Food, music, sunshine, and Christmas cookies today for our loved Stakeholders! Your work here is beyond price, and we thank you for it every day. God sees your hard work!
News & Updates
Our highly rated food starts with these experts, Maxine, Tony, and Don. They possess the touch to turn out the best, most nutritious food for our resident family, a family who always roll into the dining room early to enjoy a hot, scrumptious meal. Today’s fish was so light that it looked like it floated down from a cloud and then was seasoned on Bourbon street.
The residents had fun with Mrs. Veronica at the August Birthday Party! The cake was yummy!
The Federal government showed up at our door for a review of last month’s state survey as mandated by Congress. But, we were ready, strong, confident, and itching for a chance to show off our fresh new look and attitude. And as always, we made sure that we put our best foot forward and made sure that that shoe was spit-polished. We came out of Federal survey with a bright, new surge of confidence. As a matter of fact, the Federal survey concluded finding no deficiencies on our part. That is Zero with a capital “Z”. Nada. Zippo. Image, all the thousands of moving parts it takes to run Signature HealthCARE of Gainesville and we were found to be well oiled and humming along just nicely, thank you ma’am. We were given top honors. Couldn’t be prouder! We are all proud and happy, summed up best by our bold leader Sandra Gant who said, “I am so proud of my team and the accomplishments that we have made in such a short time. I couldn’t be happier with these results.”
Signature HealthCARE of Gainesville on the rise!
The water alone sends a chill into the marrow of your bones. That was the day Floyd saved someone’s life but, could have easily lost his own. He, his sister, brother and the sister’s boyfriend relaxed, laughed, munched snacks, splashed, and drifted down the river in tubes as they floated the icy Ichetuknee in July of 1984. Floyd was twenty-two. About thirty minutes into the float-down party, the boyfriend called out, “I’m going down for a cool off.” He promptly dove to the sandy bottom. Floyd had already floated past when he spinned about and looked down and what he saw sent him into an immediate, adrenalin surge to see that the swimmer was displaying an odd, alarming behavior, stuck on the bottom with his face and hands upturned hoping against hope that some one would see him. Both of his legs locked in cramps. He had plunged fifteen feet down and was glued to the bottom, couldn’t move, already drowning. Floyd, a life guard by training, quickly swam upstream to the spot where the desperate swimmer in terror was pinned to the bottom, gulped in the biggest two lungs full of air of his young life, and dove. He quickly swam to the horrified man, grabbed his hand, and then shifted him into a chest carry and fought for about thirty seconds to bring the struggling man to the surface. Floyd’s lungs were burning like fire as he pulled and pulled and kicked and kicked his way upward to the light. Finally, at the end of his breath they breached the surface: the boyfriend, gurgling, spitting, groaning, and coughing. Dead spent, Floyd next pulled him to the shore and began resuscitation. The boyfriend lived, and became a leader in the health community of Gainesville.
And since 1984, every time he sees Floyd, which is about every two years or so, he thanks him for giving him a chance to live, remembering that when they both came close to death that summer day of their youth.
Floyd, one of the best maintenance men at Signature in Gainesville and Hall of Famer, says, “Since that day I have always felt blessed by God for what happened that day, that he allowed me to be in that river when I was most needed….that day I saved my sister’s boyfriend’s life.”
Floyd Douglass, hero, humble man, a great friend, a Signature employee.
Always working at top speed, Rosemary is the go-to person for every social work need at Signature HeathCARE. We bet she could even juggle six oranges at one time. Believe it or not, at forty-five she began her serious climb to Master’s degree level. She loves “Southern Gospel’ and watching the news with an eagle eye and she is interested in politics. Rosemary has three children who are very successful, two female, one male, and a fifteen-pound Yorky named Izzy who tips the scale at fifteen pounds. For us, a day without Rosemary, is like…….well a day without getting any social work done.
Albertha says that prayer to God is what gives her joy every day, that and her three children and seven grandchildren, and you can see that joy radiating from her face. She was born and raised in the watermelon capitol of the world, Chiefland, Florida. In her youth she relished playing coed basketball, football, and baseball. Loves to pick pecans (pronounced the right way, “peecans”). But more than anything, she loves to get a group of her “girls” together and talk about bygone times and laugh, mostly laugh. Get her started laughing and she loathes to stop. She met the man of her dreams later in life and she said that he made life worth living and gave her joy everyday. Albertha Hayes, a Florida original, a life still fully lived, and a charmer of a friend.
We had fun trying to latch hooks, plus we had some great laughs together!
Our stakeholders gave away twelve school backpacks, each packed with a menagerie of school supplies with a little surprise pocket money in nine of them. Residents stuffed full in our “Stuff It” party this morning, yet we still have supplies left over. We gave away six bags last year, twelve this year, and we are aiming for twenty-four next year!
Tomorrow we will give “Fades” to our stakeholder’s children.
It is impossible to give too much for those who give us so much, our stakeholders.