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Two Mercy Health hospitals among the Best Places to Work in Healthcare 2019

Mercy Health – Willard Hospital ranked 5th in nation and Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital ranked 48th in nation

Press release provided by Mercy Health

Mercy Health is pleased that two of our hospitals have been named as Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare.

Mercy Health – Willard Hospital has been ranked as number five and Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital has been ranked number 48 among healthcare providers and insurers in Modern Healthcare’s 2019 Best Places to Work in Healthcare list. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring ranked lists of all the winners along with the September 30 issue.

The complete list of this year’s winner rankings is available here.

“Earning a place on the Best Places to Work list is a tribute to our teams who work hard to ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care each and every day,” said Lynn Detterman, president, Mercy Health – Toledo Rural Market. “Combining quality and compassion is what Mercy Health has been known for and will remain our promise to our community. I am proud of the providers, nurses and staff at both Mercy Health – Willard Hospital and Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital for their excellent service to this community and their dedication to the Mercy Health Mission.”

Earlier this year, Modern Healthcare reached out to a random sample of associates who were asked to complete a survey that inquired about employee recognition activities, holiday celebrations and gifts, support for continued learning and community involvement.

Mercy Health – Willard Hospital employs about 160 associates. Noted as the reasons our associates love their place of employment is “recognition programs” and “professional week celebrations.” Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital employs about 350 associates who say they love most about Mercy Health, discount employee programs and employee recognition events. Both hospitals are within the Mercy Health – Toledo Market.

““We are proud of our hospitals in both Tiffin and Willard and are pleased that our associates believe in our Mission, community and patients,” said Bob Baxter, president, Mercy Health – Toledo. “We want to create an environment that our employees can be proud of and this recognition solidifies the fact that our team feels the same way. We are honored to have received this recognition.”

Modern Healthcare and its Best Places to Work in Healthcare award winners have accomplished much over the years, empowering healthcare organizations, and the people who work for them, to realize their full potential. Modern Healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey.

“With record unemployment levels, organizations face stiff competition to attract and retain top talent. The providers and companies making this year’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare list understand the importance of creating an environment where employees can not only excel in their own development but contribute to the mission of improving care delivery,” said Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare. “An appreciation—and dedication—to their organization’s mission was one of the most common refrains from employees filling out surveys this year.”

Both Mercy Health – Willard Hospital and Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital were honored at the 2019 Best Places to Work Awards Dinner on Thursday, September 26, at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. This is the first time both hospitals have made the list.

About Mercy Health

Mercy Health – Toledo is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, one of the top 20 health systems in the United States, one of the largest employers in Ohio and part of the top performing quartile of Catholic health systems for lowest cost per case for patient care. Locally, Mercy Health is based in Toledo, Ohio, and serves 20 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Mercy Health – Toledo provides comprehensive primary and critical care services to residents as well as a robust physician group, Mercy Health Physicians, Life Flight critical air transport services and Mercy College of Ohio.

Mercy Health – Toledo is proud to provide more than $111 million in community benefit in 2017 which includes charity care and community health services. With approximately 8,800 employees; 300 employed physicians and 2,200 medical staff members, Mercy Health has been part of the Northwest Ohio community it serves for more than 163 years. Please visit www.mercy.com for additional information and connect with Mercy Health – Toledo on Facebook, on Twitter at @mercynwohio and on Instagram.

About Modern Healthcare 

Modern Healthcare is the most trusted business news and information brand in the healthcare industry. Combining the power of a print publication, 24-7 digital news products, robust research and event platforms, Modern Healthcare empowers healthcare leaders and influencers to make timely and informed business decisions. To learn more or subscribe, go to https://www.modernhealthcare.com/subscribe

22 mrkt opens in Downtown Tiffin

Store offers music, collectables and games

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 9, 2019 – Officially opening its doors during the Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival, 22 mrkt is the newest store in Downtown Tiffin, focusing on hard-to-find treasurers and items that previously have not been offered in the local market. The store is located at 22 E. Market St., right next to Red Raven Tattoo & Art Gallery.

The owners refer to themselves as a group of collectors, curators, creators, fans, nerds and more, and the store offers a wide selection of new and used vinyl, cassettes, VHS, comic books, table top games, toys, collectibles, apparel and gear.

