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Kathryn Brod, MBA

Kathryn Brod

President/CEO
614-545-9014

  • 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

Jennifer Taylor, BA, CGS

Jennifer Taylor

Director of Communications & Membership
614-545-9028

  • Manages public relations and the overall image of the Association and its members
  • Edits and oversees association publications
  • Responsible for Association communications and website
  • Provider Membership staff liaison
  • Staff liaison to Communications/PR, Awards and Membership committees

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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.

Click on each of the tabs below to learn more.

Annual Awards

Check out the 2017 Award Winner Video Tributes!

 

LeadingAge Ohio Awards Program

Award Program Banner

Eligibility

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 are now closed for the 2018 LeadingAge Ohio Awards program.   

2018 Award Categories

Aging Services Impact Award: Criteria (NEW)

Board Member of Distinction Award: Criteria

Emerging Leader Award: Criteria  (NEW)

Excellence in Caring Award: Criteria 

Excellence in Innovation Award: Criteria (NEW)

Excellence in Volunteer Service Award: Criteria 

Excellence in the Workplace Award: Criteria (NEW)

Heart of Hospice - Rose and Sam Stein Award: Criteria 

Visionary Leadership Award of Honor: Criteria 

  

Awards Selection Process

Nominations are now closed. 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 28-30, 2018, 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 60 to 90 second 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
Michele Engelbach
CEO
Ohio Eastern Star Home Community
Phone: 740-397-1706
Email: mengelbach@oeshome.org

 

     LeadingAge Ohio Contact
     Jennifer Taylor 
     Director of Communications and Membership 
     LeadingAge Ohio 
     Phone: 614-545-9028
     Email: jtaylor@leadingageohio.org  


Stars Awards

Click here to view past winners

Employee Recognition

2018 Stars Awards

Stars LogoThe STARS program annually offers a moment of public recognition for your most luminous 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 employees and front-line hands-on caregivers 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 take fun pictures

  • Commemorative lapel pins

  • Award certificates

  • Copies of the heartfelt nominations for each STAR

  • Fun momentos


Program Agenda

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

2018 Stars Information Sheet

 

STARS District Map and Celebration Event Information

 

2018 Stars Regional 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 non-management employees.  Join us to honor stellar employees with well-deserved public recognition. 

Make plans now to gather with other LeadingAge Ohio members and honor these special employees at one of our regionally located 2018 STARS Luncheons this Spring. The dates for this year’s STARS events are: 

 

Northeast Region:
Date:  Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time:  12:30-2:30 pm
Location:  Benjamin Rose Institute, 11890 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, OH 44120

How to Nominate a STAR

Nominate Online: Northeast Star Nomination Form

Download and mail the form: 2018 Stars Downloadable Nomination Form


Northeast Registration Deadline:  March 29, 2018


How to Register for the Northeast STARS Celebration

Online Registration: Click here to register for the Northeast Stars Event

Download and mail the form: 2018 Northeast STARS Registration Form


Northwest Region:
Date:  Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time:  12:30-2:30 pm
Location:  Fairhaven Retirement Community, 850 Marseilles Avenue, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351

How to Nominate a STAR

Nominate Online: Northwest Star Nomination Form

Download and mail the form: 2018 Stars Downloadable Nomination Form


Northwest Registration Deadline:  April 5, 2018


How to Register for the Northwest STARS Celebration

Online Registration: Click here to register for the Northwest Stars Event

Download and mail the form: 2018 Northwest STARS Registration Form


South/Southwest Region:
Date:  Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Time:  12:30-2:30 pm
Location:  Twin Towers/Gulden Community Center, 5343 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45224

How to Nominate a STAR

Nominate Online: South/Southwest Star Nomination Form

Download and mail the form: 2018 Stars Downloadable Nomination Form


South/Southwest Registration Deadline:  April 18, 2018


How to Register for the South/Southwest STARS Celebration

Online Registration: Click here to register for the South/Southwest Stars Event

Download and mail the form: 2018 South/Southwest STARS Registration Form


Central/Southeast Region:
Date:  Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time:  12:30-2:30 pm
Location:  Ohio Masonic Home, 2655 West National Road, Springfield, OH 45504

