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Successful Leadership Training Completed

June 24, 2016

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Today, we celebrated the successful completion of leadership training for 21 of our Shepherd managers. They completed a comprehensive 7 week series on John Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Through lecture presentation, case studies and practical exercises, our managers were able to:

  • Increase awareness and understanding on how to evolve into a more effective leader.
  • Develop practical and measureable skills that can build influence.
  • Learn how to build stronger relationships and team dynamics in  the organization.
  • Establish new ideals for performance standards.
  • Create a renewed vision for a strong and positive work culture.
  • Increase accountability for work outcomes.
  • Establish new long-lasting behaviors for ongoing leadership development efforts.

In today’s closing session, each manager developed and shared their “Leadership Development Plan” to utilize moving forward. I am very excited with the positive feedback received and it is our goal to continue to offer this training series in years to come.

I would like to thank our facilitator, Maria Stevens, owner of Stevens Job Coaching, my Associate Directors and my Administrative Assistant for their help in making this such a success.


Richard J. Limongi
CEO/Executive Director

Poland receives perfect survey from Ohio Department of Health

June 22, 2016


Shepherd of the Valley’s Poland Assisted Living facility recently had its annual state survey from the Ohio Department of Health. The surveyors found Poland to be deficiency free. Congratulations to the staff at Poland for receiving another consecutive perfect survey!

Our Spring Newsletter is here!

May 20, 2016

Take a minute to check out our Spring Newsletter!

Spring 2016 Newsletter


Cleveland Indians give all-star treatment to Shepherd of the Valley resident Alba Rivera

May 7, 2016

On Saturday, May 7, The Cleveland Indians made Alba Rivera’s dream come true. Rivera not only attended a game, but had the opportunity to meet her favorite player, Sandy Alomar.

Rivera was born in Puerto Rico in 1943 and later moved to the United States where she raised her four children, Nelson, Omar, Alba and Lillian. She has loved the game of baseball ever since she was a little girl growing up in Puerto Rico and her passion for the sport was passed down to her family. Every year at her family reunion they would play a baseball game and she would stake her claim at first base. Just this past year she hung up the spikes and her number was retired due to bad knees from all those years standing on the bag.

The Cleveland Indians have always been her favorite team and she cheered the hardest for Dennis Martinez, Carlos Baerga and Sandy Alomar. Alba was diagnosed with dementia and does not remember seeing any major league games despite attending several. Currently, Alba resides at Shepherd of the Valley – Boardman where she worked as a housekeeper for 15 years.

Activity Director Kim Osborn knew she loved the Indians and wanted to do something special for Rivera. She wanted to get her back on the field and in front of her favorite team again.

“Alba loves baseball. She lights up when she talks about it or has the opportunity to watch it. We talked about taking her to see a game but were thrilled after talking with the Indians and finding she was going to get all-star treatment,” Osborn said.

The Cleveland Indians arranged for Rivera to attend batting practice where she met several players and they autographed her baseball and took pictures with her. The highlight of the day was the opportunity for her to meet Sandy Alomar. When Sandy approached her, he spoke in her native language, Spanish. Rivera lit up and reached up to hug him.

“We were really excited about the opportunity to take mom to a game, but the fact that she got to be on the field, meet players, meet Sandy. It’s been awesome,” Rocky Rivera said. He and his wife, Sandy, accompanied her to the game.



Volunteer Program Bridges Generations, Offers Free College Tuition

May 6, 2016

Shepherd of the Valley is proud to partner with the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Aging to participate in GIVE back. GO forward. This is a state initiative to increase senior volunteerism and
reward their good deeds with college tuition to keep or gift.
Thank you to Mandie Maxwell and Kaylene Way for contributing this piece to our site!


Volunteer Program Bridges Generations, Offers Free College Tuition

Submitted By Mandie Maxwell, Ohio Department of Higher Education; and Kaylene Way, Ohio Department of Aging

It can be said that a community’s most valuable assets are its elders, with their years of experience and wisdom, and its youth, who represent a vibrant future filled with opportunity.

The elders of the Mahoning Valley have helped build the region into what it is today, using their expertise in business, industry, innovation and community involvement to bring new life to this part of Ohio. Continued prosperity will depend on future generations, which can learn from their elders while charting their own course for success.
It is with this mindset that GIVE back. GO forward. – a joint initiative of the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Aging – was developed. Through the program, elders age 60 and older have the opportunity to “give back” to the community by volunteering 100 hours per year at select volunteer organizations. Once volunteers have tallied 100 hours of service, they will earn a three-hour college tuition waiver that can be used at either Youngstown State University or Eastern Gateway Community College. Volunteers can choose to use the waiver themselves, or gift it to a current or future college student to help the student “go forward.”