Staff can recommend bands or make suggestions on new titles and can make offers on items customers are looking to sell.

The owners of 22 mrkt also want to work with local bands, authors and artists to find the coolest locally sourced items.

“We wanted to offer something that Tiffin didn’t have, and have it in a store that we would want to go to,” said co-owner Josh Randall.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m happy to see more retailers coming to Downtown Tiffin.”

Store hours are 5-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/22mrkt/ and Instagram @22mrkt.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

New commercial center opening in Downtown Tiffin

Juice bar, shared workspace to open in 131 Arcade

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 8, 2019 – A building in Tiffin’s Historic Downtown is undergoing a cosmetic renovation to provide opportunities for unique micro-retail and office spaces.

Releve Barre Studio recently was announced as the first business in “131 Arcade,” located at 131 S. Washington Street, and now by spring of 2020, it will be joined by a new juice and smoothie bar with fresh squeezed juices, fresh salads, wraps and other healthy options.

Owner Eduardo Hernando has been working with a group of four students, Katie Vogel, Jeffrey Baker, Tyler Barker and Joell Williams, from Heidelberg and Tiffin universities through a student entrepreneurship development program developing the new juice bar as a business development project.

Another new business in “131 Arcade” is a shared workspace. It is available for a monthly membership fee for people wanting a professional space to do business. With a modern, industrial design, the space will have workstations for people to use their own laptops as well as a lounge area with comfortable chairs and sofas.

“I think it’s a big need in the area,” Hernando said. “I believe in Tiffin and it’s future, and I’m excited to be able to invest in this thriving community.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m pleased to see Eduardo and the Hernando Group’s continued interest in Tiffin. I hope they continue to play an exciting role in the growth of our downtown.”

For information regarding leasing a micro-retail or office space, please email info@131arcade.com or ShuffConsulting@gmail.com

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

Ohio launches TechCred to help employees earn technology skills

Press release provided by the Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced the launch of TechCred, a program that connects businesses with the talent they need and gives employees the ability to earn industry‐recognized, technology‐focused credentials, better preparing them for a job in today’s advanced, technology‐infused economy.

Through TechCred, businesses can identify the specific qualifications they need and employees they want to upskill toward a more advanced position. In partnership with a training provider, the employer can apply online at TechCred.Ohio.Gov. The state will reimburse up to $2,000 of training upon completion of a credential.

An initial list of eligible credentials is provided, but employers can request a credential be added to the eligible list by submitting an application for TechCred to be reviewed by a panel of stakeholders.

The online application period opens October 1, 2019.

TechCred is a competitive, merit‐ based program. TechCred fulfills a commitment made by Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to fund the completion of 10,000 microdegrees each year in order to aid in closing the skills gap for growing technology jobs.

For more information, see this flyer or visit techcred.ohio.gov.

Edward Jones announces new financial advisor for Tiffin

Press release provided by Edward Jones

The financial services firm Edward Jones has hired Chris Lee as a new financial advisor for Tiffin’s branch office located at 2459 W. Market Street in the Wolf Creek Shopping Plaza.

Lee is enthusiastic about taking over the office. “I joined this firm because I was impressed with its commitment to individual investors,” he said. “Now I’m looking forward to meeting with the individuals here to help them meet their financial goals.”

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the investments its financial advisors offer to the location of its branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm’s 18,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients and care for $1 trillion in assets under management. Visit edwardjones.com and the recruiting website at careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

American Plastics investing in Seneca County facility

Company investing $3.5 million, adding 138 jobs by end of 2019

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 24, 2019American Plastics, a premier plastic injection molding company located just south of Tiffin, Ohio, has announced that it will be investing a total of $3.5 million and hiring more than 130 workers by the end of 2019.

The new investment and job creation is due to both the acquisition of the former Katy Industries facility by Highview Capital in 2018 and the additional business to produce plastic shelving and totes under the Craftsman brand label for Lowe’s.

