Photo captures essence of caring environment at Grand Boulevard center

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Winning photo in Florida was "Lorene's Love for Logan" by Angela Lee.

A photo submitted by Miramar Beach’s Grand Boulevard Health & Rehab Center has been named the best in the state from among 120 entries in a statewide photo contest hosted by the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). More than 5,600 votes were cast for entries in three different categories and the winning photo, “Lorene’s Love for Logan,” received the most support in online voting across Florida.

“We received so many amazing photos that capture the true essence of Florida’s skilled nursing centers,” said Emmett Reed, FHCA’s executive director. “These remarkable images show the warm, supportive environment in which dedicated professionals do all they can to improve the lives of the residents they care for. It took a lot for any one photo to emerge from such an exceptional group, and Grand Boulevard’s submission proved truly outstanding.”

The winning photo, depicting the delight of Lorene, a resident in a wheelchair, as she fondly greets visiting canine Logan, was submitted by Angela Lee, activities director at Grand Boulevard, which is located at 138 Sandestin Lane in Miramar Beach. The photo was voted Number One in the Health-Related Services category and also received the most votes in the entire state to take top prize in the contest. The winner receives a $50 gift card and recognition from the statewide association.

“The residents have shown and given so much to me,” a proud Lee said. “My journey is forever in the present tense. All along I believed that I was the one helping when 'they’ (residents) were the ones who were teaching and helping me. What an amazing feeling that goes both ways and back again.”

The photo contest was open to amateur photographers who live, work or volunteer in an FHCA member care center or who work for an FHCA associate member. Submissions were to depict some aspect of daily life in a care center, in the categories Health-Related Services, Activities & Events and Portraits.

Over a period of more than three weeks, contest photos were displayed through Facebook, attracting votes in the form of “likes.” Winners in other categories were: St. Mark Village (Palm Harbor), which received the most votes in the Portraits category and second-most overall; and Atlantic Health & Rehabilitation (Vero Beach), which received the most votes in the Activities & Events category and third-most overall.