CHARITY ADDITIONS: Charity Hospice recently welcomed two new faces to its organization.
In September, the board of trustees announced Hope Kutz would take over the reins as chief operating officer. Kutz previously had 19 years of hospice experience, serving as a COO in a hospice organization for the past five years.
During the same time, the board hired Dr. Abdullah Kalla as medical director. According to officials, Kalla is an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist practicing in Charity Hospice's service area. He has been involved with hospice care since completing his residency in 1997.
Cathy Cich, founder of Charity Hospice, will now focus on physician, hospital and community relations, as the chief innovation officer.
Charity Hospice was founded by Cich in 2006 as a nonprofit hospice serving patients in Jefferson, Belmont, Harrison and Columbiana counties.
JOINS PRACTICE: Dr. Dan Rolotti has joined the dental practice of Dr. Thomas R. Brown at 444 Frank Layman Blvd. in Wintersville.
Rolotti is a native of King of Prussia, Pa. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama. His professional education was completed at the University of Pittsburgh under an academic scholarship. He received his DMD in 2013 and was president of the American Student Dental Association while studying there.
Rolotti was awarded the Delta Dental Leadership award as well as the ASDA Award of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh. He furthered his training at St. Elizabeth's Health Center in Youngstown, having completed his residency in 2014.
He begins his practice with Dr. Brown, having a strong background in all phases of dentistry and is available to provide dental care to the people of our area.
NURSING DIRECTOR: Dr. Debra Cunningham Facello has been named the director of the graduate nursing department at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she oversees the master of science in nursing/post-master's certificate program.
Dr. Carolyn Miller, chair of the nursing department, originally headed the graduate as well as the undergraduate programs, but with 76 students now enrolled in the master's program, the time had come for a full-time director.
"The program has grown by leaps and bounds," Facello says. "The need for more primary care providers is on the rise and will continue to grow as more people enroll in the Affordable Care Act and begin to use clinics instead of relying on emergency rooms for their medical care."
Facello began teaching at Franciscan in 1991 and became a full-time assistant professor of nursing in 2002. Prior to becoming director, she taught undergraduate courses in maternal newborn nursing, pediatrics and nursing research. Before coming to Franciscan University, she served on the faculty at Kent State University, West Virginia Northern Community College, Wheeling Jesuit University and West Liberty State College, in addition to holding other teaching positions.
She has worked as a registered nurse since 1975, including as a staff nurse in an obstetrics unit and a medical-surgical unit at Wheeling Hospital, as a school nurse at Bethany College and as an office nurse at Warwood Family Practice in Wheeling.
Facello holds her doctorate and master's degrees in nursing from West Virginia University and undergraduate degrees from West Liberty State College and Clarion University, and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a perinatal nurse specialist.