American Plastics’ Tiffin facility will be the sole manufacturer of shelving for the Craftsman brand, to be available at the more than 1,500 Lowe’s stores in North America. The plant currently specializes in the production of plastic shelving and plastic totes, including the Commander and Blue Hawk name brands for Lowe’s; Husky for Home Depot; and Tough Box for Sam’s Club. American Plastics has 14 other facilities throughout the United States, including facilities in Sycamore, Findlay and Arizona.

This announcement represents a commitment to a second, $2.5 million phase of investment in new tooling at the 68,000-square-foot Hopewell Township plant, adding to the completion of $1 million investment in equipment and facility upgrades in 2018. Company employment, which was 27 at the beginning of 2018, is expected to reach or exceed 165 by the end of 2019, representing a net 138 job increase.

Joe Roth, Plant Manager for American Plastics in Tiffin, commented: “This is a huge positive step forward for our operations here and represents both the company’s bright future and the quality of our workforce.  We contribute our growth and success to our dedicated team, innovation, quality and customer relationships.  I only see this getting stronger as we grow along side with the City of Tiffin.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was impressed by the company during a visit there in early 2019. “This major expansion represents another example of the great economic momentum we are seeing in the greater Tiffin area across all sectors, including manufacturing.”

Seneca County Commission President Shayne Thomas praised the project: “This is a huge win for Seneca County, and we look forward to seeing their continued success.”

About American Plastics

American Plastics, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative plastic-injection molded products for the household and garage storage and commercial cleaning end-markets. The company maintains a national manufacturing and distribution footprint with 15 state-of-the-art facilities across North America, making us the partner-of-choice for our customers, nationwide.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.com.

Get a “Taste of Downtown Tiffin” on Third Thursday

Monthly event features local food vendors

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 17, 2019 – Get a “Taste of Downtown Tiffin” during the September Third Thursday event, Thursday, Sept. 19. In addition to specials in stores, local businesses are show off their unique culinary offerings. Participants can register for door prizes at participating businesses. The event is free and family-friendly and benefits the revitalization of Downtown Tiffin.

The Taste of Downtown Tiffin event is 5-8 p.m. in the parking lot between Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 77 Jefferson St., and the splash pad, and Jefferson Street will also be closed down to allow for pedestrian traffic between Market and Court streets. Tickets will be sold for $1 each, with many vendors selling items for 1 to 2 tickets each.

Also, Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin will start at 7 p.m. at Reino’s Catering & Party Room, 120 S. Washington St.

Foods being served at the Taste of Downtown Tiffin:

  • Bailiwicks Coffee Company – Hot Coffee, Cold Brew Coffee, Iced Tea
  • Chandelier Community Event Center – $1 Shawarma Spicy Chicken Skewers
  • Chandelier Community Event Center – $1 Soft Pretzel Sticks with Cheese
  • Chandelier Community Event Center – $1 Barbecued Meatballs
  • Clover Club – Mexican Street Corn Soup
  • Tiffin Elks 94 – $2 Old world Italian meatball sub
  • The Empire at 138 – $1 Lavender Lemon Iced Tea
  • The Empire at 138 – $2 Cookie
  • JT’s Bagel Bar – $2 Bagel with cream cheese
  • JT’s – $2 Shaved Ice
  • Jolly’s – $1 Shredded Chicken Sliders
  • Jolly’s – $1 Half Hot Dog
  • Put n’ Pita – Baklava
  • Reino’s Pizza and Pasta – $1 Pizza
  • Simply Susan’s – $1/$2 Assorted Chocolate
  • Uncle Mike’s Dairy Bar – $1 Dairy Bar


Participants are reminded to fill out an entry form every time they make a purchase at a participating business for a chance to win $1,000. A winner will be chosen after December’s Third Thursday. (No limit to the number of entries per person. Employees are eligible but cannot enter at their place of employment.)

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Ohio Attorney General to present on cybersecurity

Press release provided by Hylant and Centracomm

FINDLAY, OHIO — Join top industry leaders and special guest Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, to hear real-world cyber war stories from the State of Ohio with Hylant and Centracomm Present “Cybersecurity: It’s Time to Take Action.” The event is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, October 7, 2019, at Hilton Garden Inn–Findlay, 1050 Interstate Drive West, Findlay.

