New Realtor at Howard Hanna Real Estate in Norwalk

Zoe Greszler • Jan 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Howard Hanna Real Estate, located at 66 E Main St. in Norwalk, welcomes its newest Realtor, Tina Kisner.

For Kisner, becoming a Realtor was no accident. Being from the Norwalk/Milan area her focus on helping people one life at a time has been obvious throughout her 20-year career in the insurance industry. Kisner is versed in locations, value, property types and pricing.

In addition to her work, she has been an active volunteer with ACT — “Answering the Call Together” — a local missionary group as well as Firelands Regional Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary. Kisner is active member of the Firelands Board of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and Ohio Association of Realtors and the Firelands Multiple Listing Service.

She lives in Norwalk with her husband, Ron, and together they have five children and three grandchildren.

Kisner can be contacted at 419-706-1158 or at [email protected] You also can stop into the office at 66 E. Main St., Norwalk.

In other local business news…


Local business awarded

GREENWICH — John Jensen from Jensen Towing LLC of Greenwich, recently received the American Towman ACE Award for achievement in service performance. 

Recipients of the ACE Award, presented by American Towman Magazine, were nominated by the nation’s major motor clubs and dispatch centers. Nomination guidelines for the ACE award are: the highest percentage of calls when the estimated time of arrival is achieved; consistency in response time; written appreciation from customers; and percentage of calls serviced (instead of turning them away) thereby reflecting reliability and professionalism. ACE recipients rank in the top 1 percent of the towing industry’s service providers. 

The award was commemorated by an original design belt buckle. The buckles were presented the award recipients present at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Md. Nov. 19 at the American Towman Exposition, the world’s largest trade show and convention for emergency road service providers.


Firelands Electric Co-op seeks board member

NEW LONDON — Due to the death of long-time District 2 trustee Lowell Kreager, Firelands Electric Cooperative’s board of trustees is seeking to appoint a qualified candidate to represent the district.

Per the co-op’s code of regulations, when such a vacancy occurs, the remaining board members will appoint a qualified candidate to represent that district as an interim trustee. District 2 includes the areas in New Haven, Ripley, Greenwich, Ruggles, Cass, and Blooming Grove townships. All co-op members living within District 2 are eligible to apply for this interim trustee position.

The co-op’s board of trustees meets monthly to review the financial and operational data of the electric cooperative. Board members hear and discuss reports from the cooperative’s general manager and department supervisors, as well as provide guidance for management decisions.

Trustees must be dedicated and committed to the cooperative and its principles. They must strive to do what is best for the cooperative and all of its members which may conflict with the desires of individual members or special-interest groups.

Applications, as well as additional information regarding the interim trustee position, are available at www.firelandsec.com. Applications must be received by Jan. 31. Contact the office at 800-533-8658 if you have further questions.

Founded in 1936, Firelands Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy Partner, is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility serving more than 9,130 homes and businesses in rural areas of Ashland, Huron, Lorain and Richland counties.

In health related business news…


Short-term stays at The Commons

SANDUSKY — The Commons of Providence senior living community has launched a new short-stay promotion program.

Those in the program will be driven to doctors’ appointments. They also can relax by the fireplace, participate in plenty of fun activities and dine with culinary delights from Chef Doug at The Commons of Providence.

“We are offering short-term accommodations to help seniors through the winter months and help ease both theirs and their families’ minds,” said Jane Windisch, admission/marketing director of assisted living and memory care of The Commons of Providence.

“So often adult children worry when their loved one is alone or driving in winter weather, now with our new short-term accommodation program, it is the perfect opportunity to try senior living at The Commons of Providence and take full advantage of all the services and amenities we have to offer. You have the additional support you may need during our cold Lake Erie months until you are ready to return to your home in the spring,” she said.

Adult children need to be vigilant and consider options for when their beloved parent, particularly in the cold winter months when weather can be bad for driving and often keeps seniors isolated.

“Senior living is the perfect alternative for seniors who don’t want the hassles of the winter weather. Senior living offers a balance between compassionate care and the maximum freedom possible, all within the safety of our campus. Plus, senior living with its multiple activites keeps seniors active and connnected with others their age for fun and companionship during the long winter months that can be a lonely time for seniors,” Windisch said.

“That’s why many seniors move into senior living communities. It provides them a multitude of opportunities to be invlolved and stay active. Often, winter weather and its isolation can lead to loneliness and depression. At The Commons, we help people cultivate new friendships that keeps them vital, connected and creatively stimulated. Over the years, sons and daughters have told me they can’t believe the positive attitude change they have seen in an aging parent,” she added.

Chef-prepared meals, organized activities, exercise classes, a pastoral care program with spiritual enrichment and much more, can make those staying at The Commons of Providence feel comfortable. And there are plenty of opportunities to connect and make new friends during the cold winter months.

The Commons of Providence has special short-term accommodations for the winter months, but only a limited number of apartments are available for this promotion. Those interested can tour the location at 5000 Providence Drive in Sandusky and have lunch to learn more. For more details, call Jane Windisch at 419-624-1171 or visit homeishere.org.


Firelands gets accreditation

SANDUSKY — The American College of Cardiology has recognized Firelands Regional Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Firelands was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI and Resuscitation based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, they comply with standard Chest Pain Center protocols and are equipped with a robust hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest treatment. These facilities also maintain a "No Diversion Policy" for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients.

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success.

Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.


Brown accepted in fellowship

SANDUSKY — Tanen T. Brown, a member of Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program, has been accepted into a one-year post-graduate Fellowship in maternal-child health at PCC Community Health Systems in Chicago. The fellowship is offers additional training to physicians so they can provide high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care to the undeserved and global communities. Brown plans to use his fellowship training for international medical aid work.

Brown was also recently accepted for publication in the Peer-Reviewed Medical Journal Consultant360 for his paper “Galactorrhea as the initial presentation of liver cirrhosis in a male with normal prolactin levels."

Brown has been a member of the Firelands Family Medicine residency program for two years. He earned his undergraduate degree from California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, California. He attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Originally from California, Dr. Brown currently resides in Sandusky.


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