In March of 2016, Paula Kacir of Lowellville became the program’s first volunteer to reach 100 volunteer hours. Paula first learned of the GIVE back. GO forward. program through a local newspaper article and realized the impact the program could have on her family and her community. As a local child care provider for more than 30 years and an alum of Youngstown State University (YSU) , Paula relished the opportunity to work with today’s youth. As a GIVE back. GO forward. volunteer, Paula provides tutoring and after-school learning opportunities to children in grades K-3 at the Youngstown Community School. She’s earned more than 120 volunteer hours thus far through United Way’s Success After 6 program and the Struthers City Schools’ Project MORE.


[From left to right: Sister Patricia McNicholas of Eastern Gateway Community College, Chancellor John Carey of the Ohio Department of Higher Education,
Volunteer Paula Kacir, Grandson Michael Kacir, President Jim Tressel of Youngstown State University]

Paula chose to give her YSU tuition waiver to her eldest grandson, Michael Kacir. Michael, a mechanical engineering major at YSU, is following in the footsteps of his father, Stephen Kacir, and his parents are as excited as Michael about the tuition waiver. Michael plans to use the tuition waiver to take a “fun” summer course, and Paula is already working on the second tuition waiver for her youngest grandson, Nicolas.

Volunteers such as Paula donate their time to multiple programs, including United Way, Inspiring Minds and Project MORE. These programs use their elder volunteers to give youth the opportunity to be successful in their school years and beyond. It’s a win-win for everyone involved, but GIVE back. GO forward. is especially designed to help older Ohioans live “Well Beyond 60.” Elders who volunteer feel valued and may experience various health and emotional benefits, such as enhanced cognitive wellness and flexibility, as well as reduced social isolation. In addition, helping others succeed brings personal satisfaction and ensures all of us that we are valued members of society who continue to grow, thrive and contribute. As mentors to youth, many of these volunteers helps younger generations understand that aging is everybody’s business.

You can learn more about GIVE back. GO forward. and sign up to be a volunteer at Community members of the Mahoning Valley area are eager to see this program continue to flourish and impact the lives of future generations.

Shepherd of the Valley honored with Quality Improvement Award

May 6, 2016

Shepherd of the Valley honored with Quality Improvement Award

Shepherd of the Valley’s communities were recently recognized for its participation in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Ohio Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NHQCC) initiative managed by Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Ohio.

  • Niles achieved Platinum level recognition, one of only 17 facilities in the state to receive this level
  • Boardman achieved Silver level recognition
  • Howland achieved Bronze level recognition

The NHQCC seeks to achieve large-scale improvements in nursing homes throughout the state of Ohio by working collaboratively with facilities on a variety of clinical and organizational initiatives including:

  • Reducing healthcare-acquired conditions.
  • Reducing antipsychotic medication rates.
  • Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions.
  • Participating in Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) initiatives.
  • Increasing influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates.
  • Reducing staff turnover and implementing consistent assignment.
  • Improving rates of resident mobility.
  • Earning a Quality Measure Composite Score of 6 percent or less, based on the 13 long-stay quality measures publicly reported on Nursing Home Compare.

Shepherd of the Valley earned its recognition by actively participating in NHQCC quality-improvement learning opportunities, designating staff members for its NHQCC team, assessing its current QAPI status, and identifying potential performance improvement project opportunities within the facility.

“We are proud to have Shepherd of the Valley partnering with us in the Ohio NHQCC,” said James H. Barnhart III, BSH, LNHA, HSAG Quality Improvement Project Lead. “This is a collaborative effort across our state to improve the quality of care and quality of life for Ohio nursing home residents. Working together with Gold-Level facilities like this we can achieve our goals!”

For more information about HSAG’s nursing home quality improvement work, visit

Shepherd’s Foundation’s Wine Social

May 4, 2016
Please join us for our upcoming Foundation fundraiser!

wine social

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Shepherd of the Valley Receives High Marks in Resident Satisfaction Survey

April 6, 2016

The Ohio Department of Aging recently released the scores from a Resident Satisfaction Survey that was conducted last year with those persons living in nursing and assisted living communities.  Shepherd of the Valley is pleased to announce that each one of their nursing and assisted living communities received high scores that are well above the statewide average.  Our Howland nursing community received a score that places them #27 overall in the state of Ohio. 

The survey is done on a biennial basis and captures the satisfaction of nursing and assisted living residents with regards to their quality of care and quality of life. Questions were asked in a one-on-one setting about the direct care staff, ability to make personal choices, activities, social services and administration, therapies, quality of meals, environmental services, and general sentiments towards the communities in which they reside. The survey was devised by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University (Ohio) and the Margaret Blenkner Research Institute of Benjamin Rose in Cleveland, Ohio and was administered by Vital Research, LLC.

 The Shepherd of the Valley campuses that exceeded the statewide average are in Boardman (skilled nursing), Howland (skilled nursing and assisted living), Niles (skilled nursing and assisted living) and Poland (assisted living).