In January, 24 employees were recognized, including:
35 years of service: Lorna Frazier, rehabilitation-physical therapy and Susan Shepherd, surgery-prep and recovery
30 years of service: Diane Tuttle, nursing-obstetrics
25 years of service: Vicki Artino, surgery-operating room and Melissa Fields, nursing-intensive care unit
20 years of service: Tracey Cox-Baker, health information management; Trena Faulkner, surgery-endoscopy; Debra Mohr, imaging services-mammography and Carol Seip, laboratory
15 years of service: Stephanie Bundren, Norwalk Memorial Home; Edwin Englert, courier service; Mary Reynolds, communications; Theresa Spaar, pulmonary medicine; Veronica Beverly, Norwalk Memorial Home; Carol Hiszem, rehabilitation-speech therapy and Lori McKenna, laboratory
10 years of service: Jody Piscitello, materials management; Susan Stang, surgery-sterile processing; Sharon Pabst, information services; Donalyn Wilfong, patient accounts; Crystal McDonald, Fisher-Titus family medicine and Shana Ceccoli, rehabilitation-physical therapy
Five years of service: Margaret Richards, New Beginnings Pediatrics and Paige Metarko, financial services.
In February, 10 employees achieved service milestones and included:
30 years of service: Nancy Foster, surgery-sterile processing
20 years of service: Lisa King, emergency and Nicole Foster, new beginnings pediatrics
15 years of service: Peggy McKown, Fisher-Titus family medicine
10 years of service: Jennifer Barman, surgery-operating room; Karla Rothhaar, rehabilitation-physical therapy and Katie Salmons, New Beginnings Pediatrics
Five years of service: Linda Eckler, Norwalk Memorial Home; Ashley Jackson, nursing-obstetrics and Cheryl North, North Central Care Net
In March, 12 employees were recognized for service milestones and included:
30 years of service: Monica Nickoli, human resources
25 years of service: Tamara Prelipp, Fisher-Titus family medicine
20 years of service: Diane Miller, quality and clinical resource management
10 years of service: Rebecca Bement, home health center; Misty Burns, laboratory; Colleen Kelly, laboratory and Brenda Sparks, emergency
Five years of service: Dana Binting, registration; Daniel Caprara, pulmonary medicine; Alea Hart, information services; Jason Opp, registration and Brooke Osborn, emergency.
Fisher-Titus Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.
“We are honored to achieve this accreditation,” said Dr. William Ferber, Fisher-Titus chief of imaging services. “The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.”
Fisher-Titus has a state-of-the-art 128-slice CT scanner, which was introduced in Imaging Services in 2016, that provides improved image quality and faster speeds.
“The 128-slice CT enables fast and confident diagnosis, especially in examining patients with acute chest pain, abdominal pain and suspicions of stroke,” Ferber said. “This 128-slice scanner introduces several innovative features providing the means to minimize dose and take best care of our patients' well-being.”
The scanner also offers patient low-dose CT screenings for lung cancer.
“While these screenings were available with our former 64-slice scanner, the increased speed and image quality of this new scanner offers patients and their physicians an even greater chance at detecting this disease at its earliest stages using even lower doses of radiation,” Ferber said.
“We also like that the scanner’s automated technology allows the technologist to spend less time at the machine and more time with the patient,” said Karen Darr, director of imaging services.
Hoty Enterprises celebrates 40 years
PERKINS — Hoty Enterprises, Inc. is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
Founded in 1978 out of Lakewood, the company was led for years by brothers Nick, Zack and Angelo Hoty. The second generation, John Hoty, Mark Hoty, Kula Hoty Lynch and Todd Hart, have continued the family tradition, expanding the company portfolio and looking for exciting new projects throughout the United States. Today, the family-owned company has over 40 full-time employees, and oversees more than 60 affiliated companies, including Hoty Builders and Hoty Marine Group.
Hoty Enterprises recently announced it will be moving headquarters to 5003 Milan Road in Perkins Township. Renovations are underway at the new location, and move-in is scheduled for this fall.
Workers’ comp open enrollment begins April 30
The open enrollment period for Ohio employers to select a managed care organization (MCO) to oversee medical treatment for workers injured on the job will run Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 25.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) offers open enrollment every two years for employers to select from a network of 13 MCOs that manage claim filings and medical care that injured workers need to recover and return to work.
No action is required of employers satisfied with their current MCO. Those considering a change can complete the MCO Selection Form.
Open enrollment details are available in the MCO Selection Guide on BWC’s website. Visitors to the site can also find the MCO Report Card, an objective source of information that summarizes each MCO’s performance in several categories, including quality of medical management, return-to-work strategies and timeliness of service. MCO changes will be effective July 2.
