Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Tribute to Michael Barody

The long term care sector lost a passionate advocate and dear friend on September 13, when Michael Barody, executive director of Regal Palms of Largo, Fla., and former President of the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA), passed away.

Barody served in senior living management for more than 30 years. He became the executive director of Regal Palms in 2009,  a senior living community managed by The Goodman Group. He prided himself on creating surroundings that allowed residents to not just be comfortable, but to thrive.

Regal Palms, a 197-bed independent and assisted living community, managed by The Goodman Group, offers seniors personalized care, including memory care, among other services.  Barody’s unwavering commitment to his residents and staff drove him to implement several quality improvement programs such as INTERACT II, a decision that significantly reduced the center’s hospital readmissions.

Barody’s hard work paid off.  Regal Palms recently became the first assisted living center in Florida to achieve both the Bronze and Silver National Quality Awards from American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

At FHCA’s annual conference this year, Barody also received the 2013 Assisted Living Facility Administrator of the Year.

During his previous work as President of FHCA, Barody was actively involved in the association’s Florida Center for Assisted Living (FCAL) Committee. He received FHCA’s highest honor, the Walter M. Johnson, Jr. Circle of Excellence Award in 1994.

Barody also served on the board of trustees for All Children’s Hospital, a Johns Hopkins member in St. Petersburg, Fla.. He is survived by his wife and partner of 34 years, his two daughters, Ashley and Chelsea, and his son, Brandon.

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