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December 25, 2011
The Herald-Star

ELECTED: Catherine Zavatsky Baumgardner of Lancaster, Pa., president of Catherine Baumbardner & Associates Inc., recently was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Ohio State University Health Plan.

The Health Plan represents more than 50,000 university employees and members in central Ohio.

She holds a bachelor's degree in business and her master's degree in health administration from OSU. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Penn State University.

A graduate of Wintersville High School, she is the daughter of George and Catherine Zavatsky of Bloomingdale.

HONORED: Weirton Medical Center has been named to the 2011 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

Now in its sixth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation and financial performance.

The recognition is through OCS HomeCare, a leading provider of homecare information; DecisionHealth, publisher of independent newsletters and the Complete Home Health ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.

The data used for the analysis was compiled from publicly available information.

WMC President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Joseph P. Endrich credits the Home Health Services staff dedication to quality care as well as their professionalism and experience with their ability to rank as one of the HomeCare Elite.

The entire list of 2011 HomeCare Elite agencies can be viewed at the OCS HomeCare website, www.ocshomecare.com.

LINKS: Information about West Virginia's Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center is now available on two leading social networking sites.

The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing is posted on Facebook and YouTube.

"Because our current and future clients are going there, we need to be there as well," said RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber. "Social media cites such as Facebook and YouTube are no longer novelties accessed by a few avid followers. They've become part of the daily agenda for millions of people, both in this country and literally around the world."

Postings on both sites can be accessed by using the initials "RCBI."

Posted on RCBI's Facebook page are brief descriptions of the high-tech manufacturing equipment it has available for clients, along with information on RCBI's training offerings and other programs, which include reverse engineering and the design of parts using cutting edge software.

Videos currently posted on YouTube offer an overview of RCBI, details about its Machinist Technology Program and a close-up look at its computer-controlled manufacturing equipment, such as the Amada Pulsar 2000W Laser cutter, at work.

Founded in 1990, RCBI provides access to cutting edge technology and technical training in West Virginia and the region. Operating from Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center (near Keyser in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle), its mission includes developing a quality, just-in-time supplier base for the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the commercial sector.

WORTHY CAUSE: A new book entitled "Working out Sucks" might not sound like something written by a leader in the fitness industry.

But Chuck Runyon, chief executive officer of Anytime Fitness, the world's largest co-ed fitness club chain, says his new book is the centerpiece of a nationwide program to deprogram people who have been brainwashed by unhealthy habits, destructive attitudes and misinformation about health.

"It's a no BS way to get back on track," Runyon says.

"Working out Sucks" features chapters with provocative titles such as "Friends Can Suck, Too," and "Superman Had Kryptonite; Oprah Had Mac'n'Cheese" and includes a "21-day kick-start plan for total health and fitness." Co-authors Rebecca DeRossett and Brian Zehetner offer practical tips to change unhealthy habits and cutting-edge diet and fitness advice.

All proceeds from Runyon's book will be donated to Limbs for Life, a charitable organization that provides prostheses to amputees.

"Working out Sucks" will be available in stores in January, but it can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.com.

Anytime Fitness is located in the Hollywood City Center in Steubenville.

 
 

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