NAMED: Dr. Luca R. Delatore has been named the medical director of the emergency department at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.
A 1993 graduate of Steubenville High School and 2001 graduate from the Medical College of Ohio, Delatore completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Mayo Clinic 2004. He served as the medical director of the James Cancer Hospital Emergency Department during its opening in 2015. That department is the first fully integrated emergency department dedicated to the care of patients with cancer.
In his new role, Delatore will oversee the emergency department at the Wexner Medical Center.
He is the son of Richard and LaDonna Delatore of Steubenville.
TECH UPGRADES: An estimated $21,000 grant will allow Stanton Elementary School to improve literacy for students and add technology to the building.
Officials in the Edison Local School District said the school obtained a Martha J. Earp Educational Trust grant for $21,175 and the goal is to acquire some new devices for kindergarten pupils. The trust was founded in 2004 for the purpose of giving to public or private elementary, middle and high schools in Jefferson County for class projects, class trips or educational materials.
Principal Julie Kireta said she applied for the grant in December. She added the contribution will help youngsters through digital learning.
“It will be used for the purchase of technology to increase literacy,” Kireta said. “We plan to acquire 47 iPad Air (devices) and a cart, an Apple TV, durable Otterbox cases and educational apps to support literacy in the kindergarten classrooms.”
Edison Local Superintendent Bill Beattie was also pleased with the contribution said it will make a difference in the lives of the students.
Nestle moves: Chocolate maker Nestle is moving its U.S. headquarters from California to Virginia, relocating to a part of the country where the company says it has more customers.
Nestle USA, a subsidiary of Swiss-based Nestle S.A., announced the move in the Rosslyn section of Arlington County at an event with Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Nestle USA is currently based in Glendale, Calif. Lisa Gibby, a Nestle representative, said there are about 1,200 employees at the existing headquarters. About 750 jobs are moving to Virginia and the others will head to the company’s divisions in Ohio and Missouri.
Nestle expects to complete the move by the end of 2018.
The Rosslyn headquarters will occupy more than 200,000 square feet of office space in the tallest building in the D.C. region. That building has been vacant since its 2013 opening. The Rosslyn area, just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital, has suffered from a slowdown in federal job growth. McAuliffe has been working to diversify northern Virginia’s job base and reduce its reliance on federal spending.
“I am particularly proud that this great company will locate in a property that has sat empty as the area and our entire state grappled with defense cuts and sequestration.” McAuliffe said in a statement.
To lure the company, the state approved a $10 million in economic incentives and grants, and Arlington County contributed $6 million.
Nestle USA said 85 percent of its top customers and 75 percent of its factories are in the eastern U.S.
H&R watson: H&R Block Inc. is working IBM’s Watson supercomputer this tax season.
The company said that its employees will work with Watson to identify credits and deductions and find other solutions for customers. It’s the first time Watson, which has been used in health care, retail and other settings, will be applied to tax preparation.
H&R Block and IBM trained Watson in the language of tax. The system will apply that knowledge to the thousands of questions and topics discussed during the return-filing process.