Pharmacy faculty appointed to national committees

Two Marshall University School of Pharmacy faculty members have been appointed to committees of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Brittany Riley, Pharm.D., will serve as a member of the ASHP's Council on Pharmacy Practice, and Chelsea Gresham-Dolby, Pharm.D., will serve as new practitioner of the Council on Education and Workforce Development. Both appointments are for the 2019-20 term.

Riley is a clinical associate professor, director of residency programs and director of the Center for Pharmacy Education at Marshall's School of Pharmacy.

Gresham-Dolby is a clinical assistant professor and director of objective structured clinical examinations.

The ASHP represents nearly 50,000 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students who provide patient care in acute and ambulatory settings.

St. Mary's names Spirit of St. Mary's Award winners

St. Mary's Medical Center has named the winners of its Spirit of St. Mary's Award for June.

The winner for the patient care area is Taylor Price, patient care specialist in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU). The winner in the service area is Patrick Craft, food service worker in the food and nutrition department.

The Spirit of St. Mary's Award recognizes employees who demonstrate exceptional service and care to patients and their families, fellow co-workers and the community by living the values that illustrate the spirit of St. Mary's Medical Center.

Dean leaves Jim's Steak & Spaghetti House

Jim's Steak & Spaghetti House in the 900 block of 5th Avenue in downtown Huntington announced last week that longtime manager Mary Dean was leaving to pursue other goals.

Dean started her job at the popular restaurant nearly 14 years ago as a cashier and has been a manager for the past 13 years.

Dean said she enjoyed her time at the historic establishment and one of her special memories was meeting American singer and songwriter Billy Joel when he came to Jim's while in Huntington.

Dean said she is not retiring and still wants to work with the public.

Savage selected for senior executive service

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District, announced that Joseph Savage, deputy district engineer, has been selected for the senior executive service and will serve as the regional business director at the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In his current position, he serves as the Deputy District Engineer and Chief, Planning, Programs and Project Management Division, Huntington District. He manages a $100 million annual district operating budget and is responsible for the program delivery for over $200 million annual construction and operations programs and hundreds of technical work packages of various values and durations.

The Regional Business Director manages the operations of the Regional Business Center and the Regional Management Board for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division and its 7 Districts that cover the Great Lakes and Ohio River basins. The Directorate also leads strategic planning initiatives, monitors and coordinates implementation of Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Strategic Planning Initiatives, and establishes overall strategic direction for outreach activities in concert with the Regional Command Council and the Regional Management Board.

D'Orazio added to Big Green Scholarship Foundation staff

Former Thundering Herd softball standout Elicia D'Orazio has been named M Club director and assistant director of development for the Big Green Scholarship Foundation.

At Marshall, she will oversee the M Club, Marshall Athletics' connection to former student-athletes and fundraising for select Big Green chapters and sports.

The Clermont, Florida, native is a Marshall graduate, having finished her career in 2018 as Conference USA's and Marshall's all-time leader in stolen bases (166) among the many categories that saw her listed in the top 10 when all was said and done.

D'Orazio spent last season with the Georgia Tech softball program as a graduate assistant and continues to be a member of the Puerto Rico national team.

Swallowing specialist becomes board-certified

Pam Holland, director of clinical education for Marshall University's Department of Communication Disorders, has received board certification in swallowing and swallowing disorders (BCS-S), making her the only swallowing specialist in West Virginia certified by the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

Holland, a speech-language pathologist in the university's Speech and Hearing Center, said she has been working on this certification for four years.

Holland said having this specialization will benefit the community as well as provide Marshall students with unique opportunities for continued learning and research.

In addition to her work with the state's Department of Education, Holland has evaluated infants and children in Healthy Connections, KIDS clinic and Project Hope for Women and Children. She said research indicates children born exposed to opioids have disorganized feeding skills, which poses a growing threat in the Tri-State region.

For the last two semesters, she has co-taught a course titled, "The Role of Healthcare Professionals in the Opioid Epidemic: Prevention, Intervention, and Community Efforts." Holland said graduate students enrolled in this course have been offered the opportunity to visit and volunteer at Cabell Huntington Hospital in the Neonatal Transition Unit and observe firsthand the feeding and swallowing challenges infants face.

Baylous recognized for distinguished service

The West Virginia Health Care Association has honored Leslie Baylous, clinical reimbursement coordinator for Putnam Center - Genesis HealthCare in Hurricane, as the recipient of the WVHCA Distinguished Service Award.

During award ceremonies in Morgantown, Baylous received recognition for her commitment to the care of residents at Putnam Center, where she started as a licensed practical nurse in 1991.

Now a registered nurse, Baylous has had numerous roles during her career at the center, including staff nurse, nurse manager and director of nursing.

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