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October Hero - Sara Cairney

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. 

Pataskala Worker Named October 2019 “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a Pataskala, Ohio scheduler and supply manager as its October 2019 “Hero.”

Sara Cairney, scheduler and central supply manager at Tuscany Gardens, Pataskala, Ohio, has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero for October 2019. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to care and providers, the individuals they serve, and the community.
Cairney will be featured on the OHCA website ( during the month of October, and she will be recognized at the Association’s 2020 Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Brian Duval, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator at Tuscany Gardens, says that Cairney is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

"Sara is the hub the facility flows around," said Duval. "Her dedication to details of all her positions is admirable and awe-inspiring; she does it all well with a heart that tells her she's doing all these things for our residents. It's their home; we are their family."

Cairney began her career in long-term care as a state-tested nurse aide (STNA) in 2010, and began working 12 hour night shifts. Since then she took on the clinical scheduler position and most recently central supply and transportation. Other staff members agree that the jobs are a perfect fit; she has made Tuscany Gardens appealing to nursing students throughout central Ohio and ensures that all residents needs are being met.

In addition to her duties, Cairney takes time for self-improvement and her family, earning her BS in Business and serving as a member of the C-TEC Healthcare Advisory Committee. She is involved with boosters for her kids' school activities and fundraisers in the community.

"Sara was nominated for this award because we all wish we could do as much as she does in a single shift," said Duval. "She is an unsung hero . . . there are no displays of pride or vanity, no wasted time, and she does whatever it takes to meet the needs and wants of our guests and staff," he continued. "Sara Cairney is a hero for Tuscany Gardens today and tomorrow!"

Tuscany Gardens offers a culture based on a philosophical approach of honoring and respecting the wants and needs of individuals. The facility provides a home-like environment while providing skilled nursing, respite and hospice care including therapies, stroke and cardiac recovery, wound care and orthopedic rehab. The facility is located at 7400 Hazelton-Etna Rd.
Pataskala, OH 43062; phone 740-964-0803. 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, 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.