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Gold Standards: AHCA Reviews Applicants For Prestigious "Gold Seal Award"

A panel appointed by Governor Rick Scott is sifting through a pile of applicants hoping to receive the state’s nursing home Gold Seal Award.

The Gold Seal Award recognizes top-quality health care facilities, based on sanitation, staff turnover and resident satisfaction. Shelisha Coleman, press secretary for the Agency for Health Care Administration, says the biggest prize for the award is prestige.

“They do get recognized for having high standards and quality of care. They also get to use it for marketing and advertising purposes,” Coleman said.

AHCA holds two rounds of applicant reviews a year, and out of all the facilities in Florida, only 3-percent of applicants have received the Gold Seal Award.

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Matthew Seeger began his work in radio in 2012, during an internship he took with WUSF in Tampa. He went on to volunteer at 89.7 FM “The Voice” for several years as a news anchor and production assistant. He began working with the WFSU news team in January of 2015. In addition to reporting the news, Matt is a voice actor, having recorded and produced several creative audio pieces, as well as his own series for V89’s Vox Populi program called “Tales from Hell Creek,”-- a series of slice-of-life vignettes about dinosaurs.