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The Marsh Foundation
The Marsh Foundation, located at 1229 Lincoln Highway in Van Wert, is a not-for-profit children’s service agency that provides behavioral treatment in a variety of settings: group homes, family foster care, independent living, an intensive treatment program, a non-campus school; and a variety of clinical services. We are proud to offer quality services to youth and families who need them. We are proud to work with families from around the state of Ohio. Our staff is dedicated and goes above and beyond to ensure the well-being and success of the youth in our programs. Marsh is led by Executive Director of Child and Family Services Kim Mullins; Marsh Foundation School Principal Roger Salisbury; Executive Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Grothouse; and Board of Trustees members Gerald Thatcher, Gary Corcoran and Robert Gamble. The Marsh Foundation was established in 1922 by George and Hilinda Marsh and their daughter, Katie. Most of their substantial estate was left to help needy children and families. George Marsh’s will detailed the formation and operation of the foundation. Originally, the campus was used as an orphanage and since evolved to meet the changing needs of children and families. Learn more at marshfoundation.org. You can make a difference in the lives of children! Foster Parents Needed! Couples and single parents are eligible. • Complete, extensive training prior to child placement; • Licensing through the Ohio Dept. of Human Services; • Supportive, 24-hour on-call consultation provided; • Substantial reimbursement for those who qualify. Call 419.238.1695, ext. 360 or visit orwww.marshfoundation.org

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Purmort Brothers Insurance Agency is a fullservice independent insurance agency operating for over 136 years. Our agency represents financially solid insurance companies in order to provide customers with sound insurance protection that provides you peace of mind. Being independent means we represent several fine companies and are able to offer many options specific to your needs. We are family owned and operated and enjoy working closely with the surrounding communities. Being a full-service agency allows us to offer all lines of insurance: personal, business, life and health (both individual and group). And since insurance seems to constantly change, we stay committed to only offer the best and most current products available through our A rated companies. We also maintain a solid and close relationship with these carriers and make sure we advocate for you, the insured. We continue to keep cur-

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Wright State University’s Lake Campus

rent with what technology offers without losing the personal touch. We understand there are many families who lead busy lives and like the option to conduct business electronically. However, we also know there are others who prefer to stop in and see a friendly face. Whichever way fits your needs, we continue to offer friendly, personal customer service and have been for 136 years! Our agency owners, as

Co-Managers Michele Purmort-Mooney and Leah Purmort-Treece

well as our staff, play a very active role in our communities through church, service organizations, youth activities, etc. We feel this helps show we are committed to maintaining a successful, locally owned business that takes pride in building long lasting relationships. We feel it important to build these relationships in all surrounding areas with not only our customers, but potential clients as well.

Wright State University (WSU) President David Hopkins, Lake Campus Dean Bonnie Mathies, Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) Board members, and representatives from the WSU Board of Trustees join WOEF Development Officer Tom Knapke in the ceremonial ribbon cutting to open student housing at the Lake Campus.

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Wright State University’s Lake Campus, located in Celina, continues to grow and expand. Fall 2011 enrollment was among the highest on record, with a headcount of 1,417. High school dual enrollment, which involves approximately 300 students from over 20 schools spanning several West Central Ohio counties, continues to increase as more and more high school students take advantage of opportunities to earn college credit while seated in their high school. The first tenants of Lake Campus housing have moved in, making the Lake Campus a residential campus for the first time in its 50-year history. In October 2011, a formal ribbon-cutting was held to celebrate the completion of Knapke Villa, first building of the Student Housing Villas. In other renovation and construction news, the Lake Campus cafeteria underwent a facelift and was reopened as “The Boathouse.” To celebrate, the Lake Campus partnered with Sodexo and WSU Dining Services as well as Barnes & Noble, which now manages the

