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Vol. 22 Issue 16

Ashby Becomes Chair as Marcello Passes Gavel – At the Annual Membership Meeting during LeadingAge Florida’s 52nd Annual Convention and Exposition, the chair’s gavel was passed from Diane Marcello of Sunnyside Village to Josh Ashby of Fleet Landing. Marcello will serve as immediate past chair on the Board of Directors. Ashby, CEO of Fleet Landing, Atlantic Beach, officially became Chair of LeadingAge Florida’s Board of Trustees at the end of the Annual Convention.

Joshua Ashby

Ashby holds a B.S.H. in Health Care Administration from the University of North Florida as well as an M.B.A. degree. He previously served as Fleet Landing’s Director of Health Care Services from 2005 until 2009 and then served as Chief Operating Officer before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2010.

Josh is also a member of the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health Dean’s Advisory Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville and is an active Rotarian. Ashby and the elected officers become members of the Board of Trustees Executive Committee.

Elected at the Association’s Annual Membership Meeting were:

Roger Stevens - Chair Elect, Westminster Communities of Florida
Kevin Smaage - Secretary, The Alliance Center for Retirement Living
Troy Hart - Treasurer, Santa Fe Senior Living
Mark Rayner - ALF/HCBS Chair, John Knox Village of Florida
Bruce Jones - CCRC Chair, Vicar's Landing
Melissa Gilreath - Housing Chair, Elderly Housing Management Corporation
Jenny George - Nursing Home Chair, Good Samaritan Society-Florida Lutheran

Diane Marcello, Sunnyside Village, automatically becomes Immediate Past-Chair.

The following were elected to Trustee positions:

Garry Hennis - Trustee At-Large, Westminster Communities of Florida, Orlando
Jolynn Whitten – Associate Trustee, Sandhill Cove, Palm City

George Bryan, Indian River Estates, is currently serving as Trustee-At-Large until 2016.

Advocate Trustees elected are:

Peter Dys, Shell Point Retirement Community
Janet Stringfellow, Volunteers of America
Lisa Lyons, St. Joseph’s John Knox Village
John Capes, Moosehaven, Inc.

Regional Chairs (elected separately by special regional ballots) who serve as Trustees, were also installed:

North Region - Maureen Gartland, St. Catherine Laboure Manor
Southeast Region - Juana Mejia, Catholic Housing Management
Southwest Region - Robert Goldstein, Menorah Manor
Central Region - Ansley Holt, Village on the Green

For a complete list of the LeadingAge Florida Board of Trustees, please click here.

LeadingAge Florida’s 52nd Annual Convention and Exposition Sparkled – LeadingAge Florida’s 52nd Annual Convention and Exposition was a great success due to our sponsors, attendees, exhibitors and speakers.

Michelle Capogrosso, Executive Director of The Springs at South Biscayne, was a first time attendee at Convention. She told us, “I thought that the education component was very good and I particularly enjoyed the leadership session on Wednesday afternoon both 1 and 2 that was titled Making Beautiful Music Together. The classroom sizes were good and air temp was comfortable. I enjoyed the keynote speakers and the American Birthday bash was excellent. I am glad I came and will register again and again.”

Chris Newport, Executive Director at Sinai Residences, also a first time attendee shared his experience by saying, “As a first time at attendee to the LeadingAge Florida convention, I found the convention as a whole was a very well ran event. They keynote speakers were great and the vendor show was very well attended. I thought the convention  was run very smooth and every detail was covered. I will be back next year!!!”

Capping off the convention was a fun-filled Birthday Celebration for America which featured good food, music, dancing, Uncle Sam and three of America’s founding fathers.

Convention photos will be posted on our Facebook page soon. Please Like Us and check our page for updates.

Please mark your calendars for the 53rd Annual Convention which takes places at the Boca Raton Club and Resort on July 25-27, 2016. Check our website for updates on new educational sessions and networking opportunities as we begin the planning process.

Business Partners Generously Support LeadingAge Florida Convention – LeadingAge Florida would like to thank our business partners for their support during this year’s convention. The convention would simply not be possible without their support. 

2015 Annual Sponsors

Moore Stephens Lovelace, P.A.

Sodexo Senior Living

BB & T Capital Markets    CliftonLarsonAllen     HJ Sims    LECESSEE Construction    Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC

Piper Jaffray & Co.   RehabCare  Sullivan Benefits  TD Bank   Value First


Convention Sponsors
 Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services     BB&T Capital Markets    CliftonLarsonAllen   Health Care Software    HJ Sims

LECESSEE Construction    Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC   Moore Stephens Lovelace, P.A.    Piper Jaffray & Co.   RehabCare

Retirement Dynamics   Senior Care Pharmacy for Florida   Sodexo Senior Living  Sullivan Benefits  Sunshine Health

TD Bank    Therapy Management Corporation    UnitedHealthcare Community Plan     Value First    Ziegler

Golf Sponsors

Law Office of John Gilroy    Clancy & Theys Construction     Health Care Software    HHS (Hospital Housekeeping Systems)        

LECESSEE Construction    Morgan Stanley    MHS Consulting   RehabCare     Value First

Congratulations to Our 2015 Award Recipients – The following awards were presented during the 52nd Annual Convention last week.

