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Ohio Health Care Association Recognizes Nurse for Her Exceptional Care

Press Releases | January 16, 2024

Jamie Ernst being recognized by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) for her dedicated work ethic.

COLUMBUS, OH – National Church Residences is proud to announce that nurse Jamie Ernst is being recognized by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) for her dedicated work ethic, as well as her outstanding skills to provide quality care and compassion to patients and their families. Ernst is receiving the 2023 OHCA Home Care and Hospice Excellence Award for excelling in delivering outstanding post-acute or long-term care in a cooperative spirit of teamwork.

Ernst, a licensed practical nurse, has worked for National Church Residences’ Central Ohio Home Health Care team for more than two years. She visits approximately 30 to 35 patients per week in their homes and at senior communities in the central Ohio region. Her patients have a wide variety of needs including education about their diseases, medication management, complex wound care, caregiver instructions and much more.

Regional Director of Operations for Home Health, Victoria Barkin said she nominated Ernst because she is a hard-working, compassionate, servant leader at heart. “Jamie thinks outside of the box, she’s a positive force who brings solutions to the table and willing to go the extra mile for her patients. I am beyond excited to recognize her for her work and talents.”

Ernst received her award surrounded by friends and coworkers during a celebration ceremony hosted at First Community Village in Upper Arlington. She was very surprised by this recognition. “I’m very honored and I love taking care of patients. I treat everyone like I’d want my grandma treated.”

Barkin added that Ernst is extremely thorough and pays attention to details when she meets with each patient. She helps them understand their disease processes and instructions for care in a way that is easy to comprehend. A recent testimonial from the son of a 92-year-old patient praised Ernst for her wound therapy skills.

“Thanks to Jamie’s attention to detail, strong infection control skills and the intricate care she provided to her client, the wound healed and she was able to resume her independent lifestyle,” said Barkin.

The OHCA website explains that association members nominate individuals based on their knowledge of the candidates and selection criteria. Winners are selected by a team of judges comprised of long-term care professionals and associated individuals.

The Central and Southern Ohio teams provide in-home care for older adults so they may stay strong, healthy and independent while living a more satisfying life. Skilled home health care services are tailored to meet the patient’s needs following an injury, illness or setback. For more information about in-home services please call 614-457-6950 or visit National Church Residences’ website and click on Services and then Home Health Care.

About National Church Residences

Originating from a Christian commitment of service, National Church Residences provides an array of health care services and a variety of housing options to 46,000 seniors. The nonprofit organization is driven by a vision to scale for mission impact by advancing better living for 100,000 seniors by 2030, wherever they call home. With more than 360 communities across the United States, it is the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable senior housing and the largest manager of service coordinators. The organization also offers a variety of additional senior living options, home and community-based services, as well as permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless and disabled. For more information, visit us at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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