Our Staff

What differentiates one skilled nursing & rehabilitation center from another? The answer is... the people who work and reside there! The people set the tone, the atmosphere, and the expectations. At The Laurels of Norworth, we take great pride in ensuring that everyone feels like part of our family and that they are treated as special "guests" in our home.

The Laurels of Norworth employs a team of highly qualified medical professionals, including a Medical Director, Registered Nurses, Restorative Care Nurses, a Wound Care Nurse, state tested Certified Nursing Assistants, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and a Speech Therapist. Our on-site Rehab, Dietary, Social Work, and Activities departments provide personalized and compassionate care to each guest. From the moment you walk through the front doors, the warmth and caring of the staff will begin to gain your trust and confidence, as they strive to exceed your expectations.

Unlike other facilities that use "contracted" staff members, each member of the team at The Laurels of Norworth is directly employed, not "contracted". Each Team Member takes great pride in portraying "The Laurel Way of Caring", as they strive for excellence in providing only the highest standard of care and services to every guest, and to every family member and visitor. Come on in! Visit a while! Let us show you our very best... let us show you The Laurel Way.

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Tom Widney


Tom Widney is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He completed the Long-term Care Executive Development Program at St. Louis University and achieved his Certified Nursing Home Administrators, Certified Assisted Living Administrator, and Certified Subacute Care Administrators credentials. He was also awarded Fellow status from ACHCA. Tom has helped to develop new talent in the field by being a preceptor to over 20 Administrators in Training. Tom has served as the Ohio chapter President of the American College of Health Care Administrators, as a regional Board member for ACHCA and as the National Secretary/Treasurer of ACHCA. He’s also been an active member of the community by serving as the Rathburn Woods Civic Association President, as well as a member of both the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary.Tom and his wife Heather reside in Gahanna with their dog, Jackson, who makes frequent pet visits with the guests at Norworth.

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Brittany Ankeney, RN

Director of Nursing

Long-term care/skilled nursing has long been Brittany's passion. Her grandmother was a Licensed Practical Nurse and she spent lots of time with her as a child in the nursing home. After she graduated high school, she enrolled in college and worked as an STNA until she graduated in 2011 with her Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She then attended Ohio University and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in early 2016. She has been working for The Laurels of Norworth 2015, initially as the Assistant Director of Nursing and was promoted to Director of Nursing in September of 2018.

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Mandy Warren

Rehabilitation Services Director

Mandy has been working in skilled nursing for 16 years. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 with her degree in Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy. She knew that she wanted to be an occupational therapist since she was in the eighth grade. She loves working with older adults. Mandy lives in Ostrander, Ohio with her husband and 3 children.

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Jada Palm

Director of Marketing

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