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Chamber to honor local businesses

Oct. 04, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- The medical community is growing in Lawrence County, and two prominent members will be among those recognized at the Greater Lawrence County Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 18.

The banquet will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. and then dinner at 6:30 p.m., in the Mains Rotunda at the Riffe Building on the Ironton campus of Ohio University Southern. The keynote address will be given by Sen. Tom Neihaus, who is the current State Senate President.

The Business of the Year Award for 2012 will be presented to St. Mary's Medical Center, Ironton Campus for its continuing support of the Lawrence County economy.

"With the recent opening of the Ironton Campus, at the (Ohio) 141 exit from (U.S.) 52, St. Mary's is offering convincing proof of its strong commitment to the growth of Lawrence County," the Chamber said in a press release.

The campus opened in July with a full-service 24-hour-a-day emergency room, which includes a team of physicians, nurses and staff serving patients with any type of emergency. The ER uses advanced, onsite imaging and lab services. It also contains offices for specialty physicians, family care physicians and pediatricians. Specialty physicians are available on-site to diagnose and consult with patients about cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, heart rhythm problems, urology and orthopedics, including joint replacement.

An Air Evac Lifeteam will have a full-time medical transport helicopter based at the campus later this year with construction now under way. Hospice of Huntington in Ohio also has an office at the medical center.

Todd Campbell, St. Mar's senior vice president and chief operating officer, and Tim Parnell, vice president for development and support services, are expected to accept the award at the banquet.

The Business Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 is Dr. Arturo Roa. In 2005, Dr. Roa and his wife, Ann, saw the need and opportunity for a new office location in Proctorville adjacent to Three Gables Surgical Hospital. They designed and built the Liberty Circle Building which encompasses 14,000 square feet divided into four suites.

Prior to the Proctorville project, Dr. Roa worked with Dr. Ken Wolfe's ENT group in Huntington for 10 years.

The Holzer Health System is also heavily involved in the Proctorville location and is offering additional services including rheumatology, a sleep lab, pulmonology and plastic surgery. Audiology is also available as well as phlebotomy and ultrasound.

With the addition of Dr. Ross Germani as an ENT partner, a Sinus and Nasal Center of Excellence has been established offering comprehensive and advanced treatments for chronic sinus disease for both pediatric and adult patients. Liberty Circle employs two physician assistants, several LPN's and a sizable number of other talented employees to staff the office.

"The goal for Dr. Roa and his staff has always been to provide the best in ENT health care delivery to the residents of Lawrence County and beyond," according to the Chamber. "Dr. Roa's vision has produced a sizeable number of new jobs for eastern Lawrence County."

The Lawrence County Young Professional of the Year for 2012 is being presented to Massie Schemmel, who is a resident of Getaway, Ohio, but a native of Wales who moved to the United States when she was 14.

She is currently assistant vice president and branch manager of City Bank in Ironton.

"She has been a vital part of The Lawrence County Young Professionals and was past Chair of the group (2011-2012). She has been heavily involved in the group's Secret Santa Project, helping with toys and clothing for more than 600 needy children last year," the Chamber said in the release. "Massie is a true community cheerleader, also being involved as a member of the Ironton Rotary Club, The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, and Hospice of Huntington. Massie was just recently married to Bruce Schemmel, a commercial pilot and inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration. When not doing all of these other things, she enjoys jumping out of airplanes."

The Public Servant of the Year Award will be given to Harriet Ramsey. "The Burlington, Ohio, community activist has been doing good things for Lawrence County for more than 40 years," the Chamber said.

Ramsey founded the Concerned Citizens of Burlington, for which she has served as president for 29 years.

"Always with a servant's heart, Harriet has spent hours upon hours volunteering for various organizations and projects," the Chamber said. "She helped build and erect street signs and Burlington's first county seat signs on U.S. 52. She helps to maintain the Burlington Commons Park and Log Cabin and she has been involved in erecting the Veteran's Memorial at Burlington Commons Park. Earlier, Harriet was honored by the Ironton Tribune as Citizen of the Year. She is a member of the Historical Jail Committee and organized the Burlington Children's free Summer Lunch Program.

Keynote speaker Niehaus, who is not eligible to run again for the 14th District Senate Seat because of term limits, will be recognized by the Chamber for his work that benefited Lawrence County during his legislative tenure.

Also at the banquet, Lawrence County Judge Charles Cooper will swear in the new board of directions for 2012-2013. Executive Officers for the coming year include Ted Edwards as president; Larry Anderson as internal vice president, Rachel Sargent as external vice president, Casey Baker as treasurer, and Massie Schemmel as secretary. New members to the board this year are Bret Hensley and Julie Terry.

Proctorville songstress Lorie Bane will perform special music for the event. Special recognition awards will also be presented to other individuals during the banquet.

Table sponsorships are closed, but individual tickets may still be purchased for $50. Tickets must be reserved by Monday, Oct. 15. Call 740-377-4550 to make reservations.