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Lee Health’s Gulf Coast Medical Center Skilled Nursing Unit Earns National Silver Quality Award

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(Fort Myers, Fla. – Aug. 17, 2023) ---The Gulf Coast Medical Center Skilled Nursing Unit (SNU) has earned the 2023 Silver Achievement in Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

The program recognizes organizations that meet progressively rigorous standards of performance to further improve the lives of residents and staff in long-term care.

This year, 63 skilled nursing care centers, eight assisted living communities, and one dual skilled nursing/assisted living facility in 27 states earned the Silver Award.

Silver and Gold-awarded centers have better quality metrics, surveys and staffing satisfaction than the rest of the nation. Earning the Silver Achievement in Quality Award requires a facility to achieve the Bronze Commitment to Quality award prior to moving to the silver level.

All three of Lee Health’s skilled nursing locations hold the Bronze Awards. HealthPark Care Center has held the Silver Award since 2022.

The Bronze Award is the first of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, a comprehensive organizational assessment and recognition program for long-term care providers. Each application is reviewed and judged against a set of nationally recognized standards for achieving excellence.

“We are pleased to receive this award,” said president and chief executive officer of Lee Health, Dr. Larry Antonucci. “The Silver Quality Award reflects our commitment to providing high-quality care for patients who require skilled nursing care and rehabilitation outside the hospital setting. We know it makes a big difference when they’re recovering in a comfortable setting with compassionate and thoughtful care.”

Whether patients are recovering from joint surgery, stroke, heart surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or any other medical condition, the goal at Gulf Coast Medical Center Skilled Nursing Unit is to assist patients with their rehabilitation and prepare them to return home as quickly as possible.

The care team is made up of an on-site medical director, team of advanced medical providers, registered nurses (RNs), certified nursing assistants (CNAs), dietitians, social workers, clinical coordinators, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Some areas of focus may include balance management, joint rehabilitation, and stroke and cardiac rehabilitation.

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 increased to 205, offering patients access to state-of-the-art rehab equipment and high-quality nursing care.

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