Research study to be released on Consulate Health Care’s dismal indicators and the nursing home crisis in Florida.

FLORIDA – On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East Florida (1199SEU Florida) will host a press teleconference to release a study that examines Consulate Health Care’s track record of below-average care at many of the company’s nursing homes.

Data in the study reveals that despite Florida’s nursing home industry receiving a “B”, the state has a secret that many do not know. For instance, nursing home sanctions in Florida are at the highest levels in recent history, with one in five nursing homes on the state’s watch list, and that is not because they are leading by example. Florida’s largest nursing home provider, Consulate Health Care, has thirty-six percent of its nursing homes on Florida’s watch list “for not meeting state standards, or for not making corrections quickly enough.” Consulate was recently named one of the fastest growing private firms in the Orlando area for 2013 by the Orlando Business Journal. The study recommends Florida’s legislature address the growing trend of prioritizing profits over patients, as exemplified by Consulate Health Care’s shaky record.

WHAT: Press teleconference for the release of “An Analysis of the Quality of Care in Consulate Health Care Facilities in Florida” research study

DIAL-IN 855.756.7520, Participant Code: 22938#

WHEN: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 10:30 a.m.

RSVP: Send to jose.suarez@1199.org; RSVP Not Required.

Representing more than 24,000 nurses and healthcare workers throughout Florida and 400,000 workers across Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Florida, and Washington, D.C., 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in America. Our mission is to achieve affordable, high quality healthcare for all. 1199SEIU is part of the 2.1 million-member Service Employees International Union.

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