Lake Campus Bookstore, to provide special events such as activities, free food, raffles and giveaways. Academically, Wright State will move to a semester calendar in Fall 2012. The faculty, staff, and administration of Wright State is diligently working with students to maintain academic progress before, during, and after the conversion to semesters. To prepare for the final stages of this process, the Lake Campus will expand courses offered in Summer 2012, assisting students who wish to graduate, complete a course sequence, or complete their general education classes before the first day of classes on Aug. 27. For more information, please review the Semesters Web site at www.wright. edu/semesters . Also, in curriculum news, the Lake Campus is proud to offer the entire curriculum for the bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering, with a manufacturing concentration. In late 2011, local industry leaders had the opportunity to meet with P. Ruby Mawasha, Ph.D., the founding direc-

tor of the Lake Campus Engineering and Computer Science program. Mawasha will work closely with local industry to identify areas of specialization in manufacturing engineering, such as robotics and automation, micro-fabrication, computer simulation and other areas relevant to the needs of the region’s employers. Once identified, engineering students will begin taking specific classes in those topics that are most applicable to companies in the area. For the 2011-12 academic year, the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) awarded 175 scholarships to 128 recipients, for a total of almost $248,000 in assistance to Lake Campus students. Since 1962, the WOEF Board has awarded over $2.7 million in scholarship monies. 2012 also marks the 50th anniversary of the WOEF Board and their commitment to higher education in the area. Several special events are planned to recognize the WOEF Board. Visit www.wright.edu/ lake for more information.

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Farm Credit Services
Farm Credit Services at 1120 Elida Avenue in Delphos has been lending for 96 years specializing in rural and agricultural lending. Kris Craft, Connie Waters, Sandi Shutt, Scott Parker and Jackie Mosier provide value in terms of both money and convenience. Whether it’s reliable lending, competitive pricing or the introduction of new products, there are many ways we work with farmers, ag businesses and rural residents. Farm Credit Services offers many products including: Farm mortgage loans - 1, 3, 5, 10 and 15-year adjustable products are available. We are one of the few ag lenders who offer fixed rates for farm mortgages and we can also tie loans to

finance indexes like LIBOR and Prime; Operating loans - when a farmer needs money to grow their operation, FCS has loans to cover farm and family living expenses. We also offer multi-year lines of credit to draw when customers need funds and capital lines of credit; Equipment financing loans for equipment, livestock and buildings with fixed rates up to 10 years as well as adjustable and variable rates; Leasing - leasing can increase tax flow, tax advantages in capital preservation; and Residential loans - for a home, rental home or even a vacation home. In addition to lending programs, we offers services like crop insurance, online banking through www.e-farmcredit.com,

farmer cash management, a conversion program to convert loans when interest rates or other circumstances offer increased savings. With their conversion program, there is no lengthy and expensive refinancing process. Other programs include agriculture and rural community investment for financing in capital improvements in rural communities such as medical facilities, schools, wind turbines, etc., and an agnition program for financing through equipment dealerships. We are committed to financing agriculture today and in the future. We continue to search for the best possible products and services for our customers. Farm Credit Services is an equal opportunity provider.

