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Navarre Activity Director Named July 2016 Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Navarre, Ohio activity Director as its July 2016 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Lynne Gerry, activity director at Country Lawn Center, Navarre, Ohio has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for July 2016. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.
Gerry will be featured on the OHCA website during the month of July, and will be recognized at the Association’s 2017 Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Catherine Adolph, Licensed Administrator (LNHA) at Country Lawn Center, says that Gerry is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community. 

"The residents at Country Lawn Center look forward to seeing Lynne’s positive, energetic smile,” Adolph says. “She listens to the residents and families to provide them with a creative and busy lifestyle.”

Gerry has been working in long term care since 1988, first as a state-tested nurse aide (STNA), received her activity director certification (ADC) in 2004 and has worked as an activity director since 2010. 

“Lynne really has compassion and love for her residents . . . she takes the time to listen and facilitates their needs,” said Rachel Shephard, LPN – Speret Hall (Alzheimer’s/Dementia Unit) Coordinator at Country Lawn Center. “She is always coming up with new ideas to meet the residents’ activity needs, and always has the building festive for whatever holiday is in season.”

In addition to her work at Country Lawn Center, Gerry has served as a Captain for Alzheimer’s Association walks and as a team captain for MS; she is also very involved with her church bell choir, and teaches Sunday school. At Country Lawn Center, Gerry is part of the team for the Country Lawn Music and Memory Program for residents.

“Lynne has been a blessing to Country Lawn Center,” said Adolph. “She was nominated as our Hero because she is passionate about our residents, families and Community!”

Country Lawn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care is an 88-bed facility offering rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, as well as an Alzheimer’s/Dementia Unit called “Speret Hall,” which means “Hope.” Country Lawn Center is located at 10608 Navarre Rd. S.W., Navarre, Ohio 44662, 330-767-3455. Additional information is available 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.