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Grove City Housekeeper Named July, 2019 Long-Term Care “Hero”

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

Ruth Shenk, housekeeper at Meadow Grove Transitional Care Center, has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for July 2019. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.
Shenk will be featured on the OHCA website ( during the month of July, and she will be recognized at the Association’s 2020 Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Lura Sandy, Administrator at Meadow Grove, says that Shenk is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

Shenk wanted to work at Meadow Grove even as she watched its construction before it opened in 2015, to be part of a caring team and make people feel live they were part of a family. She was soon hired as one of the first housekeepers at Meadow Grove, and Sandy says "Ruth has a big heart, is an exceptional employee and makes people smile!"

Other employees at Meadow Grove chime in, saying that Ruth "is always willing to go above and beyond; the residents love her and she treats them like family"; "It is a joy to work with someone who cares as much about their job as Ruth does"; and "She is rarely seen without a smile on her face, and puts in 110 percent effort.".

Shenk was the Meadow Grove Employee of the Month in November of 2018, which reflects the recognition the facility care team places on her contributions.

"Ruth is an outstanding employee," Sandy says. "She is very giving, caring, and goes out of her way to help others. A dedicated worker, she picks up extra hours in different departments to help out . .. She truly is a blessing! Meadow Grove Transitional Care is very fortunate to have her, and she is absolutely our Hero of Long Term Care!"
Meadow Grove Transitional Care is a state of the art rehabilitation and nursing center committed to helping residents and patients reach their maximum potential. The facility is rated as a Five-Star facility with CMS, and is dedicated to exceeding healthcare and personal service expectations. Meadow grove is located at 5919 Blue Star Dr., Grove City, OH 43123; phone 614-594-1600. 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.