Garmann/Miller Architects & Engineers
The 2011 year was an exciting one for Garmann/ Miller Architects & Engineers of Minster. The company continued to succeed in its industry and experienced growth of its own. The new year marked the start of 19 years of business for Garmann/Miller and its 35 staff members of registered architects, landscape architects, designers, professional engineers, construction administrators and administrative personnel. The company has seen growth in the commercial, municipal, healthcare and educational industries and is looking to grow its market and clientele in the coming year, specifically in higher education and healthcare. In October, construction was completed on the Garmann/Miller office addition and the event was marked with an open house celebration. A 5,750-squarefoot 1st, 2nd floor and basement addition to the east side of the existing building now provides everyone with more work space, storage room and additional conference room spaces. An interior remodel of the existing office space was also done to update the look and match the new finishes. The parking lot was expanded and redesigned to a permeable brick paver lot to accommodate employees and visiting clients. The new school year marked the successful opening of the new Elida High School, Lakota Local School in Kansas, Ohio, and a renovation/addition project at Edgerton Local School. The firm also completed numerous other smaller and private projects in the past year and there are several others in design or set to begin soon. Larger projects at the Auglaize County Courthouse, Vantage Career Center, Cedar Cliff Local and Findlay City Schools started construction and will continue throughout 2012. On the horizon is work pending with Apollo Career Center, Greenville City Schools and Ayersville Local School District and work on projects in Allen, Logan and Mercer Counties. In a year that saw school districts struggle with finances and bond issues passing, Garmann/Miller was lucky to have three districts rally voters to create positive outcomes at the polls. Kenton City Schools, Ft. Recovery Local Schools and most recently, Bath Local Schools passed their district bond issues and Garmann/Miller is working with them to design their buildings. Garmann/ Miller looks forward to a busy year as it seeks bids for school projects in the Otsego Local School District, Ft. Recovery and Madison Local Schools in Mansfield. Garmann/Miller is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. The USGBC promotes buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to

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Fort Jennings State Bank
The purpose of the Fort Jennings State Bank is to become the “bank of choice” in the communities we serve. We will accomplish this by offering our customers the financial services they expect, while providing a return to our owners. In accomplishing this mission, we will remain an independent community bank. The Fort Jennings State Bank has adopted this mission statement. The purpose is to help all employees, directors and stockholders realize the purpose of the bank’s existence is to serve its customers. In addition to the mission statement, the motto “bank of choice” was implemented to show the commitment to providing a complete set of financial services to customers; ATMs, debit cards and Internet banking compliment traditional loan and deposit products. In 1918, Leo J. Wildenhaus helped organize and open Fort Jennings State Bank. He served as its first cashier, holding that position until 1958. During his tenure, the bank experienced two world wars and the Great Depression, including the infamous “bank holidays.” It continued to serve the community and grow. In 1970, it became apparent new facilities would be required to serve its increasing customer base. The bank was originally located in what is now the U.S. Post Office in Fort Jennings. A new building was constructed across the street and north of the previous bank that included one of the first driveup teller windows in the area. In 1988, a new automated teller machine was installed, allowing customers to access their accounts 24 hours a day. By 1990, continued growth led the bank to construct an addition that nearly doubled the size of the building. In 1993, the decision was made to construct a branch office in Ottoville, followed by the purchase of a branch office in Columbus Grove in March 1996. In April 2001, construction of a new branch office in Leipsic began. In 2003, the decision was made to replace the Columbus Grove facility with a new building and a new branch was opened in Ottawa in late 2006. From its inception in 1918, the bank had been owned by its stockholders. In December 1997, the holding company FJSB Bancshares, Inc. was formed with the Fort Jennings State Bank as its wholly-owned subsidiary. The stockholders of Fort Jennings State Bank became the stockholders of FJSB Bancshares, Inc. As the banking challenges of 2011 continue to present themselves, the Fort Jennings State Bank, as a result of our capital position and business plan, has not accepted any funding from any federal relief programs. It remains an independentlyowned community-oriented bank. The bank currently employs 33 people.

live and work. USGBC has developed the LEED Green Building System as a comprehensive assessment tool. The mission of LEED is to encourage and accelerate the voluntary global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted standards, tools and performance criteria. Garmann/Miller is pleased to have several staff members who have achieved LEED Accredited Professional status. These individuals have achieved this status by successfully passing an exam administered by the USGBC whereby they must exhibit thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources and processes. Ohio schools in districts approved for state funding after September 2007 are being designed to meet at least LEED Silver Certification, with the goal of meeting the LEED Gold level. Garmann/Miller has also begun working with school districts looking to save money and become “green” by helping conduct energy audits in conjunction with Ohio House Bill 264. Garmann/Miller is optimistic about 2012. The project forecast is steady and opportunities continue to arise that allow the staff to work together and design the best projects.

