healthcare

Heidelberg University’s graduate counseling program lands $1.3M grant

HU Logo 10.17Press release provided by Heidelberg University.

Heidelberg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) Program has received a four-year, $1.3 million grant to train counselors to fill gaps and unmet needs in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). The grant, titled Project KITE, will target the rural counties of Erie, Huron, Seneca and Sandusky and three urban cities, Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus.

Through the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant, graduate counseling students in their final internship will be eligible to receive a $10,000 scholarship during their field experience/internship. Working in interdisciplinary behavioral health care teams, the students will focus on providing trauma-informed care and substance abuse mental health services in rural and underserved areas throughout northwest Ohio.

This is the second grant the graduate counseling program has received from the Health Resources & Services Administration as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Last fall, the program received a $214,286 grant to assist in the training of counselors dealing with at-risk children.

“What’s attractive about the grant is that it gives our students who are accepted into the scholarship program a $10,000 stipend to do their field experience as well as first-hand experience working with interdisciplinary teams in various agencies and schools,” said MAC Program Director Marjorie Shavers. The funding “opens up opportunities for our students and also speaks to the deficit we have in mental health providers” in the area.

In all, 78 scholarships will be available over the four-year lifespan of the grant.

Counselors trained through Heidelberg’s MAC program are being prepared to serve mental health clients with issues specifically related to the ever-growing drug epidemic, Shavers explained.

Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders, dean of the School of Education and Counseling at Heidelberg, said certain geographic areas historically have had less access to behavioral health care. “There’s a real serious shortage of both medical and behavioral healthcare in these areas for myriad reasons,” Lipford Sanders said, noting that by 2025, HRSA projections indicate “an additional shortage among many healthcare providers, specifically psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and school counselors.”

“There are really strong demands for these behavioral healthcare personnel trained in comprehensive service delivery as the demand for services from models such as the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) continues to grow,” Lipford Sanders said.

In addition to the student scholarships, Heidelberg will use the grant funding to recruit men and minorities into the MAC program, develop an interdisciplinary behavioral healthcare conference working with consultants from The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and Arizona State University, and ongoing education for faculty and clinical supervisors. A full-time project coordinator will be hired to administer the grant.

Heidelberg’s grant partners are the Sandusky City Schools, Mercy Health, the Neighborhood Health Association of Toledo and the Erie County Health Department.

ABOUT HEIDELBERG
Founded in 1850, Heidelberg offers 30 majors, 30 minors and 10 pre-professional programs, awarding the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of music degrees, as well as master’s degrees in education, counseling, business administration and music. Heidelberg has been consistently ranked as one of the top colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report Magazine. For more information visit the web site at www.heidelberg.edu.

PT Services – 45 years in Seneca County

mark-somodiMeet Mark Somodi, the CEO and Administrator of PT Services Rehabilitation, Inc., a healthcare provider offering physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and athletic training services. Their headquarters and administrative office is located on the south end of Tiffin at 2550 S. SR 100, and this year they are celebrating 45 years in business.

PT Services has been incorporated since 1972, with its humble beginnings right here in Tiffin!

Today, the Ohio-based company has 308 employees and manages seven out-patient clinics, six hospital contracts, 25 school district contracts and two nursing home contracts while also providing workplace therapy across the state of Ohio. In 2011, PT became an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) company, turning ownership over to their employees.

The company is in a trend of steady expansion. “We grew from 260 employees to 308 over the past 5 years,” Somodi said. “Our company currently services the state of Ohio and our development group is making great strides in the state of Indiana.”

Somodi has been with the company for 22 years and is continually improving the business through employee education and engagement. His management includes the “Somodi Principles” which are collaboration, cohesiveness, communication, education and trust.

Part of their growth relies on the retention and hiring of employees to fulfill long-term relationships. Since becoming an ESOP company, Somodi says turnover is down and employees are very involved in the operation of the business. He also stressed the importance of changing with the times and using social media to reach prospective employees and new customers. “It’s hard to find licensed therapists, and people aren’t going to the newspaper to find a job anymore,” Somodi said. “Social media is a great recruiting tool and creates a pool of potential employees.”

Oriana House is the newest healthcare expansion

Company expands to 12 jobs, will occupy vacant facilityBetty Jane 2 (3)

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 8, 2015 – Tiffin-based 3EC Development and Oriana House, Inc., are pleased to announce a new partnership which would allow Oriana House to relocate and establish a new expanded, multi-service treatment facility in Tiffin at the currently vacant Betty Jane Memorial Center, located at 65 Saint Francis Avenue. A five-year lease has been signed, and the new facility will employ 12, representing a 20 percent increase in employment. The total investment by 3EC to prepare it for development will be near or exceed $700,000.

This latest project extends the trend in Tiffin and Seneca County for positive growth and development across all sectors including healthcare, which now employs more than 2,200 workers in Seneca County and is a $200+ million business. This small project follows the $9M Sojourn at Seneca facility being constructed on the Mercy Tiffin Hospital campus and the $1M ProMedica dialysis center expansion in Fostoria.

3EC Development co-founder Chris Huffman welcomed the deal. “This is the kind of project we envisioned when we purchased the facility, and we are glad to see more jobs coming as a result.” Oriana House Vice President Jason Varney was also pleased with the arrangement. “We appreciate 3EC, the city of Tiffin, and the positive reception we have received. We are committed to making the communities we operate in stronger and healthier, and we have done that successfully for 35 years. Oriana House has been a part of Tiffin and the greater Seneca County region for many years now and this partnership allows for an expansion of much needed services.”

Oriana House is a nationally renowned private, nonprofit healthcare and social service provider with 800 employees and 28 facilities in Summit, Cuyahoga, Seneca, Sandusky and Erie counties focusing on addiction treatment. 3EC Development is a local investor and developer group which purchased the Betty Jane Center in 2006, a year after it closed. It has been vacant since 2012, when the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center relocated to their current West Market St. location.

Built in 1962 and named after Betty Jane Friedman, the Betty Jane Center sought to become a Mayo Clinic of sorts for northwest Ohio and sought to help people attain their fullest physical, mental, social and vocational independence. In 1968, the vocational/industrial division was developed to help individuals 14 years of age and older develop the skills required for employment. The Center was closed in 2005.

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) 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 at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

$9M Tiffin Rehabilitation Center project breaks ground

TRC DozerThe Mercy Tiffin Hospital campus is growing with the addition of a new facility. On September 11, 2014, the Volunteers of America (VOA) invited the public to the official groundbreaking event for the new Tiffin Rehabilitation Center and Sojourn at Seneca. The groundbreaking event was held at 5:00 pm at Mercy Tiffin Hospital, located at 45 St. Lawrence Drive in Tiffin, Ohio. The groundbreaking featured several speakers, including hospital administrators, Mayor Aaron Montz, Mercy Tiffin President & CEO Lynn Detterman, VOA national President Mike King and other people associated with the project. Following the groundbreaking event, a reception was held on the first floor of the McMullen Conference Center. The $9 million project is being funded by the Volunteers of America, who operates Autumnwood Care Center in Tiffin.

The facility, set to open in the fall of 2015, is expected to employ 55 and will have two separate wings. In one wing, the structure is to house 20 transitional skilled nursing beds. In the other wing, 24 beds are to be available for seniors in need of short-term mental health services. The project estimates at around $22 million. The facility is to be operated by Sally St. Clair, the current Executive Director of the Volunteers of America Autumnwood Care Center, who will administer both Tiffin facilities.

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