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HOSPITAL HONORED: For the fifth time in the past 12 months, Wheeling Hospital has been nationally recognized for its treatment of chest pain and heart attacks.

Wheeling Hospital is one of only 197 hospitals nationwide to have received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry Get With the Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement Award.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that it has reached a goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

“This award shows that we are consistently providing the best possible care for the treatment of heart attacks. This commitment to excellence results in longer and healthier lives for our patients,” said Andrea Dobkin, manager of the cardiac catheterization lab and cardiac neuro vascular center.

“Heart attack care requires cooperation of many departments. In addition to the tireless efforts of the cardiac cath lab staff, we particularly recognized the excellent work of the many emergency departments throughout the area, and the intensive care and step down units at Wheeling Hospital,” said Dr. Robert Fanning interventional cardiologist and cardiac center director.

Previously, Wheeling Hospital was recognized with bronze and silver awards.

SAFETY MARK: Carroll Electric employees have worked for three years with no lost time accidents as of Dec. 31, according to Larry Fenbers, CEO/general manager.

“Employees worked 62,258.50 hours with safety in mind. It is a commitment to safety and to each other that helps keep our employees safe,” Fenbers said.

Carrollton-based Carroll Electric implemented an employee-based committee that meets regularly to discuss safety rules and regulations, makes recommendations to retire equipment or purchase new safety gear and reward employees for following safe work practices.

Employees participate in monthly safety trainings that range from pole-top rescue to first aid and CPR, it was noted. Employees were treated to an awards breakfast in January.

The electric company serves portions of Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Tuscarawas and Stark counties, with more than 12,400 members connected to the 1,474 miles of lines serviced by the co-op.

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FREE ASSISTANCE: Franciscan University of Steubenville accounting students are continuing more than a quarter-century long tradition of assisting Ohio Valley residents with their income tax forms.

From Tuesday through April 12, students will offer free e-filing assistance to local tax filers at a help site located between Quiznos and the Payless ShoeSource store in the Fort Steuben Mall. The students have completed an income tax course and passed an IRS training course through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Students will prepare forms 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040 schedules A, B, and D, and forms for calculating education, dependent care and earned-income credits. The free assistance is available to taxpayers with an income up to $52,000.

The tax assistance site will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to noon and 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

The site will be closed from March 8-16 due to spring break.

MEDICAL DIRECTOR:

Dr. Michael P. Giannamore has been named medical director of Ohio Valley Optimal Healthcare, the area’s first integrated physical medicine practice.

Giannamore is a general practice, family physician who has served in private practice since 1978. A graduate of Catholic Central High School, Giannamore graduated from Ohio University and earned his doctor of medicine degree from Rutgers University. He completed his residency at Hackensack Hospital in New Jersey. Giannamore has served on a number of hospital committees and organizations and acted as preceptor for nurse practitioners, physician assistants and medical students. A Steubenville resident, he is a member of the Trinity Professional Group and serves on the Steubenville City Board of Education.

Giannamore joins Dr. Matthew Nardone and Charlotte Jones, a certified family nurse practitioner.

Ohio Valley Optimal Healthcare, located at 117B Three Springs Drive in Weirton, offers medical services, diagnostic testing, physical therapy and chiropractic and specializes in neck, back, hip, shoulder and knee pain; headaches, peripheral neuopathy; and medically supervised weight loss.

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APPOINTMENT MADE: Robert G. Lane has been named finance manager of State Park Motors Inc.

Don Finley, general sales manager of the Wintersville-based dealer, said “The addition of Bob Lane to our staff is a direct result of our constantly increasing sales volume. Bob has 35 years of bank lending experience, so he was able to hit the ground running. Bob has also been very active in the community, having been a member of the Steubenville Rotary Club, a United Way volunteer and served on a number of boards of directors, including Steubenville Rotary, A.L.I.V.E. Inc. and Jefferson Behavioral Health System.”

Finley added that Lane has been active in local community theater for many years, having appeared with the Steubenville Players, Weirton Community Players, Brooke Hills Theater and on the stage of Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre in Wheeling.

In March, he will be appearing in Weirton’s Striplight Theatre production of the musical “Gypsy.”

Lane and his wife, Sheila, live in Steubenville.

FOR LANDSCAPERS: The Marshall County West Virginia University Extension Service will present a one-day training course for landscape professionals from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 21.

Topics will include American National Standards Institute-approved pruning techniques, best planting practices, hazard tree identification, and exotic insect and disease management. There will be field demonstrations of chainsaw safety, climbing, rigging and bucket truck trimming.

The course is available to all landscape professionals including nursery workers, tree trimmers and municipal employees. Registration is $5 and pre-registration is due Feb. 16.

For information, contact Karen Cox at (304) 843-1170 or Karen.Cox@mail.wvu.edu.

GRANT AWARDED: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County is among 30 nonprofit organizations in Comcast’s Keystone Region to receive a grant from the Comcast Foundation to support programs focused on community service, digital literacy and empowering tomorrow’s leaders.

The local organization received $10,000, Comcast officials said, adding that the total in grants was $591,000.

“The Comcast Foundation is proud to award these grants to our partner organizations to improve the lives of our local neighbors,” said Charisse R. Lillie, vice president of community investment for Comcast Corp. and president of the Comcast Foundation. “Through this support, we remain committed to closing the digital divide, empowering young people to become leaders and engaging our employees and local citizens in volunteerism.”

Since 1999, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $140 million. In addition to grants from the Comcast Foundation, Comcast responds to community needs through local sponsorships and in-kind support, donating more than $1.6 million worth of airtime for public service announcements from Keystone region organizations. The company also gives back through employee volunteerism and providing technology equipment and services to organizations across the country.

Comcast in 2013 was named one of the most community-minded companies in America by Bloomberg, the Points of Light Foundation and the National Conference on Citizenship. The Civic 50 is a comprehensive survey of S&P 500 companies that best use their time, talent, and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

Comcast’s Keystone Region includes portions of Northeastern, Central and Western Pennsylvania, the Maryland panhandle, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia.