VERSAILLES — The administrator of the Versailles Health Care Center (VHCC) has been named the 2017 Administrator of the Year by the state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities.
Kristy Earick, of Piqua, a licensed nursing home administrator, was presented the award by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) during its annual convention in Columbus earlier this month.
The Administrator of the Year Award is presented to individuals showing unsurpassed dedication to a facility and its residents as well as to the long-term care profession. Candidates for the honor are nominated by a facility and its staff, and winners are chosen by a panel of long-term care experts appointed by the association.
Earick’s passion for working with seniors started early. She learned from her mother, who worked as a nurse in a facility where Earick volunteered. As a college student, she worked part time as an activity assistant, and her love for long-term care persisted.
During her 15 years at Versailles Health Care Center, Earick has instilled a culture of family and compassion, where every employee, patient and family member feels significant and appreciated. She has empowered her employees in their personal and professional growth, always finding their unique talents. Low employee turnover and high employee satisfaction are the rule. Earick finds solutions and challenges each department to continually evaluate and improve quality of care and quality of life.
Earick has led the facility to earn top awards within the company and nationally. VHCC has been recognized as Facility of the Year four times and earned a Silver American Health Care Association Award in 2014.
The OHCA is a nonprofit organization of more than 900 nursing facilities, assisted living residences and providers of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, caring for 80,000 Ohio residents. It 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.