Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Penney Pavilion Gets Third Gold Seal Award

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Penney Pavilion Gets Third Gold Seal Award

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Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY

For the third time since 2002, the Pavilion for Health Care, the nursing facility at Penney Retirement Community, has been recognized for excellence in long-term care.

But getting a repeat award is no easier than getting the first one, said Janis Dyke, health care administrator at the Pavilion.

"It's a constant effort," she said. "Everybody had a part in this. And we promise to keep trying . We want to take good care of everybody."

The 40-bed Pavilion was one of 11 facilities to receive the Governor's Gold Seal Nursing Home Award for 2006, after also getting the nod in 2002 and 2004. The award is given every two years to long-term care facilities that exhibit excellence in care management and quality of life for their residents.

None of the more than 700 nursing homes in Florida has received the honor more times than the Pavilion.

At an award ceremony Wednesday in the Pavilion's solarium, Robert Eadie, deputy secretary of the state health department, and Brian Lee , the state long-term care ombudsman, praised Dyke and her staff for maintaining a high level of care worthy of the Gold Seal Award.

Eadie, who cited "how difficult it is to be considered, let alone win," said his 94-year-old father is in a similarly-run nursing home in Charlotte, N.C.

"Would I have my dad here? In a heartbeat," he said. "It's where there's a warm feeling, a community feeling ... That's what you have done."

Receiving the award for a third time, Lee said is "amazing."

"They are about delivering quality care, the best possible ... There are a lot [of other facilities] working to get to where this facility is at," he said. "Some people don't want to leave. That is a tremendous credit to this facility."

Even when Lee has had concerns to be addressed at the Pavilion, staffers have gone "above and beyond" to eliminate them, Lee said.

"They do a tremendous job," he said.

Residents agree.

June and Ray Beaver moved to the Pavilion in March after living independently in Penney Retirement Community for nine years.

They said they are grateful that the Pavilion could accommodate both of them so they could remain together when Ray's health required long-term care. …

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