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Magazine says St. E’s best in area: St. Elizabeth Health Center and St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center have been ranked as two of the best hospitals for 2014-15 in the Youngstown metro area by U.S. News & World Report. St. Elizabeth Health Center is ranked No. 24 in Ohio. The hospital is listed as high-performing in five specialties: cardiology and heart surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, pulmonology and urology. St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center is ranked No. 32 in Ohio and is recognized as high-performing in pulmonology.

People on the Move

Real Living welcomes new associate: Real Living Volpini Realty Group announced that Janine Furrie has joined the company as a new associate. Furrie said she always has been interested in the real estate field and has been an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) and Certified Dental Assistant for 13 years. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Ohio Association of Realtors and the Warren Area Board of Realtors. She received her training at Hondros College. She lives in Howland with her family.

New businesses

Flynn’s Tire & Auto Service opens: Flynn’s and store manager Ian Snyder this month opened its 19th retail location at 5828B Youngstown Warren Road, Niles. The business shares a customer waiting area with the adjacent Advanced Auto Parts store within the same building. This new efficiency type footprint is designed for convenient tire service as well as auto repair and maintenance services. For more information, call 330-505-6257.

Nutrition store opens in Canfield: The Regional Chamber and owner Dr. Ted Hill this month celebrated the official opening of Health Naturally Physician-Guided Nutrition, 25 Manor Hill Drive, Suite 100, Canfield.

Health Naturally Physician-Guided Nutrition was created by Dr. Hill after he noticed patients were taking more and more medications and they were not getting any better. He has attended more than 300 hours of lectures to learn from some of the best nutritionists in the U.S.

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HMHP’s parent changes name to Mercy Health

YOUNGSTOWN – Catholic Health Partners, the parent health care system of Humility of Mary Health Partners, has changed its name to Mercy Health.

Michael D. Connelly, Mercy Health’s president and CEO, said, “Our new name is a symbol of the new way we are working together to improve the health of the communities we serve. It is a key component of our vision to empower those we serve to achieve their optimal well-being and health, and to maximize our quality and cost efficiency by simplifying our structure.”

The system already operates under the “Mercy” name in five of its current seven markets, including Cincinnati, Toledo, Lorain and Springfield in Ohio, and Paducah, Ky.

Over the next several years, the Mercy Health name will be phased into all system facilities, including all HMHP facilities. HMHP hospitals include St. Joseph Health Center in Warren and St. Elizabeth Health Centers in Youngstown and Boardman.

In addition, the ministry’s website will change to

The system incorporated in 1986 as Mercy Health Care System. It changed its name to Catholic Healthcare Partners in 1997.

The name was later shortened to Catholic Health Partners to reflect its growing emphasis on prevention and health, in addition to caring in time of need.

Mercy Health is Ohio’s largest health system and fourth-largest employer, according to the company.

Local bank stocks reported

First Niles Financial shares remained unchanged in trading Thursday, closing at $9. Cortland Bancorp also stood pat to close at $12.30 a share.

Business briefs

Northwood Realty reports top producers: Northwood Realty Services has listed its June sales and listing leaders.

For the Trumbull County office in Howland, the listing volume leader and listing unit leader is Andrea Hovance. Selling volume leader is Jody Sova; and selling unit leaders are Chris McCann and Sova.

For Mahoning County offices in Boardman, Canfield and Poland, listing volume leaders are Kelly Alesi, Breanna Fitzgerald, and Linda Kiraly. Listing unit leaders are Dee Brintzenhofe, Mary Creatura, Linda Kiraly and Chris Roman. Selling volume leaders are Lisa Delisio, Tom Pauley and Roman. Selling unit leaders are Paul Bevilacqua, Kiraly and Roman.

Akron Children’s Hospital named ‘Most Wired’: Akron Children’s Hospital has been named one of the country’s “Most Wired” hospitals for 2014. This is the 16th anniversary of the health care industry’s “Most Wired Survey,” conducted as a joint effort by the American Hospital Association, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, AT&T and the McKesson Corporation.

According to the 2014 Most Wired survey results, as the nation’s health care system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect care providers.

Hubbard company to exhibit at expo: NanoLogix Inc., an innovator in the rapid detection of viable bacteria, and identification of antibiotic resistance, will exhibit at the BioOhio BioScience Expo and Showcase Aug. 5 in Aurora. Sebastian Faro, M.D., Ph.D., highly recognized on infectious diseases, will present on the NanoLogix N-Assay Multiwell Microplate Assay. NanoLogix is a sponsor of the Expo.

