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Otterbein Home Health recognized

Otterbein Home Health was named to the 2013 HomeCare Elite list, a national rating of the top 25 percent home health agencies in the country. The list was based on data compiled by National Research Corporation.

HomeCare Elite is a list of the most successful home care providers int he United States. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare.

Blanchard Valley PR wins awards

Blanchard Valley Health System’s corporate public relations and marketing department won three 2014 Healthcare Advertising Awards in the 31st annual health care advertising awards competition.

Blanchard Valley Health Services received a bronze award in the “Special Video” category for an internal safety awareness video. Merit awards were also received in the “Employee Communication” category for employee benefits communication and in the “Total Integrated Marketing Campaign” category for the Extraordinary People advertising campaign.

Area nursing facilities earn violation-free status

The Gardens at Celina and The Gardens at St. Henry both received a no violation survey conducted by the Ohio Department of Health. Both buildings are in full compliance of all Medicare and Medicaid regulations.

The Department of Health inspects and reviews current care as well as documents and records over the last 15 months. Past and current residents and family members are interviewed about all aspects of care they received.

Celina’s director of nursing, Amanda Miller, and St. Henry’s director of nursing, Brenda Speck, received praise for their perfect surveys.

Otterbein Cridersville earns resident satisfaction

The Department of Aging (ODA) and the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman conducts a satisfaction survey of residents in long-term care facilities to measure satisfaciton with their quality of care and quality of life. According to their results, Otterbein Cridersville exceeded the statewide results for both assisted living and skilled care.


Jarvis earns CCIM designation

Local Realtor Mark Jarvis has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation.

This designation recognizes Jarvis as an expert in the commercial and investment real estate industry. Members with this designation are responsible for an approximate $400 billion of real estate transactions each year.

As vice president of new business and development for Yocum Realty, Jarvis sold more than $7.5 million in 2013.


Dr. Halters joins Needler Chiropractic

Dr. Larry Halters has joined Needler Chiropractic office, located at 11010 State route 12, Columbus Grove.

Dr. Halters is a 2009 graduate of Life University and became a Diplomate of Medical Acupuncture in 2012. He uses a comprehensive approach combining chiropractic, acupuncture and nutrition to treat patients. This style allows him to see a wide array of conditions.

Dr. Halters will be accepting new chiropractic and acupuncture patients May 19.

Humane Society of Allen County hires director

The Humane Society of Allen County has hired Tracy Tibbitts as the society’s executive director.

Tibbitts received her MBA in organizational leadership from the University of Findlay and her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Franklin University. She has had experience in reducing costs, facilitating quality improvement and team leadership. Most recently she served in a volunteer capacity as the Volunteer Coordinator for the shelter.


Local court receives state certification

The Allen County Commons Pleas Treatment Court-Drug Court and Mental Health Dockets have earned final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets.

In order to receive the certification, the court had to submit an application, undergo a site visit and provide specific program materials in response to certification standards that went into effect in January.

Specialized dockets are courts that are dedicated to specific types of offenses or offenders and use a combination of different techniques for holding offenders accountable while addressing the underlying causes of behavior. There are more than 150 specialized dockets in Ohio courts.


Anne Pfleger elected region director

The National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC) elected local Lima chapter president, Anne Pfleger, as the 2014-2016 Region 4 Director.

The association is governed by a 20-person board of directors, and is divided into 14 geographic regions. Each region elects a director to serve as its representative for a two-year term.


H&R Block employees donate to animals

H&R Block employees at the Eastgate office donated $430 to Angels for Animals this past April.

Employees held a bake sale in March to raise money for the animals in addition to a pop/water, cookie and brownie fund. This is the third consecutive year the Eastgate office has donated money back to the community.


Lima City Schools holds years of service celebration

The Lima City Schools held a celebration honoring 40 staff members for their years of service.

Employees with 20 years of service included Dena Archer, Jamie Barnt, Beth Bartels, Cathy A. Boedicker, Amy Boley, Maria Croft, Julie Jackson, Kristin K. Lee, Jill Luke, Laurie Martino, Rochelle Penn, Kara Place, Tracey J. Poling, Beth A. Roush, Trudi Snyder, Deb Sockrider and Barbara Sulkin.

Associates with 25 years of service were Sharon Carr, Linda Gephart, James Haller, Darlie Johns, Rita Johns and Donna M. Tucker.

Those with 30 years of service included John Biss, Christina J. Bryan, Dee Cook, John Hutchinson, Jane A. Irwin, Martha Curry Scheer, Lee A. Stockhaus, Michael Tarbet, Kathleen Walker, Sandy Wheeler, Ann Williams, Jo Williams and Jennifer Liechty Zickafoose.

Staff members with 35 years of service were Debra Bohn, Kathleen Fairburn, David L. Lawrence and Tekla Murphy.

Collins recognized for service to Ohio University

Dr. Ken Collins, of Ada, was recognized by Ohio University for his 15 years of service to Ohio University, in Zanesville. Collins is associate professor and coordinator of the electronic media program at Ohio University.

He is a former program director and air personality at WIMA Radio, in Lima.


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