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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.

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FUNDS RAISED: Neighborhood Hospitality Inc., an Applebee’s franchise group in Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia, raised more than $45,000 for animal charities during its 12th-annual Paws for Carside event.

The proceeds will be divided among 37 animal charities throughout the area. In Steubenville, donations will benefit the Jefferson County Humane Society.

During the event, the Applebee’s group collected contributions and donated 10 percent of Carside To-Go sales to support the cause. Restaurants also sold T-shirts and bandanas to raise funds.

The proceeds will aid animal shelters in supplying food, medical supplies, housing and basic necessities for local animals that have been abused, neglected or are simply in need of care.

In addition to raising money for food and supplies, Applebee’s hopes that Paws for Carside helped to raise awareness on animal abuse and neglect.

“Our 12th-annual Paws for Carside was a huge success and couldn’t have been done without the support of our entire staff and the loyalty of our incredible customers,” said Mike Baldwin, vice president of operations for Neighborhood Hospitality Inc.’s Applebee’s franchise “This is an event that I look forward to every year because it is easy for anyone to get involved with and has an immense impact on the lives of animals.”

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar is involved with several charitable organizations in the area. However, this particular event is one that garners a lot of support and excitement.

“This event’s impact lasts far beyond the immediate future and we are so appreciative of everyone who contributed to its success,” Baldwin said.

Participating restaurants included Applebee’s in Bluefield, Va.; Athens, Marietta, St. Clairsville, Portsmouth, Steubenville and Zanesville, Ohio; as well as Ashland, Pikeville and Hazard, Ky.; Beckley, Princeton, Barboursville, Huntington, Summersville, Elkins, Clarksburg, Vienna, Lewisburg, Teays Valley, Tridelphia and Charleston in West Virginia.

BMW RECALL: BMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix a growing air bag problem that is hitting much of the auto industry.

The German automaker says it will recall 1.6 million 3-Series cars from model years 2000 to 2006 across the world, including 574,000 in the U.S.

The company says it’s a precaution because other automakers using similar systems have reported problems.

Air bag inflators in systems made by Takata Corp. can rupture. If that happens, the bags might not work properly, and shards could fly out and cause injury.

BMW says it has no reports of problems in its vehicles. Dealers will replace the passenger-side front air bags. The new recall excludes 42,000 BMWs recalled in May 2013 for the same problem.

Microsoft cuts: Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April.

With the Nokia deal, Microsoft’s employee headcount rose from about 99,000 last year to 127,000 as of last month.

Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that of the up to 18,000 jobs, about 12,500 professional and factory jobs will be cut. It anticipates charges of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion over the next four quarters, which includes $750 million to $800 million for severance and related benefit costs.

airasia buy: Long-haul budget airline AirAsia X has inked a deal to buy 50 Airbus A330neo planes as part of its regional expansion.

The deal, signed at the Farnborough Airshow in London, is worth $13.8 billion at the catalog price but airlines usually get a discount for bulk purchases.

Malaysian-based AirAsia X said deliveries will take place between 2018 and 2024. It is the first customer for the newly launched neo, a new version of the widebody A330.

From staff and wire reports

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ACCREDITED: Weirton Medical Center’s Breastcare Team has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology. Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammogram is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR practice guidelines and technical standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR, which provides the practice with a report.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

LANCIA honors: Lancia Villa Vista Nursing Home and rehabilitation center at 1852 Sinclair Ave. in Steubenville has received a health and safety code deficiency-free survey this year from state authorities, according to co-owner Joe Lancia.

The facility, which opened in 2010, has approximately 50 residents and 75 employees.

The family owned facilities include the Villa Royale in Steubenville and Belmont Manor in St. Clairsville.

According to the business website, in the 1940s Catherine and Guirino Lancia pioneered the introduction of quality nursing home facilities in the Tri-State Area. After attending to the convalescent needs of their own elderly parents, the Lancias saw the need for the creation of a quality care facility and decided to extend their family care to the surrounding community.

