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SURGICAL HOSPITAL HONORED: Southwoods Surgical Hospital was named “Best Hospital for Patient Experience,” as reported by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Southwoods is one of 10 Ohio hospitals named to this list, and the only hospital in the tri-county area with a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Ratings are based on numbers using Hospital Consumer Ratings of Healthcare Providers and Systems from 10 subject-specific measures. The CMS summary star rating combines this information on different aspects of patients’ experience of care to make it easier to compare hospitals. The ratings are from the CMS Care Compare website and represent its most recent scores.

MVMC MEETING: At its recent quarterly meeting, the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition updated members and stakeholders on its latest youth outreach and Ohio To Work initiatives.

More than 15 new members were recognized, and Wasilwa Mwonyonyi of the National Center for Urban Solutions spoke to nearly 100 attendees online and in person about the grassroots outreach efforts her organization has undertaken on behalf of MVMC to recruit job seekers from underrepresented populations in the community.

The meeting took place at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center in Canfield.

SCHEDULED BUSINESS MEETING: The Ohio Growth Association and Trumbull County Republican Party will host the Northern Ohio Business Roundtable from noon to 2 p.m. on April 28 at the Grand Pavilion at the Avalon Inn.

The guest speaker will be former U.S. Navy Captain Edward L. Bartlett Jr., founder of Bartlett Maritime Corp., which offers a $1 billion naval supply, equipment and services depot in Lordstown to support a new shipyard that the company wishes to set up in Lorain.

Reservations are required by calling 330-719-9066 or 330-240-1826, or by email at or The cost is $40 and payable at the door.

YBI RECEIVES DONATION: The Greenwood family donated $50,000 to the Youngstown Business Incubator to support the diversity of ideas, technologies and leaders that will help create future business opportunities for the Mahoning Valley.

The donation will be used to enhance programming for startups and entrepreneurs at YBI.

YBI CEO Barb Ewing, Senior Director of Organizational Development Colleen Kelly, Director of Development Luke Politsky, Director of Marketing Megan Payich, and a number of local entrepreneurs accepted the donation and toured the YBI campus earlier. this month.

COMPANY HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES SAVE MONEY: White Glove Payroll in Liberty helped customers receive $12 million in employee retention tax credits in 2020 and 2021, according to the company.

The ERTC was a program created during the COVID-19 pandemic to minimize unemployment by providing money to businesses that kept staff on payroll. Businesses were able to receive up to $26,000 in refundable tax credit through this program.

In addition, White Glove Payroll was also able to secure $107 million in Paycheck Protection Program round one funding and $11 million in round two, as well as $5 million in economic disaster loans through programs created by the government in response to the pandemic.

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HILLSIDE ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTED: Jeffrey Koontz, DPT, has been appointed administrator of Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital.

He began his career at Hillside in 2005 as a student physical rehabilitation assistant. He received his Masters in Physical Therapy in 2007 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010 from Youngstown State University.

He started as a physiotherapist at Hillside in 2010 and has been in hospital ever since. During his tenure at Hillside, Koontz held numerous leadership positions including Director of Rehabilitation Services for Trumbull Regional Medical Center and Hillside, Director of Business Development and Director of Rehabilitation Services, Ohio/Pennsylvania Region. He was named interim administrator in January.

PALO EXPANDS TEAM: PALO Creative recently hired three new team members to expand its digital marketing and advertising capabilities.

Nick Mrozek, a native of New Castle, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Youngstown State University, has joined PALO’s digital strategy team as a digital marketing specialist. In this role, he is responsible for developing and executing search engine optimization strategies to improve the rankings of clients’ websites. He also supports the digital strategy team’s social media marketing, email marketing and digital advertising campaigns.

Hannah Keeling is from Mahoning Valley and a graduate of YSU. As an Account Executive at PALO Creative, she is responsible for client account communication while managing projects, timelines and budgets.

Jackie Kane, a student at YSU majoring in business administration, works part-time on the account management team. She will join the team full-time in May as an account coordinator.

MARKETING COMPANY ADDS COORDINATOR: Lexi Marco has been hired as a social media coordinator at 898 Marketing.

Marco joins from On Demand and New Day Recovery, where she served as internal communications hiring manager and public relations specialist. In her new role, she will work with clients to create and manage targeted content on their respective social media platforms. She is a Boardman native and graduated from Kent State University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations.

PROMOTIONS AT MIDDLEFIELD BANK: Middlefield Banking Company has promoted Alfred F. Thompson Jr. to Executive Vice President/Chief Credit Officer and Courtney Erminio to Executive Vice President/Chief Risk Officer.

Thompson will be responsible for leading the company’s credit administration and loan administration programs. He joined Middlefield in 1996 as Assistant Vice President/Lender.

Erminio will be responsible for leading the company’s risk management, audit and compliance programs.

She joined Middlefield in 2010 as Senior Vice President/Chief Risk Officer.

PREMIER BANK HOSTS BRANCH MANAGER: Premier Bank recently added Racheal Solida as Branch Manager of the Eastwood office. Solida, who has over 25 years of industry experience, most recently worked as a financial relationship banker for a national bank headquartered in Columbus.

In her new role, she will lead her team to ensure an exceptional client and colleague experience, drive growth, and represent the bank in the Niles community while developing key business and community relationships.

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