Community Briefs Aug. 8

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Larry Keefe named one of top lawyers in Florida

The law firm of Keefe Anchors & Gordon in Fort Walton Beach announced that Larry Keefe has been named one of the top lawyers in the State of Florida. Florida Trend magazine included Keefe in the select group of lawyers chosen by their peers to be part of the 2015 Florida Legal Elite. This is the sixth year Keefe has been selected for this honor. In addition, for the eighth consecutive year, Keefe was named as a “Super Lawyer” for 2015 by Super Lawyers Magazine.The well-known professional publication features outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Keefe’s partner, Ben Gordon said, “This honor only confirms what Larry’s partners and clients already know about him: He is a creative, strategic thinker, he relentlessly masters every detail of a case, and he is available to his clients virtually 24/7.”

Keefe has practiced law throughout Florida for 30 years in the areas of business disputes and commercial litigation. His practice also includes consulting with aerospace, defense and intelligence contractors in the national security sector.

Keefe attended public schools in Okaloosa County, and he graduated from the University of Florida with honors and from the UF College of Law as well. He currently serves on the UF College of Law’s Board of Trustees.

Westwood Nursing and Rehab earns deficiency free survey

In the most recent health inspection (May 2015) administered by the Florida Department of Public Health, Westwood Nursing and Rehab in Fort Walton Beach was rated deficiency-free. It is unusual for a skilled nursing facility to receive a deficiency-free survey, less than 5.2 percent of nursing homes in Florida achieve deficiency free. This means all services provided at the facility meet or exceed all state and federal standards.

Skilled nursing facilities are inspected annually to evaluate services and renew state licensure. Unannounced, surveyors come in to interview, observe, and check records for several days.

Westwood’s staff develops plans to continuously improve their services and the facility with support from its parent organization, Healthtique Group Management LLC, Hickory, North Carolina.

“All of our staff is to be commended for this show of excellence and caring,” said Executive Director Karen Hughes.