Allstate recognizes entrepreneurs: Local Allstate entrepreneurs are being recognized by Allstate Insurance Company for outstanding customer service and business results in 2013. The local entrepreneurs were awarded with the Honor Ring Award for outstanding achievement in business growth and customer service. They are Rob Martin, 4613 Mahoning Ave., Suite B, Warren; and Virginia Ottenberg, at 116 W. Liberty Street, Hubbard.

People on the Move

Doctor joins practice: Dr. Kelsey Werner has joined Drs. Scott Werner and Charles Verbanic at Dental Associates of Newton Falls. She is returning to her hometown and joining her father as an associate in his practice. She will be expanding afternoon and evening hours and will offer new services to both current and new patients.

Werner graduated in 2006 from Newton Falls High School as valedictorian, graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University in 2010, and earned her DMD from Case Western Reserve University, where her father, Dr. Scott Werner, also a Case alumni, presented her with her diploma.

Talmer adds private banker: Talmer Bank and Trust announces the addition of Sharon DeFrances to their wealth management team as a private banker for the Mahoning Valley region. She will be working directly with Talmer’s existing high net worth client base, and her duties will also include developing new business relationships in the private client services segment.

DeFrances has 18 years of banking experience.

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Airport reports good half

VIENNA – The number of passengers flying in and out of Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport increased by nearly 50 percent for the first half of the year over this time last year, airport officials announced.

Total passenger count as of June 30 was 65,296, a 48 percent increase over the 42,769 passengers utilizing the local airport during the first six months of 2013.

More than 18,165 passengers utilized 60 flights here during the month of June alone, airport management said.

Local bank stocks reported

First Niles Financial shares were unchanged in trading Tuesday to close at $9 a share. Cortland Bancorp regained 50 cents to close at $12.50 a share.

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Tractor Supply, 4-H fundraiser sets record: Tractor Supply Company and the National 4-H Council raised $787,769 during a 12-day national in-store fundraiser, the Spring Paper Clover Campaign.

Tractor Supply has raised almost $4 million for 4-H programs across the country through Paper Clover Campaigns in four years, benefiting state and local 4-H youth development programs and scholarships and the national 4-H Council for development programs.

Hospital named donor ‘Platinum Partner’: St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown was named a Platinum Partner in the Community Hospital category of the 2013-14 Hospital Champions program, aimed at increasing organ, eye and tissue donor registration.

St. Joseph Health Center in Warren and St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center were named Gold Partners during the 2014 OHA Annual Meeting.

More than 3,400 Ohioans and 122,000 Americans await lifesaving organ transplants. Every 48 hours, an Ohioan dies waiting.

HBK among Ohio’s best employers: Hill, Barth and King LLC CPAs and Accountants has been named the seventh-best employer in Ohio. The ranking improved seven places from last year’s rank of 14th.

It has the fifth straight year and seven out of the past eight years it has been on the list.

The annual list is created by Ohio SHRM State Council and Best Companies Group from statewide survey and awards programs.

Mineral Ridge company honored: Adolph Johnson and Son Co. of Mineral Ridge, distributor of Varco-Pruden pre-engineered metal buildings, received two awards from Varco-Pruden. They recognize Adolph Johnson and Son Co. for cumulative 2013 sales of more than $1 million and for $250,000 in sales in the north central region. The company provides design / build and general contracting services in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Aerospace division of Niles company is recertified: Niles International announced its NExT Aerospace division passed its recertification audits noting it has established and applies quality management system for the design and manufacture of expanded metal fine meshes and foils for aerospace applications.

NExT Aerospace is a privately owned company with corporate headquarters in Niles. It manufactures expanded metal and plastics for aerospace and composite industries, with products for lightning strike protection, shielding and reinforcement.

People on the Move

Huntington hires new mortgage loan officer: Huntington Bancshares Incorporated hired Donald Fatobene as Mortgage Loan Officer. Fatobene will be responsible for the generation of new mortgage loans in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. His office is located in downtown Warren.

Fatobene has 17 years’ experience as a mortgage loan officer and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kent State University.

New Businesses

New funeral home opens: Owner William Nicholas last week celebrated the opening of WM Nicholas Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 614 Warren Ave., Niles. Since purchasing the location at the end of January, Nicholas, with the help of contractors and family, has renovated the funeral home into a warm and welcoming atmosphere. For more information, visit

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