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OHCA's Heroes of Long Term Care program honors individual long-term care employees for their service to residents, the facility, and to their community. Heroes are nominated from long-term care facilities throughout Ohio.

Toledo Nurse Aide Named December 2016 Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Toledo, Ohio nurse aide as its December 2016 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Kathy Daschner, State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) at Ursuline Center, Toledo, Ohio has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for December 2016. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.

Daschner will be featured on the OHCA website ( during the month of November, and will be recognized at the Association’s 2017 Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Rhonda Charles, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator at Ursuline Center, says that Daschner is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

"STNAs have a hard position, but Kathy enjoys coming to work and loves being a part of our residents’ lives,” said Charles. “Kathy respects them and their home, and has a huge heart to be here for their needs.”  

A nurse aide at Ursuline Center for 5 years, Daschner also has experience as a home health care aide, and has assisted her own elderly family members.

Dashner’s colleagues describe her as a hard worker with a “never say no” attitude, and a “go-getter.” A fellow STNA state that “I respect her work ethic and the quality she strives for . . . she sets a good example of teamwork.”

Ursuline Center is a small skilled nursing care center serving a religious population. George says that the center’s residents have all served others during their careers which makes it more difficult for them to receive assistance from others, but Dashner makes is easier for them by providing dignity and respect. 

“Kathy is the ideal employee every administrator and director of nursing desires . . . she is flexible and willing to give it her all for the residents and staff,” said Charles. “Kathy was nominated as she is always compassionate, caring and goes an extra mile for our residents; she is truly our hero of long-term care!”

The Ursuline Center was built in 1985 as a retirement center and infirmary for the Ursuline Sisters, it now serves as a 36-bed licensed nursing facility for vowed religious Sisters and Priests, immediate family members and Associates. Quality care for residents is top priority along with providing a home-like environment based on the spirituality of St. Angela Merici, the foundress of the Ursuline Sisters. Services provided range from physical, occupational and speech therapies to recovery or rehabilitation from knee or hip surgery, or long-term skilled nursing care. The facility is located at 4045 Indian Road, Toledo, Ohio 43606, phone 419-536-9587. Additional information is available online at

The Ohio Health Care Association is a non-profit association of more than 900 skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, and providers serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, representing nearly 90,000 individuals. Many OHCA members also provide a variety of home and community-based services.  OHCA is the largest long-term care association in the state, and the only chartered Ohio affiliate of the American Health Care Association, representing more than 12,000 long-term care facilities nationwide.