News and Tribune

December 30, 2013

NEW ALBANY WRAP: FMH recognized for safety; restaurant closes

Jackson's Seafood shuts down after about four years


NEW ALBANY — Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services has again garnered accreditation for its quality and safety standards.

The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, or HFAP, accredited Floyd Memorial after an “extensive and objective review of the hospital’s quality and safety standards including lab, ambulatory services [and] physical therapy.”

In a news release issued by the hospital, HFAP officials said Floyd Memorial “clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care.”

“We base our decision on federal standards, as well as recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement and environmental safety,” said Beverly Robins, director of accreditation and certification services for HFAP.

“Floyd Memorial met or exceeded standards in every case.”

The accreditation program by HFAP is recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS.

“We’re proud to achieve this prestigious distinction,” said Mark Shugarman, president and CEO of Floyd Memorial.

“By awarding us accreditation, HFAP has recognized our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community.”

Adoption efforts fruitful for shelter

The New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter achieved its goal and then some last week.

On Christmas Day, the shelter had no adoptable dogs after about 20 canines found homes in December.

NA-FC Animal Shelter Director David Hall credited the “12 Strays of Christmas” program and other holiday-based efforts for the increase in adoptions.

It marked the second Christmas in a row the shelter adopted out all of its adoptable dogs.

Hall said about 25 cats were also adopted during December.

“Even with the bad weather, we have had animals going out the door, and it’s been great,” he said Monday.

The shelter also received a substantial donation this month.

The owner of the one-story building located behind the shelter donated the structure and land to the organization. Hall said the owner wishes to remain anonymous, but that the donation will allow the shelter to possibly construct a new storage building and have additional room for animal exercise.

Jackson’s Seafood closes

A downtown New Albany eatery has closed after about four years in business.

Jackson’s Seafood — which was located at 400 W. Main St. — announced on its Facebook page Friday that it had closed.

“We would like to thank all of you for your support over the last 4 years. We would also like to thank our employees that have made everything possible,” the Facebook post read.

No one answered the phone at Jackson’s on Monday. The business opened in 2009.