Employer of Choice

Employer of Choice GREENWhat is the Employer of Choice?

The LeadingAge Ohio Employer of Choice initiative:

Establishes the operational standards for strengthening workforce practices among aging services employers;

Creates criteria/thresholds by which to evaluate the standards;

Provides a public recognition of this excellence so that residents, clients/customers, prospective employees, payors and other stakeholders can be aware

Through this instrument, LeadingAge Ohio members demonstrate that they strive not just to be residences/providers of choice, but they seek to be employers of choice as well.  They acknowledge the importance of treating their employees – those that serve their residents/clients – with the same care they wish these employees to provide. 

Requirements for Eligibility and Criteria

Before beginning the application process, please note there are several minimum requirements an Employer of Choice must meet:

  • In order to apply for this designation, if a nursing facility or home health organization, the facility must be a 3-Star or above (as of the most recent published rating)[see page 6 of application for additional information]; and
  • For newly opened communities, an occupancy rate of 80% or better for at least one year as of the date of application; and
  • If an organization has less than the appropriate benchmark median number of Days Cash on Hand or Current Ratio, additional supporting materials will be requested in order to validate financial viability [see page 8 of application for additional information]. Additional supporting materials should be submitted in advance of completion of the application.

The Employer of Choice designation is applicable to individual communities/locations, that is, it is not applicable to a multi-site.  Note, however, that exceptions to this requirement may be granted on a case-by-case basis to multi-site organizations that centralize their human resource functions. 

The LeadingAge Ohio Employer of Choice recognition program is based on twelve (12) categories of measurement.  The categories are defined in the criteria for Employer of Choice link below. 

2019 Employer of Choice Criteria

Application Process and Due Date 

The Employer of Choice application is a peer review process.  All information provided for review of the Employer of Choice application will be maintained confidentially.  Please refer to Required Documentation starting on page 21 for submission format for all materials.

The application materials required for submission for the 2019-2020 program are available in the link below.  All organizations considering applying are encouraged to review the template materials in advance of the application deadline.

2019 Employer of Choice Application

**Deadline to submit the 2019 Employer of Choice application is June 3.**

Following completion of this application (due June 3), the applying organization will be notified of its award (August 2019) and the Employer of Choice designees will be announced at the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Trade Show (August 2019).  Designation will be granted for the remainder of the current calendar year and through the next (that is, a designation granted in August 2019 will expire in December 2020).

If there is uncertainty about whether a category will be met, an organization is encouraged to submit materials or seek clarification early, in order to ensure that all information is submitted by the timeline above. 

Questions about the application process should be directed to Kathryn Brod, President/CEO of LeadingAge Ohio; kbrod@leadingageohio.org; 614-545-9014.



 We are pleased to recognize the following 2018-2019 LeadingAge Ohio Employers of Choice winners!

2018 Employer of Choice GOLDGold Level

• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice - Greater Toledo (Toledo)
• Otterbein Springboro SeniorLife Skilled Nursing Neighborhood (Springboro)
• Valley Hospice (Rayland)


2018 Employer of Choice SILVERSilver Level
• Graceworks Lutheran Services - Bethany Village (Dayton)
• Kendal at Oberlin (Oberlin)
• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice - Greater Youngstown (Canfield)
• Otterbein Cridersville SeniorLife Community (Cridersville)
• Otterbein St. Marys SeniorLife Community (St. Marys)

2018 Employer of Choice BRONZEBronze Level
• The Christian Village at Mason (Mason)
• The Christian Village at Mt. Healthy (Cincinnati)
• Genacross Lutheran Services - Napoleon Campus (Napoleon)
• Green Hills Community and Universal Home Health & Hospice (West Liberty)
• National Church Residences Bristol Healthcare (Waverly)
• National Church Residences Chillicothe (Chillicothe)
• Ohio Living Dorothy Love (Sidney)
• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice - Greater Akron (Fairlawn)
• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice - Greater Cleveland (Willoughby)
• Ohio Living Lake Vista (Cortland)
• Ohio Living Mount Pleasant (Monroe)
• Ohio Living Swan Creek (Toledo)
• Ohio Living Vineyard on Catawba (Port Clinton)
• Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber (Columbus)
• Otterbein Maineville SeniorLife Skilled Nursing Neighborhood (Mainville)
• Otterbein Marblehead SeniorLife Skilled Nursing Neighborhood (Marblehead)
• Otterbein Middletown SeniorLife Skilled Nursing Neighborhood (Middletown)
• Otterbein Monclova Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood (Monclova)
• Otterbein Pemberville SeniorLife Community (Pemberville)
• Otterbein Perrysburg SeniorLife Skilled Nursing Neighborhood (Perrysburg)
• Otterbein Union Township SeniorLife Community (Batavia)
• Trinity Community, a member of United Church Homes (Beavercreek)
• Volunteers of America - Autumnwood Care Center (Tiffin)
• Volunteers of America - Tiffin Rehabilitation Center (Tiffin)

Case Studies

      Otterbein Portage ValleyOtterbein Portage Valley Employer of Choice Case Study




Ohio Living Employer of Choice Case StudyOhio Living Dorothy Love Employer of Choice Case Study  



 Otterbein St. MarysOtterbein St. Marys Employer of Choice Case Study





Best Practice Findings

2017 Best Practice Findings  



Questions about the application process should be directed to Kathryn Brod, President/CEO of LeadingAge Ohio; kbrod@leadingageohio.org; 614-545-9014.


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Kathryn Brod, MBA

Kathryn Brod


  • Is the association's primary spokesperson
  • Oversees staff and daily operations
  • Promotes LeadingAge Ohio's position and public policy goals to elected officials; staff liaison to Advocacy Committee
  • Responsible for implementing LeadingAge Ohio's strategic direction
  • Works with LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors
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Patrick Schwartz

Director of Strategic Communications

  • Serves as lead member communications and media strategist for key association initiatives
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