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Pick N’ Save grocery is located at 719 Fox Road in Van Wert. The full-service grocery store offers fresh produce, an in-store delicatessen and bakery, the “best meat department in Van Wert,” is home to Van Wert’s “Best Fried Chicken,” the areas largest beer and wine department, Lottery, Western Union and ATM. Owned by Nash Finch, Pick N’ Save opened its doors

Pick N’ Save

in March 1990. Although there have been many changes over the year, we are still committed and loyal to the City of Van Wert and proud of our relationship with the community, schools 4-H and the Junior Fair. We believe in the city and the surrounding communities. Store Director Kyle Mccluer leads a group of 70 employees. Hours are 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.

The Neighborhood Cleaners
The Neighborhood Cleaners, owned by Jeff and Jody Thiery, is located at 927 N. Cable Road in Lima. The Thierys are proud to offer the only dry cleaning in

Proudly focusing on fulfilling the needs of our guests for more than 20 years, The Findlay Inn Conference Center is conveniently located in historic downtown Findlay within walking distance to much entertainment and shopping. As the only full-service hotel with our Tavern at the Inn restaurant/lounge, we offer upscale accommodations with a friendly and homelike atmosphere. Our experienced staff looks forward to providing exceptional, professional and the most dedicated service possible. With 80 deluxe guest rooms and suites as well as 9 conference rooms, Findlay Inn Conference Center continues to provide exceptional service and expertise of attention to detail while prospering in our community as the preferred lodging choice hotel and conference facility to host your next meeting, event or holiday party.

the area using environmentally safe cleaning solvent. The cleaners has been at the Cable Road location since 193 and the couple were able to purchase the building in

2006 and recently opened a second drop-off and pickup location at Mohler’s Flowers, 1052 Bellefonaine Ave., Lima. We are pleased to have

been able to grow and give the customers what they expect — quality service. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

There is plenty to be excited about on the Defiance College campus this spring, highlighted by the opening of the much-anticipated 84,000-square-foot George M. Smart Athletic Center. The center includes a regulation 200-meter indoor track recently named the

Defiance College

Richard M. and Carolyn M. Small Track, and an inside track that will accommodate tennis, volleyball and basketball courts. The facility also includes the Duane C. Hocking Training Room, weight room, locker area, and offices. The Randall L. and Marilyn A. Buchman Fitness

Center will continue to be a dual partnership with the Defiance Area YMCA. Opening the new complex will enhance Defiance College’s athletic facilities and programs while playing a significant regional role as the setting for major noncollege events.

While Defiance College continues to remain the college of choice for a large number of Northwest Ohio students, there is a deliberate campaign to recruit nationally to create a broader geographic diversity on campus. In the past year, applicants from 48 states and territories

applied for admission to DC. Nearly 40 percent of the current freshman class has come from outside of Ohio. New students are attracted to many of the distinguishing programs offered at Defiance College including international travel and undergraduate research through the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity; a growing music program; new intercollegiate athletic teams (swimming and lacrosse); and expanded cultural programs offering trips to Chicago, New York City and other destinations for concerts, theater, and art. Best of both worlds Students are attracted to Defiance College because of its size, which allows for individualized attention while at the same time offers a wide range of opportunities that will enable them to stand out in the job market and when applying to graduate schools. With the guidance of committed and dedicated faculty, students experience innovative programs that link what goes on in the classroom with the realities of the outside world. They receive handson experience in their field of study through quality internships, domestic and international travel, diverse cultural experiences and distinctive service and research opportunities. The following Imagine Initiatives have been introduced to enhance every student’s academic experience: DC Global is an opportunity for every entering fulltime freshman who completes the full four-year program at DC to travel to a foreign country during their years at Defiance. These international experiences take place during the junior or senior year. They could be a courseembedded experience, a faculty-designed trip, a selfdesigned project through the McMaster School, an Honors trip, or as a scholarship to help pay travel costs for a semester or year-long study abroad program. Cultural/Performing Arts Initiative in which every student has an opportunity before graduating to attend a wide range of mind-broadening cultural experiences such as symphonies, operas, ballets, musicals, and art and science museums in New York City, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Cleveland and other cities. DC to D.C., an initiative in which every student has an opportunity before graduating to experience our nation’s history firsthand, traveling to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia or other places of historical significance. DC EDventures is a domestic travel initiative in which every student has an opportunity before graduating to travel for 7-10 days domestically with faculty members for an enrichment experience related to the student’s major. Project 701 The newest example of real-world experience that joins classroom knowledge with service is Project 701,

