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October Hero - Mary Lou Gray

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.

Steubenville Cook Named October, 2018 Long-Term Care “Hero”

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

Mary Lou Gray, cook at Carriage House Assisted Living in Steubenville, has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for October 2018. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.
Gray will be featured on the OHCA website ( during the month of October, and will be recognized at the Association’s 2019 Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Andrea Taylor, Administrator at Carriage House, says that Gray is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

"Mary Lou is passionate about providing meals that meet our residents' preferences," said Taylor. "She even cooks special items for just 1 or 2 people if they request," she added. 

Gray has worked in housekeeping, laundry and dietary departments for long term care facilities since 1979. She is a licensed phlebotomist, and is Medical Laboratory Technician certified; in prior years she has worked as a Red Cross CPR instructor.

"Mary Lou was the winner of our company's Values at Work program, for demonstrating our value of leadership," said Taylor. She demonstrates leadership by taking pride in the cleanliness of her kitchen, and is a team player who assist with food preparation for her co-workers in the larger kitchen that services our skilled nursing facility." 

Her co-workers respect her and her dedication led to her nomination for this honor. “We are proud to call her our Hero of Long Term Care!” said Taylor.

Carriage House Assisted Living providers a warm, comfortable, familiar, secure atmosphere for residents. The facility provides a home with the advantage of on-site medical services, assistance with daily activities, value-added amenities, and the security and peace of mind that come with community living. The facility is located at 3106 St. Charles Drive, Steubenville, Ohio 43952; 740-264-7667. For additional information please go to

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.