Briefcase

Solvay employees celebrate many years on the job

Several Solvay Specialty Polymers employees celebrate many years of employment with the company:

– Herb Harkness recently completed 25 years of employment with Solvay. He joined the Marietta plant in 1988 as a chemical operator and is currently a laboratory technician. Harkness resides in Elizabeth, W.Va., and has three children, Dustin, Nathan and Ryan.

– Steve Uppole recently completed 15 years of employment with Solvay. He joined the Marietta plant in 1998 as an electrician. Uppole resides in Vienna, W.Va., with his wife, Jodine, and children, Chase and Zachary.

– David Koon recently completed 15 years of employment with Solvay. He joined the Marietta plant in 1998 as a mechanic and is currently a maintenance planner/scheduler. Koon resides in Parkersburg with his wife, Kimberly.

– Jeff Minner recently completed 15 years of employment with Solvay. He joined the Marietta plant in 1998 as an electrician. Minner resides in Rockport, W.Va., with his wife, Sandra.

– Danny Talbott recently completed 15 years of employment with Solvay. He joined the Marietta plant in 1998 as a mechanic. Talbott resides in Belleville, W.Va., with his wife, Jennifer.

– Ben Clovis recently completed 15 years of employment with Solvay. He joined the Marietta plant in 1998 as a Mechanic. Clovis resides in Lowell with his wife, Stephanie, and children, Kaitlyn, Tyler and Carter.

Memorial Health System granted accreditation

The Memorial Health System announces it has been granted three-year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). NAPBC accreditation is given only to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest quality care in breast disease diagnosis and treatment, and have demonstrated they comply with the accreditation program standards.

During the survey process, the system demonstrated compliance with the standards set forth by NAPBC for treating women needing breast health care. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.

“This program raises the bar for breast health care, and sets us apart from other care providers in the region,” says Scott Cantley, president and CEO of the Memorial Health System. “We are pleased and honored that the NAPBC has acknowledged our commitment to providing a comprehensive program with excellent care and advanced technology for our patients.”

As an NAPBC-accredited center, Memorial Health System patients have access to:

– Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services

– A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options

– Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options, and, most importantly,

– Quality breast care close to home.

“Our Breast Health Care Navigator helps guide newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through the diagnostic, treatment, support and education process,” says Teressa Buckley, Clinical Director of the Strecker Cancer Center. “Our comprehensive services include digital mammography, the gold standard for early detection of breast cancer; ultrasound, image-guided breast biopsy, Breast MRI, a highly sensitive exam, which expands our ability to diagnose early stage breast cancers that may not be visible on mammography and ultrasound; Cancer Genetic Counseling, and full on-site treatment services, including radiation therapy and medical oncology. We also provide support and education groups.”

Peoples Bancorp announces results for the first quarter

Peoples Bancorp Inc. (“Peoples”) (NASDAQ: PEBO) recently announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Net income totaled $5.0 million for the first quarter of 2013, representing earnings per diluted share of $0.47. In comparison, earnings per diluted share were $0.36 for the fourth quarter of 2012 and $0.63 for the first quarter of 2012.

“First quarter 2013 earnings, while in line with our expectations, reflected mixed success relative to our goals for the year,” said Chuck Sulerzyski, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our asset quality metrics continue to move closer to the levels experienced prior to the Great Recession. We are also experiencing good growth in our fee-based revenues and consumer lending while holding the line on our operating expenses. In contrast, increased competition and historical seasonality of new loan demand impacted commercial loan balances. Long-term interest rates also remained at very low levels which further impeded revenue growth.”

Sulerzyski continued, “Despite the slow start in certain areas, we remain focused on growing the company and capitalizing on opportunities within our markets. We also continue to seek growth through acquisitions and are pleased to report further progress in this area. Already in the second quarter, our insurance business has expanded its presence in southeastern Ohio. This transaction, although not significant to our bottom-line earnings, will help us maintain revenue diversity.”

Earlier this month, Peoples’ subsidiary, Peoples Insurance Agency, completed the acquisition of McNelly Insurance and Consulting Agency, and its related customer accounts, located in Jackson, Ohio. This all cash transaction should add approximately $450,000 in annual insurance revenue, primarily related to employee medical benefit plans. Peoples also gained a strong, well-established sales professional for its employee benefits practice.

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