River Garden receives Gold Seal Award


The River Garden Hebrew Home/Wolfson Health & Aging Center received a Florida Governor’s Gold Seal Award for Excellence in Long-Term care July 29 for the eighth time.

Recognized for exceptional care, the nonprofit River Garden Hebrew Home has continuously held the honor since the seal was created by the Florida legislature in 2002.

State Sen. Aaron Bean made an appearance at the ceremony held in the Cohen Auditorium, applauding the efforts of River Garden in the health care realm and presenting the award to River Garden President Marsha Pollock.

“River Garden is blessed with a cohesive and exceptional team,” Pollock said. “(And we) thank the supporters and volunteers who work tirelessly.”

The award recognizes Florida nursing homes that “demonstrate excellence in long-term care over a sustained period, promotes the stability of the field and facilitates the physical, social and emotional well-being of nursing home facility residents.” First implemented in 2002, the Gold Seal program rewards facilities with exceptionally high standards and quality of care, requiring each facility to meet strict criteria that considers financial soundness, a high quality of care ranking and its record with the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman program among others.

The River Garden Hebrew Home also holds five-star quality ratings from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).