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Suicide prevention


Hubbard is participating in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s International Survivors of Suicide Day on Nov. 17 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hubbard Public Library, 436 West Liberty St.

The 14th annual program features a panel of mental health experts and individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide and allows those who are bereaved after a suicide loss to connect in their local community. For information, visit

Ankle prosthetics


Dr. James LaPolla Jr. of the Northeast Ohio Foot, Ankle & Wound Center Inc. recently attended a training program for arthroplasty hosted by Tornier Inc. on its total ankle prosthesis, an ankle-joint replacement for arthritis sufferers.

The Tornier total-ankle prosthesis is made from highly biocompatible materials. The design replicates the natural human anatomy of the ankle, which avoids overstressing ankle ligaments and makes full recovery probable within six months with patients typically back to work anywhere from six weeks to four months depending on physical demands.

For information, visit

New pediatric doctors


Vlad Pediatrics of Cortland has added two physicians to the practice that provides comprehensive pediatric care to area infants, children, adolescents and young adults. They are Drs. Erika Pritchett and Satish S. Kumar.

Dr. Pritchett graduated from Case Western Reserve Medical School in 2009 and completed a residency at University Hospitals’ Case Medical Center/ Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in 2012.

Dr. Kumar is a 1974 graduate of the University of Jabalpur Medical School, India, and served a rotating internship at the Medical College in Jabalpur, India. In the United States, Dr. Kumar completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Illinois in 1984.

Infant therapy team


Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley has created an infant therapy team for infants and children who are at risk for developmental delays or who have been identified as having a delay.

The goal of the infant therapy program is to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the infant in order to identify developmental delays as early as possible and to use a team and family-centered approach to meet the child’s individual needs. The team is comprised of rehabilitation therapists who work closely with neonatologists and other members of the child’s health care team in assessing the child’s needs and creating an individualized treatment plan, said Mary Marino, director of Rehabilitative Services.

For questions about the infant therapy team, call 330-746-9377.

UPMC adds to list of participating providers


The UPMC Health Plan has added Sharon Regional Health System to its list of participating providers for the UPMC for You Medical Assistance program. Patients who participate in the UPMC for You program now have full access to all Sharon Regional clinical services at its main campus in Sharon and through any of its 22 satellite centers. Services provided by primary care physicians and specialists within Sharon Regional Physician Services are also now covered through the UPMC for You program.

For information, call 800-286-4242.

Hope Charity Classic


The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley is seeking volunteers for its Hope Classic High School Basketball Showcase, The Game of Hope Charity Basketball Classic and the Wine for Hope events.

Assistance are wanted in the areas of assisting in organizing and/or recruiting fundraising teams, garnering community support, coordinating logistics, planning entertainment or lending a hand to ensure the success of the 2012-13 events. To volunteer, call 330-406-1048 or visit

$30,000 in funds raised for Food Bank


The 21st annual Taste of the Valley fundraiser to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley raised more than $30,000 to feed people in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Twenty-five Mahoning Valley’s dining establishments participated.

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