June 14, 2022
2022 LPN of the Year, Florida Health Care Association
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!
May 27, 2022
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 »
March 21, 2022
Did you know Palm Garden caregivers are empowered to learn the personal life story of every individual we’re lucky enough to serve? We are. It’s called the Palm Garden Way. We believe care is best delivered according to the grand tapestry of life events, memories, milestones, and experiences we all accumulate as individuals throughout our… Read more »
November 19, 2020
Mattie W. Resident, Palm Garden of Tampa Mattie and her husband completed a private adoption in 1955 while they were stationed in Korea in the Military. They adopted the most beautiful set of twins through Seventh Day Adventist Adoption Agency. Adoption changed their lives forever. Her most memorable moment was when she and her husband… Read more »
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 »
November 17, 2020
Did you know right now there are 122,000 kids in foster care looking for a home? This year alone, 20,000 will “age out” without ever knowing the love of parents or a secure home. Think about the impact adoption makes. You have within your power to elevate the trajectory of a young person’s life, yes. … Read more »
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.
November 22, 2019
I’d like you to meet Mrs. R, a resident and member of our family. Palm Garden of West Palm Beach is her home now but she was born in a small town in the Italian countryside just south of Naples. Mrs. R remembers time spent cooking authentic Italian cuisine with her mom. I can picture… Read more »
April 8, 2019
The gym was especially crowded today, and the regulars were there, some liking the workout and some struggling to complete their routine. The smiles of the staff and their “you can do it attitude” is contagious. Each physical therapist is hands-on, eyes on, and spot on with their residents. After the first round of exercises,… Read more »
February 12, 2019
“If life was fair would I be alone, during this time of my life? It is not fair and there is nothing that anyone can do about it.” As he smiled waiting for me to respond with something that echoed my lack of life experience, I just stared back at him. Then out of nowhere,… Read more »