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Rhodes State professor receives award

Rhodes State College professor Rodney Null received the OhioMATYC Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Null, a professor of arts and sciences/mathematics, has been at the college for 28 years. He currently is principal investigator of a National Science Foundation grant for Rhodes State College, which has produced a working consortium of 21 local high school teachers. The goal of the grant is to develop and implement a revised final year of high school mathematics in each high school so students are fully prepared to enter college in the university system of Ohio.

He formerly served as president of Ohio Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges and is a member of the Learning with Math Machines, Inc., board of trustees. He also serves on the math advisory committee at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.

Wound Care Center honored

The Grand Lake Wound Care Center was presented with the Center of Distinction Award by Healogics Inc., the world’s leading wound-care management company. The Center has achieved outstanding patient outcomes for 12 consecutive months.

The Wound Care Center is a member of the Healogics Inc., network of more than 550 centers, which provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating more than 2 million chronic wounds. In 2012, the Grand Lake Wound Care Center provided care for more than 225 patients with specialized treatment for chronic and non-healing wounds.

The Grand Lake Wound Care Center has offered services to the Grand Lake region since December 2009.

Sullivan Insurance awarded Founder’s Award

Sullivan Insurance, of Lima, has been acknowledged as a key partner of the Erie Insurance Group and has been honored with the Founder’s Award. This award is bestowed upon agencies exhibiting excellence in service and new business production.

The Erie Insurance Group is a Fortune 500 insurer operating throughout the Midwest and headquartered in Erie, Pa. Sullivan Insurance is an independent insurance agency serving Lima and northwest Ohio for more than 65 years.

Blanchard Valley Health System names worker of the year

Barbara Plaugher has been awarded the Blanchard Valley Health System Associate of the Year and has been nominated for the Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award, presented by the Ohio Hospital Association.

Plaugher began her career at Blanchard Valley Health System in 1958. She has been in various positions throughout Bluffton Hospital during her career, including nursing supervisor, X-ray tech, lab tech, director of nursing services, director of patient services and registered nurse in utilization and review. She has also worked at Blanchard Valley Hospital as the director of risk management and quality improvement. Currently, she works as a coding analyst at Bluffton Hospital.

The Health Care Worker of the Year award is given by the Ohio Hospital Association to an employee of an Ohio hospital or health care system. The award recognizes a hospital employee who demonstrates leadership, reflects the values and ideals of Ohio’s health care facilities, goes above and beyond the call of duty, gives back to the community and overcomes odds to succeed.

Plaugher participates in the Bluffton Lions Club, the Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity and various mission trips. She has served on 18 missions to Central and South America, Haiti, Eastern Europe and Africa.

ONU nurse practitioner receives honor

Deb Schwaiger, a certified nurse practitioner (CNP) in the Ohio Northern University Health Center, has received the Affiliate New Professional Award from the American College Health Association. This is a national nonprofit association that represents the interests of college health professionals and the campus communities they serve.

This award recognizes members who have provided service to the field of college health for three years or less and who have made significant contributions to their institutions. Schwaiger is a member of the Ohio College Health Association.

She has been a registered nurse for 30 years and a certified nurse practitioner since August 2006. She has worked in emergency room, critical care unit and management roles as a registered nurse and as a family nurse practitioner for the under-served population in Lima. She has worked casually with local correctional facility and urgent care. During her certified nurse practitioner roles, she was preceptor for Ohio State University, the University of Toledo, Case Western University, Wright State University and Kent State University Master of Science in nursing-nurse practitioner students. Schwaiger has also presented on health topics in the evenings to student and sorority groups.


Delphos Curves owner certified

Amy Mox, Delphos Curves owner, received her Cleveland Clinic certification and is certified to teach Curves Complete, Curves’ new weight loss program that addresses weight loss, nutrition, fitness and behavior modification.

The certification consisted of passing three courses, behavior modification, exercise and the Curves circuit and nutrition.

With Curves Complete, participants can lose 20 pounds of body fat and 20 inches in just 90 days. It burns more fat than diet alone, increases metabolism, protects muscle and bone density and is scientifically tested.

Lima AAA manager earns certification

Cindy Nelson, manager of Lima AAA, has recently earned the distinction of certified travel counselor.

Nelson’s studies and personal travel experience make her a leader in the travel industry and enable her to offer travelers valuable information.

The CTC certification is awarded to travel professionals who complete an advanced certification program, demonstrate extensive industry knowledge and exemplify the highest standards of professionalism. Nelson completed a rigorous two-level certification program, which also requires annual continuing education.

In addition to her CTC certification, Nelson is also a certified travel agent and is recognized as a destination specialist for North America, Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, Disney’s Destinations Genius and Southern Europe.


Eckerman hired as financial center leader

Anne Eckerman, a native of Lima, has been hired by BB&T as a financial center leader for its Jacaranda office in Venice, Fla.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and is a member of the Business Professional Women of Englewood & Venice, Venice Area Young Professionals and the Sertoma Club of Venice.

BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $181 billion in assets and market capitalization of $22 billion, as of March 31. The company is based in Winston-Salem, N.C., and operates 1,842 financial centers in 12 states and Washington.


Area educators attend convention

Melinda King, Norma Penn, Connie Fleming and Cheryl Quay, members of Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, attended the 2013 state convention in Columbus.

Delta Kappa Gamma is an honor society comprised of key women educators who demonstrate their enthusiasm, initiative and dedication to the educational profession worldwide. The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International has a membership of 90,000 women in 18 countries.

The convention featured workshops, an info fair, an art show, the Agora and installation of state officers. The sorority collected more than 6,000 books that will be donated to the six major children’s hospitals in Ohio.

Quay, a retired Shawnee educator, served as co-music chair for the event. Penn is retired from Lima City schools, and Fleming is retired from Apollo.

King, a teacher at Lima Senior High School, was initiated into the sorority at this convention.

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