Yost is to give the keynote speech. Other presenters include Dr. Loren Wagner, senior executive, Risk and Business Development, CentraComm; Tyson Kindler, engineering technologies supervisor, CentraComm; and Jeff Gillmor, Client Executive, Insurance and Risk Management, Hylant.

The presenters are to come together to discuss time-sensitive issues, relevant to manufacturing industries, and strategies to help protect you against cyberbreaches and recovery solutions should a cyberattack occur.

Learn more about:

  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 mandates for automotive, defense and aerospace, and the steps to tackle risk mitigation and compliance
  • How cybersecurity will directly impact your business
  • Senate Bill 220 and other legislation and the impact on many industries
  • Equipping yourself for an event with calm and informed decisions that mitigate liability and financial hardship

You’ll leave with a better understanding and awareness of the proactive actions to take to avoid the unexpected pitfalls associated with network intrusion, and how to safeguard your confidential and personal information.

For questions, contact Julie Diener at (419) 259-2713 or email julie.diener@hylant.com.

Gem Yoga moving within Downtown Tiffin

New location is 2 Sycamore St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Thursday, September 12, 2019 – Gem Yoga and Life Enrichment is expanding services and changing locations, moving to 2 Sycamore St. in the gateway to Downtown Tiffin. The company has been in business in Tiffin since 2014, offering group and individual yoga classes, yoga therapy, aromatherapy, massage therapy, reflexology, craniosacral therapy, energy psychology and reiki.

The new space gives Gem Yoga a window to Downtown Tiffin as well the ability to operate on one floor. The new space also allows for a reception area, multipurpose room and private rooms for therapists to work with clients.

Expanded services in the near future will include foot detox, full body detox and some retail services for high end yoga supplies. The company has six employees, one of which is a new addition as Gem Yoga increases its offerings.

Gem Yoga had been in the Laird Building since it started in 2014, expanding from one studio on the first floor to two more spaces on the second floor.

“The Laird has been our home for so long, but this new space will provide us with the opportunity to grow and expand our services,” owner Gemma Marschke said. “I’m excited for all the possibilities, things we’ve been wanting to do but never had the ability to in our old space.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m happy to see one of our existing businesses make the decision to stay in the downtown and expand their offerings.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

TU Welcomes 512 New Students to Campus

Press release provided by Tiffin University

TIFFIN, OH —Tiffin University welcomed 512 new students to its campus this fall.  This number includes freshmen, international as well as transfer students.

New students hail from 27 states and 19 countries (new countries this year include Austria and Zambia). 

“The cultural exchange between domestic and international students is critical to Tiffin University; it moves our initiative of Celebrating Cultural Uniqueness (CCU) to a commitment that prepares our students for success in a diverse world,” said TU President Lillian Schumacher. “This commitment strengthens understanding and acceptance of each other while sharpening the student’s competitive edge. TU’s commitment is to ensure that every student, regardless of the major field of study, graduates with a set of relevant, globally diverse competencies that allow them to hit the ground running. That is what sets TU apart from many other institutions.”

With over 50 degree-granting programs that are focused on linking knowledge to professional practice, TU provides a transformative education both in and out of the classroom. Students prepare for the real-world with internships and experiential learning, on-campus work and special class projects. TU’s faculty carry advanced degrees, but their on-the-job perspective and experience make them subject matter experts.

“Tiffin University’s integrated enrollment process has increased the recruitment footprint, including an added emphasis on international student recruitment,” said Dr. Amy Wood, Vice President of Enrollment Management.

About Tiffin University

Founded in 1888, TU has become a premier university for challenging students to enhance their global competencies for success in a diverse world. The University enrolls students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Tiffin, Ohio, at several locations in Ohio, online, and in several foreign countries. The campus at Tiffin is a blend of traditional historic and modern buildings, creating a vibrant and warm home for a culturally diverse educational community. Throughout its history, TU has maintained its dedication to providing a professionally focused, learning-centered education to prepare students for successful careers and for productive and satisfying lives of excellence, leadership, and service. Tiffin University’s faculty offers a unique combination of practical application with scholarly knowledge. The TU approach to learning and skill set development insists on connecting students to the workplace as soon, and as often, as possible during their college experience through internships.