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an incorporated nonprofit organization that gives students an opportunity to create, develop, manage and run a wide range of projects. DC students serve on the board of directors along with administrators, faculty and alumni. Management and staff positions are held by students. Interdisciplinary project teams offer a multitude of opportunities for students to lead, learn and bring about positive change within neighboring communities. Earlier this year, the newest Project 701 initiative, Defiance Cares Free Clinic, opened its doors. A group of students assembled a collaborative with Mercy Hospital of Defiance, the Defiance Clinic and Promedica Defiance Regional Hospital to provide a free primary care health clinic. Defiance County residents who are uninsured or otherwise in need of medical care are eligible for medical services at the monthly clinic. The list of Project 701 initiatives is impressive and growing. DC PC Solutions was formed by digital forensic science students to provide computer repair and related services to the local community. Graphic design students started a design studio, Creating Defiance, offering design services to nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Business students involved in Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) have started an effort to provide loans to microbusinesses in Jamaica. The Backpack Buddy program involves numerous community partners to provide backpacks filled with food for scores of area children who qualify to receive much-needed nutrition for themselves and their siblings each weekend. DC students coordinate the logistics of the program, purchasing food and scheduling volunteers to fill the backpacks at St. John United Church of Christ. Opportunities abound Defiance’s strong academic programs are preparing students to be competitive in the job market. While developing professional skills, they are learning in a liberal arts setting that encourages growth as an individual. An environment of commitment to success begins at orientation when students meet individually with a team of advisers to develop their own Personal Success Plan that will strategically map out their college goals. National advisory boards in many majors bring together experts from across the country to provide real-time and real-world advice. These boards include many of DC’s own successful alumni. Defiance College heads toward an even brighter future, fulfilling its mission by providing a strong liberal arts education. Outstanding professional preparation combined with engaged learning experiences give students the opportunity to develop their career skills in local communities and around the globe,


Community Health Professionals of Delphos enables individuals of all ages to receive quality care in the place they most want to be—home. Serving Allen, Van Wert and Putnam counties since 1993, Community Health Professionals of Delphos is a nonprofit agency offering a complete range of home health care services including skilled nursing,

Community Health Professionals of Delphos
Offers a complete range of home health care services.
pital following surgery, injury or illness. These services may include infusion (IV) therapy, wound care, help with medications or therapy. CHP Hospice delivers holistic care to individuals and families facing terminal illness. Hospice care can begin when curative treatment is no longer expected to be effective and is provided by a team of nurses, health aides, therapists, vol-

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unteers and clergy. Community Health Professionals’ Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center offers 24-hour care when families are not able to care for their loved one at home.

The facility features 12 private suites and services designed to meet the needs of both patient and family. Private Duty Services provides personal care and assistance in the home with

bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, laundry, errands, meals, groceries, companionship and more. Call 419-695-1999 or visit ComHealthPro.org for more information.

