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Wright State University Lake Campus ~ 15th MBA Program

Wright State University Lake Campus in Celina is proud to announce the starting of the 15th MBA program.

This program is designed to produce successful organizational leaders who deliver highly effective business decisions in a dynamic global economic environment. The program should take two years to complete and is set to start in the Spring of 2021 and finish up Spring of 2023. Students will need to complete their foundation (prerequisite) courses prior to the start of the first core course so students that are interested should not delay.

The MBA program here at the Lake Campus in Celina is designed for individuals that are working full time. Our program offers every other weekend in-class meetings and online courses, which allows for the flexibility for individuals working full time. The in-class meetings expose students to leaders in surrounding areas companies and allow students to build relationships as they work together in furthering their education.

If this interests you please feel free to contact Dr. Joseph Cavanaugh at joseph.cavanaugh@wright.edu and 419-733-1828 to schedule a meeting to discuss the details of the program.

Additional information about the program can be found at:

https://lake.wright.edu/academics/business-education-nursing-and-technical-academic-unit/master-of-business-administrationLake Campus

Phelan Insurance Co. Offers Internship and Scholarship

Phelan Insurance Co. Offers Internship and Scholarship

Phelan Insurance Co., Versailles, Ohio, is offering a joint internship and scholarship award in memory of its founder, James B. Phelan, who died in 2015. The award is open to current college students who attended high school in Darke, Miami, Mercer, Shelby or Auglaize counties. Applicants must be majoring in business, finance, marketing or accounting and must have completed 2 years of college by Dec. 31, 2017.

The award includes a paid internship at Phelan Insurance Co., Versailles, plus a scholarship of up to $5,000, with the opportunity to renew the following year. The recipient will be expected to serve a full-time internship during the summer of 2018. Applications are available at www.darkecountyfoundation.org. Deadline to apply is March 30, 2018.

A dedicated and respected leader in his community, Jim Phelan began his career at Phelan Insurance Co. in Versailles in 1962 and was active there until his death in 2015. Phelan was passionate about living, working and giving in the community where he was raised, and Phelan Insurance Co. is carrying on this philosophy through its local employees whose talents are helping the company to thrive.

The James B. Phelan Memorial Internship and Scholarship was established at the Darke County Foundation to encourage local students to obtain a college degree in an insurance-related field then bring their talents back home.

Todd Phelan, president of the Versailles office of Phelan Insurance Co. and Jim’s son, said, “We thought this internship/scholarship program would allow talented students to experience the benefit of living and working in our great community, and then decide to remain here.”

For questions, contact the Darke County Foundation at (937) 548-4673 or dcf@darkecountyfoundation.org. The Darke County Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving the lives of local residents by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts.

14th Lake Campus MBA Program Set to Start

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Wright State University Lake Campus in Celina is proud to announce the starting of the 14th MBA program.

This program is designed to produce successful organizational leaders who deliver highly effective business decisions in a dynamic global economic environment. The program should take two years to complete and is set to start in the Spring of 2018 and finish up Spring of 2020.

The MBA program here at the Lake Campus in Celina is designed for individuals that are working full time. Our program offers every other weekend in-class meetings and online courses, which allows for the flexibility for individuals working full time. The in-class meetings expose students to leaders in surrounding areas companies and allow students to build relationships as they work together in furthering their education.

If this interests you please feel free to contact Dr. Joseph Cavanaugh at joseph.cavanaugh@wright.edu and 419-733-1828 or Dr. Thomas Knapke at thomas.knapke@wright.edu to schedule a meeting to discuss the details of the program.

Village Green Recognized as a Best Employer in Ohio


Greenville, OH (April 19, 2017) – Village Green Health Campus, a Trilogy Health Services community, has been named one of the 2017 Best Employers in Ohio (BEO). The annual list of the Best Employers in Ohio was created by the Ohio SHRM State Council and Best Companies Group.

Companies from across the state entered the rigorous, two-part process to determine the Best Employers in Ohio. 25% of the company’s total evaluation was based on a thorough assessment of workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The remaining 75% of the evaluation relied on an employee survey designed to measure their experience. The combined scores were used to determine the top companies and the final ranking.

“We are so proud of this accomplishment,” stated Jessica Price, Executive Director of Village Green Health Campus. “Our employees made this happen through their unwavering commitment to be the best. Each member of our team plays a part in making us not only a Best Employer, but also in making us a provider of choice in our community. I thank our employees for making this recognition possible.”

John Eckman, Sr. VP of Employee Services for Trilogy, added, “This prestigious recognition is a tribute to our servant leadership culture and the many great employees that embrace the Trilogy values throughout our organization. This award is a reflection of our campus teams and their commitment to our Trilogy standards and to each other. We applaud our employees for their achievement in making Village Green Health Campus a Best Employer in Ohio!”
Official rankings will be published in a special supplement produced by BridgeTower Media in May.

