Recognition & Awards
LeadingAge Ohio is proud to celebrate the difference our members and residents make in communities across Ohio. Various programs are offered through LeadingAge Ohio to shine a light on the impact this difference brings. From our Annual Awards program highlighting accomplishments of member staff and programs, to honoring shining STARS within our members of front line staff who make a difference every day as well as sharing the talents of our residents/patients through our Art & Writing program, LeadingAge Ohio wants to offer this opportunity to share your gifts with the world.
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LeadingAge Ohio Awards Program
The LeadingAge Ohio Annual Awards honor individuals and organizations that embody excellence in aging services leadership, are models of quality and innovation, and are making outstanding contributions to our field that merit recognition.
LeadingAge Ohio member organizations and/or individuals associated with them are eligible for consideration.
Award Criteria and Nomination Forms
How to Submit a Nomination
Nominations for the 2019 LeadingAge Ohio Awards program will open March 1, 2019. Submit award nominations online no later than April 12, 2019, using the applicable entry form below. Unless indicated, supplemental materials and/or letters of support are not requested or required.
Award submissions must be submitted using the online entry forms below. For questions or issues accessing the online form, please contact Jennifer Taylor at 614-545-9028.
Entry Form Prep Tips
Answer all questions on the entry form for each award nomination you submit. Provide as much supporting detail as possible without exceeding the requested word count. Be sure to convey in your answers how the nominee meets the criteria indicated for that particular award. Finally, save a copy of what you have written for your records.
Click on the criteria for each award category below to view the requirements and questions to help compose your answers. You may find it helpful to compose your answers offline, then cut and paste them into the online form when ready to submit your entry. In your answers, provide concrete examples of leadership, innovation, achievement and impact, as applicable, that support your statements about why the nominee merits recognition.
2019 Award Categories
Aging Services Impact Award:
Board Member of Distinction Award:
Emerging Leader Award:
Excellence in Innovation Award:
Excellence in Volunteer Service Award:
Excellence in the Workplace Award:
Heart of Hospice - Rose and Sam Stein Award:
Visionary Leadership Award of Honor:
Awards Selection Process
Nominations for the 2019 awards program will open March 1, 2019 with a submission deadline of April 12, 2019. The Awards Committee will judge the entries and present the slate of winners to the LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors in mid-May. We will notify award winners in late May so honorees can make plans to attend the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio, August 27-29, 2019, to accept their awards. Although we are unable to defray winners’ travel expenses, each winning individual or organization will receive one complimentary registration to the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Trade Show.
You also will be notified in late May if your nomination is not selected for an award. Even though not every entry will receive an award, all nominations are carefully considered and often lead to additional opportunities to “tell the story” of member accomplishments through such avenues as our website, media outreach, education events and other means.
The committee reserves the right to move nominations to different categories to consider them where they best fit. To celebrate this achievement, those programs/individuals that have been selected will be asked to create a two minute video sharing your thoughts and congratulations around receiving this honor.
Awards Program Questions
If you have questions regarding the Awards Program, please contact:
|LeadingAge Ohio Awards Committee Chair
Ohio Eastern Star Home Community
LeadingAge Ohio Contact
2020 Stars Awards
The STARS program annually offers a moment of public recognition for your employees with a much-deserved day of honor and celebration. Who are the unsung heroes among your staff who work behind the scenes to meet the daily needs of residents, clients, and program participants? LeadingAge Ohio encourages you to identify the front-line, non-management employees who diligently work to provide selfless gifts to those we serve.
Each event includes unique touches to make the day special for our STARS including:
A gourmet lunch
“Selfie” Station to make fun memories
Commemorative lapel pins
Copies of the heartfelt nominations for each STAR
12:15 p.m. Registration
12:30 p.m. Welcome and Invocation
12:40 p.m. Luncheon
1:30 p.m. Dessert and Award Presentations
2:30 p.m. Program Conclusion
STARS District Map
It’s time to celebrate! LeadingAge Ohio encourages members to mark their calendars now for the annual STARS Awards Luncheons. These regional events offer the opportunity for residents, clients, staff, and family members to express their sincere thanks to the most committed front-line, non-management employees. Join us to honor stellar employees with well deserved public recognition.
How to Nominate a STAR
We want your entire community to be able nominate a special staff STAR. To allow that to happen, there are two options available.
If you choose to use the online Nomination Form:
Click on the link to the STAR Nomination Form, complete and submit. A completed Nomination Form must be submitted for each individual STAR nominee two (2) weeks prior to the event.
PLEASE NOTE: Please make certain that the HR Director or appropriate person within your organization is aware of the STAR nomination prior to submission.
If you choose to use the paper Nomination Form:
Click on the link to download the Nomination Form. If you choose to use the paper form please write legibly or type. A completed Nomination Form must be submitted for each individual STAR nominee two (2) weeks prior to the event. Once all the forms are gathered send them to LeadingAge Ohio, ATTN: Bobbi Dolan or email forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: Please make certain that the HR Director or appropriate person within your organization is aware of the STAR nomination prior to submission.