The Delphos Herald
The Delphos Herald has been reporting the news of Delphos and the Tri-County area for more than 140 years. When the first issue rolled off the press in 1869, D.H. Tolan was the publisher and the population of Delphos at the time was 1,667. The Delphos Herald is a daily newspaper published Monday and Wednesday through Saturday with a circulation of approximately 4,000. On Mondays, the Delphos Herald publishes a “TMC Shopper Extra” which has a circulation of 15,000. The Business Journal of Northwest Ohio and Good Times are Herald products. In addition, the newspaper puts out numerous specials sections that target different aspects of the marketplace. Such special sections include the “Health and

hospice and personal care/ assistance. Visiting Nurses care is appropriate for those recently released home from the hos-

The Business Journal
The Business Journal of West Central Ohio is the leading source of business news and information for the 13-county region. Every month, the Business Journal provides authoritative and in-depth news coverage on the sectors that comprise the region’s vibrant business scene. A wide range of topics are discussed, ranging from technology to commercial real estate and corporate finance to hospitality.

Medical Guide,” the “Spring Home and Garden Guide,” and the popular high school sports previews. There are 36 employees who work for the newspaper. Murray Cohen took over as publisher in 1962. Ray Geary is general manager. Nancy Spencer is the editor of the paper. This is her eighth year in that position after five years as a reporter and photographer. Sandi Bohn is the head of the composition department, where the design and layout of the newspaper is done. Don Hemple is the advertising manager of the paper. He defines the advertising department’s job as “providing advertisers with ideas to help their business grow.” Tiffany Brantley is the circulation manager and overseas subscriptions and the paper carriers.

Each department works together to create the finished product. From the indepth local news stories to the thorough coverage of local sports, the Delphos Herald is community journalism at its finest. The office, located at 405 N. Main Street in Delphos, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Gasdorf Tool and Machine Co., Inc., 445 N. McDonel St., Lima, was established in 1953 and has long been recognized as a pacesetter in precision manufacturing. Gasdorf provides complete services ranging from concept to engineering to machine building and installation. The company offers quality products to over 400 customers nationwide. Gasdorf upholds a reputation of excellence within the small electric motor and packaging industries. Local companies benefit from maintenance services, rework and rebuilding tasks that directly ensure community progress. As Gasdorf maintains its competitive edge, its manufacturing capabilities include Autocad design, CNC operations and other technically advanced equipment. Stringent quality control pro-

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Citizens National Bank
Citizens National Bank continues to do what we’ve always done, build relationships with our customers and provide sound financial solutions. We became a preferred lender for the Farm Services Agency in 2011 and this allowed us to not only decrease the turnaround time for ag-related loans from weeks to days, but also to provide fixed rate longterm financing for ag real estate. In 2011, we added a loan production office in Defiance and have recently been approved for a full branch office in that location. We also added an additional lender in our Van Wert office

cedures guarantee accuracy in compliance with military standards and extremely close tolerance work. Gasdorf encourages tool and die skills through active involvement in apprentice training programs. An SME affiliate member since 1957, Gasdorf promotes innovation and is committed to the belief that knowledge and experience make this company an industry leader.

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and another in our Bluffton office, allowing us to provide even more personal service in those markets. We communicate our positive relationships with our customers through a series of web videos titled “Less Time Banking. More Time Living.” We also offer timely financial information through our two quarterly newsletters, “CNB Connection” and “Executive Newsletter,” which has a business focus. Subscription to the web series and both newsletters is free and easy to do through our web site, cnbohio.com. CNB continues to offer a free checking product for

consumers and businesses, in addition to an array of other accounts that fit our customers’ needs. Many of the larger regional and national banks have tacked on many fees to their accounts in the past year. We are expanding our operations center located in Bluffton to allow for our anticipated growth over the next few years. This will allow us to streamline our backroom procedures and unify our staff by placing them in one location. We look forward to continuing our tradition of personal community banking with all our customers in 2012.


