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December 22, 2013
The Herald-Star

JOINS: Aaron Richardson has joined the law firm of Blake, Hershey & Bednar, whose offices are located at 4110 Sunset Blvd. in Steubenville. He is a 2007 graduate of Edison High School. He graduated from the University of Akron in 2010 and earned his juris doctorate degree from the University of Akron School of Law in 2013, and passed the Ohio Bar Exam.

His article, "Hite v. Falcon Partners: A Model Rule for Marcellus and Utica Shale States Precluding the Use of Delay Rental Payments to Extend the Primary Term in an Oil and Gas Lease," was published in the fall 2013 issue of the Akron Law Review, and earned him the American Society of Legal Writers Award in 2013.

He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Jefferson County Bar Association. He first joined the firm in May 2011 as a law clerk and will work in the areas of oil and gas law, criminal defense, personal injury, estates, real estate and business litigation.

NEW POST: Judy Weaver, CEO of Acuity Specialty Hospital Ohio Valley, has accepted a new position as vice president of service innovation and support for Acuity Healthcare in Charlotte, N.C.

"Ms. Weaver started in her new position Monday. A successor to lead our local Acuity Specialty Hospitals in Steubenville and Belmont will be named over the next week or so," stated Kerry McLane, executive vice president at Acuity Healthcare.

"Judy did an excellent job as CEO for ASHOV over nearly eight years. She guided the growth of the Acuity Specialty Hospital from the initial 32-bed capability in Steubenville to its current 40-bed operational capacity," said McLane. "She also expanded our 32-bed Acuity Specialty Hospital in Bellaire. We are proud to have the distinction of being the valley's first longterm, acute-care hospital, and are Joint Commission accredited. Judy played a large role in that. She has been well respected in the Ohio Valley."

"It is very gratifying knowing how much our team has accomplished together, and I look forward to the future growth opportunities planned for the Acuity Specialty Hospitals," said Weaver. "These will be improvements that will further expand accessibility of specialty long-term hospital care services throughout the Tri-State Area."

Weaver went on to say, "In addition to the significant contribution to patients, families and physicians served, the Acuity Specialty Hospitals have been key employers in the Ohio Valley. And, the Acuity Hospitals have had a significant impact to the communities' tax base."

Acuity Healthcare is a privately owned, long-term, acute-care hospital company founded in 2001, with headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Acuity owns and manages long-term, acute-care hospitals in Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas and Arizona.

BONUSES ISSUED: The administration at Weirton Medical Center announced Thrusday that each of the facility's 1,100 employees will get a $100 bonus as a thank-you for their hard work in 2013 and to help with their holiday expenses.

"This is the third bonus we've issued in the past year to our staff. We have added many new services as we've truly established ourselves as the premiere health facility in the Weirton-Pittsburgh Route 22/30 Corridor. This is a token of our appreciation for what they do so passionately every day," said David Artman, director of operations at WMC.

"2014 holds many exciting new additions and announcements. Without our employees we wouldn't be on this exciting path. With increased volumes, revenues and incomparable growth we wanted to reward each member of the WMC family who make it possible," said Kelli McCoy, communications director.

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