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Life Care Center of Punta Gorda, Florida, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, recently achieved a deficiency-free state survey.


To pass the state survey each year, nursing facilities must meet hundreds of criteria. These address not only nursing care and resident safety, but also patients’ rights, food services, administration and the facility’s environment. Surveyors spend several days in the building reviewing paperwork, observing resident care and interviewing residents and associates.


“I couldn’t be any more proud of the ladies and gentlemen who work in this building,” said Julia Uthmeier, executive director. “The success of the building is the people within it. The departments all work together as one unit, with the ultimate goal of serving our residents to the best of our abilities.”


Uthmeier, who has only led the facility for a few months, added, “The first time I walked into the building, I felt a warmth in my heart. Life Care Center of Punta Gorda is one giant family! I also think there is much laughter in the building, and laughter is good for the soul. The staff maintain smiles and positive attitudes, which translate into smiles from our residents.”


The center received the results on Oct. 13, 2016.