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August Hero - Michelle Richardson, STNA

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.

Barberton Nurse Aide Named August, 2018 Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Barberton, Ohio nurse aide as its August 2018 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Michelle Richardson, State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) at ManorCare Health Services, Barberton, Ohio, has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for August 2018. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.

Richardson will be featured on the OHCA website ( during the month of August, and will be recognized at the Association’s 2019 Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Miranda James, LNHA, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator at ManorCare, says that Richardson is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

"Michelle truly makes a difference every day in her residents’ lives," James said. "She will do whatever she can to ensure they are comfortable and satisfied . . . customer service always comes first with Michelle, and it shows in how her residents talk about her.”

Richardson has worked as an STNA at ManorCare Barberton for 16 years; James said that “Michelle started her career with us and has never left.” She originally wanted to be an STNA to help people; when asked about her favorite part of the job, Richardson says “knowing I make a difference every day.”

Her co-workers describe Richardson as a team player who is always willing to help, and is a great mentor to new staff members. She will often pick up extra shifts to ensure the residents are receiving the best possible care.

“Michelle is a great example of the type of employee every administrator wants to work with,” said James. “She is kind, compassionate, hard working and does all of this with a smile on her face. We can’t thank Michelle enough for everything she does for the residents of ManorCare Barberton!”

Richardson was nominated for this award for her countless hours of hard work and dedication, said James. “She is very deserving of this award, and is truly our hero of long-term care!”

Located less than half a mile from Summa-Barberton Hospital on Third Street Southeast in Barberton, ManorCare provides post-hospital skilled nursing care in a comfortable environment. Clinical and therapy teams are experienced in providing specialized care focused on residents’ needs, interests and ability. The facility offers a range of skilled care and rehabilitation services to meet residents’ health care requirements. The facility is located at 85 Third St., SE, Barberton, OH 44203, 330-753-5005. Additional information is available online 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. .             .