2020 Metalcasting Congress coming to Cleveland
The American Foundry Society has announced the 124th Metalcasting Congress will be held April 21 through 23, 2020, at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, Cleveland. The last time Cleveland hosted the show was in 1974. Columbus was the last Ohio city to host the event, in 2012.
Established in 1896, Metalcasting Congress is AFS’s annual meeting and industry showcase. One of the largest metalcasting trade events in North America, it includes exhibits from foundries and industry suppliers, technical presentations and educational courses, keynote speeches, and awards for leaders and innovators in metalcasting. More than 2,200 people are expected to attend Metalcasting Congress 2020, with about 225 exhibitors anticipated. Casting industry producers, suppliers and end-users attend the event.
“Ohio is home to more foundries than any other state, which makes it a prime location for Metalcasting Congress,” said AFS CEO Doug Kurkul.
Ohio’s March 2018 Home Sales
The number of homes sold across Ohio in March kept pace with the level reached during the month a year ago, posting a negligible 0.3 percent decline, according to Ohio Realtors.
“Activity levels in March were extremely solid across the Buckeye State, as our sales totals nearly matched the record-breaking pace set during the month last year,” said Ohio Realtors President Tiffany Meyer. “We’re also experiencing a continued, steady rise in the average sale price, an indication that housing is a solid, long-term investment.
“The March sales level provides a welcomed start to the spring home buying season,” Meyer added. “The profession is hopeful that we’ll see an uptick in the number of homes being marketed for sale, a key factor in ensuring that the momentum we’ve attained continues.”
March’s average home price of $171,396 reflects a 5 percent increase from the $163,255 mark posted during the month last year.
Sales in March reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 153,863, a 0.3 percent decline from the record-setting 154,261 level during the month a year ago. The market also experienced a 3.2 percent rise in sales from the February 2018 seasonally adjusted annual rate of 149,042.
Around the state, 13 of the 18 markets tracked reported upswings in average sales price, while seven posted gains in sales activity.
The first quarter 2018 seasonally adjusted annual rate of 147,786 fell 4.7 percent from the best-ever first quarter 2017 (151,080). Total dollar volume during the first quarter 2018 reached $4.7 billion, a 3.1 percent increase from first quarter 2017 sales volume of nearly $4.6 billion.
NCEMS recognizes employees’ service
SANDUSKY — North Central EMS recently celebrated 32 years of providing emergency pre-hospital care and ambulance transportation. In honor of this anniversary, a dinner was held at Castaway Bay in Sandusky, and employees with two, five, ten, fifteen, twenty and twenty-five years of service were recognized.
The following recipients were honored: Two year awards: Matthew Archacki, Adam Blank, James Garber, Levi Hunter, Matthew Knowlton, Bradley Krotzer, Sean Morrissey, Timothy Rair, Danielle Reinbolt, Timothy Sage, Ashley Shaffer, Jacquelyn Sigo, Bryan Smith, Timothy Tigges and Joshua Winget. Five year awards: Ashley Ballah, Dennis Brandal, Alex Ceres, Donna Fick and Michael Reardon. Ten year awards: Rob Beaudin, Randall Holbrook and Ricardo Ramos. Fifteen year awards: Kurt Clausen and Randy Rakosky. Twenty year award: John Shaffstall. Twenty-five year awards: Randy Hand and Bryan Hamman.
A Clinical Excellence Award was also presented to two recipients, paramedic Randy Rakosky and EMT Marissa Tuttamore. This annual award recognizes one paramedic and one EMT for their dedication, clinical excellence, and ability to meet or exceed all company performance standards. The final award for the evening was the Employee of the Year award, presented to two employees, paramedic Matthew Archacki and a nurse, James Garber.
Gordon Lumber receives State of Ohio Proclamation
FREMONT — On March 23, representatives of Ohio Governor John R. Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor traveled to the headquarters of Gordon Lumber, in Fremont, to present a proclamation honoring the company’s 150th anniversary. Signed by both Taylor and Kasich, the proclamation was presented by Lu Cooke, public liaison for Governor Kasich and Jim Wasil, business liaison.
Gordon Lumber president Erin Leonard accepted the proclamation on behalf of the 120 employees of Gordon Lumber. The proclamation honors the company for its growth and innovation during the past century and a half as a business with deep Ohio roots.
The State of Ohio proclamation states in part: “Your commitment and dedication to your customers have made your community a better place to live, work and raise a family.” Gordon Lumber now operates six home center/lumberyards and a components manufacturing facility in Ohio. Locations include Bellevue, Bowling Green, Findlay, Fremont, Genoa, Huron and Port Clinton.
Firelands earns $750,000 grant to fight opioid epidemic
SANDUSKY — The fight to end the opioid epidemic in Erie County just got stronger, thanks to a three-year grant award by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The $250,000 per year awarded to Firelands Regional Medical Center is designed to help solidify collaboration among key community stakeholders.
