Loan repayment

Loan repayment


A loan-repayment program is available for qualified family practice and internal medicine physicians and nurse practitioners through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). The program, funded by the FederalSFlbGovernment, is available to those who commit to work two or more years for a Federally Qualified Health Center or other approved NHSC site. With continued service, qualified providers may be able to pay off all of their student loans. For information, call Dean E. Soroka at 330-747-9551, ext. 77151.

Beatitude grant


Beatitude House received a $3,300 grant from the Diocese of Ohio Episcopal Community Services to support the Child Advocacy Program in Youngstown, which focuses on the needs of the children in residence and ensures they are provided the services they need, including counseling, tutoring and enrichment activities. To learn more about Beatitude House and how to help, visit

Relay for Life open house


The Poland Relay for Life’s kick-off open house is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 28 at Poland Memorial Baptist Church, 56 Water St. The general public and teams are encouraged to attend. The Kick-Off will celebrate the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society and will offer free refreshments, a 50/50 raffle, face painting and a variety of items for sale. All proceeds will be donated to the Poland Relay for Life.

Lactation consultant


The expertise of an internationally board-certified lactation consultant is available at the New Beginnings Family Care Center at Salem Community Hospital to help local mothers who wish to breastfeed their infants. Linda Witmer, a registered nurse, will offer education, support and encouragement to breast-feeding mothers.

In addition to teaching the fundamentals of breastfeeding, Witmer helps new mothers with their questions and offers support so they can continue to breastfeed for as long as they desire. For information, call 330-337-4989.

Milestone surgery


The St. Elizabeth Robotic Surgery Center recently completed its 1,000 robot-assisted surgery when Dr. Daniel Ricchiuti, a board-certified surgeon and director of the Robotic Surgery Center, removed a cancerous tumor from the kidney of a 56-year-old man.

The robot-assisted procedure, Dr. Ricchiuti explains, required only a few tiny incisions through which the surgical instruments and camera were inserted into the patient’s body. Because robot-assisted surgery is less invasive than traditional open surgery and more precise than laparoscopic surgery, there is less blood loss, lower risk of infection, less pain, less scarring and quicker recovery for patients, Dr. Ricchiuti said.

Foot-care lecture


Dr. Lawrence A. DiDomenico, managing partner of Ankle & Foot Care Centers, presented five lectures at the recently concluded Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons organization in Las Vegas.

Dr. DiDomenico, who sees patients out of Ankle & Foot Care Centers’ Boardman, East Liverpool and Northside offices, also presented seven posters at the conference most of which discussed getting foot and ankle surgery patients up and moving quicker with early weight bearing after surgical procedures.

Topics for his lectures included bone grafting, tendon transfers, charcot joint reconstruction, an update on fixation and surgical correction of bunionectomies.

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