TRINITY Accredited:The laboratory at Trinity Medical Center West in Steubenville has won accreditation from the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists, officials have announced.
The facility's medical director, Dr. Himanshu M. Doshi, and administrative director, Don Niess, were congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. The federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation as being equivalent or more stringent than the government's own program.
During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and overall management.
The Trinity West laboratory department was also accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks. The accreditation establishes that the level of technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by AABB. This includes the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and cellular therapy products.
"The CAP and AABB accreditation procedures are voluntary," Doshi explained. "Trinity Health System has sought these accreditations because the programs assist facilities around the world in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to quality performance and patient safety."
SUPPORT GIVEN: Neighborhood Hospitality Inc., an Applebee's franchise group that owns the restaurant in Steubenville, delivered a $46,000 check in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign. The two-year total for NHI's 23 Applebee's locations is more than $92,000.
"It's an honor to support an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children," said Mike Baldwin, vice president of operations for Neighborhood Hospitality Inc. "This program has made a meaningful impact two years in a row, and we couldn't be more proud of our dedicated staff and generous guests."
Participating restaurants included Applebee's in Bluefield, Va.; Athens, Ohio; New Boston, Ohio; Marietta, Ohio; St. Clairsville, Ohio; Steubenville; Zanesville, Ohio; Ashland, Ky.; Pikeville, Ky.; Hazard, Ky.; Beckley, W.Va.; Princeton, W.Va.; Barboursville, W.Va.; Huntington, W.Va.; Summersville, W.Va.; Hurricane, W.Va.; Elkins, W.Va.; Clarksburg, W.Va.; Vienna, W.Va.; Lewisburg, W.Va.; Tridelphia, W.Va.; and locations in Charleston, W.Va. at Kanawha Mall and Dudley Farms Lane.
ALUMNA NAMED: Elizabeth Sweeney Athol, a 1982 Bethany College graduate and Pittsburgh attorney, has been named the college's Alumna of the Year, announced Scott D. Miller, college president.
Athol will be honored at the Alumni Weekend Awards Dinner in Commencement Hall on Saturday.
Athol, who holds a bachelor's degree in English from Bethany and a law degree from Duquesne University, practices law at the firm Lovett Bookman Harmon Marks, where she specializes in estate and transfer tax planning.
Previously she was vice president of the trust legal department at PNC Bank.
Athol serves on the college's board of trustees and its executive committee, chairs the advancement committee and the $52 million "Transformation Now!" capital campaign and is a former member of the alumni council.
Four generations of her family have attended Bethany, and she is the third member of her family to serve as a trustee. Her mother, sister and three aunts all graduated from Bethany.
Cochran Hall, a 104-year-old residence hall, is named for her ancestor, Percy B. Cochran.
The alumna of the year award is given to those who have demonstrated loyalty to the college and exceptional achievement throughout their lives, professionally and in service to the community. Nominees for the award are screened by the director of alumni and parent relations and the president's cabinet, and recipients are chosen by the president.