New hires and promotions
-- Carl T. Gingrich of Altoona was recently hired as a property/casualty producer at the Warren A. Gingrich Agency.
Gingrich, a 2008 graduate of Altoona Area High School and a 2012 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in marketing, is a third-generation agent working for the family business.
-- Aurora Ressler of Altoona was recently promoted to manager of the health information management department at UPMC Altoona.
As manager, she plans, organizes, directs and controls workflow throughout the department, managing the clerical, medical records assistants, atlas and tumor Registry staff. She also ensures that medical records are prepared and scanned into the electronic medical record in a timely manner and that chart completion of the medical record is accomplished within the mandatory guidelines.
-- Nicole Fedeli Turiano of Hollidaysburg has been promoted by Home Nursing Agency to director of public policy and government relations for UPMC Community Provider Services division and will respond to legislation impacting post-acute service delivery and payment.
-- Fedeli Turiano, who holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Penn State, previously served as director of legislative affairs and corporate communications for Home Nursing Agency.
Awards and honors
-- Verna Blough, 95, of Martinsburg has been named Salute to Senior Service Program Winner by Home Instead Senior Care.
Blough volunteers monthly at Homewood at Martinsburg, where she resides, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Martinsburg and Arbutus Park Retirement Community in Johnstown.
-- Dennie Huber of Altoona, a master balloon artist and magician, was recognized with the Dillman Award during the Children's Miracle Network at Geisinger Celebration Weekend event.
The Dillman Award was created in 1999 as an award to be given to an outstanding volunteer for Children's Miracle Network in the Johnstown-Altoona region. Huber has been involved with Children's Miracle Network for the last 20 years and has volunteered his magic and balloon-twisting services for several Children's Miracle Network fund-raising events.
-- Lottie Ebersole of Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring, was one of 524 CCRNs honored this year by the AACN Certification Corp. and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for 30 years of continuous certification.
CCRN certification is one of the most advanced professional credentials that can be achieved by a nurse in the field of acute and critical care.
Course completions and certifications
-- Rhonda Trexler of Martinsburg, an education and staff development specialist at Home Nursing Agency, recently earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Trexler also holds a BS in nursing from Penn State University and has been with the Agency since 1993.
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