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The Ohio Veterans Homes are a state agency comprised of two facilities in Ohio, a home located in Sandusky (approximately 60 miles west of Cleveland) and a home located in Georgetown (approximately 45 miles east of Cincinnati). Both homes offer a quality of life which emphasizes privacy, encourages independence, provides comfort, security and meets social needs. All residents have the freedom and convenience of a small community as well as the comforts of a home-like setting.

Both homes are licensed nursing homes providing Standard Care, Memory Care (Dementia/Alzheimer) and Skilled Care. In addition, the Sandusky home also offers independent living (Domiciliary) and limited supervised care (Domiciliary Plus) for those not requiring the level of care provided to nursing home residents.

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ODVS Director Deborah Ashenhurst

Deborah Ashenhurst

ODVS Director

Prior to being appointed as Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services on Jan. 14, 2019, Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst (U.S. Army, retired) served as the Senior Vice President, Military Strategy of R2 Associates.

Ashenhurst retired from the U.S. Army and the National Guard in October 2015 after more than 37 years of service. In that time, she served at all levels of command.

In 2011, she was appointed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to the cabinet-level position of Adjutant General of the State of Ohio, commanding the 17,000 service members of the Ohio National Guard, the Ohio Naval Militia and the Ohio Military Reserve. She served as Adjutant General until January of 2015. Her career culminated by serving as a Special Assistant to the Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Ashenhurst received numerous awards and decorations, including the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (with one Silver and one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster) and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

Gen. Ashenhurst resides with her husband, Col. Jim Ashenhurst (U.S. Army, retired), in the town of Hilliard, Ohio.

OVH Superintendent Ross Matlack

Ross Matlack


Ross Matlack officially began his duties as Superintendent of the Ohio Veterans Homes on March 30, 2021, succeeding Terry Prince, who left ODVS to become the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. Matlack is a seasoned healthcare executive who brings more than 25 years of experience to the position. Since 2018, he has served as the OVH Compliance Officer. When the COVID-19 pandemic began last year, he was tasked to serve as the COVID-19 Incident Commander.

Prior to joining OVH, Matlack spent more than 15 years in senior executive and consulting roles, including as Vice President of the Center for Health Affairs in Cleveland, and as President & CEO of several hospitals and healthcare systems. His educational background includes a juris doctor degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, and Master of Health Services and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from The George Washington University. Matlack is a member of the Ohio Bar, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is certified in healthcare compliance.

He resides in Norwalk, Ohio, with his wife and four children.