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TRINITY Accredited:The laboratory at Trinity Medical Center West in Steubenville has won accreditation from the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists, officials have announced.

The facility’s medical director, Dr. Himanshu M. Doshi, and administrative director, Don Niess, were congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. The federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation as being equivalent or more stringent than the government’s own program.

During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and overall management.

The Trinity West laboratory department was also accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks. The accreditation establishes that the level of technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by AABB. This includes the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and cellular therapy products.

“The CAP and AABB accreditation procedures are voluntary,” Doshi explained. “Trinity Health System has sought these accreditations because the programs assist facilities around the world in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to quality performance and patient safety.”

SUPPORT GIVEN: Neighborhood Hospitality Inc., an Applebee’s franchise group that owns the restaurant in Steubenville, delivered a $46,000 check in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign. The two-year total for NHI’s 23 Applebee’s locations is more than $92,000.

“It’s an honor to support an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children,” said Mike Baldwin, vice president of operations for Neighborhood Hospitality Inc. “This program has made a meaningful impact two years in a row, and we couldn’t be more proud of our dedicated staff and generous guests.”

Participating restaurants included Applebee’s in Bluefield, Va.; Athens, Ohio; New Boston, Ohio; Marietta, Ohio; St. Clairsville, Ohio; Steubenville; Zanesville, Ohio; Ashland, Ky.; Pikeville, Ky.; Hazard, Ky.; Beckley, W.Va.; Princeton, W.Va.; Barboursville, W.Va.; Huntington, W.Va.; Summersville, W.Va.; Hurricane, W.Va.; Elkins, W.Va.; Clarksburg, W.Va.; Vienna, W.Va.; Lewisburg, W.Va.; Tridelphia, W.Va.; and locations in Charleston, W.Va. at Kanawha Mall and Dudley Farms Lane.

ALUMNA NAMED: Elizabeth Sweeney Athol, a 1982 Bethany College graduate and Pittsburgh attorney, has been named the college’s Alumna of the Year, announced Scott D. Miller, college president.

Athol will be honored at the Alumni Weekend Awards Dinner in Commencement Hall on Saturday.

Athol, who holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Bethany and a law degree from Duquesne University, practices law at the firm Lovett Bookman Harmon Marks, where she specializes in estate and transfer tax planning.

Previously she was vice president of the trust legal department at PNC Bank.

Athol serves on the college’s board of trustees and its executive committee, chairs the advancement committee and the $52 million “Transformation Now!” capital campaign and is a former member of the alumni council.

Four generations of her family have attended Bethany, and she is the third member of her family to serve as a trustee. Her mother, sister and three aunts all graduated from Bethany.

Cochran Hall, a 104-year-old residence hall, is named for her ancestor, Percy B. Cochran.

The alumna of the year award is given to those who have demonstrated loyalty to the college and exceptional achievement throughout their lives, professionally and in service to the community. Nominees for the award are screened by the director of alumni and parent relations and the president’s cabinet, and recipients are chosen by the president.

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JOINS STAFF: Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Allan Tissenbaum has joined the staff at Wheeling Hospital.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Tissenbaum brings a high level of experience and skill to the hospital’s orthopedic team, addressing all orthopedic issues from fractures to total joints.

Tissenbaum earned a bachelor’s degree in physiology from McGill University in Montreal and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from York University in Ontario. He completed his medical degree at McGill University, where he served his orthopedic residency and fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine. Board-certified in orthopedic sports medicine, he has treated athletes at the high school, university and professional levels, including members of the Montreal Canadians.

Not only does he treat athletes, Tissenbaum himself is an athlete competing as a world-class sprinter. For the past 14 years, Tissenbaum has competed in the U.S. Track and Field Association and has been a national sprinting champion on multiple occasions. He also is a former World Masters Athletics sprint champion.

Prior to joining Wheeling Hospital, Tissenbaum was on the staff of Washington Hospital and the Tri-State Surgery Center, both in Washington, Pa. He also has served on the staffs of St. Clair Hospital and St. Francis Central Hospital, both in Pittsburgh; Jefferson Hospital in Clarion, Pa.; Monongahela Valley Hospital and Uniontown Hospital. In addition, Tissenbaum has been a clinical instructor in the department of surgery at University of Pittsburgh and Chatham College.

TOP PRODUCER: Gayle Troski, a Realtor with Howard Hanna Premier Real Estate Services Inc., took top honors at the Howard Hanna Regional Rally.

Gayle was recognized and presented with a 2013 Top Producer plaque commemorating her success for the Toronto office of Howard Hanna Co.

Gayle has been an agent with Howard Hanna Premier Estate Services since 2012. She lives in Toronto with her husband, Ted Troski.

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DEMONSTRATION: The Carriage Inn of Steubenville, 3102 St. Charles Drive, will host a brief occupational therapy demonstration with refreshments on Thursday, beginning at 1 p.m.

The public may attend.

To RSVP, call (740) 310-7295.

GOING GREEN: Mingo Pharmacy is going green. The business has added a Toyota Prius to its fleet of delivery vehicles bought locally at TEAM Automotive.

The business also is implementing green strategies such as insulation and the double pane one-quarter-inch glass doors and windows from Steubenville Plate Glass.

“These eco-friendly choices will help us cut down on our footprint on the environment and also help us to continue to provide value added services to our patients and customers at the best prices in the valley,” pharmacy officials said.

SPEAKER: Kent State University at Salem nursing students will host cardiologist Dr. Paul Wright, speaking about “Compassionate Care” at 3 p.m. April 16 in the City Center auditorium. He will share the story of his life-changing friendship with Mother Teresa and how her work also changed his way of practicing medicine. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Wright worked with Mother Teresa during the last five years of her life through her Missionaries of Charity organization and wrote the book, “Mother Teresa’s Prescription: Finding Happiness and Peace in Service.”

The book explains how Wright sought out Mother Teresa during a low point in his life and how her “prescription” transformed his values and lifestyle.

He shares how he learned that the purpose of life is to serve others with compassion.

Wright received his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame in 1972 before attending medical school and beginning his residency in cardiology. He is a partner of the Ohio Heart Institute, a private cardiovascular medical center in Youngstown and Warren.

A native of Steubenville, he founded the “Poorest of the Poor” program in 1995 to collect and distribute clothing to underprivileged people in the United States. In 2001, Wright developed a medication assistance program to make prescription drugs more available to needy patients in Northeastern Ohio.

In 2003, Wright received the U.S. Catholic Bishop’s Voice of Hope award for excellence, creativity and leadership in charity and justice. In 2004, he received the Thomas A. Dooley Award from the Notre Dame Alumni Association for humanitarian accomplishments.

The Salem City Center is located at 230 N. Lincoln Ave., Salem.