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Louisville Administrative Assistant Named January 2017 Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Louisville, Ohio administrative assistant and receptionist as its January 2017 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Julie Ferry, administrative assistant and head receptionist at Altercare of Louisville, Louisville, Ohio, has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for January 2017. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.
Ferry will be featured on the OHCA website during the month of January, and will be recognized at the Association’s 2017 Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Sarah Sonego, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator at Altercare of Louisville, says that Ferry is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

"Julie wears many hats in the building: STNA (state tested nurse aide), mentor-aide, weight aide, central supply and helps with the nursing schedule when needed," said Sonego. "You can tell she loves her job, co-workers and residents."  

With 11 years experience in long term care as an STNA, Ferry has been with Louisville for six years, and most recently took on the AA role. 

"Julie has done more for this building than she will ever know," said Danielle Whitfield, Human Resource Coordinator. She is the glue that keeps our building together; her hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. She goes above and beyond!"

As a mentor aide at Louisville, Ferry was able to help train new employees and instill her work ethic in the recruits. In addition to her life at the facility, Ferry is active in the community and helps lead the local Girl Scout troop.

"Julie is the type of employee every facility seeks," said Sonego. "She is very knowledgeable in nursing and the admission process . . . and she never hesitates to wash dishes or work the floor if there is a call-off. She often spends her weekends at the building helping any way she can.
Altercare of Louisville Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing Care is a 99 bed skilled nursing care facility offering and round-the-clock RN staffing, physical, occupational, and speech therapy, wound care, and a wide range of activities and spiritual care program promotes important social and spiritual aspects of recovery. Altercare of Louisville has earned the American Health Care Association gold award for "Excellence in Quality." Since 1996, only 31 out of 13,000 care centers nationally have been recognized with a gold AHCA award. The facility is located at 7187 Saint Francis St. NE, Louisville, OH  44641; 330-875-4224. For additional information please go to
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.