HIRED: Eastern Gateway Community College has hired Joanna Flanigan as executive finance director.
Flanigan, a resident of New Cumberland, earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University and a master of business administration degree from Florida Southern College. She is a certified public accountant.
Prior to joining the college, she was a physicians accountant for Weirton Medical Center Physician Practices Inc. and financial controller for Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort.
Her professional memberships include American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Government Finance Officers Association and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She received the Forest H. Kirkpatrick Award for High Achievements in Economics.
HONORED: The Holiday Inn-Weirton located at 350 Three Springs Drive has received the 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor.com.
The award is given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the certificate represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine that takes into account reviews and ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria includes a business' tenure and popularity ranking on the site.
"Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at the Holiday Inn-Weirton and we'd like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor," said JoAnn Babela, the hotel's general manager. "There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one's customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence."
"TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence," said Marc Charron, president of TripAdvisor for Business. "The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most - their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience."
NEW INITIATIVE: Each year, the overall health of the Ohio Valley is declining. Last year, with No. 1 being the healthiest, West Virginia ranked 46th in the nation for health and Ohio ranked 40th.
According to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 2014 report, Jefferson County ranked among the worst at 80th in the state. Harrison County ranked 71st out of Ohio's 88 counties. In West Virginia, Hancock County ranked 15th out of the state's 55 counties, and Brooke ranked 22nd.
In response, Trinity Health System has launched a new initiative to engage people to adopt healthy habits - and have fun at the same time. The "Trinity Health Zone" is a free program for all upper Ohio Valley communities, businesses and educational institutions with one simple goal: To promote wellness and encourage healthy behaviors.
On Monday at 11 a.m., representatives of Trinity Health Zone's team will hold a news conference to discuss details of the community health initiative and answer questions. The news conference will be held at Em-Media Inc., 2728 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville.
Information about this unique initiative will be provided at the news conference and Trinity Health Zone team members will be available for interviews at that time.