The Eckerd Living Center (ELC) is an 80-bed facility, and one of only a handful of skilled nursing facilities in North Carolina that actively seeks to be accredited by the same rating agency that rates hospitals throughout the state, even though it is purely voluntary.
Each time ELC is rated, the facility excels in the scores given by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. We are proud of this distinction that underscores our goal of providing for the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of every resident in the most caring way possible.
We realize transitioning to a skilled nursing facility is a matter of great care and concern to the families of loved ones, so we strive to create an environment in which you can have trust, faith and assurance that only the best in care will be given to your family member.
We are physically attached to the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, so that, emergency and acute care are just a few steps away. Each resident is assigned a primary care physician who recommends a plan of medical treatment, supervises diagnostic, as well as, therapeutic procedures, and personally prescribes required medications.
We use an interdisciplinary team approach to ensure that our administrator, physicians, nurse managers, social workers, dieticians, along with therapists and special consultants work together to provide the highest level of care for each member of our Living Center family. We urge that the residents’ family members participate in the active plan of care to assure that they continue to be an integral part of the care for their loved ones.
Eckerd Living Center accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private payment; making all rooms competitively priced. The entire facility is secure, to provide a safe environment for wandering residents. Meals are served fine-dining style with your choice of two entrees, two vegetables, and two starches and a variety of desserts selected from our dessert cart. All diets are ‘liberalized’ to encourage weight maintenance and satisfaction.
Eckerd Living Center Quality Initiatives
- Eckerd Living Center provides excellent staff to resident ratios.
- Registered Nurses are scheduled for 12 hours per day, instead of the minimum requirement of 8 hours per day.
- All staff are CPR certified. Medications are administered by Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses.
- There is an in-house therapy department that treats residents up to 6 days a week.
- Restaurant-style dining with meals and snacks supervised by an on-site Registered Dietician
- Personal Laundry and linen service
Ava Emory, LNHA, RN-C
Ava Emory is the Administrator at ELC.
Emily Bowers, BS, RN
Director of Nursing
Emily Bowers is the Director of Nursing at ELC.
In September of 2015, Emily was promoted to Director of Nursing. She is responsible for all clinical operations, and making sure staff are providing the best possible care for our residents.
Laura Zoellner, MSW
Laura Zoellner is our social worker at ELC.
Stephanie Roberson Mallonee
Director of Activities, LPNStephanie lives in Franklin, North Carolina. She has worked at Eckerd Living Center for 12 years.