Village Green Health Campus offers a full range of personalized senior living services including skilled nursing and assisted living. The campus’ senior living services are delivered by staff specially trained to honor and enhance the lives of residents through compassion and a commitment to exceeding customer expectations.

To learn more about Village Green Health Campus please contact the campus by calling 937-548-1993, follow the campus on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our campus website at villagegreenhc.com.

Celina Insurance Group and Employees Scholarship

Date: January 19, 2017

 

January 19, 2017, Celina, OH — Celina Insurance Group and its employees, in conjunction with the Mercer County Civic Foundation, are offering three $1,000 scholarships to be awarded in the spring of 2017. High school graduates pursuing a degree in an insurance related major such as Actuarial Science, Business, Communications, Computer Science, Finance, Pre-Law, Risk Management & Insurance, etc. are eligible.

Eligible applicants must reside in Mercer or Auglaize County and graduate from a high school in either county, or be a child/grandchild of a current Celina Insurance Group employee (no county requirement). Each 2017 scholarship recipient will be eligible for the Don Montgomery Memorial Renewal Scholarship in the amount of $250 in the spring of 2018 if the guidelines set forth have been met by the recipient.

If a scholarship winner registers for at least six or more credit hours during each semester at Wright State University – Lake Campus, the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) will award the recipient a matching scholarship of an additional $1,000. WOEF will also match the Don Montgomery Memorial Renewal Scholarship in the amount of $250 in 2018 if the recipient qualifies.

The top applicants will be determined based on their application and a written essay on the topic indicated on the application form. The selected winners will be notified in late spring.

Please contact your school’s Guidance Counselor or the Mercer County Civic Foundation for a copy of the application. The deadline for applying is February 10, 2017. For more information, please contact the Mercer County Civic Foundation at 419-586-9950.

Founded in 1914, Celina Insurance Group is comprised of four mutual property and casualty insurance companies. Celina underwrites auto, non-standard auto, farm, home, commercial auto and property insurance, as well as umbrella and casualty coverage in six Midwestern states. Celina Insurance Group is represented by some 500 independent agencies.

Forbes Announces Best of Business rankings!

oh_200x200At a Glance
  • Population: 11,620,400
  • Governor: John Kasich
  • Median Household Income: $51,075
  • Job Growth (2016): 1.4%
  • Cost of Doing Business: 3.2% below nat’l avg
  • College Attainment: 26.8%
  • Net Migration (2015): -10,600
  • Moody’s Bond Rating: Aa1

Ohio has moved up the Best States rankings in five straight years from a low of 38 in 2011 to No. 11 this year. Credit lower business costs and a dramatically improved economy. Five-year economic growth was second worst in the U.S. in 2011 and now is ninth best. Ohio ranks No. 1 in Forbes quality of life metric thanks to low living costs, short commutes and a plethora of top-rate colleges and cultural and recreational opportunities. Manufacturing and financial services account for the largest sectors of Ohio’s $608 billion gross state product. The state is home to 50 of the 1,000 largest public and private companies in the U.S.—fifth most of any state. Some Ohio-based companies include Procter & Gamble, Kroger and Macy’s.

Credit: http://www.forbes.com/places/oh/

Local Educators Take Advantage of Company “Field Trips”

In an effort to help teachers recognize our communities’ dire need for skilled workers, the Auglaize Mercer Business Education Alliance and Tri Star Career Compact collaborated to offer company field trips for local teachers.

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Teacher’s at Nidec Minster; One of many local company field trips.

Companies in both Mercer and Auglaize Counties provided the group of educators with an opportunity to meet with their representatives, and hear of their employment needs and requirements with ideas for suggested career paths.  Sixteen Mercer and Auglaize County teachers toured 25 companies over the course of six days this summer.

Participating teachers included: Brenda Kaup-Fort Recovery, Christa Prenger-Minster, Wendee Berke-Mercer County Educational Service Center, Amy Bihn-Mercer County Educational Service Center, Julie Schosker-Tri Star Career Compact, Marcia Helentjaris-Tri Star, Kim Seaver-Minster, Kylie Huelsman-St. Henry, John Dorner-St. Henry, Karla Eilerman-New Knoxville, Kay Webb-New Knoxville, Carol Bader-Celina, Michelle Langmeyer-Celina, Carrie Cubberly-ACE Academy, Rob Schnippel-Wapak, Doug Selvey-Wapak.

Companies providing tours were: Celina Insurance Group,Community Sports and Therapy, Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, Vantilburg Farms, Safeway Packaging, Crown Corporation, Nidec Minster, Precision Strip, Garmann/Miller, Marketing Essentials, Tru-Edge Grinding, Cooper Farms, Coldwater Machine, Pax Machine, Totally Promotional, Celina Moving and Storage, Mercer Health, Setex, AAP, Grand Lake Health, Thieman Quality Metal Fabrication, Buschur Electric, and Cotterman and Company.