The facilities offer state-of-the-art medical care services in modern facilities, according to officials. There also are a variety of social activities and other specialized care services. Medical care services include a monthly drug review committee; skilled and intermediate care; diversified nursing staff; Alzheimer’s/dementia unit; physical, occupational and speech therapy; restorative nursing care; resident staff pharmacist; facility medical director and facility psychiatrist; and in-house dietary services.

SURGICAL TABLE: Whe-eling Hospital has a new special table for spinal surgeries – the Jackson Table.

For past 18 months, Wheeling Hospital has used the special surgical table that enables the surgical team to move or roll patients over, in mid-surgery, without having to touch them.

Patients are positioned on the table and fastened securely with a series of padded brackets and straps.

The table can be rotated and the tabletop removed, leaving patients in a facedown position required for back surgeries.

Neurosurgeons find the table enhances their ability to access the patient during critical points of the surgery.

With the surgeon’s view unobstructed, he or she can perform the surgery more effectively, according to the hospital.

“Using the Jackson Table, we can now perform complex spinal surgeries previously not done at Wheeling Hospital, such as spinal fusion,” said Dr. David Cohen with West Virginia University’s Department of Neurosurgery.

A partnership between WVU and area hospitals ensures a neurosurgeon is always available for local residents.

Cohen said the table improves patient and staff safety.

It eliminates the physical strain operating room technicians may experience rolling patients over on a conventional surgical table.

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NEW DUTIES: Mark Furda is the new director of graduate education at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Furda, who took on his new duties June 1, oversees the university’s master of science in education, master of science in educational administration and online master of science in education programs.

Furda also directs Franciscan’s principal and superintendent licensure programs, and Principal Leadership Academies, which bring area school administrators to the university to discuss the latest challenges and innovations in education.

Furda replaces Charles Joyce, who retired this year after serving as director of graduate education from 2005 to 2014.

“Education is a rapidly changing field,” says Furda. “What doesn’t change is the need to be relevant. All our professors are former school administrators. It is their combination of hands-on experience, theory and research that makes this program respected in the Ohio Valley and nationally.”

Furda has been teaching traditional and online graduate education courses at Franciscan University since 2011. Prior to that he was a junior high principal (2000-09), assistant superintendent (2009-10) and superintendent (2010-11) for the Indian Creek Local School District, in addition to holding other education positions since 1992.

He holds a doctorate in educational leadership studies from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in educational administration from Franciscan University and undergraduate degrees from Ohio State University and Slippery Rock University.

WORKSHOP SET: The Ohio Development Services Agency, through its Minority Business Center office in Youngstown, will sponsor an orientation and training workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at 236 N. Seventh St., Steubenville.

The workshop will explain marketing development, bonding and loan and business assistance offered by the center for small, minority and disadvantaged business enterprises in Steubenville and Jefferson County.

The workshop is open to everyone.

For information, call (330) 746-5681.

AIST RECOGNIZED: The Pittsburgh-based Association for Iron & Steel Technology was honored at the TSE Fastest 50 Awards & Summit held May 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago. TSE honored the 50 fastest-growing shows of 2013 in each of three metrics: net square feet of paid exhibit space, number of exhibiting companies and total attendance. Thirteen Grand Awards were presented to the elite organizers who outperformed the roughly 11,000 other expositions (nonprofit and for-profit) held in the U.S. each year.

AIST was one of only two multiple Grand Award winners at Fastest 50. AIST received two crystal trophies for AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh, for growing its attendance by 89.3 percent, which boosted the show to the No. 1 ranking for highest growth in attendance by percentage.” AIST also won for fastest-growing show organized by an association, achieving an average blended growth rate of 41 percent.

In addition, AISTech 2013 received three “Fastest 50” plaques:

Ranked No. 17 by number of exhibitors (by percentage growth);

Ranked No. 16 by net square feet (by percentage growth);

Ranked No. 1 by attendance (by percentage growth).

A total of 90 trade shows made it on the “Fastest 50” for net square feet of exhibit space, number of exhibiting companies or number of exhibiting companies and attendance.

AIST is a nonprofit technical association of 16,500 members from 70 countries, with the mission to advance the technical development, production, processing and application of iron and steel.