The Villa at Florham Park Receives Silver Award in Inaugural New Jersey Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Program

NJ Antibiotics Aware Silver Steward Badge

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Villa at Florham Park was selected to receive a Silver Award in the inaugural New Jersey Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Program, run by the New Jersey Department of Health. This program highlights local healthcare facility Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASPs) that can demonstrate implementation of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Core Elements for Antimicrobial Stewardship. Acute care hospitals, post-acute care facilities and outpatient facilities from across the state applied for the program and were ranked as Gold, Silver or Bronze based on a review of their ASP interventions and policies.

ASPs are a set of policies and procedures that promote the selection of the optimal antimicrobial drug regimen, dose, duration of therapy and route of administration. It is essential that health care facilities begin to establish ASPs for the health and safety of their patients, as the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology have identified that misuse and overuse of antimicrobials is becoming one of the world’s most pressing public health problems. Successful implementation of an ASP improves patient outcomes, reduces microbial resistance, and decreases the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms.

As a highly rated senior living community, The Villa at Florham Park is committed to providing its residents with the best possible care, which includes keeping its residents healthy and preventing the spread of illnesses. Mercy Gonzales, Executive Director of The Villa, says “The Villa is honored to receive the Silver Award for its ASP program. This award further demonstrates our dedication to ensuring the health and well-being of our residents by meeting and exceeding industry standards for health and safety protocols. Our ASP is in place to minimize risk to our residents and keep them healthier.”

The Villa was honored alongside other award recipients at the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative Annual Conference on December 5, 2019 in Princeton, NJ. The New Jersey Department of Health presented the awards to representatives from each facility. For more information about the event, visit

About The Villa at Florham Park: The Villa at Florham Park, part of Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, is a senior living community located in Morris County, New Jersey. The Villa offers assisted living, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, memory care and skilled nursing. The dedicated staff ensures residents are receiving the very best care and attention for an enjoyable stay. For more information about The Villa at Florham Park, visit or call (973) 867-1500.