Mercer Health Recognized in Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the Nation

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Mercer Health’s Mercer County Joint Township Community Hospital was recently recognized among the top 100 rural and community hospitals in the United States by two organizations providing hospital performance metrics analyzation. Mercer County Joint Township Community Hospital is named as one of iVantage Health Analytics’ Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States for 2016 and also Becker’s Hospital Review, 100 Great Community Hospitals for 2016.

“Mercer Health is proud of the efforts of our physicians and staff who have contributed to our achieving these designations,” said Lisa Klenke, CEO. “Much like our local state champion sporting teams, we owe our success to the loyalty of the community and the hard work of our team.”

Mercer Health scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage’s Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural and Critical Access Hospitals. The results recognize that the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – measuring them across more than 70 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency. The list of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at www.iVantageINDEX.com.

“Rural healthcare encompasses more than 60 million Americans and the facilities which comprise our Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a vital role in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the rural health safety net,” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics. “Our data analysis shows that this group of top performers exhibits a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people’s ability to pay.

“Our strong local communities are a result of strong community services including education and healthcare. Here at Mercer Health we take our responsibility as stewards of community health very seriously. Nearly 2,100 hospital systems fall into the rural category and we are pleased to fall in the top 100,” shares Klenke.

In addition, Mercer Health landed on Becker’s Hospital Review, 100 Great Community Hospitals for 2016. Becker’s is the leading hospital magazine for hospital business news and analysis for hospital and health system executives. Becker’s has published a version of this list annually since 2011. This is the fifth year the list has included 100 hospitals. For the purposes of this list, Becker’s defines a “community hospital” as one with fewer than 550 beds that have minimal teaching programs.

A release from Becker’s states, “The hospitals on this list are spread across the country, some not far from major metro areas and some in rural communities. Regardless of location or whether they are affiliated with a major system, these hospitals are vital parts of their respective communities.”

The Becker’s editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on rankings and awards from organizations including iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, CareChex, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Leapfrog Group. Included organizations have earned recognition from one or more of these organizations. The list of the 100 Great Community Hospitals and more information can be found at www.beckershospitalreview.com.

George Boyles, Senior Vice President and CFO states, “To be included in the Becker’s list is outstanding. To be considered among the top in the nation is a major distinction. Our team is definitely among the best and we thank them for the outstanding service they provide to our community.”

For more information about Mercer Health, visit www.mercer-health.com.

Since the beginning of 2016, Mercer Health has received several honors locally and state and nationwide for its commitment to quality healthcare, including:
• Women’s Choice Award® for America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care
• Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce – 2015 Business of the Year
• iVantage Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals for 2016
• Becker’s Hospital Review, 100 Great Community Hospitals for 2016
• Recipient of the 2016 Healthgrades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award™
• Hospital Safety Scores – Mercer Health received an “A”
• Blue Distinction® Centers for Maternity Care Designation, identified by Blue Cross, Blue Shield
• Recognition by the Ohio State Health Network and The Ohio House or Representatives – Emergency Department being honored in the “patients leaving against medical advice” category

Village Green Health Campus Recognized as a Best Employer in Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Parent Company Trilogy Health Services Ranked #19 on List of Top Companies

 

Greenville, OH (June 14, 2016) –Village Green Health Campus, a Trilogy Health Services community, has been named one of the 2016 Best Employers in Ohio (BEO). The annual list of the Best Employers in Ohio was created by the Ohio Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) State Council and Best Companies Group. This will mark the sixth consecutive year Village Green Health Campus’s parent company, Trilogy Health Services, has been named to this prestigious list.

This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in Ohio, benefitting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2016 Best Employers in Ohio is made up of 39 companies. Village Green is honored to be among those recognized.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process. Village Green’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics were evaluated in detail for the first part of the survey. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. During the second part of the process, employees of Village Green Health Campus were surveyed in depth, and asked questions pertaining to their employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation.

“We are so proud of this accomplishment,” stated Jessica Price, Executive Director of Village Green Health Campus. “Our campus strives to offer an employee experience that is second to none, and this award reflects our employees’ unwavering commitment to be the best. Each member of our team plays a part in not only making us a Best Employer, but also a provider of choice in our community.”

John Eckman, Sr. VP of Employee Services, added, “This award is a reflection of our campus teams and their commitment to our Trilogy standards and to each other. We applaud our employees for their achievement in making Trilogy Health Services a Best Employer in Ohio!”

Trilogy was ranked #21 on the 2015 listing of Best Employers in Ohio, and moved to #19 on the 2016 list. The list of winners will be unveiled in a special publication produced by Journal Multimedia and distributed statewide.

