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May 5, 2013
The Herald-Star

Honored: Dr. Jason Richard Delatore, a Steubenville native, was a 2013 Cardiac Service Award honoree at the American Heart Association's Tri-County Heart Ball.

Proceeds from the event go to research, educational and advocacy efforts of the AHA in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

The son of Richard and LaDonna Delatore, Belleview Boulevard, he is a graduate of Steubenville High School and earned his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering and from Georgia Tech, graduating with honors. He attended Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he decided to pursue a career in surgery.

Delatore completed a five-year general surgery residency at St. Luke's Medical Center in Bethlehem, Pa., and a two-year vascular surgery fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. He is board-certified in both areas.

He began his practice at St. Elizabeth Health Center in 2003, joining Dr. Venkata Kollipara, and he specializes in all aspects of vascular surgery, particularly minimally invasive vascular procedures. He has received advanced training in wound healing and works at the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. He is section director of vascular surgery at St. Elizabeth Health Center and a clinical assistant professor of surgery for the Northeastern Ohio Medical University. He is a member of the teaching staff for the St. Elizabeth's General Surgery Residency and was named attending of the year for his commitment to the health of his patients and the community. He and his wife, Rebekah, who also is a doctor, make their home in Poland, Ohio, with their two children.

AWARD: Charity Hospice Inc. has been named a 2013 Hospice Honors recipient, given each year to hospice agencies providing the best patient care as rated by the patient's caregiver. Awards were presented at the NHPCO Conference in National Harbor, Md.

Established by Deyta, every year it recognizes the top 100 agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the caregiver's point of view. Deyta used the Family Evaluation of Hospice Care survey results from more than 1,200 partnering hospice agencies contained in its national, FEHC database with an evaluation period of January through December 2012. Deyta used the five key drivers of caregiver satisfaction as the basis of the Hospice Honors calculations.

"Hospice Honors defines a new standard of excellence in the patient/family experience for hospice agencies," says Liz Silva, director of hospice, "Identifying these top-performing hospices is our way of recognizing organizations that have demonstrated high quality of care to both patients and caregivers. That positive family experience is a key driver of ongoing patient-focused care and overall agency success."

Charity Hospice Inc. founder and administrator Cathy M. Cich credits a "wonderful, loving and compassionate staff."

"Charity Hospice has been known as the 'Hospice With the Heart,' and I am so proud of our staffers that exemplify that motto in every respect of the care they provide to our patients and families," Cich said. "We may be a small hospice agency, but the hearts of those taking care of the patients are huge. Our focus is truly on what is best for the patient and family, and their needs are always at the top of our priority list."

LEADER: Weight Watchers reports Becky Castilow of Wheeling has been awarded the Jean Nidetch Service Vision Leader of the Year Award. The award, named for the founder of Weight Watchers, is given each year to one outstanding leader in each region who embodies the core philosophy of exceptional customer care. It is meant to recognize the leader who continually strives to ensure that members feel motivated to succeed.

"We are celebrating Weight Watchers' 50th anniversary, which makes this year's service award a very special one," said Donna Diserio, territory manager for Weight Watchers, adding that Castilow "consistently encourages her members to achieve their weight loss goals while providing outstanding service to members and inspiring fellow co-workers to do the same."

Castilow leads Weight Watchers meetings in the Wheeling area.

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