Penney Retirement Community's Nursing Home 'Exceptional'; the Pavilion for Health Care Is Honored with Gold Seal Nursing Home Award for Fourth Time

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For the fourth time since 2002, Penney Retirement Community's nursing home has been recognized for excellence in long-term care.

The Pavilion for Health Care received the Gold Seal Nursing Home Award for 2008 during a ceremony Tuesday at the Penney Farms center, according to a news release. Holly Benson, secretary of the state Agency for Health Care Administration, and Molly McKinstry, chief of the agency's Bureau of Long Term Care Services, presented the award.

The Gold Seal Award, which is presented every two years, was implemented in 2002 to recognize Florida nursing homes that exhibit excellence in care management and quality of life for their residents. This year, 18 nursing homes were recognized.

"The Agency for Health Care Administration is committed to ensuring that Florida's nursing home residents receive the highest quality of care," Benson said in the release. "The Gold Seal Award highlights this commitment by honoring the nursing homes that go above and beyond to meet the needs of their residents."

No other nursing facility has received the Gold Seal more than Penney's Pavilion. To be honored four times, Benson said in the statement, "is exceptional."

Soukhy Rasasack, health care administrator at Penney Retirement Community, accepted the award. …