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FORUM HEALTH Woloshyn to leave area for Illinois job



Published: Mon, January 28, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Woloshyn was a news reporter, anchorwoman and community leader.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Evonne M. Woloshyn, senior vice president for marketing and community relations at Forum Health, will leave the Mahoning Valley in late February to become vice president of marketing for the Rockford Health System in Rockford, Ill.

Woloshyn said Rockford is the largest vertically integrated health-care delivery system in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Gary Kaatz, former president and chief executive of Forum Health, is its president and CEO.

Woloshyn, in her present position with Forum Health since 1998, was responsible for an in-house advertising agency, strategic direction of internal and external communication, and marketing, design and community outreach. She served as Forum Health spokeswoman and directed its media productions staff.

Before coming to Forum Health, she was director for marketing and community relations from 1995 to 1998 at Western Reserve Healthcare Corp., and from 1991 to 1995, she was outreach specialist for the Center for Behavioral Medicine.

Before entering the health field, Woloshyn was a news reporter and anchorwoman from 1980 to 1991 at WFMJ-TV Channel 21, and from 1976 to 1979 at WTOV-TV, Channel 9, in Steubenville.

Community activities: While working in Youngstown, Woloshyn was heavily involved in the community. She participated in Leadership Mahoning Valley and was a member of the Mahoning County Mental Health Board, Mahoning Valley American Cancer Society board and was a former member of the Junior League of Youngstown. She served on the Advisory Committee of the Mahoning Valley College Access Program, was a former co-host of the Children's Miracle Network Telethon for Tod Children's Hospital, and had been a member of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce Image Subcommittee.

Woloshyn said it is "very difficult to leave the Mahoning Valley, where I was raised, grew up and then returned after college. The Youngstown-Warren area will always be home."

But she said the Rockford job is a "wonderful career opportunity and a chance to do something a little different and experience another part of the country."

Accomplishments: During her tenure at Forum Health, she initiated a television medical news bureau at WFMJ-TV; quarterly one-hour programming on WYTV; in-house production of a weekly television health series; development of a weekly television feature, "Healthy Living for Kids," and numerous other regularly scheduled appearances by physicians on local media.

She received a master of arts degree in journalism from Kent State University in 1985 and a bachelor of science degree in radio and television from Ohio University in 1976.




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