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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.

Massillon Physical Therapist Named February 2017 Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Massillon, Ohio physical therapist as its February 2017 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Tyler Sponaugle, PT, physical therapist at Rose Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation, Massillon, Ohio, has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for February 2017. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.

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

Emily Fox, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator at Rose Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation, says that Sponaugle is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

"Tyler is loved by not only the residents, but by their families and the staff," said Fox. "He shows incredible kindness, dedication and hard work."  

Sponaugle started his career in long term care at the age of 15 as a dietary aide. He has also worked as a State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA), and as a rehabilitation tech. 

"Tyler credits being able to put a smile on his residents’ faces each day as one of his biggest accomplishments at Rose Lane," said Ashli Hartzler, life enrichment director. He has stated in the past that he loves working with the residents, and that each one teaches him something new about his profession and life in general.

In addition to his work at the facility, Sponaugle is a member of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, and has a doctorate in physical therapy. He is actively involved in Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer. 

"Tyler’s ability to work with a patient from the beginning to the end of their stay, and give them the encouragement they need to progress and get better, is one of the many reasons he was nominated for this award,” said Hartzler. “He is able to develop a trust and friendship with his patients hat help lead to their success. He is truly our Hero of Long Term Care!”

Rose Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation Our community offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation services for those who require 24-hour care. The facility provides long-term care, short-term rehabilitation or post-operative care, you can count on us to help you discover your path to wellness. Rose Lane has earned the Bronze Quality Award from the American Health Care Association. The facility is located at 5425 High Mill Avenue N.W., Massillon, Ohio 44646

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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.  

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