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April Hero - Dennis Hickling

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Heroes of Long Term Care

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.





Valley City Maintenance Supervisor Named April 2018 Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Valley City, Ohio Maintenance Supervisor as its April 2018 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Dennis Hickling from Transitional Living Centers (TLC), Valley City, Ohio has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for April 2018. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to caregivers, residents and the community. 

Hickling will be featured on the OHCA website (www.ohca.org) during the month of April, and will be recognized at the Association’s Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio. 

Leslie Caldwell, RN, Director of Nursing for TLC, which provides services to individuals with intellectual disabilities, says that Hickling is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

"Dennis is always willing to go above and behond to make the cliens and staff safe," said Caldwell. "He is dedicated, and a loyal employee who is appreciated more than he will ever know!" 

A Vietnam veteran who served four years in the Navy, Hickling has been Maintenance Supervisor at TLC since 1978.

"Dennis is on top of all repairs that need to be done at clients' homes," Caldwell says. Hickling is also a member of the TLC disaster team. "During a recent storm he worked around the clock to get generators to the homes without power. He returned the following night to ensure they were all equipped with gas. To him, it is just part of the job, but I disagree . . .Dennis is an asset to TLC and we are lucky to have him."

According to co-workers, Hickling stops in each group home every morning to check on the clients and staff. Always upbeat, he jokes with clients and sings as he goes about his work.

"Dennis was recently voted 'employee of the year' by his co-workers and the administration," said Calwell. "He is truly our hero of long-term care!"

TLC, Inc. has been providing health care services to people with intellectual disabilities for 45 years. The company operates 13 group homes throughout Medina County, providing as independent an environment as possible to the people to whom they provide care. The main office is located at 6721 Grafton Rd., Valley City, Ohio; 330-273-5494.

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.

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