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June 3, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

HONOREES: Jefferson Behavioral Health System employees Christy Paul and Jennifer King have been recognized for their efforts.

King, a member of the support staff, was chosen employee of the month for March, while Paul was the April employee of the month.

Paul has been with Jefferson Behavioral Health System since July 1987.

Jefferson Behavioral Health System Chief Executive Officer Anthony Sheposh announced the winners. Founded in 1962, the organization offers a comprehensive array of mental health and drug and alcohol counseling, consultation and education services to individuals and organizations within the Jefferson County community. It is a contract agency of Jefferson County Board of Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Addiction and is licensed by both the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.

HONORED: Main Street Bank has been named West Virginia Community Bank of the Year by U.S. Small Business Administration's West Virginia Director Judy McCauley.

The lending institution provided funding totaling just over $1.2 million for nine West Virginia small businesses in fiscal year 2011 through SBA's guaranteed loan program.

"I am proud to recognize Main Street Bank for their outstanding accomplishments and commitment to provide important capital to West Virginia's small business community," McCauley said. "Since being established in 2001, Main Street Bank has been an ardent supporter of SBA loan programs and continues to be among the top West Virginia community banks year in and year out."

Main Street Bank has provided more than $6 million in funding through the SBA guaranteed loan program to 84 West Virginia small businesses over the past four years.

Rich Lucas, president of Main Street Bank, said these recognitions "demonstrate our continued dedication and commitment to helping small businesses."

GOLD SEAL: Weirton Medical Center has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with its national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

The award recognizes Weirton Medical Center's dedication to continuous compliance with the Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards, according to officials.

To earn the distinction, Weirton Medical Center underwent a rigorous unannounced onsite survey in December. A team of expert surveyors evaluated the hospital's compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

Weirton Medical Center's Home Health Service also underwent the accreditation survey and was awarded a new, three-year accreditation along with the hospital. The Joint Commission's standards address the home care organization's performance in specific areas, and specify requirements to ensure that patient care and services are provided in a safe manner. The Joint Commission develops its standards in consultation with health care experts, providers and researchers, as well as measurement experts, purchasers and consumers.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Weirton Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, executive director of Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services for the Joint Commission.

AWARD: The Holiday Inn Weirton has earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award, an honor reserved for properties displaying hospitality excellence. It's given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.

Roughly 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor are recognized.

To qualify, a business must maintain an overall rating of four or higher (out of a possible five) as reviewed by travelers. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within a 12-month period.

Bradford Degenkolb, director of sales at the Holiday Inn Weirton, said they are pleased to receive the award, pointing out that his staff strives "to offer our guests a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor."

\Holiday Inn Weirton is located on Three Springs Drive, Weirton, just off U.S. Route 22.

SUMMIT: PolymerOhio, an Ohio Edison technology center, is hosting the ninth biennial Ohio Polymer Summit on June 6-7 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Dublin.

The event addresses emerging opportunities that can enable significant growth and profit improvement for the polymer industry in Ohio. In addition, exhibitors and sponsors will display products and services to assist attendees with various aspects of their businesses. Though the summit is sponsored by the state's polymer industry development group, the topics are appropriate for all types of manufacturers.

Six core programs will be presented during the two-day summit: "Innovation Engineering," "Breakthrough Improvement Through the Polymer Portal - An Interactive Discussion," "Unlocking Capital and Sustaining Your Business in Uncertain Times," "Trends in the Health care Field and the impact on Medical Device Development," "Saving Energy with Your Facility" and "Shale, What Does it Mean to Ohio's Chemical Industry?"

Registration is $300 for Ohio Polymer Network members and $350 for nonmembers. A limited number of sponsorships are available.

To learn more, go to or contact PolymerOhio at (614) 776-5720.

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