Business news of local interest

L.S. Fiore wins awards

Leonard S. Fiore Inc., Altoona, recently won two awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Central Pennsylvania Chapter.

Excellence in Construction awards were earned for two projects completed at Fine Line Cabinets in Hollidaysburg and the Bellefonte Mews’ Garman and Cadillac Houses in Bellefonte.

These industry awards honor projects for their achievements in leadership, quality, safety and innovation.

O’Reilly coming to Altoona

An O’Reilly Auto Parts store is coming to Altoona.

Springfield, Mo.-based O’Reilly recently purchased the former Mattress World property at 3006 Pleasant Valley Blvd. from Northwest Bank, according to Bob Varner, vice president of real estate and brokerage of Pennswood Commercial Realty LLC, Altoona, who brokered the sale.

O’Reilly plans to open at this location in 2018, Varner said.

O’Reilly Automotive Inc. is one of the largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States, serving both professional service providers and do-it-yourself customers.

Founded in 1957 by the O’Reilly family, the company operated 4,934 stores in

47 states as of June 30.

HealthSouth recognized

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona has been recognized by HealthSouth Corp. as having the highest overall patient satisfaction rate for HealthSouth inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in the Northeast Region for the third quarter of 2017.

During the third quarter, patients rewarded HealthSouth Altoona with a

92 percent patient satisfaction rate and a 94.8 percent likelihood to recommend to friends and family.

Altoona also finished the third quarter with a record high 83.7 percent of all admitted patients being discharged back to their home and community compared with a national average of just more than 74 percent.


Nursing program recognized

Saint Francis University’s nursing program recently became the only program in the state to have 100 percent of its graduates pass the National Council Licensure Examination for the past four consecutive years.

The Nursing Department received notice last week from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing that all of its

2017 nursing graduates had passed the national exam on their first attempt.

According to Dr. Rita Trofino, who serves as the Nursing Department chair and associate dean in the School of Health Sciences, 100 percent of graduates who seek professional employment within three months of graduation have jobs in the profession. Most have jobs within two months of graduation.


Breakfast club to meet

The Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club will meet at 7:30 a.m.

Nov. 16 at the Bull Pen Restaurant.

Deb Yeskey, director of the Regulatory and Quality Affairs Division within the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will present “21st Century Solutions for 21st Century Threats.”

Cost to attend is $6. For reservations or more information call 684-0736 or email