FAIRLAWN/MEDINA — At the International Hearing Society’s recent convention in San Antonio, Helene Resnick Norin, audiologist and president of Norin Hearing Services, with offices in Fairlawn and Medina, was honored for 40 years of service to the organization and to the hard-of-hearing public. For further information, contact Norin Hearing Services at (330) 253-2221 or norinhearing @aol.com.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Dr. Nicholas Jouriles, FACEP, of Akron, was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), a national medical society with more than 25,000 members. He will serve three years as the organization’s secretary-treasurer. Jouriles is an attending physician and core faculty at Akron General Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Residency program, as well as a professor of emergency medicine at Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine and a partner in General Emergency Medical Specialists Inc.
WADSWORTH — WRH Health System recently hosted its 44th annual Service Awards Banquet to honor employees for their years of service. Those honored included: Elizabeth Winter, of Akron, 20 years; Valerie Sisson, of Norton, 15 years; Robert Carver, of Akron, and Kathleen White, of Fairlawn, 10 years; and Joy Salmons-Haugen, of Akron, and Paula Caynor, Diane Clinton, Virginia Courson and Patricia Stillman, all of Norton, five years.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron General Medical Center (AGMC) and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Hospital honored three of their nurses Oct. 21 at The University of Akron’s Fifth Cameos of Caring Gala. This year’s recipients of the Cameo of Caring awards are Cathy McBroom, R.N., B.S.N., and Jennifer Hiner, R.N., B.S.N., both from AGMC, and Cheryl Weil, R.N., B.S.N., from Edwin Shaw. The event recognizes extraordinary bedside nurses from Akron and Canton area hospitals. The goal of the Cameo of Caring program is to foster a positive image of nursing to the community. The award winners are asked to speak to at least three community groups of their choosing in the next year. The event was co-sponsored by AGMC, Akron Children’s Hospital and Summa Health System, and the proceeds of the event benefit the scholarship fund for those seeking education in nursing. Barberton Citizens Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Mercy Medical Center and Robinson Memorial Hospital also participated in the Cameos of Caring event.
WEST AKRON — Sand Run Pharmacy was presented with the Diabetes Shoppe Achievement Award for the North Central Region by the AmerisourceBergen Drug Co. Sept. 25. Sand Run Pharmacy participates in the Diabetes Shoppe program, which provides training and resources to assist pharmacies in becoming specialists in diabetes care, and which is offered by AmerisourceBergen. Sand Run Pharmacy implemented educational programs and worked with local professionals to develop programs to raise awareness about diabetes, participated in health fairs and has been invited by several employers to come into the workplace to do screenings. They also have worked with a local dietician to put on a program for diabetics called Prepare for the Holidays, which was designed to showcase recipes, ideas and overall meal selections that would be good for diabetics as well as their guests. During flu season, they also put on a program to show how the flu can impact a diabetic patient and what they need to know. Owners Tom and Meg Lamb also work with the Summit and Stark County Diabetes Coalition and visit children in schools.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The National Research Corp. (NRC) has awarded Akron General Medical Center (AGMC) its 2006 Consumer Choice Award. This honor was given to AGMC based on responses by consumers who ranked it as the hospital with the best image and quality in the Akron metropolitan area, according to hospital officials. Each year, the NRC honors those hospitals that consumers rate as having the best quality and image, based on a nationally syndicated NRC Healthcare Market Guide study of more than 200,000 households.
In addition, AGMC was recently designated one of the 99 Best Employers in Northeast Ohio by The Employers Resource Council (ERC) at the seventh annual NorthCoast 99 awards program. The award recognizes the 99 best places to work in the 22-county Northeast Ohio region. The winning organizations have implemented programs that attract, retain and create a high level of employee satisfaction. This is the fourth consecutive year that AGMC has been included in the list of the region’s best employers.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — SummaCare Inc. has received two rankings on the U.S. News & World Report/ National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) list of “America’s Best Health Plans 2006.” This is the second consecutive year the Akron-based health plan received recognition on the U.S. News/NCQA list, earning eighth in the nation for Medicare plans and 48th for commercial plans. The rankings are based on several reporting categories and measures, including member access to care; overall consumer satisfaction; preventive services, such as childhood and adolescent immunizations and prenatal care, offered by the health plan; how well the health plan takes care of people with existing health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease; and NCQA accreditation scores. The complete list of America’s Best Health Plans appears in the Nov. 6 issue of U.S. News & World Report. The rankings also will be accessible at www.usnews.com.
In addition, SummaCare Inc. has announced the addition of Robinson Memorial Hospital to its network of affiliated providers for its line of commercial products. Robinson Memorial Hospital is a 280-bed facility and is the only hospital in Portage County.
BARBERTON — Barberton Citizens Hospital recently received the NorthCoast 99 award for the third year in a row. The award, developed by the Employers Resource Council, is based on the company’s attraction, retention and motivation of top performers through the maintenance of policies and practices designed to support the needs of talented professionals. The NorthCoast 99 award focuses on seven fundamental workplace characteristics: flexibility, opportunity, recognition, development, security, support, talent and integrity.