STARS Celebration Event Information
Make plans now to gather with other LeadingAge Ohio members and honor these special employees at one of our regionally located 2020 STARS Luncheons this Spring. The dates for this year's STARS events will be coming soon!
Take a look at some of our 2019 honorees and what their nominators had to say about them.
Resident Art & Writing Program
"Every human is an artist.
And this is the main art that we have:
the creation of our story."
Don Miguel Ruiz
Organize your residents to participate in the 2020 LeadingAge Ohio annual Art & Writing Program! Five District Shows will be held across the state this Spring, with all winning entries progressing to the State Show during the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference, August 25 - 27, 2020 in Columbus. Entry is free to all our member residents and clients.
NOW is the time to encourage your artists and authors to prepare an entry (or two or three!) for the 2020 Program. Fuel enthusiasm so it can spread and involve everyone! Both novice and experienced writers and artists may submit entries. Two or more persons may work together on a project and enter one of our cooperative categories.
General Program Information
All Residents of LeadingAge Ohio member facilities are invited to participate! Award winners from each District Exhibition will show their work at our Statewide Show to be held in conjunction with the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Resident Celebration Day at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, August 25-27, 2020.
2019 Statewide Art & Writing Show Highlights
Below are some highlights from the 2019 LeadingAge Ohio Statewide Art & Writing Show. Thank you to all of our participants!
2019 Statewide Writing Winners
Below are the First, Second, Third Place, and Honorable Mention Winners from the 2019 LeadingAge Ohio Statewide Art & Writing Show. To read the winning entry click on the title. Thank you to all of our participants!
First Place: "An Adventure with Grandma" by Kirby/Morris Writers of Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community
Second Place: "Flowers" by Woodview Writers from Bethany Village
Third Place: "What Easter Means to Me" by Lutheran Home Creative Writing Group from Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve
First Place: "Oh I Will Tell You Never" by Trevalynne Williams of Copeland Oaks
Second Place: "Where I Am From" by Margaret Fissinger of Laurel Lake Retirement Community
Third Place: "Things Known" by Karen Heaster of Twin Towers Senior Living Community
Honorable Mention: "Apron Lore" by Ruth Naylor of Maple Crest of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio
First Place: "What Counts" by Marilyn Schroeder of Willow Brook at Delaware Run
Second Place: "Wet Behind the Ears" by Karen Heaster of Twin Towers Senior Living Community
Third Place: "Canal Park" by Don Parker of Kendal at Oberlin
First Place: "Scars" by John B. Tonkin of Otterbein Senior Life Lebanon
Second Place: "My Early Life of Crime and Other Stories" by Linda Stapleton of Green Hills Community
Third Place: "First Impression" by Alicia Nordan of Laurel Lake Retirement Community
Honorable Mention: "G.P.S. - 70's Style" by George Alexander of Willow Brook at Delaware Run
Regional Show Information/Details
District Show information coming soon!
To learn more about the LeadingAge Ohio Art & Writing program, contact:
LeadingAge Ohio Statewide Coordinator
LeadingAge Ohio Art & Writing Contact
Employer of Choice
What is the Employer of Choice?
The LeadingAge Ohio Employer of Choice initiative:
Establishes the operational standards for strengthening workforce practices among aging services employers;
Creates criteria/thresholds by which to evaluate the standards;
Provides a public recognition of this excellence so that residents, clients/customers, prospective employees, payors and other stakeholders can be aware
Through this instrument, LeadingAge Ohio members demonstrate that they strive not just to be residences/providers of choice, but they seek to be employers of choice as well. They acknowledge the importance of treating their employees – those that serve their residents/clients – with the same care they wish these employees to provide.
Requirements for Eligibility and Criteria
Before beginning the application process, please note there are several minimum requirements an Employer of Choice must meet:
- In order to apply for this designation, if a nursing facility or home health organization, the facility must be a 3-Star or above (as of the most recent published rating)[see page 6 of application for additional information]; and
- For newly opened communities, an occupancy rate of 80% or better for at least one year as of the date of application; and
- If an organization has less than the appropriate benchmark median number of Days Cash on Hand or Current Ratio, additional supporting materials will be requested in order to validate financial viability [see page 8 of application for additional information]. Additional supporting materials should be submitted in advance of completion of the application.
The Employer of Choice designation is applicable to individual communities/locations, that is, it is not applicable to a multi-site. Note, however, that exceptions to this requirement may be granted on a case-by-case basis to multi-site organizations that centralize their human resource functions.
The LeadingAge Ohio Employer of Choice recognition program is based on twelve (12) categories of measurement. The categories are defined in the criteria for Employer of Choice link below.