Distinguished Service Award     Best Practice Award    Caregiver of the Year
Joseph Downs, Administrator,
Westminster Asbury
  OnBoard Wellness Program,
Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay
  Jarvis Hochstedler, Chaplain,
Sunnyside Village
 Resident Volunteer of the Year    Service Coordinator Award    Trustee of the Year
Ann Slotnick, St. Andrews Estates North   Shirley Kennedy, Westminster Village   John Milton V, Chair/President, Presbyterian Retirement Communities, Inc.


Special Recognition Award 
 Mary Ellen Early, for work in support of the 651 Statute Modification

We want to thank everyone who submitted nominations for this year’s awards and extend big CONGRATULATIONS to all of the LeadingAge Florida 2015 award recipients.

Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Scholarships – Congratulations to the winners of the golf tournament held at Celebration Golf Club in Kissimmee during LeadingAge Florida’s 52nd Annual Convention and Exposition. All proceeds from the Golf Tournament will be donated to LeadingAge Florida’s Scott Boord Career Development Scholarship Fund. The fund supports LeadingAge Florida member employees seeking to further their education by attending LeadingAge Florida or LeadingAge meetings.

Congratulations to the following winners and all participants in this year’s tournament:

1st Place – Mike Cecelia, Mike Cecelia, Jr., Bradlee Cox
2nd Place - Jeff Goolsby, Rob Matschner, Jerry Swiacki, Sean Nealon
3rd Place – Tim Ficker, Rob Gall, Hank Keith, Jeff Mock

Closest to the Pin – Bill Free
Longest Drive – Mike Cecelia, Jr.

Convention Note from LeadingAge Florida Partner, FTRI - It was great meeting everyone during the recent LeadingAge Florida convention! We hope that you were able to see how FTRI can be a value-added service to your existing services and will want to make those services available to your consumers. To schedule a presentation or an amplified telephone distribution, please contact FTRI’s nearest regional distribution center using our zip code search found on FTRI’s website.

FTRI is a statewide non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that administers the distribution of free amplified telephone equipment to qualified Florida residents at no cost. Please call 1-800-222-3448 or email us to find out how FTRI can assist your consumers to communicate using the telephone. FTRI is proud to partner with LeadingAge Florida and is reaching out to members hoping you’ll join us in this endeavor with providing telephone access to loved ones at no cost.

Top 10 Nursing Home & ALF Deficiencies Discussed at Convention - Polly A. Weaver, Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Agency for Health Care Administration– HQA and State Survey Agency Director, was one of many outstanding speakers at the LeadingAge Florida Annual Convention & Exposition held last week. Ms. Weaver discussed the 10 most frequently cited deficiencies for nursing homes and assisted living facilities from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 as well as related survey concerns for each. Please review this important information for preparation of your next survey.

Ms. Weaver shared strategies to improve dementia care. She related that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is focusing their efforts in this area through the reduction of the use of antipsychotic medication in long-stay nursing home patients.

The presentation also covered discussion around the readmissions to hospitals of nursing home patients. CMS has a goal to reduce 2019 readmission rates by 20%. Ms. Weaver identified the four main causes for hospital readmissions:

1. Lack of effective communication
2. Medication related issues
3. Lack of resources
4. Discharge processes

In concluding her remarks, Ms. Weaver reviewed the impact that the role Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) can have on improved resident outcomes.

For the benefit of those who did not attend Ms. Weaver's educational session, the top 10 deficiencies for these two provider groups are provided in the above links. And, in an effort to provide value added services to you, our members, we are making this important presentation available to you in full, please click here.

Are You Renewal Ready?- The Florida Department of Health will verify your continuing education records when you renew your professional license. It is important that you report your continuing education requirements prior to your license renewal. You are invited to join live webinars hosted by the Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, to better understand this change.

The webinars are not mandatory. This is simply a tool we are using to help reach licensees that may need assistance with creating their CE accounts in the tracking system. During the webinar participants will see a demonstration of the continuing education tracking system, including how to create a Free Basic Account, view your course history and report continuing education. You will also see an overview of the Department of Health’s website.

Webinars are approximately 30 minutes and are Eastern Standard Time. Participants will be able to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

To register for an upcoming webinar please click here.

Apply Now for the LeadingAge Innovations Fund - The LeadingAge Innovations Fund is designed to encourage innovation among our members to develop programs that have the potential for demonstrable impact on residents, clients, families, employees or the broader community and have the potential for replication.
The fund will award up to three awards across two categories:

Innovative Dementia Care Programs -  Projects in this category should pursue promising strategies for improving the quality of life and quality of care for people with dementia. Project may include non-pharmacological pilot interventions or staff training programs.

Addressing Wellness Programming Affordable Senior Housing Settings - Projects in this category should address the mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, etc. needs of residents living in affordable senior housing settings.

The Innovations Fund is made possible through the generosity of LeadingAge members, LeadingAge state associations, and individuals.

The online application is now available to provider members of LeadingAge. Applications are due on or before July 31, 2015.

Visit our grant description page to learn more. Email with any additional questions.

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