Previous quarterly ELEVATE Nursing programs

The FCN's ELEVATE Nursing Initiative is designed to bring light to state and national recognition programs and those individuals or institutions that earn these prestigious honors.

The following programs have been previously selected and highlighted by the FCN.

2022 April

Gold Seal Award

The Florida Center for Nursing’s Elevate Nursing Florida Recognition Program highlights programs dedicated to nursing excellence. The Governor's Gold Seal Award recognizes Florida long-term care nursing centers that exemplify longevity in excellence in long term care while promoting the constancy and commitment of the specialty while facilitating the physical, social, and emotional well-being of long term care residents.  This program was developed in 2002, and was implemented by the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care, which is comprised of persons appointed by the Governor’s Office, Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), Department of Health, Department of Elder Affairs, Florida Health Care Association, Florida Life Care Residents Association, LeadingAge Florida, and the State Long Term Care Ombudsman. 

FHCA members with questions about the Governor's Gold Seal Award can contact Deborah Franklin at For additional information about this program, please visit this website: 

If you would like to suggest groups or individuals for an Elevate Florida Nomination, please email Interim Executive Director Rayna Letourneau at

Current FHCA Gold Seal Award Recipients (As of February 2020)

  • Abbey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Saint Petersburg
  • Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center, Saint Petersburg
  • Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home, Land O Lakes
  • Carrollwood Care Center, Tampa
  • Concordia Manor, Saint Petersburg
  • Conway Lakes Health & Rehabilitation Center, Orlando
  • Cypress Cove Care Center, Crystal River
  • Delaney Park Health and Rehabilitation Center, Orlando
  • Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Nursing Home, Port Charlotte
  • Evergreen Woods, Spring Hill
  • Haven Of Our Lady Of Peace, Pensacola
  • Joseph L. Morse Health Center Inc., West Palm Beach
  • Oak Hammock at The University Of Florida Inc, Gainesville
  • Okeechobee Health Care Facility, Okeechobee
  • Palace at Kendall Nursing And Rehabilitation Center, Miami
  • Regents Park of Winter Park, Winter Park
  • Opis Riverwood Center, Jacksonville
  • Royal Oaks Nursing and Rehab Center, Titusville
  • The Gardens at Depugh Nursing, Orlando
  • Whispering Oaks, Tampa

2022 March

Florida Center for Nursing’s March 2022 ELEVATE Nursing Awardee

The Florida Center for Nursing is pleased to recognize Dr. Usha Menon as this quarter’s ELEVATE Nursing Awardee. 

Dr. Usha MenonUsha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN is Senior Associate Vice President at USF Health, and Dean and Professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. Her research focuses on culturally sensitive health promotion and illness prevention behaviors among under-represented populations focusing on cancer and diabetes with a strong emphasis on transdisciplinary implementation science. She has garnered over $60 million in total research funding with her team. Her leadership focus is on diversity of thought and scholarship in nursing as well as equity across faculty advancement. As dean, she is currently actively engaged in Florida in developing and implementing transformational industry and legislative partnerships in Florida to resolve the nursing and nurse faculty shortage. She has taught in programs across the nursing curriculum from the pre-licensure to doctoral courses, and mentors junior faculty across health sciences in medicine, microbiology, and pharmacy with a focus on translational research and health equity, and team science. Dr. Menon is a recognized expert in behavior change theory, interventions, and health equity. An engaging and passionate public speaker, she is a frequent consultant and presenter to national and international groups of researchers, clinicians, and community members. She received her BS in Nursing from Lander University (1992), and her MSN (Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner; 1996) and her PhD in Nursing Science from Indiana University (2001). Connect with Dean Usha Menon on Twitter (@usfhealthnurse), LinkedIn and our Trailblazing Nursing podcast.   

The Florida Center for Nursing thanks Dr. Menon for her support of the Center.

2022 January

ANCC Magnet Recognition Program

The Magnet Recognition program is an international program which consists of nursing leaders creating an environment to improve patient outcomes and the nursing work environment. One of the core goals of the program is to encourage education and professional development that leads to expert practice through autonomy and evidence-based knowledge. Individual and organizations can find information about the Magnet Program here:

Name of Organization City Designation
Advent Health at Celebration Celebration , FL, 34747 2018  
Advent Health for Children Orlando, FL 2011 2016, 2021
Baptist Health System Jacksonville, FL, 32207 2007 2012, 2017
Baptist Medical Center Beaches Jacksonville Beach, FL, 32250 2007 2012, 2017
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, FL, 32207 2007 2012, 2017
Baptist Medical Center Nassau Fernandina Beach, FL, 32207 2007 2012, 2017
Baptist Medical Center South Jacksonville, FL, 32258 2007 2012, 2017
Wolfson Children's Hospital Jacksonville, FL, 32207 2007 2012, 2017
Baptist Hospital of Miami Miami, FL, 33176 1998 2002, 2006, 2011, 2017
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital Jacksonville, FL 32216 2016 2021
Doctors Hospital Coral Gables, FL, 33146 2019  
Homestead Hospital Homestead, FL, 33033 2016 2020
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital St. Petersburg, FL, 33701 2019  
Mayo Clinic Florida Jacksonville, FL, 32224 2015 2020
Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Tampa, FL, 33612 2015 2019
Nicklaus Children's Hospital Miami, FL, 33157 2003 2008, 2013, 2018
Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Orlando, FL 32806 2013 2018
Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies Orlando, FL 2013 2018
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System Sarasota, FL, 34239 2003 2008, 2014, 2018
South Miami Hospital Miami, FL, 33143 2005 2008, 2014, 2019
Tampa General Hospital Tampa, FL, 33606-2005 2009 2014, 2019
UF Health Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL, 32209 2011 2016, 2021
UF Health Shands Hospital Gainesville, FL, 32610 2003 2008, 2013, 2018
West Kendall Baptist Hospital Miami, FL, 33196 2015 2019
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