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Edgewood Manor Director of Nursing named Long-Term Care “Hero”

Edgewood Manor Director of Nursing named Long-Term Care “Hero”

The state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities has honored a local Director of Nursing as its July 2013 “Hero of Long-Term Care.”

Kaye Lipstraw, R.N., Director of Nursing at Edgewood Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Port Clinton, was selected by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as its Hero of Long-Term Care for the month of July, 2013.  The organization chooses one long-term care employee each month to honor for their service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.

Lipstraw will be honored at the Association’s 2014 Annual Convention in Columbus,  and will be featured on the OHCA website (www.ohca.org) during the month of July.     

Denice Day, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Executive Director at Edgewood Manor, says that Lipstraw is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community. 

 “In the 35 years Kaye Lipstraw has been employed at Edgewood Manor, she has worked her way through the ranks to Director of Nursing, led an award winning nursing team, and implemented countless programs – all for the betterment of patient care,” said Day.  “Her devotion, compassion and generosity have improved the quality of life for our residents.”

What began as a part-time job as a charge nurse evolved into serving as the Assistant DON for 17 years and finally, the past 7 years as DON.

“Kaye runs a department with extremely high clinical standards as recognized by our corporation and the Ohio Department of Health during a time in the healthcare industry when everyone is asked to do more with less,” says Michele Mueller, Director of Marketing at Edgewood.  “She leads her team by example, with had work and dedication.”

“Kaye was nominated for this award because of her management style,” says Mueller. “She has worked for many different personalities and types of leaders . . . she works many hours and does many of the things she asks her team to do.”

Lipstraw has mentored many employees over the years, many of whom have started their health care careers at Edgewood Manor as State Tested Nurse Aides, and watched them graduate from nursing school and advance in their chosen professions. In addition to her work at Edgewood Manor, Lipstraw is a member of the Ottawa County Board of Social Concerns and a respected member of her community. 

Mueller says that after her many years in the long-term care community Lipstraw shows no sign of burn-out, and leads her team by example with hard work and dedication, receiving the highest level of accolades from Covenant Care – Edgewood Manor’s parent company – and recently leading the facility to its first deficiency-free health survey.

Day says “Kaye Lipstraw is certainly our Hero of Long-Term Care!”

Edgewood Manor is an AHCA Silver Quality Award winning facility, offering skilled nursing, rehabilitation, residential, and outpatient care. The center’s Homeward Bound program has helped many residents to return home, including 101 in 2012. The facility also offers support for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Edgewood Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is located at 1330 S. Fulton St., Port Clinton; 419-734-5506. Additional information is available online at www.covenantcare.com/Pages/Edgewood/Index.html.

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