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Aug. 04, 2013 @ 07:31 AM

Harris joins Hoops Family Children's Hospital

HUNTINGTON -- Jeffrey K. Harris, MD, a fellowship-trained heart specialist for children, has joined the medical staffs at the Hoops Family Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital and Marshall Pediatrics.

Harris earned his medical degree at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and he completed his fellowship training in pediatric cardiology at the Medical University of South Carolina and his residency training in pediatrics at the University of Virginia.

Harris is now accepting new patients in his offices at Marshall Pediatrics for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric heart issues, including congenital heart diseases, heart murmur, acquired heart diseases, chest pain, syncope (fainting), abnormal heart rhythm and heart disease in young athletes.

Garg joins Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall Health

HUNTINGTON -- Neha Garg, MD, a fellowship-trained specialist in kidney care and hypertension, has joined the medical staffs at Cabell Huntington Hospital and Marshall Health.

Garg completed fellowships in nephrology and hypertension at Cleveland Clinic and she completed her residency training in internal medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit. She earned her medical degree at B.J. Medical College in India.

Garg is now seeing patients to diagnose and treat kidney disease, including problems associated with kidney stones and resistant hypertension. Garg treats patients in the Kidney Stone Program at Cabell Huntington Hospital located in the J. Robert Pritchard Dialysis Center on the hospital's campus and in her office at Marshall Internal Medicine.

To learn more about the Kidney Stone Program at Cabell Huntington Hospital, please visit www.cabellhuntington.org/services/kidney-stone-program.

Edwards gets Stroke Certified Registered Nurse certification

HUNTINGTON -- Jenny Edwards, RN SCRN, clinical nurse specialist at St. Mary's Medical Center, has earned Stroke Certified Registered Nurse certification through the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing.

The credential formally recognizes the attainment and demonstration of a unique body of knowledge necessary for the practice of stroke nursing. Through this credential, the board recognizes nurses who demonstrate the attainment of this knowledge though successful completion of the certification exam.

The board is an independent, not-for-profit corporation established to design, implement and evaluate a certification program for professional nurses involved in the specialty practice of neuroscience nursing. For more information about the Regional Neuroscience Center, call 304-526-1184.

Becker-Cottrill named Autism Professional of the Year, retires

HUNTINGTON -- Barbara Becker-Cottrill, executive director of the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University, was recently named the Dr. Cathy Pratt Autism Professional of the Year at the 44th annual Autism Society of America Conference in Pittsburgh.

Becker-Cottrill has served as executive director of the center for the past 23 years. Among her accomplishments in this position were the development and implementation of a comprehensive service delivery program for families and their children with autism spectrum disorders.

"It was truly an honor to receive this recognition from the Autism Society and it has been a great honor to serve as the director of the WVATC," Becker-Cottrill said in a news release. "There are few statewide programs in the nation that provide direct services and supports specifically targeted for families of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) of all ages."

Becker-Cottrill is the founder and co-developer of the College Program for Students with Asperger Syndrome, sponsored by the West Virginia Autism Training Center and housed at Marshall University. She served as the principal investigator for the surveillance of autism grant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also is a co-author of the book "Autism: A Primer for Educators."

Becker-Cottrill retired from her position as the executive director on July 31.

Woods, Price, Dixon join KDMC staff

ASHLAND -- King's Daughters has hired pathologist Dustin Woods, M.D., interventional cardiologist Brian Price, M.D., and urologist Justin Dixon, M.D.

Woods earned his medical degree and completed residencies in general surgery and anatomic/clinical pathology at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky. He also completed cytopathology fellowship at the University of Louisville and is board certified by the American Board of Pathology.

A pathologist studies the causes and effects of disease by looking at cells, fluids and tissues from the body. Pathologists work closely with other physicians to help diagnose illness or disease in patients and recommend treatments.

Price will practice with 15 other cardiologists on the team at Kentucky Heart Institute who care for patients throughout the region.

A native of Huntington, Price earned his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown. He completed residency at the University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, Ky. Price completed cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at Joan C. Edwards Marshall University School of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine with subspecialty certification in cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

An interventional cardiologist deals specifically with treatment of heart disease including blocked coronary arteries, valve disease and repair of congenital heart defects. New patients are welcome. Kentucky Heart Institute offices are located at 613 23rd St., Suite 230 in Ashland. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 606-324-4745.

