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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.

Thornville, Ohio Nurse Named October 2017 Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Thornville, Ohio nurse as its October 2017 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Brittany Prior, LPN, Unit Manager at Thornville Health and Rehabilitation Center (HRC), a member of the Greystone Health Network, has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for October 2017. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.
Prior will be featured on the OHCA website ( during the month of October, and will be recognized at the Association’s 2018 Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Jessica Price, Executive Director at Thornville HRC, says that Prior is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

"Brittany loves the people she serves . . . many staff members describe her as ‘the difference maker,’” says Price. “Her extra effort makes all the difference,” she added.

According to the staff at Thornville HRC, Prior is a problem solver. Her assistance with staff, and innovation with teamwork and leadership development helps foster a great workplace culture. Prior has provided stability and consistency in an ever-changing health care environment.

Prior has worked for 4 years at Thornville HRC, but began her career in long term care 11 years ago as a nurse aide, and has since worked in admissions and marketing, social services and now as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). In addition to her work at Thornville, she is active in the community, participating in Alzheimer’s events, wellness checks, and working with Thornville Manor collaborating and providing community meals for those in need. 

“Brittany goes out of her way to make sure that everyone she touches is smiling and comfortable,” Price adds. “The time she spends with her clients and her continued heart is astounding and far exceeds expectations.”

Even on her most exhausting days, Prior will go the extra mile in service of others and is the “go-to” person for all of the families and staff that cross her path. 

“Humility, dedication, clinical excellence and compassion make Brittany the ideal candidate for this award,” says Price. “She is truly our Hero of Long Term Care!”

Thornville Health and Rehabilitation Center is a skilled nursing care facility providing specialized orthopedic, cardiac, and stroke rehabilitation programs, personalized dining services, advanced diagnostics, physical, occupational, and speech therapy, outpatient rehabilitation services, respite and hospice care on a campus with a Main street design with café, movie theater, ice cream parlor, and library. A member of the Greystone Health Network, the facility is located at 14100 Zion Road, Thornville, Ohio, 43076; 740-246-5253. More information is available online at

The Ohio Health Care Association is a non-profit association of nearly 1000 skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, and providers serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, representing more than 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. .