Cancer Action network

Cancer Action network


Ohio residents are urged to bring their personal cancer stories to the 2015 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Day at the State Capitol on March 19 to share with elected officials.

The ACS says state leaders must hear these stories so they can take appropriate action on cancer-related issues and programs. To register, go to

Nominees accepted


The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) is accepting nominations from the public for its 2015 Family Physician of the Year award

The OAFP Awards Selection Workgroup will select a family physician recipient who meets the following preliminary criteria: is a member of the OAFP; is currently in practice; has at least 10 years of post-residency experience; is an outstanding family physician role model; possesses high professional standards and service orientation; provides high quality, family-centered, continuing health care; and is active in the community, education, or other public affairs.

April 3 is the deadline for nominations, which can be submitted online at; or sent by letter to the OAFP Awards Selection Workgroup, Attn: Director of Communications Megan Smith, Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, 4075 North High St., Columbus, OH 43214-3296.

To verify that a family physician is a member of the OAFP, nominators may call Smith 1-800-742-7327. The 2015 Family Physician of the Year will be recognized during OAFP’s Academy Awards Dinner on July 25, at Columbus Marriott Northwest, Dublin.

Foundation accredited


The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley (CFMV) has been accredited by the Community Foundations National Standards Board, a national authority that reviews community foundations for operational excellence, through late 2019.

The CFMV is the only community foundation in the Mahoning Valley with national standards accreditation, said Shari Harrell, foundation president. The standards board reviewed the CFMV last year in a process that covers foundation spending, record-keeping, board structure, grant-making decisions and virtually every other aspect of operations.

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley and its affiliates hold more than $56 million in assets and distributed more than $1 million in grants during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014.

Hybrid nursing program


Fortis College’s Practical Nursing (PN) program has become a hybrid program, offering online courses that enable students to take nearly 30 percent of the courses required for their PN diploma through a proven distance-learning platform. Courses offered online are those that do not require a laboratory component.

“Hybrid programs offer students the best of all worlds: the convenience and flexibility of online classes while still enjoying the community and support of a campus setting,” said Stephanie Romano, National Dean of Hybrid and Blended Learning.

Fortis College-Ravenna Previously Bohecker College, is enrolling students for the hybrid Practical Nursing program. For information, call 330-297-7319.

Grand opening


Countryside at the Elmwood Assisted Living, 871 Elmwood Drive, Hubbard, had a grand opening Feb. 5.

Countryside, owned by JCTJ Holdings, a management company, has about 15 employees, a number expected to increase as more residents move into the 42-unit facility, officials said.

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