How to Nominate a STAR

Nominate Online: Central/Southeast Star Nomination Form

Download and mail the form: 2018 Stars Downloadable Nomination Form


Central/Southeast Registration Deadline:  May 2, 2018


How to Register for the Central/Southeast STARS Celebration

Online Registration: Click here to register for the Central/Southeast Stars Event

Download and mail the form 2018 Central/Southeast STARS Registration Form

 


Mideast/East Region:
Date:  Thursday, May 24, 2018
Time:  12:30-2:30 pm
Location:  Shepherd of the Valley, 4100 North River Road, Warren, OH 44484

How to Nominate a STAR

Nominate Online: Mideast/East Star Nomination Form

Download and mail the form: 2018 Stars Downloadable Nomination Form


Mideast/East Registration Deadline:  May 10, 2018


How to Register for the Mideast/East STARS Celebration

Online Registration:  Click here to register for the Mideast/East Stars Event

Download and mail the form: 2018 Midwest East STARS Registration Form

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 to help nominate that special shining STAR. 

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 bdolan@leadingageohio.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.

 

 

 

 

 

Resident Art and Writing Program

Click here to view past winners

Art & Writing Program

 


 

"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."
Pablo Picasso

Organize your residents to participate in the 2018 LeadingAge Ohio annual Art and Writing Program! Five District Shows will be held across the state in June, with all winning entries progressing to the State Show during the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference, August 28 - 30, 2018 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 2018 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 28-30, 2018.

  

Regional Show Information/Details

Each regional show flyer is highlighted below listing event dates, times, location and district coordinator contact information should you have any additional questions about the show.  Click the link below in your area to find out all the details and unleash the creative arts in your community! 

2018 District Show Schedules

Central/Southeast District 1 Show
Friday, June 22, 2018
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ohio Eastern Star Home
1451 Gambier Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Deadline for entry forms and writing entries*: Friday, May 11
District Coordinator: Marci Thomas

Click here for more information about the District 1 Show

South/Southwest District 2 Show
Friday, June 8, 2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Community
585 N. State Route 741
Lebanon, OH 45036
Deadline for entry forms and writing entries*: Monday, April 30
District Coordinator: Janna Morrison

Click here for more information about the District 2 Show

Northwest District 3 Show
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Good Shepherd Home
725 Columbus Ave.
Fostoria, OH 44830
Deadline for entry forms and writing entries*: Wednesday, April 25
District Coordinator: Linda Gutierrez

Click here for more information about the District 3 Show

Northeast District 4 Show
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 - 5:00 pm; 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Thursday, June 7, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kendal at Oberlin
600 Kendal Drive
Oberlin, OH 44074
Deadline for entry forms and writing entries*: Tuesday, April 24
District Coordinator: Michele Tarsitano Amato

Click here for more information about the District 4 Show

East/Mideast District 5 Show
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Canton Christian Home
2550 Cleveland Ave.
NW Canton, OH 44709
Deadline for entry forms and writing entries*: Monday, April 30
District Coordinator: Carol Stinchcomb

Click here for more information about the District 5 Show

*PLEASE NOTE: All writing entries must be emailed or faxed to District Coordinators by entry deadline.

 

Entry Forms

Each piece must be entered online to be included in the Regional Show. Only ONE entry per form and ONE entry per category. 

 

Printable pdf version    2018 Art & Writing Resident Entry Form
Use the printable pdf version to allow residents to complete

 

Online Entry Form 

2018 Art & Writing Online Entry Form

 

Use of the online entry form is intended for activities personnel only.  If you require assistance please contact your activities staff person.

