Business news of local interest


Conemaugh opens new lab

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has opened a new molecular lab on the first floor of the Good Samaritan building.

The lab gives Conemaugh Memorial the ability to expand its specialty laboratory capabilities and support molecular testing for other hospitals across the country.

The local investment by LifePoint Health for the molecular lab totaled more than $1.7 million.

In addition to performing testing for local patients, Conemaugh Memorial will also accept specimens for advanced molecular testing from hospitals and health systems across the country.


SFU sets seminars

The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center has scheduled two pre-business planning seminars for October.

The free seminar is for people who are interested in opening and operating their own business.

Topics to be discussed are feasibility issues, marketing, recordkeeping, business plans, legal issues, regulations/taxes and financing.

The seminars will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Somerset Trust Historic Conference Room, 131 N. Center Ave., Somerset, and from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the SBDC, 2299 Manor Drive, Loretto.

Preregistration is required for the seminar 48 hours prior to scheduled date. Interested persons may contact the SBDC at 472-3200 or register online at www.francis.edu/SBDC-Workshops/


F.N.B. donates to relief efforts

F.N.B. Corp. has announced a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross and the Outer Banks Community Foundation to assist with Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts.

The $50,000 donation includes a corporate contribution and funds raised through a special employee giving event for impacted communities. FNB volunteers also organized a community event that provided meals to 250 residents of Hatteras Island, N.C., which suffered significant damage during the hurricane.

The company also will continue post-crisis assistance for clients by providing accommodations for financial needs resulting from the impacts of Hurricane Dorian.

The company has total assets of nearly $34 billion and about 380 banking offices throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.