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RECOGNIZED: Judy Antill, registered nurse, has been named the 2018 Acuity Healthcare Clinician of the Year.

Antill works at the Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley, Weirton, campus. She started her clinical career as a certified respiratory therapist. In 2016, she returned to school to study nursing and graduated from West Virginia Northern Community College with a nursing degree. In 2007, she joined the Acuity team as a certified respiratory therapist.

“Winning this award made me appreciate all of my co-workers even more. I was so surprised that they nominated me for this award,” said Antill. “I cannot say enough about the team and how well we all work together and get along. This team is the best. I am honored to win this award representing the team.”

“Judy is extremely passionate about educating her patients and their families,” said Judy Weaver, vice president, clinical quality and chief clinical officer of Acuity Health care and chief executive officer of Acuity Speciality Hospital of Ohio Valley. “She truly embodies everything about this award. She provides excellent patient care while creating unity among the clinicians, which allows the team to maintain and focus on our standard of excellent patient care. You can always find her educating and assisting the team with any questions regarding patients, whether nursing or respiratory-related. Judy faces all challenges head-on and tackles them with both grace and confidence.”

Acuity Healthcare is an employee-owned long-term acute care hospital company founded in 2001 with headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Acuity Healthcare currently owns and manages four acute care hospitals in New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas.

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley has served the Ohio Valley area for more than a decade since opening in August 2005. The Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley is a 72-bed long-term acute care hospital with its main provider campus located on the second floor of Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire. Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley also operates two additional satellite campuses in Weirton and Wheeling.

EARNINGS INCREASE: WesBanco Inc. earned $33.5 million during the first three months of 2018, which compares to $25.9 million for the same quarter in 2017.

The Wheeling-based banking firm posted diluted earnings of 76 cents per share, which is up from 59 cents per share from January-March 2017.

“We are pleased with WesBanco’s performance during the first quarter of 2018,” said Todd F. Clossin, president and CEO. “We remain focused on disciplined growth, expense management and increasing long-term shareholder value through earnings and dividend growth.

Following the record reported earnings during 2017, we reported an 11 percent year-over-year increase in pre-tax earnings during the first quarter of 2018. In addition, during February, we announced an 11.5 percent increase in our quarterly dividend rate to 29 cents per share, representing a 107-percent increase since 2010.”

WesBanco now claims assets of $10.2 billion. The company operates 177 financial centers in five states.

REVEAL: Mortgages lenders controlled by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway are making the vast majority of their home loans to white borrowers in a way that former prosecutors say may violate the Fair Housing Act, a 50-year-old law that banned racial discrimination in lending.

That’s according to a new expose by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

The non-profit newsroom examined the records of three lenders under Berkshire Hathaway’s corporate umbrella.

From staff and wire reports

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