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April Hero - Cathie Stahurski

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OHCA's Heroes of Long Term Care program honors individual employees for their service to residents, the facility, and to their community. Heroes are nominated from service and supports providers throughout Ohio. 

Strongsville Activity Director Named April 2019 Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Strongsville, Ohio long-term Activity Director as its April 2019 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Cathie Stahurski, Activity Director at Altenheim Senior Living in Strongsville has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for April 2019. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.
Cathie Stahurski will be featured on the OHCA website ( during the month of April, and she will be recognized at the Association’s 2019 Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Paul Psota, CEO at Altenheim, says that Cathie is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

"Cathie is an excellent planner, coordinator, educator, and advocate for everyone at Altenheim," said Psota. "Her many years at Altenheim has deepened her commitment to making Altenheim the best in providing resident-centered long term care," he added.

Linda Begley, Activity Director at Shurmer Place Memory Assisted Living who nominated Stahurski for the honor, said that Cathie Stahurski's mentorship was critical to her understanding and commitment to her role. In addition, "Cathie has assisted me as our facilities jointly worked on a grant project," said Begley. "She took her time to educate and inform volunteers about the joy they provide residents, and helped them understand and succeed as they worked with residents suffering from memory loss for the first time."

Stahurski has been employed at Altenheim for 16 years, starting as a State Tested Nurse Aide, moving to the activities department after four years, and then advancing to the Activity Director position in 2011 after completing the requisite training. She is responsible for developing, planning and implementing the activities for all the residents in the long term care and short term rehabilitation facilities.

As part of her additional duties, Stahurski took on the role of facilitator for the Opening Minds through Art program, an award-winning, intergenerational art-making program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive disorders. Through the program individuals with dementia (artists) are paired with volunteers who enable people with dementia to assume new roles as artists and teachers and leave a legacy of beautiful artwork.

According to Begley, Cathie is well-loved by Altenheim's residents and co-workers, and "her smile and calm demeanor provide a sense of understanding and enrichment to her role. As you walk the halls with her, the residents are happy to see her and look forward to saying hello!"

"This nomination is to affirm to Cathie all the good that her smile is doing here at Altenheim," Begley says. "She is truly our Hero of Long-Term Care!"

Altenheim Senior Living is a not-for-profit organization providing a wide array of senior services for residents and their families in Northeast Ohio and the greater Cleveland area. Services include short term rehabilitative therapies, skilled nursing, assisted and senior living, memory care, home health care and private duty services. The facility is located at 18627 Shurmer Road, Strongsville OH 44136, 440 238-3361. Additional information is available online at

The Ohio Health Care Association is a non-profit association of more that 1000 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.