Quick Takes

SELECTED: Lynn Houyouse, a receptionist at Carriage Inn of Steubenville, has been selected by the Ohio Health Care Association as its Hero of Long-Term Care for January. OHCA honors one long-term care employee each month for service to long-term caregivers, residents and the community.

Houyouse will be featured on the OHCA website during the month of January and will be recognized at the Association’s 2018 Annual Convention in Columbus.

Andrea Taylor, licensed nursing home administrator at Carriage Inn, says that Houyouse is passionate about serving the facility’s residents and the community.

“Lynn has been the smiling face that greets the guests at Carriage Inn of Steubenville for 18 years,” said Taylor. “She is a wonderful benefit to our team and residents.”

With her extensive experience at Carriage Inn, Houyouse has become the face of the facility in the community.

“She is the friendly voice for Carriage Inn when friends and families call, and brings a smiling face to those who need it,” Taylor continued. “Lynn makes a point to find out who the staff on duty are while she is working, so she can tell guests or callers the name of their loved one’s caregivers that day!”

JOINS PRACTICE: C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. officials have announced Dr. Christopher Rhody has joined the Family Medical Care team.

Rhody received his medical degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete his residency at Saginaw Cooperative Hospital in Saginaw, Mich.

With more than 15 years of experience with family medicine, he will provide care to new and established patients with Family Medical Care Community Health Center.

Rhody will begin seeing patients on Tuesday at the 200 Luray Drive, Wintersville, location during regular office hours.

For information or to schedule an appointment with Family Medical Care, call (740) 314-8258.

MERGING: A Mississippi bank has won approval to complete mergers with Louisiana and Texas banks that were delayed for nearly four years.

BancorpSouth announced Wednesday that it intends to complete the acquisitions of Ouachita Independent Bank and First State Bank Central Texas by Jan. 15. The Tupelo-based bank says it finally has been approved by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Mississippi banking regulators.

In early 2014 BancorpSouth proposed to pay $115 million in stock and cash for Ouachita Bancshares Corp. and $210.8 million in stock and cash for Central Community Corp., the parent of First State Bank Central Texas. Stockholder long ago approved sales of the banks, but merger deadlines were repeatedly extended, in part because of federal questions over BancorpSouth’s record of lending to poor and middle-income communities.

BIG CHARGES: Two major European companies, oil producer Shell and Barclays bank, say the U.S. tax reform law will force them to take big charges in the last quarter of the year.

Shell said Wednesday it expects to book between $2 billion and $2.5 billion in charges in the fourth quarter as it adjusts its measurements of deferred taxes. Barclays says it expects a charge of $1.34 billion.

The change in U.S. tax law cuts the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, but also reduces companies’ ability to offset tax bills with past losses.

Shell says it expects the law to be beneficial ultimately. Barclays says the benefits could be eroded by the implementation of the tax overhaul’s complex provisions.