Waiting room renamed
Sharon Regional Health System has renamed its Surgical Family Waiting Room the Dale Pokorney Family Lounge in recognition of a charitable gift made to the Sharon Regional Health Foundation in memory of Dr. Pokorney by his wife, Susan.
A dedication ceremony was held recently for Mrs. Pokorney and her four grown children, Rachel, Joel, Benjamin, and Paige, all of whom were born at Sharon Regional. Dr. Pokorney joined the Sharon Regional medical staff in 1983 and passed away in 2004 from pancreatic cancer.
KSU approved for accreditation process
The Council of Education for Public Health has approved Kent State University’s College of Public Health to begin its accreditation process.
“Being approved means that the college has met all the council’s standards,” said Sonia Alemagno, dean of Kent State’s College of Public Health. She said that the Council of Education for Public Heath requires resources be in place before the school can apply for accreditation. The accreditation process activities will take approximately two years.
Becoming accredited offers benefits for students, faculty and the college. It will draw students internationally because students and employers value degrees from accredited schools; and will help the college be more competitive for research funding, and community organizations more willing to collaborate with the program, Alemagno said.
By virtue of accreditation-process acceptance, Kent State became a new associate member school in the Association of Schools of Public Health, which has 50 member schools and eight with associate status like KSU.