 

 

 

 


 

 To learn more about the LeadingAge Ohio Art & Writing program, contact:

Art & Writing Program Chair
Marlene Andersen
Director of Resident Life & Activities
Willow Brook Christian Communities
Phone: 740-368-4694
Email: mandersen@willow-brook.org
LeadingAge Ohio Art & Writing Contact
Bobbi Dolan
Program Associate
LeadingAge Ohio
Phone: 614-545-9025
Email: bdolan@leadingageohio.org

                                      

  


 

What is the LeadingAge Ohio Resident Celebration?
The LeadingAge Ohio Resident Celebration is affiliated with LeadingAge Ohio. Participants are residents and clients of LeadingAge Ohio member organizations and are encouraged to become involved in: the annual LeadingAge Ohio Resident Celebration/Art and Writing Exhibition, the STARS employee recognition program, legislative and regulatory advocacy, consumer education to assure protection for all seniors, and sufficient governmental funding for all levels of care.


2018 Resident Celebration Information Available Mid-Summer 2018

Employer of Choice

What is the Employer of Choice?

 The LeadingAge Ohio Employer of Choice initiative:

Employer of Choice

  • 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 4 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 6 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. 

Criteria for Employer of Choice

 

Application Process and Due Date 

2018 Employer of Choice Application

The application materials required for submission for the 2018-1019 program are now available. All organizations considering applying are encouraged to review the template materials in advance of the application deadline.

The 2018 Application Process:

June 1, 2018: Applications due

August 2018: Applying organization will be notified of its award

August 29, 2018: Employer of Choice designees will be recognized at the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Trade Show

**NOTE: Designation will be granted for the remainder of the current calendar year and through the next (that is, a designation granted in September, 2018 will expire in December, 2019).

If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Kathryn Brod at 614-545-9014 or email kbrod@leadingageohio.org

 

Case Studies

      Otterbein Portage ValleyOtterbein Portage Valley Employer of Choice Case Study

 

 

 


Ohio Living Employer of Choice Case StudyOhio Living Dorothy Love Employer of Choice Case Study  

 

 


 Otterbein St. MarysOtterbein St. Marys Employer of Choice Case Study

 

 

 

 

 


2017 Best Practice Findings

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017-2018
EMPLOYER OF CHOICE RECIPIENTS!

 We are pleased to recognize the following 2017-2018 LeadingAge Ohio Employers of Choice winners!

Employer of Choice- GoldGold Level

• Ohio Living Dorothy Love (Sidney)
• Otterbein Portage Valley Senior Lifestyle Community (Pemberville)
• Otterbein St. Marys Senior Lifestyle Community (St. Marys)

 

 


Employer of Choice- BronzeBronze Level
• Community Hospice (New Philadelphia)
• Genacross Lutheran Services - Toledo Campus (Toledo)
• Green Hills Community and Universal Home Health & Hospice (West Liberty)
• Hospice of Guernsey (Cambridge)
• Hospice of Morrow County, Inc. (Mount Gilead)
• Kendal at Oberlin (Oberlin)
• National Church Residences Bristol Village (Waverly)
• National Church Residences Home and Community Services Central Hospice (Columbus)
• National Church Residences Home and Community Services Southern Home Health
(Waverly)
• National Church Residences Home and Community Services Southern Hospice (Waverly)
• Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber (Columbus)
• Ohio Living Swan Creek (Toledo)
• Ohio Living Mount Pleasant (Monroe)
• Ohio Living Lake Vista (Cortland)
• Otterbein Cridersville Senior Lifestyle Community (Cridersville)
• Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community (Lakeside-Marblehead)
• Ohio Living Vineyard on Catawba (Port Clinton)
• Otterbein Maineville Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood (Maineville)
• Otterbein Middletown Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood (Middletown)
• Otterbein Monclova Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood (Monclova)
• Otterbein Perrysburg Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood (Perrysburg)
• Otterbein Springboro Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood (Springboro)
• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice Greater Columbus (Columbus)
• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice Greater Cleveland (Willoughby)
• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice Greater Toledo (Toledo)
• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice Greater Youngstown (Canfield)
• The Christian Village at Mason (Mason)
• The Christian Village at Mt. Healthy (Cincinnati)
• Valley Hospice (Rayland)
• Willow Brook Christian Communities (Delaware)

Questions

Questions about the application process should be directed to Kathryn Brod, President/CEO of LeadingAge Ohio; kbrod@leadingageohio.org; 614-545-9014.

 

Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.