle prior to their stay at the hospital. ‘hospital.
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