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Cotterman & Company has been recognized for superior performance from top manufacturers in the commercial and industrial roofing industry. Carlisle-Syntec, leading roofing manufacturer, awarded Cotterman the Carlisle Perfection Award, which only the top 15 contractors in the nation have earned this achievement. This distinct recognition is based on a series of metrics, including installation quality ratings and warranty claim performance. Along with the award, Cotterman is on the Perfection Council that works directly with Carlisle’s management to continuously improve the product and techniques of installation. Cotterman also received Carlisle’s 2012 Excellence in Single-Ply (ESP) for the 3rd consecutive year. ESP status is

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We’re available all the seasons of your life Putnam County HomeCare & Hospice is a county-governmental agency and is a part of the Putnam County General Health District. The agency is governed by the Putnam County Board of Health. They are a Medicare/ Medicaid certified agency and are accredited by Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). Putnam County HomeCare & Hospice does not receive money from the county, they do not receive levy money and they are totally self-supporting. They are the only home care and hospice agency located in Putnam County. Since 1966, Putnam County HomeCare has delivered quality health care and other services to the county’s recovering, disabled and chronically ill. Home care services include Skilled Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Personal Care Aide and HomeMed Monitoring Systems. These disciplines can be initiated when the physician orders skilled, intermittent services for the patient. The Agency works closely with the physicians, hospitals and nursing homes to develop a care plan that meets each individual’s personalized needs. These services will assist the patients in achieving and maintaining their optimal level of independence. It gives families the opportunity to keep their loved one in the comfort of the home setting for as long as possible. Putnam County Hospice provides a special kind of care and support for individuals in the last phases of a lifelimiting illness. Emotional, physical, spiritual and social support is provided to patients and their families throughout the process of both illness and bereavement. Family members are encouraged to be actively involved in their loved one’s care. A team of physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, aides and volunteers follow an individualized care plan designed to meet the specific needs of the patient. Putnam County Hospice recently began a Community Based Palliative Care Program, available to all residents of Putnam County. Dr. Mary Ann Myers, MD is the Medical Director for Putnam County Hospice. She is willing to answer any questions that you have regarding palliative care. Dr. Myers, along with a team of nurses, social workers and volunteers monitor and provide comfort care, while patients are receiving

given out annually to a small percentage of contractors based on quality ratings and volume. Cotterman has installed and warranted over 8,200,000 square feet of Carlisle’s singleply roofing system. In addition, Duro-Last Roofing awarded Cotterman & Company the JRB Award. This achievement is based on sales volume and quality achievements for the year. Cotterman also lead Ohio in Duro-Last sales in 2011. The national exposure of their performance is very gratifying for all the employees at Cotterman. Mike Cotterman states, “It’s extremely rewarding to overcome the negative stigma associated with roofing contractors by providing superior workmanship that extends the expected lifespan of a roof.” The company is com-

mitted to exceptional installations for years to come. The National Roofing Contractor Association issued a few tips when selecting a commercial roofing contractor: — Select a contractor that has been in existence for at least a period of ten years and is a BBB accredited business. — Check references on projects similar to yours. Residential or general contractors may be extending themselves beyond their normal scope of work. Hire a specialized commercial roofing contractor. — Request a manufacturer’s warranty so the roof remains warranted regardless of a contractor’s existence. Also, ensure they carry the proper liability and workers compensation coverage.

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active treatments for their disease, or experiencing other debilitating illnesses. Putnam County HomeCare & Hospice employs thirtyeight staff members, for a combined total of four hundred fifty-five employee service years. Roni Kaufman recently joined the team as the new Marketing Director. She graduated from the University of Findlay with a Master’s Degree in Education. Roni is available to speak at committee meetings, organizations, physician offices, nursing facilities, hospitals, etc. If you or a loved one are in need of home care or hospice services, remember that you have a choice of which agency will provide the care. It is a personal decision that only you can make and it is guaranteed by Federal and State Laws. If you are not given a choice, ask for it. Request Putnam County HomeCare & Hospice to your family physician, specialist, social worker, hospital staff or nursing home staff. We’re available all the seasons of your life. Support your local county agency. If you would like more information about the programs offered by Putnam County HomeCare & Hospice, call 419-523-4449 or visit www.pchh.net.


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