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2/16/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Akron General Health System names new president, CEO

Dr. Thomas Stover
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron General Health System Board of Directors named Dr. Thomas Stover as the system’s new president and CEO Feb. 10 after the resignation of President and CEO Vincent McCorkle.

According to Akron General officials, McCorkle resigned following a brief leave of absence due to a serious health condition so that he can spend quality time with his family.

“We accept Mr. McCorkle’s resignation with deep concern for his health and for his family,” said F. William Steere, chair of the Akron General Health System Board. “Fortunately, we have a strong leadership team in place to continue the very positive progress we’ve made over the past few years.

“Dr. Stover is a natural choice to lead the system because of his dedication and years of service to Akron General and to the Akron community,” he added. “He has a passion for providing health care on a local level and has been a driving force behind Akron General’s pioneering approach that emphasizes wellness and prevention as cornerstones to quality care. As a physician and CEO, Dr. Stover understands both the business side of running a health system as well as the practice of medicine. That’s a very strong combination that will carry Akron General forward in the years ahead.”

Stover has been with Akron General since 1993 and has served in leadership positions since 1996, most recently as the president of outpatient services, according to Akron General officials.

Until January 2010, he was the medical director of Akron General’s Health & Wellness Center in Bath, according to Akron General officials. Under his leadership, Akron General expanded its centers to include a second one opened in Stow in 2007 and a new facility to open in Green next month. Plans also are under way to open another in Broadview Heights, according to Akron General officials.

In 2006, Stover was appointed president and chief medical officer of Partners Physician Group, a system-owned premier group practice with more than 100 physicians from both primary and specialty care fields. He also served as medical director for the Care Management Program at Akron General, and for three years hosted a weekly radio show on timely health care topics, according to Akron General officials. He practiced medicine as an obstetrician/gynecologist in his home state of West Virginia before moving to Akron in 1981.

Stover received his bachelor’s and doctor of medicine degrees from West Virginia University. He completed his internship and residency in obstetrics/gynecology in 1976 at Akron City Hospital. He took business courses at The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and at the Wharton School of Management before completing his master of business administration degree in 2001 at the University of Tennessee, according to Akron General officials.

BBA announces 2012 Executive Board

BATH — The Bath Business Association (BBA) has announced the election of its 2012 Executive Board.

The officers are: Co-Presidents Ken Baldwin (Coming Home Photography) and Lisa Jennings-Moffitt (FirstMerit Bank); Vice President Patty Vesalo (CleverPup101 Family Dog Training); Secretary Gail Hartman (Creative Images); Co-Secretary and Social Chair Nancy Fay (The Bake Shop in Ghent); Treasurer and Membership Co-Chair Mary Anne Krejci (Howard Hanna); Membership Co-Chair Jody Miller-Konstand (JMK Media); Publicity Chair Debbie McKinney (Time to Spare, LLC); Historian Chair Nadine Clar; and Bridge Lighting Festival Outdoor Décor Chair Jim Warzlow (Devcom/Ghent Investors).

The BBA promotes business in Bath while preserving and enhancing the rural, scenic and historical identity of the Ghent, Bath Center and Hammond Corners hamlets along the Cleveland-Massillon Road Corridor. Members of the BBA work with the Bath Township government to encourage the essence of small-town business development as outlined in the Bath Township Comprehensive Plan while utilizing state Scenic Byway status. The BBA is a business network that supports the community and its members while working to be a positive influence in Bath, according to BBA officials.

Meetings take place the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bath Township Building.

Annual membership dues are $30, and membership is open to any community business owner or interested resident.

More information is available at www.bathbusinessassociation.com or by calling 330-666-3347.

— By Stephanie Kist

SCCS offers free trainings on recognizing, reporting child abuse, neglect

SOUTH AKRON — Summit County Children Services (SCCS) is offering free training during March on recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect.

Although the trainings are specifically designed to meet the requirements for all child care employees, child care centers and type A homes, they also are open to the public.

The initial six-hour course will be offered March 3 and 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at SCCS, 264 S. Arlington St. The registrant will need to attend both sessions to receive certification.

A three-hour renewal class will be offered during the summer at a date to be determined.

Topics covered in the training include an overview of SCCS, indicators of child abuse and neglect, mandated reporting, prevention of child abuse and community supports that are available.

Registration is required, as space is limited.

Additional information and online registration is available by visiting www.summitkids.org and clicking on the links located in the story titled “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training.” Those interested also can contact Julia Mothersbaugh at 330-379-2090 or jmothersbaugh@summitkids.org.

— By Stephanie Kist

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