The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Navarre, Ohio woman as its July 2012 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”
Carrie Tudini, Human Resource Generalist at Altercare of Navarre Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, Navarre, was selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for the month of July, 2012. The organization chooses one long-term care employee each month to honor for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.
Tudini will be honored at the Association’s 2013 Annual Convention in Columbus, and will be featured on the OHCA website during the month of July.
Ellen Linz, LNHA, Administrator at Altercare, says that Tudini is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.
“Carrie is a giving person who takes special care of our employees and has an exceptional interest in our residents,” says Linz. “She is one-of-a-kind and goes above and beyond every day, making a difference one kind gesture at a time.”
Tudini has been with Altercare for nearly 9 years, and in that time she has made an impact on the employees, the residents, the facility and the community.
“Happy employees give good care and make our residents happy,” said Elaine Kendle, RN, Director of Nursing at Altercare. “Carrie shows her love and concern to employees and residents . . . she has given her heart and soul to Altercare of Navarre.”
Tudini has worked to lower the turnover rate in the facility, and has helped earn the building the #1 ranking for employee satisfaction within the company, as well as deficiency-free ratings from the Ohio Department of Health.
In addition to her work at the facility, Tudini is well known in the community, and participates in many charity activities including the Relay for Life, Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, American Heart Association, and the Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
According to Kendle, Tudini visits with residents and especially likes to help welcome new residents on the rehabilitation wing, checking with them and working to communicate with the various services to make their stay satisfying and productive.
While she is not on the “direct care” staff, Tudini loves the residents and spends hours in the dining room assisting with meals, bringing residents beverages and condiments, and visiting.
Tudini treats employees like family, with something special for those who are celebrating, ill or grieving. She has also brought food to staff members working extra holiday shifts, or picking up employees who could not make it to the facility during a snow storm.
“Carrie truly is special because she has given everything to Altercare of Navarre, and has made it a very special place to live and work,” said Kendle. “She is our Hero of Long-Term Care!”
Altercare of Navarre Center provides a wide range of comprehensive medical services including skilled nursing care, advanced rehabilitation, post-acute medical care and therapy services. The facility is located at 517 Park Street, Navarre, Ohio 44662, 330-879-2765. Additional information is available online at www.altercareonline.com/facility/17 .
The Ohio Health Care Association is a non-profit association of more than 700 skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, and providers serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, representing over 50,000 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.