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ValleyCare facilities earn accreditation: The Center for Breast Health at Northside Medical Center and ValleyCare Health Center Austintown’s Center for Breast Health have earned three-year terms of accreditation in mammography after review by the American College of Radiology. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. For more information about the Centers for Breast Health, call 330-884-2214 or visit

UH-Geauga designated Level III Trauma Center: University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center last month was verified by the American College of Surgeons as Level III Trauma Center. The community hospital earned its new designation following a two-day ACS review of its traumatic injury care protocols in March. The hospital met ACS’s essential criteria covering resources for trauma care and the entire spectrum of care for injured patients from first response through the rehabilitation process and hospital-wide commitment to care. To learn more about emergency and trauma capabilities at UH Geauga, visit and click “Services.”

HMHP receives environmental award: Humility of Mary Health Partners last month was awarded the prestigious Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award for the fourth consecutive year. The award honors hospitals that promote sound environmental practices through environmental stewardship. HMHP is among 12 Ohio organizations to be honored this year. The system also is being considered for the John Chapman Award, or “Johnny Appleseed” Award recognizing medical facilities for excellence in initiating or supporting pollution prevention programs. The awards will be presented at the Ohio Hospital Association’s recognition dinner June 10.

Survey: Huntington Bank tops in satisfaction: Retail banking customers rated Huntington Bank highest in the North Central Region, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction Study, the bank announced. Huntington received a North Central Region score of 828 on a 1,000-point scale, up from 814 in 2013. The region average for 2014 was 796 and includes 24 banks in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Taylor-Winfield workers dubbed “Ohio Strong”: Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel handpicked Youngstown-s Taylor-Winfield Technologies to present the “Ohio Strong” manufacturing awards. Recipients were: Candi Davis, storeroom coordinator, who has 29 years experience in manufacturing, including 20 with Taylor-Winfield; and Steve Zimmer, machining group supervisor. Zimmer has spent the last 20 years with Taylor-Winfield, but has more than 48 years in the industry. They were chosen for their hard work and dedication towards the company and the quality products that they produce. The initiative is meant to heighten pride and distinguish men and women who demonstrate an excellent work ethic in manufacturing and to spur interest in manufacturing by America’s youth.

Dominion recognizes Warren native for service: As Dominion Resources marks the 30th anniversary of its corporate volunteer program. Dominion East Ohio recognizes Warren native Dave Tabor as an Employee Volunteer of the Year. As Dominion East Ohio director, gas supply operations, Tabor has played key roles in helping Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District pass a bond issue for modernizing school facilities and operating levies. Dave also heads the K-5th Grade Children’s Educational Ministry at his Cleveland church, chairs the Untied Way of Greater Cleveland’s Educational Funding Committee and is board president of St. Clair Superior Development Corp. Last year Dominion, its charitable foundation and employees invested nearly $20 million and 100,000 volunteer hours in programs that help improve the quality of life for people in the communities where they work and live.

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2014 Y.O.U.N.G. announces conference for Sept. 10

YOUNGSTOWN – The 2014 Youngstown, Ohio Utica & Natural Gas, or Y.O.U.N.G. Conference & Expo, is scheduled to return Sept. 10 and 11, with a focus on celebrating area manufacturers, according to event sponsor the Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber.

Tom Humphries, Regional Chamber president and CEO, said the resurgence of local manufacturing has stemmed from service to the oil and gas industry.

The conference and expo includes a golf outing Sept. 10 at Mill Creek Golf Courses in partnership with Evets Oil & Gas Construction Services, brunch and an evening of casino-themed entertainment. Sept. 11 will be a job fair open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a trade show with speakers to be announced later.

Updates may be obtained at the chamber’s web site,

First Niles rises to $8

First Niles Financial rose 12 cents in trading Wednesday to close at $8 per share. Cortland Bancorp held steady to close at $12.24 a share.

April sales surge bolsters Macy’s optimism

NEW YORK – After a slow, cold winter, Macy’s Inc. saw its business improve in April as the spring thaw heated up shoppers’ demand for shorts and T-shirts, the department store chain said Wednesday.

But Mother Nature’s aid came too late to boost the department store chain’s first-quarter sales, which missed expectations despite a 3.2 percent increase in profit.

Macy’s stuck by its full-year earnings outlook, indicating it thinks the April sales surge will continue.

Investors pushed shares slightly higher in midday trading as Macy’s raised its dividend by 25 percent and increased its stock buyback program as a reflection of its confidence.

“Overall, business trends were soft in January through March, with the exception of the Valentine’s Day shopping period,” Macy’s Chairman and CEO Terry J. Lundgren said in a statement. “The trend improved in April when the weather began to turn in northern climate zones. We see this as a good sign moving forward into the second quarter.”

Staff, wire reports