Village Green Health Campus offers a full range of personalized senior living services including skilled nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living services. The campus’ senior living services are delivered by staff specially trained to honor, and enhance the lives of residents through compassion and commitment to exceeding customer expectations. For more information visit our web site at villagegreenhc.com or call 937-548-1993.

For more information, please contact:
Nikki Nealeigh, Community Services Representative
Phone: 937-548-1993
Email: Nikki.Nealeigh@villagegreenhc.com

Career planning retreat held at Minster Elementary

For Immediate Release

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The Education Service Centers of Auglaize and Mercer Counties recently held a career planning retreat at Minster Elementary School. The event was created to bring resources together to assist local area educators with the development of career curriculum specific to district needs. Invited attendees included middle and high school principals, guidance counselors, career exploration teachers, superintendents and others involved in career planning curriculum.

The day’s events kicked off with a welcome from incoming AMBE President, Randy Hemmelgarn of Stammen Insurance. Hemmelgarn provided a brief overview of the mission of the AMBE Alliance, to connect businesses with the local schools and students. He shared the success of the AMBE hosted spring events Career Connection Forum & Talent Connection Forum. Hemmelgarn expressed AMBE’s commitment to build a foundation of good information for the career events to continue for years to come.

Ryan Burgess, Director of the Governor’s Office in Workforce Transformation for the State of Ohio was in attendance. Burgess addressed the crowd by commending the attendees on dedicating their lives to young people and the organic collaboration, “You would think that (collaboration) is common in other parts of the State, but it is not”. Burgess stressed the Governor’s interest in “capturing the imagination of students”, and added that career centers achieve this goal by providing students hands-on learning. “The Governor desires for every individual to rise to their God-given ability”, stated Burgess. Burgess challenged the attendees to not measure outputs, but to measure outcomes. “Never confuse efforts with results”, said Burgess.

Representatives from the Auglaize Mercer Business Education (AMBE) Alliance held a panel discussion outlining the area/regional employment needs. Brian Styer of Nidec-Minster highlighted the successful outcomes of Tri Star Career Compact students who begin working part-time as high school juniors or seniors. Styer noted some of the students continue their education by pursuing two or four year degrees, continuing to co-op at Nidec-Minster.

“Those (students) are the one who rise to supervisory roles”, said Styer. “These students become employees who develop a wealth of knowledge about our products”, added Styer.

Alicia Jutte of Coldwater Machine Company shared the co-op and apprenticeship opportunities available. She added their “…skillset needs require math and science, communication, critical thinking and problem solving”. Deb Hemmelgarn of Mercer Health spoke of all the non-medical positions that need to be filled at the hospital, citing positions from housekeepers to physicians and everything in between. Hemmelgarn stressed the importance to “maintain quality health care locally”. All panel members agreed that interview skills need to be improved by candidates. Several candidates have great resumes, but often times the lack of interview skills eliminates the candidate from selection.

During open discussion Scott Minnig of Wapakoneta City Schools shared the value of resources available to the students. “The Talent Connection Forum is great, giving students a chance to talk to businesses face-to-face”. Minnig also commented on Hometown Opportunity, “I like the virtual tours. The videos allow opportunity to be inside the business. I want to see the (video) library continue to grow”.

An afternoon session had area districts sharing career programming currently taking place in their schools. This provided an opportunity for the school districts to see how they could bridge gaps in their own career curriculums. The activity also proved that the Ohio Means Jobs and Hometown Opportunity sites were frequently used among the local schools.

To finish the day’s events, Carrie Cubberley, Dean of Students ofACE Academy and local economic development professionals informed attendees of connections and resources currently available in the area. Cubberley demonstrated the online career connections curriculum available through ACE (Auglaize County Education) Academy. She explained the blended and online classrooms are vertically aligned for career awareness, career exploration and career planning. She stated the goal of the program was to “design and implement a relevant, engaging career connections curriculum. Angela Hamberg, New Bremen Economic Development shared the importance of continuing education. “College and career is not a fork in the road”, stated Hamberg. “It is about how are you continuing your education, whether through certifications, apprenticeships, 2 year or 4 year degrees”, added Hamberg. Susan Crotty, St. Mary Community Development Manager shared the success that St. Marys has had through their Business Advisory Council. The BAC actively engages business and education. For the past 3 years, the BAC has sponsored an education course for St. Marys educators. The course is modeled after the Auglaize County VALU class, where different industries are explored. Teachers who participate learn more about manufacturing, health, government and agriculture and the role they play in the success of the St. Marys community. This assists in the classroom, by being able to cite real world examples. In addition, the teachers earn CEUs for participating. Jared Ebbing, Mercer County Economic Development Director commented “that everything discussed today is an effort to help connect more dots. Anything we can all do to help provide more tools for educators and businesses to collaborate on ideas, initiatives, and projects is a good thing for the long-term future of our communities”.