Congratulations Roxy Acosta, Palm Garden LPN

June 14, 2022

2022 LPN of the Year, Florida Health Care Association

Roxy Receiving An Award For Her Work At Palm Garden

Join us in recognizing the 2022 Florida Health Care Association Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year, our very own Roxy Acosta.

Roxy joined our family over 14 years ago and is Director of Quality Assurance at the beautiful Palm Garden of Ocala. She’s worn many hats over her 40-year career as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Charge nurse, wound-care specialist nurse, and admissions nurse just to name a few. Her current role is Director of Quality Assurance.  She’s perfect for it!   Roxy’s dedication to clinical excellence and world-class service made her a leader long before she held the title, but Roxy’s dedication to our guests, residents, and team members is what sets her apart. Roxy is known by everyone as a caregiver who goes the extra mile to ensure that every resident at Palm Garden feels loved as family.

“Roxy gives 110% of herself to everyone every day.  She will never disappoint you and will always try to help. She has been there, done that, and is not afraid to tell you how something should be done in a way that is uniquely Roxy’s.” said Waylene Close, Director of Clinical Services at Palm Garden. “We nominated her for this prestigious award because Palm Garden caregivers see Roxy as a resource. First to answer a question, offer support, and even a hug. She is an advocate and friend to all. Roxy is what every young nurse should aspire to be.

We could spend all day talking about Roxy as the Florida Florida Health Care Association Nurse of the Year, but it’s more important to talk about Roxy, the person. She exemplifies what it means to be a nurse.  Her open-door policy and servant leadership, her refusal to disappoint anyone- ever, and her love for our guests, residents, and caregivers are an example to the world.

“Florida Health Care Association is proud to recognize Roxy for her outstanding service to the residents entrusted to her care,” said Emmett Reed, Chief Executive Officer of Florida Health Care Association. “She is a role model, and the passion and commitment to excellence she demonstrates are what helps Florida lead the way in quality post-acute care and rehabilitation.”

Congratulations, Roxy, and thank you for your clinical excellence and world-class service. You are Palm Garden!

Life, Love and an Insurance Denial

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A Life Story GEM Meet Bill and Marjorie Johnston. (Enjoying a wonderful celebration at Palm Garden) You’d never guess Bill has made 102 trips around the Sun! He and Marjorie recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary. They didn’t go out to celebrate. In fact, they haven’t been to a restaurant in over 2 years- staying home since… Read more »

Celebrating Life Stories

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November 18, 2020

Allen Gross, Life Enrichment Specialist Palm Garden of Clearwater Allen adopted a group of sisters in 1993 from the Department of Children and Families, Florida Foster Care System. He came to believe, after being a foster parent for over two years, that you should never separate siblings. Allan has a big heart, as well as… Read more »

Palm Garden Celebrates National Adoption Month

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Palm Garden Day of Prayer Live at 12:30 AM, 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM – September 15, 2020!

September 14, 2020

Announcing Palm Garden Day of Prayer! Join the Palm Garden Family on September 15, 2020

September 2, 2020

Join us for Palm Garden Day of Prayer, September 15th, 2020.  Join us live at 12:30 AM, 8:30 AM, and 4:30 PM by calling 800-503-2899.  Enter Access Code: 4911360#.  You’ll be joined to a live prayer conference.  Follow Palm Garden on Facebook or Twitter for more details.

COVID-19 Update: Thank you to Friends and Family

March 15, 2020

Dear Guests, Residents, Family, and Friends, We want to thank you for your partnership in protecting those entrusted to our care from exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We took the protective measure to restrict all visitation very seriously.  As you’ve probably seen, CMS Secretary Seema Verna followed our lead.  Our visitor restriction remains in place. Your… Read more »

COVID-19 Update: Helpful Information

March 15, 2020

Dear Palm Garden Family, Friends, and Loved Ones, We want to share some information to help keep you informed: Visitation: Visitation to Palm Garden centers remains restricted. Laundry: We will do all laundry during our visitor restriction.  Family and friends may call the center and arrange safe transfer of clothing.  We will label it, wash… Read more »