The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Wooster, Ohio food service worker as its April 2013 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”
Judy Mack, Dining Services Director at Horn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wooster, was selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for the month of April, 2013. The organization chooses one long-term care employee each month to honor for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.
Mack will be honored at the Association’s 2014 Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio, and will be featured on the OHCA website (www.ohca.org) during the month of April.
Tonya Santos, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator at Horn, says that Mack is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.
“Judy has the experience and expertise to meet the dietary requirements of our residents, and does so with a smile on her face,” says Santos. “She is a team player, and not only sees to the dietary needs of residents, but also supports the other departments within the facility, as well.”
The dietary department at Horn consistently scores 100 percent satisfaction on facility surveys. To illustrate Mack’s attentiveness, a resident recently commented that she loved rice pudding and had not had it in years. Mack made a special batch for her. Another resident was presented with strawberries with her dinner after a similar comment.
In addition to her work at Horn, Mack is a dynamic force in the community. She has been a facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support meetings, and raises funds for the organization. She participates in local antique car shows with her husband, and is active within her church.
According to Santos, Mack’s greatest accomplishment is in meeting the needs and desires of her residents.
“She always puts our residents first, and will go out of her way to make them smile and honor those with special requests.” says Santos. “She is a true champion for them; she is a dedicated employee who serves our unique clientele above and beyond, and provides support to her staff. Judy truly exemplifies a ‘hero’ of long term care!”
Horn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is well recognized in the community for its family atmosphere and personalized care. The facility provides skilled nursing care, comprehensive rehabilitation, hospice and respite services. The center is located at 230 North Market St., Wooster, OH 44691, 330-262-2951. For additional information go to www.sprengerhealthcaret.com on the web.
The Ohio Health Care Association is a non-profit association of more than 800 skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, and providers serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, representing over 60,000 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. .