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August Hero - Brook Uhlenhake, STNA


Heroes of Long Term Care

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. 




Coldwater Nurse Aide Named August 2019 Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Coldwater, Ohio long-term care nurse aide as its August 2019 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Brook Uhlenhake, state tested nurse aide (STNA) at Briarwood Village, Coldwater, has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for August 2019. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.

Uhlenhake will be featured on the OHCA website (www.ohca.org) during the month of August, and she will be recognized at the Association’s 2020 Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Jane Taylor, Executive Director at Briarwood Village, says that Uhlenhake is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

"In today's world of jobs being all about what's best for the employee, Brook is a true example of what truly is in the best interest of the resident, and she lives this every day," said Taylor. "She gives the extra time to encourage, motivate and teach the residents to perform their ADLs (activities of daily living) when it would be much quicker and efficient for staff to do it for them; they are her family and she is their cheerleader," she added.

Other employees at Briarwood recognize Uhlenhake's leadership, and her service is frequently held up as a model to which other staff members aspire.

An STNA at Briarwood for eight years, she is a leader in care and a strong resident advocate. She was recently nominated for "Employee of the Month" by one of the residents, who did a presentation referring to Ulhlenhake as part of the family.

"Brook has a strong work ethic and works many different departments without question or complaint," said Taylor. " Brook is a one-of-a-kind employee who has a lot of love to give . . . our reason for nominating her was to honor that relationship and what she gives to her residents. Brooke Uhlenhake is truly our Hero of Long Term Care!"

Briarwood Village has served the Coldwater community since 1974. The facility provides skilled nursing care, restorative care, assisted living, hospice care, respite care, stroke recovery, and pain management among its services. The facility is located at 100 Don Desch Drive, Coldwater, OH 45828, phone 419-678-2311. For additional information go to http://briarwood-village.com/ online.

The Ohio Health Care Association is a non-profit association of more than 1000 skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, providers serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and home care and hospice services, representing nearly 90,000 individuals. 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.