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BUSINESS UPDATES | Mercy Health announces new leaders

Among today's business updates: Escape Boardman Hotel; PNC; Mahoning Valley Structural Ironworkers; Anthem Enhanced Choice; Youngstown State University; Pilot Co.; Lordstown Endurance; and AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

YOUNGSTOWN — Mercy Health — Youngstown on Monday announced two new leaders in the Youngstown market. 

Martin Tursky has been named market chief operating officer, and Michelle Crawford has been named market chief financial officer, both effective Monday.

Tursky graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point before starting a career as a strategic leader in the health care industry. He began at Aultman Hospital, Canton, in 1998, where he served in a variety of leadership roles, including vice president of the Heart Center and Support Services and chief information officer. He served as chief executive officer at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Most recently, he served as the chief executive officer of McLaren Health Care in Central Michigan.

In his role as market chief operating officer at Mercy Health — Youngstown, Tursky will work with the Youngstown market leadership team to further grow the ministry’s impact in the Mahoning Valley, and will provide operational oversight and management.

Crawford has served the Youngstown ministry for 23 years, most recently as the chief financial officer for Mercy Health — St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital. Before joining Mercy Health, she served as a senior auditor at Ernst and Young.

In her new role, Crawford will serve as the chief steward of the Youngstown market’s financial assets, including physical plant, construction, real estate and revenue cycle.

Ribbon-cutting set for
Escape Boardman Hotel

BOARDMAN — A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at noon Friday for Escape Boardman’s second location, Escape Boardman Hotel, located in Southern Park Mall, 7401 Market St.

The new location has a 1930s haunted hotel theme that includes flashing lights, thunder, skeletons and more, where guests “check-in” to see if they can escape.

Partners Nancy Smith, Jeff Humphrey, Joe Terlecky, Don Hepler and Ivan Bosnjak created, built and developed everything from the escape rooms to the bathrooms and lobby. In 2017, they opened Escape Boardman, which features two escape rooms: Vampire’s Lair and Professor Escape’s Potion Class. Escape Boardman Hotel will feature Smith’s Insane Asylum, The Red Door and virtual reality rooms.

A room is available upon request for birthday parties, corporate team-building events and more.

For more information or to book an event, visit Escape Boardman’s website or call 330-707-4660.

PNC donates more than $125K
for Valley COVID-19 relief programs

YOUNGSTOWN — PNC and the PNC Foundation have donated more than $125,000 to 17 area nonprofits for a variety of COVID-19 relief programs. 

The following grants have been awarded:

  • United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley: $6,000;
  • Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership: $5,600;
  • Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries: $6,900;
  • Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley: $8,743;
  • Butler Institute of American Art: $10,000;
  • Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.: $12,500;
  • United Way of Trumbull County: $10,000;
  • Compass Family and Community Services: $10,000;
  • Potential Development Program: $6,000;
  • YMCA of Youngstown: $10,000;
  • Sight for All United: $6,000;
  • Millcreek Children’s Center: $7,000;
  • Urban Mission: $5,000;
  • Mahoning Valley College Access Program: $6,000;
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service: $3,000;
  • Second Harvest Food Bank: $10,000;
  • Columbiana County Head Start: $3,000.

“This is a challenging and unprecedented time, so we figured our neighbors could use a helping hand,” Ted Schmidt, PNC regional president for Youngstown, said in a news release. “We worked closely with our partners to determine how we could best assist the community and have the most impact.”

Mahoning Valley Structural Ironworkers
seeking apprenticeship applications

YOUNGSTOWN —The Mahoning Valley Structural Ironworkers is having a hiring push from now until the end of November for new apprenticeship applications. 

Applicants who are hired will start their training with a wage of $18.50 per hour and jump up to $30.25 per hour after training. The positions include benefits such as health care, pensions and annuity. 

Apply online here, or in person at 698 Bev Road, Youngstown.

Anthem offers new
health insurance plan

Anthem is offering a new product for those who do not have health insurance.

Anthem Enhanced Choice is a medically underwritten, short-term plan available to individuals and families who don't have any other individual or group coverage. It is designed to offer savings and flexibility when people don't qualify for Medicaid or other financial assistance under the Affordable Care Act, a news release states.

Anthem Enhanced Choice provides coverage for 364 days, with the option to apply for additional coverage periods (364 days each). Unlike traditional health coverage, you can apply year-round, not just during open enrollment.

To view or download a brochure, click here.

YSU partners with Air Force to help
meet engineering workforce demands

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University is part of a new $30 million workforce initiative aimed at increasing the security and reliability of microelectronics systems used by the military.

The Microelectronics Workforce Development Program, led by the Air Force, provides YSU with $2.2 million to help increase the number of digital design engineers with expertise in microelectronics, a need which the Air Force says current academic programs across the nation are not meeting.

“We look forward to working with area high schools, universities and other institutions to develop programs that will attract more students into this increasingly critical field and will help the Air Force meet the growing demands in this area,” Pedro Cortes, YSU associate professor of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, said in a news release.

High school summer camps, competitions and workshops, as well as college scholarships, internships and co-ops, are among the programs YSU plans to launch to increase the pipeline for such positions, Cortes said.

Pilot Co. breakfast offering,
fundraiser to honor veterans

In recognition and appreciation of veterans, Pilot Co. is having an in-store round-up fundraiser benefiting Wreaths Across America through the end of the year. 

Now through Dec. 31, patrons visiting any of the 750 company-operated stores in the U.S., including participating Pilot and Flying J travel centers and One9 Fuel Network stores, can opt to round-up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the additional amount.

In honor of Veterans Day, the company will offer all veterans one free breakfast combo, valid at participating U.S. Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers, from Nov. 9 to 15.

“The holiday season is a special time to remember and recognize veterans for their sacrifice,” James A. Haslam II, a U.S. Army veteran and founder of Pilot Co., said in a news release. “On behalf of our 28,000 team members, we sincerely thank the men and women who’ve selflessly served our country. We appreciate Wreaths Across America’s mission of remember, honor and teach, and invite our guests to partner with us in support of their goal to lay a wreath on every hero’s grave.”

Cuyahoga Falls preorders
Lordstown Endurance truck

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The city has preordered a Lordstown Endurance electric pickup truck and has earmarked $70,000 in the 2021 budget for the vehicle.

“I am proud that we are able to order this vehicle that will be manufactured locally here in the state of Ohio,” Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters said in a news release. “We remain committed to our sustainability and green initiatives by utilizing an electric vehicle with lower operating and maintenance costs that also helps us save valuable tax dollars. The ability for us to acquire the Endurance highlights that there is a bright future for manufacturing in Ohio and that Ohioans have the innovation, workforce and infrastructure to adapt to the shifting needs of the automotive market.”

Lacie Jakubec named
PNC branch manager

YOUNGSTOWN — Lacie Jakubec of Warren was recently promoted to manager of PNC’s Churchill branch, 4499 Belmont Ave.

Jakubec has been with PNC for more than five years. In addition to her most recent position as assistant branch manager, Jakubec has taken on additional leadership roles at the bank. Before joining PNC in 2015, she held leadership roles in banking and retail.

Gas prices up 5 cents
in Northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio is 5 cents higher this week at $2.09 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

The average price for unleaded self-service gasoline in the Youngstown area is $2.08 per gallon.

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