NEWARK — Licking Memorial Health Systems recently presented the Donald Day Volunteer of the Year Award to longtime volunteer Carol Yost.
The award typically is presented at the Volunteer Recognition Dinner, but this year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
LMHS President and CEO Rob Montagnese, Vice President of Development and Public Relations Veronica Patton, Volunteer Manager Sandy Hanlon, and family members visited Carol’s home to surprise her with the award and a bouquet of flowers.
Yost has been an LMH volunteer since 2008 and served more than 3,700 volunteer hours at the hospital. She has been praised for greeting patients and visitors with a warm and happy attitude, displaying a passion for helping others and ensuring visitors feel welcome when entering the hospital.
The award is presented annually to an LMH volunteer for their work ethic and volunteer contributions. Past recipients are: Diana Hufford, 2019; Gary Hamilton and Karen Hedrick, 2018; Phil Cassone and Pat Farley, 2017; Sue Weiland, 2016; Joan Omlor, 2015; Eddie and Carolyn Cline, 2014; Harry Harper, 2013; Richard Stewart, 2012; Vickie Fogarty and Arlene Newman, 2011; Rene Halblaub, 2010; Elizabeth Ann Wood, 2009; Janet Anderson and Beverly Crockford, 2008; Betty Meyer, 2007; Noble Snow, 2006; Marye Crispin, 2005; Donald Day, 2004; Robert Norman, 2003.
Dr. Lawson returns to Licking Memorial Otolaryngology
NEWARK — Licking Memorial Otolaryngology announced the return of Dr. Bradley Lawson. He is board certified in otolaryngology, which deals with the surgical and medical management of conditions of the head and neck.
Lawson received his doctor of medicine degree at Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus. He completed a residency in otolaryngology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. Lawson also received fellowship training in thyroid and parathyroid surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.
Lawson is accepting new patients at Licking Memorial Otolaryngology, 36 McMillen Drive in Newark. Appointments are available by calling 220-564-4270.
Nurse practitioner joins Licking Memorial Gastroenterology
NEWARK — Licking Memorial Gastroenterology announced the addition of Kari M. Vance, certified nurse practitioner. She will provide care with Dr. Rosita Frazier, Dr. Frances Horenstein and Dr. David Subler.
Vance earned her bachelor’s in nursing degree from Ohio University in Athens and a master’s in nursing degree from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Licking Memorial Family Practice-Johnstown adds doctor
JOHNSTOWN — Licking Memorial Family Practice-Johnstown announced the addition of Dr. Elizabeth McIntosh.
McIntosh received her medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. She completed a family medicine residency at Grant Medical Center in Columbus.
She is accepting new patients, including children. Appointments can be made by calling 220-564-1810 or 740-966-5050. Licking Memorial Family Practice-Johnstown is located at 151 Woodgate Drive in Johnstown.
ASAP Carpet Cleaning moves to West Church Street
NEWARK — ASAP Carpet Cleaning moved to 645 W. Church St., Newark, but is no longer able to offer a drop-off/pick-up service for oriental/area rug cleaning. Customers may contact ASAP to schedule an appointment for the services to be performed at their home
The business is now offering furnace and air duct cleaning services in the home, apartment or business.
ASAP Carpet Cleaning was voted best in Licking County in the industry In 2016 and 2017. The State of Ohio recognized the company’s accomplishments on its 20 year anniversary. ASAP has been serving commercial and residential customers in Licking County since it was started by Martha Whittington in 1996.
Customers who sent checks on Sept.15 and since may have had them returned because the United States Postal Service does not forward business mail, according to the ASAP announcement. Customers are advised to resend the mail to the P.O. Box 583, Newark, Oh 43058.
The business office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The receptionist hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. The telephone number is: 740-323-1979, and email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor reappoints Granville man to Council on Aging
COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the reappointment of John Begala, of Granville, to the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging.
Begala will serve a term beginning Nov. 22 and ending Nov. 21, 2023.
Joshua Agin, of Zanesville, was appointed to the Ohio Reclamation Forfeiture Fund Advisory Board for a term beginning Nov. 9, and ending Jan. 10, 2024.
Thomas Stewart, of Lancaster, has been reappointed to the Technical Advisory Council on Oil and Gas for a term beginning Nov. 9, and ending Jan. 31, 2023.
COTC awarded $99,000 from Facebook for remote learning
NEWARK — Central Ohio Technical College has been awarded $99,000 from Facebook to create a one-button digital studio and smart classroom at its Newark campus and complementary smart classrooms at its extended campus locations in Coshocton, Mount Vernon and Pataskala.
COTC plans to implement the smart classroom technology in time for its spring semester, which begins on Jan. 11.
COTC can begin bridging the technology gaps that exist as a barrier to success for some students, including lack of reliable Wi-Fi for students in rural settings, as well as inadequate access to personal technology. Should the effects of the pandemic continue through the winter, COTC students will immediately benefit from access to the smart classrooms’ enhanced remote-learning capabilities.
The long-term benefits to area students extend beyond COVID-19, COTC President John Berry said. As more courses are offered through dedicated remote-learning spaces at COTC’s extended campuses, access to higher educational opportunities for all local citizens will significantly increase.
LMH named to CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired Hospitals
NEWARK — Licking Memorial Hospital earned recognition as one of HealthCare’s Most Wired Hospitals by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
The recognition marks the seventh time that LMH has received the award. The CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve healthcare in their communities.
LMH was recognized as an organization that deployed technologies and strategies achieving clinical and efficiency outcomes, as well as exploring technologies that expand access to care. LMH is one of 30,135 organizations surveyed in the 2020 Digital Health Most Wired program.
LMH also adopted technologies which allow real-time documentation of patient care, including integrated computer systems with advanced clinical decision support tools, voice recognition technology and computer-assisted diagnosis tools.
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