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May Hero - Kelly Abner, STNA

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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.

Cincinnati Nurse Aide Named May 2016 Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Cincinnati, Ohio nurse aide leader as its May 2016 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Kelly Abner, State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) and STNA Lead at Covenant Village of Green Township, Cincinnati, Ohio has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for May 2016. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.

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

Amy Mullowney, Licensed Administrator (LNHA) at Covenant Village, says that Abner is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community. 

"Kelly always puts her resident needs over her own,” Mullowney said. “Kelly is consistently patient, encouraging and compassionate."

Abner has been with Covenant Village since 2014, and was promoted to STNA Lead in 2015. She has worked in long-term care since 2009, and is currently working toward earning her registered nursing (RN) degree.

“Kelly works on our long-term care hall . . . however, she does not look at any resident as though they are not her responsibility,” said Shelley Mascarella, Director of Nursing at Covenant Village. “She celebrates all of the positives with them, and is there for each one if they are experiencing a challenge.” Her positive energy and enthusiasm radiates to co-workers, residents and their families, and sets the standard to which other employees aspire.

In addition to her work at Covenant Village, Abner is raising two sports loving boys as a single mom, and also works as a server at a local restaurant because “I love the people I get to meet!”

“Because of all her amazing attributes, selfless contributions and dedication, Kelly Abner is our nomination for Hero of Long Term Care!” said Mascarella. 

Covenant Village of Green Township is a physical therapy rehabilitation center dedicated to speeding residents’ recovery and return home. Covenant Village employs state-of-the-art equipment, techniques and environments proven to make the road to recovery more pleasant and a faster route to get patients home, healthy and independent. The facility is located at 3210 West Fork Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211; 513-605-3000. 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.