Dixon has joined the team at KDMS -- Urology, 336 29th St., Suite 101, Ashland. He will also see patients in Prestonsburg at King's Daughters Medical Specialties, 1279 Old Abbott Mountain Road.

Dixon earned his medical degree from University of Kentucky, Lexington. He completed internship and residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn. Urologists diagnose and treat conditions and diseases of the urinary tract system including those affecting the kidneys, adrenal glands, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, and the male reproductive organs.

For more information, contact KDMS -- Urology at 606-324-4404 or KDMS in Prestonsburg at 606-886-0892.

Lovins honored at SERVPRO National Convention

HUNTINGTON -- Bobby Lovins of SERVPRO of Huntington recently returned from SERVPRO's 44th Annual National Convention in June at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel and the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

SERVPRO is an industry leader in disaster cleanup, restoration and remediation services and offered attendees more than 60 workshops sessions covering more than 30 different topics. This year's keynote speaker was former NBA player Walter Bond.

In addition to providing a networking and educational forum for the more than 1,600 franchise owners in the SERVPRO Franchise System, the annual event provides a platform for SERVPRO to reward franchisees for their business success.

Lovins was honored with the Director's Platinum award for outstanding revenue performance.

Founded in 1967, SERVPRO provides fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. For more information about SERVPRO, visit www.SERVPRO.com.

Marshall participates in transportation forum

HUNTINGTON -- Representatives of Marshall University participated last week in the Appalachian States Coalition for Geohazards in Transportation's 13th annual technical forum, "Geohazards Impacting Transportation in the Appalachian Region."

Engineers, geologists and transportation planners from across the region will meet at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., for the forum.

Coordinated by Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences, this year's forum was hosted by the Virginia Department of Transportation and was a joint endeavor with the Interstate Group on Abandoned Underground Mines, which deals with abandoned mines' impact on transportation infrastructure.

Coalition members represent the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Corporation, the Federal Highway Administration and the departments of transportation and state geological surveys in Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

"It is an exciting prospect to work with federal, state and private entities to share best practices on the prevention and remediation of geological problems that affect transportation throughout the Appalachian region and nationally," Tony Szwilski, director of Marshall's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences and chairman of the coalition, said in a news release.

Presenters from Marshall included William Niemann from the College of Science, Wael Zatar, dean of the College of Information Technology and Engineering, and Paulus Wahjudi, also with the College of Information Technology and Engineering.

Bane promoted to senior VP at First Community Bank

BLUEFIELD -- First Community Bank has announced William E. Bane, current director of Enterprise Risk Management, has been promoted to senior vice president.

Bane, a Barboursville native and Marshall University graduate, has headed up First Community's Enterprise Risk Management division since its inception in 2007 after serving as First Community's director of auditing for seven years. With a background in public accounting, Bane transitioned to risk management and internal auditing early in his 28-year career. Bane was recently an honored guest speaker at the May SNL Knowledge Center Bank Enterprise Risk Management seminar in Chicago, Ill.

Bane is also in the midst of a two-year term as a member of the Virginia Association of Community Banks (VACB) education committee. In addition to his responsibilities with First Community and VACB, Bane is a recognized Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant, Certified Risk Professional, and member of the Community Action of Southeastern West Virginia Board of Directors.

Francisco elected to second term of national paralegal post

HUNTINGTON -- Jill I. Francisco, Advanced Certified Paralegal, in the firm's Huntington office since 1997, was recently elected to serve her second term as Secretary of the National Association of Legal Assistants/Paralegals, at the organization's 38th Annual Convention in Portland, Ore. She will serve on the association's board of directors during the 2013-14 operational year.

Francisco previously served as secretary from 2012-13, treasurer from 2010-12, affiliated associations director from 2008-2010, affiliated associations secretary from 2005-2006, and on the Professional Development Committee from 2003-2006.

Francisco served as charter president from 2004-2006 of the NALA Affiliated Association, Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for Mountwest Community and Technical College Legal Assistant Program, the Legal Assistant Committee of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, and the Legal Assistant Committee of the West Virginia State Bar. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Marshall University in 1994.

Huddleston Bolen LLP, a multi-practice law firm, has provided legal services to business, industry, and public entities in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio for more than 130 years. Huddleston Bolen maintains offices in Huntington and Charleston, as well as Ashland and Louisville, Ky.

For more information on Huddleston Bolen, visit the firm's website at www.huddlestonbolen.com.