Ohio Assisted Living Association honors employee Nathan Haines

Each year, the OALA recognizes the efforts of individuals in the assisted living profession who have done an outstanding job. The individuals are nominated by their peers and residents in their communities. Haines joined Light of Hearts Villa in 2012 after graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in accounting.

Haines was nominated by Light of Hearts Villa Executive Director Elizabeth Hickle. In the nomination, Hickle stated: Nathan is truly a dedicated employee. Not only in his financial responsibilities, but he brings to his accountant position a true feeling of kindness and compassion and respect toward our residents and their family members. Nathan takes the time to meet with residents whenever they have a question about their finances, their invoices or just plain information. He is very mindful of his role and how it impacts the mission of Light of Hearts Villa. Nathan, on his own accord, works with those residents who are at risk for outliving their finances and assist the families and residents with the preparation of documents that will assure that the resident can remain here at the Villa regardless of their inability to maintain a private pay status. He has learned about the process and paperwork with the social services department and has successfully transitioned more than eight residents onto the Medicaid program (now MyCare Ohio). In doing so he maintains the dignity and respect of the resident and their families.

You can often find Nathan assisting our residents during lunch time. On his own accord, he often spends time transporting residents to meals, helping serve meals and giving of his time to help. Nathan is also courteous and polite and helpful toward his follow employees.  “I believe Nathan won this award because of the recognition of his kindness towards the residents and his actions and attitude that demonstrate how he lives the mission of the Villa in making God's love visible for all who live here, work here and visit,” said Hickle.

About OALA - The Ohio Assisted Living Association (OALA) represents the largest number of assisted living communities of any organization in the state. Representing more than 390 Ohio communities, the OALA is a strong voice on all issues affecting assisted living. Its mission is to promote the continued growth of quality assisted living in Ohio, and to ensure its place as an integral part of the long-term care continuum. Light of Hearts Villa is a Co-Sponsored Ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System and the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.


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