2019 Committee Assessment/Application Review Process Findings
The revised criteria are designed to look at every question in the criteria through a three-step process referenced going forward as the ADR process. The ADR process is a simple continuum as represented below:
Approach Deployment Results
The three components are defined as follows:
- Approach – what is the process, method, policy, planned action, etc. that the applicant shares in response to the criteria requirement (each of the bulleted questions)
- Deployment – how has the applicant demonstrated that the approach has been implemented – depth, breadth, systematic versus situational, improvement cycle in place, etc.
- Results – what measurable reflection of the implementation and/or impact is demonstrated, how many measurement cycles have been completed, improvements reflected over time, etc.
- Does not meet: limited or early stage implementation
- Meets: practices are generally established and showing maturity in implementation
- Exceeds: practices are comprehensive and well established, fully implemented, outcomes measures in place to assess effectiveness
A reviewer would look to ensure that every criteria item is addressed, the extent to which the approaches are deployed, the level of maturity demonstrated by the applicant in the implementation and impact, and the extent to which results/measurement systems are apparent and generating data to support decisions and operational improvement. Providing anecdotal evidence versus systematic approaches is a critical determination in the maturity of an approach, and will be valuable in terms of placing the applicant at the proper level on the assessment continuum.
Placement on the continuum – “Does not meet” through “Exceeds” remains subjective, however, with the ADR continuum, this becomes a bit more accurate. With practice, the process becomes highly reliable in placing applicants in the right “level” on the rating continuum.
This evaluation approach sets the stage to add a feedback loop going forward, providing applicants with feedback and priorities for action as they seek to enhance their status as a true “Employer of Choice.” This step would further enhance the value of Leading Age Ohio membership while also strengthening the quality of the senior living sector’s effectiveness.
Click the links below for details on organizations that received the "Exceeds" assessment in the specified category.
Category: Leadership Effectiveness/Stability - Jennings
Category: High Performance Culture/Engaged Workforce - Otterbein SeniorLife St. Marys
Category: Community Engagement - Kendal at Oberlin
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018-2019
EMPLOYER OF CHOICE RECIPIENTS!
We are pleased to recognize the following 2018-2019 LeadingAge Ohio Employers of Choice winners!
• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice - Greater Toledo (Toledo)
• Otterbein Springboro SeniorLife Skilled Nursing Neighborhood (Springboro)
• Valley Hospice (Rayland)
• Graceworks Lutheran Services - Bethany Village (Dayton)
• Kendal at Oberlin (Oberlin)
• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice - Greater Youngstown (Canfield)
• Otterbein Cridersville SeniorLife Community (Cridersville)
• Otterbein St. Marys SeniorLife Community (St. Marys)
• The Christian Village at Mason (Mason)
• The Christian Village at Mt. Healthy (Cincinnati)
• Genacross Lutheran Services - Napoleon Campus (Napoleon)
• Green Hills Community and Universal Home Health & Hospice (West Liberty)
• National Church Residences Bristol Healthcare (Waverly)
• National Church Residences Chillicothe (Chillicothe)
• Ohio Living Dorothy Love (Sidney)
• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice - Greater Akron (Fairlawn)
• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice - Greater Cleveland (Willoughby)
• Ohio Living Lake Vista (Cortland)
• Ohio Living Mount Pleasant (Monroe)
• Ohio Living Swan Creek (Toledo)
• Ohio Living Vineyard on Catawba (Port Clinton)
• Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber (Columbus)
• Otterbein Maineville SeniorLife Skilled Nursing Neighborhood (Mainville)
• Otterbein Marblehead SeniorLife Skilled Nursing Neighborhood (Marblehead)
• Otterbein Middletown SeniorLife Skilled Nursing Neighborhood (Middletown)
• Otterbein Monclova Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood (Monclova)
• Otterbein Pemberville SeniorLife Community (Pemberville)
• Otterbein Perrysburg SeniorLife Skilled Nursing Neighborhood (Perrysburg)
• Otterbein Union Township SeniorLife Community (Batavia)
• Trinity Community, a member of United Church Homes (Beavercreek)
• Volunteers of America - Autumnwood Care Center (Tiffin)
• Volunteers of America - Tiffin Rehabilitation Center (Tiffin)
Questions about the application process should be directed to Kathryn Brod, President/CEO of LeadingAge Ohio; email@example.com; 614-545-9014.
Recognition & Awards
Kathryn Brod, MBA
- Is the association's primary spokesperson
- Oversees staff and daily operations
- Promotes LeadingAge Ohio's position and public policy goals to elected officials; staff liaison to Advocacy Committee
- Responsible for implementing LeadingAge Ohio's strategic direction
- Works with LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors
- Staff liaison to Human Resources Committee
Director of Strategic Communications
- Serves as lead member communications and media strategist for key association initiatives
- Oversees digital strategy, including websites, e-newsletters and social media channels
- Provides strategic direction for communicating organizational goals and achievements to members, partners, policy makers and the media
- Serves as primary contact for media inquiries
Director of Member Experience
- Manages provider member recruitment and retention strategies
- Database management
- Responsible for website content/access
- Provider Membership staff liaison
- Staff liaison to Awards and Membership committees