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Congratulations to Mrs. Nelda Hurst on completion of comprehensive Occupational and Physical Therapy! Mrs. Hurst’s hard work, dedication, and determination helped guide her completion of the program. She is pictured with one of her therapists, Danielle Prevatt, PTA. Congratulations and good luck in your return home!

This year, SHC of North Florida decided to host a Mardi Gras Ball – everyone really enjoyed themselves!

– Jessica Johnson, CTRS, QOL Director, Certified Eden Associate

 Signature HealthCARE (SHC) of North Florida is proud to announce that it has received a five-star survey rating from the Florida Agency of Health Care Administration, the state government agency tasked with oversight of nursing home quality.

Signature Healthcare of North Florida is a 180-bed nursing community located at 1083 Sanders Ave., in Graceville, Fla. It is one of 72 nursing facilities operated by Louisville, Ky.-based Signature HealthCARE LLC.

Under the five-star rating system, nursing homes are assessed in order to qualify to participate in the Medicare & Medicaid program.  The requirements under this system serve as a basis for survey activities for the purpose of determining whether a facility meets the requirements for participation in the CMS program.

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I have been employed here for almost 10 years. I live here in Graceville and have for 35 years. My uncle is the fire chief here; his name is Tommy Dennis, and he has a daughter named Tonya. Tonya, her sister Christy and I grew up like sisters. We are within a year of age, me being the oldest.

My cousin Tonya has two boys and is a single mother. She has had a rough time the past few years and is diabetic. Her partner died two years ago of cancer, and they had no medical insurance at the time. Tonya was a truck driver and was able to get a job driving a transportation bus for the elderly, but she still did not have insurance.

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This fall, about 170 Signature residents and caregivers traveled to Branson, Missouri for the annual resident vacation. For a glimpse of the action, check out the video below.

Flory took off with the speed of light!

Residents took a trip with several of the North Florida Directors to spend a day with other homes and stakeholders.  Residents entered into several Olympic events.  Residents had lunch and got to listen to the local middle school band, as well as, a little bit of blues.

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The Signature elders and staff from Signature HealthCARE’s North Florida homes (Chautauqua Rehab & Nursing, SHC of North Florida, Washington Rehab & Nursing Center, The Bridge at Bay St. Joe, SHC at The Courtyard and Surrey Place Care Center) traveled to Hammock Bay, in Freeport, Florida, for the second annual Intergenerational Olympics, where they met up with Freeport Middle School teachers, volunteers and special needs children for a day of Olympic competition and fun.

The Eglin Air Force Base color guard, Freeport Mayor Russ Barley, Freeport Middle School Principal Charlie Morse, along with cheerleaders and band members, arrived to share in the fun!

With the chance of rain diminishing over the days prior to the event – going from 60% to 20% chance of rain – our hopes for a dry day soon became a day of lots of clouds and rain.  But spontaneity took over and though the planned events were cancelled, there were still lots of smiles and laughter among the staff, elders and children.

The Freeport Band of Four stood in the rain and entertained with a “last man standing in the rain” exercise, which was fun to watch.  The Blues Man entertained and it wasn’t long before children, staff and elders were dancing to the oldies!

The lunch was wonderful thanks to our Dietary Team from Chautuaqua, and a special thanks to both Jasons and their plant ops team for grilling up the tasty hamburgers and hotdogs from the grill.

– Ellie Curry, ADC, AP-BC, CDP, Regional Quality of Life Director 

Master, Potter, we know You make known the riches of Your glory on the vessels of mercy we recognize this evening, those which You have prepared for glory.  We come to Your workshop and place Phyllis Bullock, Glynn Dasher, and Buddy and Kathy Pennington, these honorable vessels, with Your blessing, on the table in the banquet room of the Signature HealthCARE Hall of Fame.

Father, we know You do not cast them in the Potter’s field, but You break, mold, and use them because You have prepared a supper this evening through the hands of those who have set up, cooked, and made this event possible.  These and all individuals who serve You and their neighbors are vessels of honor.  We are thankful that on the Potter’s wheel these individuals we recognize this even did not become hardened, but were pliable in Your hands as You fashioned them after Your likeness full of love and service.

Thank you, Master, for touching these vessels so they are honorable in their service.  They are as a cup that flows over and as a platter that bears much fruit.  We praise them for being vessels of example, simply pouring out their lives and displaying the fruit they contain. Although these vessels become aged through this journey of life and are used daily, each one is preserved with beauty and grace at the hands of You Lord, the Potter.  As a candle is lit in the center of a banquet table, Jesus, the Potter, is the Center of our Joy.  He is the Light that drives out darkness, and by His Word His blessings are pronounced.  The Light shines radiantly to reflect the creative designs of silver and gold on each earthen vessel.  How beautiful are the earthen vessels that we honor this evening!

The owner of this world’s museum, Satan, passes by daily inquiring to purchase one of these vessels, but You, oh God, inform him that these are priceless vessels of Yours and belong to Your household.  These vessels we honor tonight, which serve and love others, are not vessels who have sat in a museum idle, but they are on display as a symbol of historical reference.

Father, these individuals are of use even now.  You, the king, have each one of these vessels and each one of us.  These Hall of Fame vessels never collect dust.  God’s fine china are Your everyday vessels!  These vessels we honor are always on the table ready to serve and be used, because all souls who enter the doorway are important to You.  Through the power of the Spirit, the miracle is in these vessels!

For Paul said, “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us (2 Cor. 4:7).”

Father, we just lift up these individuals and their families this evening to say thank You for allowing them to be Vessels of Honor.

Bless the food we are about to partake, may it nourish our bodies and may our lives be a vessel of love and service which displays us as a family who are individually characterized as “Vessels of Honor to God!”

It’s in Your most precious and honorable name we pray, amen.

Residents from Signature HealthCARE of North Florida, in Graceville, and the Labrador puppies that are part of Auburn University’s Canine Detection Research Institute are both gaining from the visits the dogs make to the nursing home a few times each month.

To find out more about the partnership, watch the story from WJHG News Channel 7.


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Today is the observance of Labor Day is the United States, a federal holiday that occurs on the first Monday in September and which celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers.

The first big Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882, by the Central Labor Union of New York. It was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882, after witnessing the annual labor festival held in Toronto, Canada. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.

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