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My Calling
Tonya Fails has been a Nursing Assistant for over 30 years. We have been lucky enough to have her on our care team at the Respiratory and Nursing Center of Dayton for the last 7 years. Her mother and her aunt were both Nurses, but Tonya said, “My calling is to be hands-on and to take care of my residents, and the best way I can do that is to be a Nursing Assistant.”



Making Work Feel Like Play
I spent the day at Darby Glenn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hilliard, Ohio, yesterday. I had the absolute privilege of working with Meshannda “Mesha” Elmore. Mesha has been a Nursing Assistant for seven years and is absolutely amazing. I asked Mesha how she got into long-term care, and she said it was because of her mom.



Passion
I did something different this week at the suggestion of Melissa Berger, the Administrator at Johnstown Pointe in Johnstown, Ohio. Melissa asked me if on my visit, rather than working with a Nursing Assistant, I would consider working with Jason, her Maintenance Director.



She Cares for Me Too
I spent the day with Haley Freels, a Nursing Assistant at Respiratory and Nursing Center of Dayton(RND), one of our facilities in Dayton, Ohio. Haley was amazing to shadow. Her passion to make a difference was immediately apparent when I asked her why she loved long-term care and taking care of her resident.



Kultura ng Pagmamalasakit
I spent the day today at Crown Pointe Care Center in Columbus, Ohio. This facility has a special place in my heart because back in 2002, I was the Administrator there. It was my first building with Foundations Health Solutions. At the time, Foundations had two buildings in Columbus, Ohio, and today we are the largest skilled nursing company in the state.



TNA to STNA
Tori Bryant is 22 and is an STNA(State Tested Nursing Assistant) at our Meadow Grove facility in Grove City, Ohio. Prior to becoming an STNA, Tori worked at Kroger as a cashier and grocery stocker. A friend of hers worked at Meadow Grove and told her about the TNA(Temporary Nursing Assistant) program that the Federal Government approved during COVID to help alleviate the staffing shortage of Nursing Assistants in Nursing Homes.



Man’s Best Friend
Polly Wellbaum is an RN at the Respiratory and Nursing Center of Dayton(RND) whose heart is filled with compassion and love for her residents. Recently, a gentleman brought in his wife for respite care at RND. As his wife's only caretaker, he turned to RND to care for her while he went to the hospital to have some tests run.



Love, Friendship and Laughter
I spent the day with one of the most amazing people I have met in a long time. Her name is Letoya Englemon and she has been a Nursing Assistant for 35 years.



Grandma, My Role Model
Michelle Grant is nothing less than AMAZING! Michelle is 55 years old, has raised 8 beautiful and successful children, and we are blessed to have her on our care team at Veranda Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio. Michelle is a Nursing Assistant at Veranda and I had the pleasure of working alongside her yesterday.



Wearing Multiple Hats
I continued to be humbled daily by our frontline staff, and today was no exception. I sat down with Holly Johnson and Billy Jo, one of the residents at Capri Gardens in Lewis Center, Ohio. Holly is a Cook, a Nursing Assistant, and above all, a leader at Capri Gardens. I hope this short interview warms your heart as much as it does mine.


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