Aging Studies Professor Appointed to Panel

Secretary of the Department of Elder Affairs Samuel Verghese appointed Kathryn Hyer, PhD, MPP, Professor in School of Aging Studies and Director of the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging to be the DOEA representative on the Gold Seal Panel of the Governor's Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care. Her term is effective immediately and continues through December 2017. The Gold Seal panel determines which nursing homes are given the Gold Seal, the highest quality rating for nursing homes in Florida. The panel monitors and enforces the standards for excellence in nursing home care. Dr. Hyer conducts research on nursing home quality and teaches in the School of Aging Studies BS in Long-term care administration program.