Akron Community Based Services Executive Earns Ohio, National Certification

Akron, Ohio (January 25, 2019)   An Akron community based services organization President & CEO has successfully completed the training program and examination for home care, hospice & community based services executives in Ohio, and has been awarded an Ohio Certification.

Karen Hrdlicka, President & CEO at VANTAGE Aging, Akron, has successfully completed the Certified Executive for Home Care & Hospice (CEHCH) certification program offered through the Ohio Health Care Association and has passed the NAB (National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards) Home & Community Based Services Examination to earn the CEHCH designation.

Ohio CEHCH is a comprehensive certification program designed to elevate the skills and professionalism of home care, hospice & community based services executives in Ohio by combining national competency standards with Ohio most comprehensive state specific training.      

The CEHCH Training Course is a combination of interactive classroom training, guided self-study and hands-on clinical learning.

Following the 4-day CEHCH Training Course, candidates must complete the NAB Examination to be awarded the CEHCH designation. The Ohio CEHCH is awarded to candidates based on 100% class participation including completion of in-class quizzes, testing, and successful passage of the NAB Examination.

The program is designed for experienced home care, hospice & community based services executives looking for a competitive edge in the marketplace, or those interested in obtaining the necessary skills to successfully lead their organizations in Ohio or nationwide.

Although Ohio does not currently require certification for home care, hospice & community based services executives, CEHCH has aligned its program curriculum with the NAB Home & Community Based Services Examination Licensing Examination so that credentialed home care, hospice & community based services executives in Ohio meet national competency standards.        

Karen has worked at (company/agency) for the past five 5 years. With over 25 years of experience in serving older adults, she oversees all facets of VANTAGE. Prior to joining the organization, she was the Executive Director at St. Luke Lutheran Community. She is an active member of the Akron Rotary Club, the Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio, the Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club, and actively seeks out opportunities in widow ministry. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Kent State University. Karen’s positive viewpoint on aging has helped lead VANTAGE Aging to new partnerships and programming. VANTAGE Aging is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes successful aging by providing programs to support the needs of older adults wishing to age in place and live independently with dignity.

The Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) is a non-profit association of over 1,000 skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, and providers serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, representing nearly 90,000 individuals. Many OHCA members also provide a variety of home and community-based services. OHCA is the largest long-term care association in the state, and the only chartered Ohio affiliate of the American Health Care Association, representing more than 12,000 long-term care facilities nationwide.

Contact VANTAGE with any questions at 330-253-4597 or info@vantageaging.org.

VANTAGE Aging provides high-quality programs to empower the economic, social, physical, and mental well-being of adults as they age. Non-medical in-home care is provided by Home Wellness Solutions. Behavioral Health Solutions offers mental health counseling and treatment for alcohol and other drug use issues to adults age 45 and older. Job training for low-income adults age 55 and older is offered through the Senior Community Service Employment Program. Evidenced-based volunteering to meet local and national needs is provided by RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers. Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio provides home-delivered and congregate meals to provide nutritional support to the homebound and disabled. Overall, VANTAGE’s programs come together to offer a path for positive aging. Founded in 1975 as a senior citizen program, VANTAGE has since become an independent, nationally respected organization with offices throughout the state. For more information, call 330.253.4597 or visit www.vantageaging.org.

Media Relations Contact:

Dawn Moeglin

Senior Director of Community Engagement


330-253-4597 x160


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