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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. 

Mentor Nurse Named January 2019 Long-Term Care “Hero”

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

Jane Beard, charge nurse at Continuing Healthcare of Mentor, has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for January 2019. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.
Beard will be featured on the OHCA website during the month of January, and will be recognized at the Association’s 2019 Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Diane Liliestedt, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator at Continuing Healthcare, says that Beard is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

"The greatest heroes are those who go above and beyond on a daily basis, without seeking any recognition," said Liliestedt. Jane is a nurse who goes out of her way every day for the residents and their families . . . she is humble, and she has an exceptional approach to the art of nursing."  

With 27 years of experience and as an RN at Continuing Healthcare since 2015, Beard has proved to bne an excellent resource to other nursing and nursing assistants. 

"She will take the time to help anyone, and never complains or says she is too busy," said Liliestedt. "Her attitude is always positive and she is always smiling!"

In addition to her work at the facility, takes the initiative to learn and grow in her professional capacity, and is active in her local church and as a volunteer.

"The residents and families compliment her nursing care and her kind approach. She is well respected by all who have had the pleasure and opportunity to work with her," says Liliestedt. "She is an advocate for the residents and truly and unsung hero!"

Located in the heart of Mentor, Continuing Healthcare of Mentor provides Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, Physical, Occupational, respiratory and Speech Therapy, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Hospice/Palliative Care and other specialized care. The facility is located at 8881 Schaefer Street, Mentor, Ohio 44060; Phone: 440-255-9309. Additional information is available 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.