Improved coordination among stakeholders will help ensure a continuum of care is available to individuals and families who need help. This grant will help support the major players in the fight against opioid abuse: Firelands Regional Medical Center Counseling and Recovery Services, Firelands Physician Group, the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Erie and Ottawa Counties, Erie County Health Department, Bayshore Counseling Services, Family Health Services, the Erie County Sheriff, and local law enforcement.
The grant is also designed to begin the Rural Health Opioid Program. This new program is intended to align each of these organizations to provide and enhance medical and social services for people with opioid addiction, saving more people from drug overdose and death. The grant can also be used to provide training to advance the skills of those working with substance abuse disorder.
The grant award focuses on the screening and treatment of patients any time they utilize services within Firelands Regional Medical Center. Some of the funds will sustain and expand the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program currently used at Firelands.
SBIRT is a process that screens individuals for substance abuse in the hospital and other settings regardless of the purpose of their visit. Depending on their level of risk, they may receive a brief counseling session immediately, or referral for counseling, treatment and other services. The grant expands the current SBIRT program to include screening every time a person is a patient at Firelands, not just the first time they are a patient, as well as screening children age 12-18.
The coordination of services along with the support of key stakeholders provides our community with a united effort to combat the opioid crisis.
Local first responders receive awards
North Central EMS presented awards to four employees at its recent annual employee recognition dinner. Paramedic Matthew Archacki and registered nurse James Garber were presented the Employee of the Year Award. Candidates for this award are nominated by co-workers and recognized for their contributions to the improvement of quality and performance of North Central EMS. Also receiving recognition were paramedic Randy Rakosky and EMT Marissa Tuttamore, who were the recipients of the Clinical Excellence Award. This annual award recognizes one paramedic and one EMT for their dedication, clinical excellence, and ability to meet or exceed all company performance standards.
Archacki received his paramedic level certification in August of 2016 and joined North Central EMS in October of 2016. He was acknowledged by his co-workers as being one of the most confident and assertive paramedics in the field. Archacki currently holds the position of class A paramedic at the Milan EMS station. Garber began his career with North Central EMS in 2016 as the director of the mobile intensive care unit. He holds multiple certifications in advanced cardiac, trauma, adult, pediatric, and neonatal life support, and has an advanced practice certification as a certified emergency nurse.
Rakosky is a fifteen-year employee with North Central EMS and currently functions as a paramedic with the mobile intensive care unit team. He has been a firefighter since 1993, was nominated for the Star of Life Award in 2013, and has received four different certificates of recognition for CPR saves. Tuttamore was hired as an EMT in June of 2014, and is also a member of the mobile intensive care unit team. She has received several accreditations from local EMS/fire departments, and most notably received a Certificate of Merit and Exemplary Service from the Bellevue Police Department in Nov. 2016.
Firelands employee earns international award
SANDUSKY — Firelands Regional Medical Center would like to congratulate Sarah Wagner, peer advocate with the vocational rehabilitation program of Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services, for receiving the 2018 IPS Learning Community Peer Advocate Award. The award is given to those who have been active in their state/program demonstrating outstanding advocacy, involvement in educational activities and/or leadership regarding Individual Placement and Support (IPS).
IPS is a model of supported employment for people with serious mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia spectrum disorder, bipolar, depression). IPS supported employment helps people living with behavioral health conditions work at regular jobs of their choosing.
Peer advocates are nominated for the award by supervisors or other team leads. Each year, the IPS Employment Center team selects the 2018 peer advocate from the nominations. Only one person is chosen for the award each year.
This international award will be presented to Wagner at the International IPS Conference on May 22.
Wagner has been a certified Peer Recovery Supporter with the state of Ohio since February 2016, and has been working with the Vocational Rehabilitation program at Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services since April 2016. She resides in Sandusky.
Widmer earns sports medicine certification
SANDUSKY — Dr. Matt Widmer, of Firelands Physician Group, has successfully earned his board certification in sports medicine from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians.
Also board certified in Family Medicine and Osteomanipulative Treatment, Widmer sees sports medicine patients from ages 5 and up. He is also part of Firelands Regional Medical Center’s multidisciplinary Concussion Clinic, where he sees patients ages 5 and up, and is on the medical staff at Firelands Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Widmer completed his undergraduate degree in bioengineering at the University of Toledo and his medical education at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania as well as a family medicine residency at Firelands Regional Medical Center where he was Chief Resident and a sports medicine fellowship at ProMedica Primary Care in Toledo. He is also a Captain in the Ohio National Guard.
As a member of the military, Dr. Widmer resumed seeing patients on April 1 after being deployed. For more information about Firelands Physician Group, visit firelandsphysiciangroup.com.
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