Tyler Sponaugle, Physical Therapist at Rose Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation, has been honored as the Hero of Long-Term Care for February 2017 by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA).
The Hero of Long-Term Care is an honor given to employees in long-term care for their service and dedication to their residents, community and facility. Only one winner is chosen each month by the OHCA, Ohio’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities.
Tyler was nominated by his peers for this award. A special gathering was held at Rose Lane to celebrate his accomplishments and present him with the Hero of Long-Term Care award. He will also be recognized at the OHCA’s 2017 Annual Convention.
Although Tyler has only been a Physical Therapist for a little over 2 years at Rose Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation, he has a long history of working in long-term care. At the age of 15, he started his career as a dietary aide. He continued his work by becoming a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) and then Rehab Tech. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in 2009 from Ohio University and a doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013 from Cleveland State University.
Tyler is a member of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association and is actively involved in the Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer.
Being able to put a smile on his residents’ faces each day is one of his biggest accomplishments at Rose Lane.
“Tyler’s ability to work with a patient from the beginning of their stay to the end of their stay, and give them the encouragement they need to progress and get better, is one of the many reasons he was nominated for this award” said Ashli Hartzler, Life Enrichment Director at Rose Lane, “He is able to develop a trust and friendship with his patients that help lead to their success.”
Congratulations Tyler for winning Ohio Health Care Association’s February 2017 Hero of Long Term Care.