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2013 Nurse Administrator of the Year honored

From left are FHCA Emergency Preparedness Council chairman Robin Bleier, Terry Karfonta and FHCA president Scott Allen.

Florida Health Care Association

From left are FHCA Emergency Preparedness Council chairman Robin Bleier, Terry Karfonta and FHCA president Scott Allen.

Terry Karfonta, director of Patient Services for Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center in Belleair, was named 2013 Nurse Administrator of the Year by the Florida Health Care Association.

The event took place at the association's annual Nurse Leadership Program May 29-31 at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel on St. Pete Beach. More than 200 long term care nurses and health care professionals attended.

FHCA's 2013 Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Awards, which honor recipients for making outstanding contributions in caring for Florida's elderly and/or citizens with disabilities, recognized Karfonta for her efforts to improve quality outcomes in nursing home resident care, for her professional excellence and her enthusiasm to promote long term care nursing as a specialty.

"Ms. Karfonta is an excellent example of what a successful long term care nurse brings to the profession, with her unique characteristics, professionalism, dedication and expanded skill sets," said FHCA executive director Emmett Reed. "No other nurse practice setting has such diverse and comprehensive skills sets continually in play as that of long term care, and we are proud to recognize her as our state's best."

In her duties as director of Patient Services for Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center, Karfonta oversees the clinical operations for the 120-bed skilled nursing facility, supervises more than 140 team members, monitors care delivery and regulatory compliance and promotes quality improvement efforts.

In addition, more than 60 staff members have increased their level of professionalism and licensure as a result of her encouragement and mentoring.

"Ms. Karfonta's most amazing attribute is the positive attitude she brings to work each day," said Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center administrator Gail Ward.

"She approaches every challenge with enthusiasm and has an ongoing desire to elevate the clinical practice of each and every team member."

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Dr. Robyn Ache from the Bariatric Care Program at Palms of Pasadena Hospital will explain three different types of surgical weight loss procedures and the risks, benefits, recovery periods and expected changes in lifestyle for each at a free informational seminar at 6 p.m. Monday at Hampton Inn & Suites, 100 East Bay Drive, Largo.

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Ladies, recharge your mind, body and spirit at YouFirst!, A Women's Day Retreat from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Countryside Country Club, 3001 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater.

Holistic psychiatrist Dr. Mariana Delgado, senior therapist Diane Mandell and certified passion test coach Anita "the Passionista" Torres will help women get in touch with the things that matter most to them during this day of rediscovery, reconnection and rejuvenation. Lunch and learning materials are included in the $65 registration fee.

To register, call the Palm Harbor Family Counseling Center at (727) 254-9183 or visit

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Cost is $5-$9.25. For more information and to register, call (727) 518-3016 or visit Highland

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2013 Nurse Administrator of the Year honored 06/08/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 7, 2013 2:47pm]
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