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BUSINESS UPDATES | Mercy Health named one of 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers

Also among today's business updates: Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics and Youngstown Business and Professional Women.
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A sign at Mercy Health — St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. (Mahoning Matters)

YOUNGSTOWN — Mercy Health, which is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, has been named one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers

The award recognizes companies that create and use best practices to hire, retain and promote working mothers in the United States, a news release states.

Bon Secours Mercy Health was also recognized as one of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women. The award recognizes commitment to advancing the careers of Black and Indigenous people of color and multicultural women in the workplace.

Both rankings were awarded by Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media).

“We’re honored to receive the award that’s the gold standard for measuring exceptional environments for working parents,” Joe Gage, chief human resources officer of Bon Secours Mercy Health, said in the release. “Supporting working parents enhances employee recruitment, retention and engagement. More importantly, we respect the vital role women play on the job and at home.”

Dr. Aaron Sweeney joins Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics

BOARDMAN — Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics recently welcomed Dr. Aaron Sweeney to its Boardman offices. 

The practice at 6505 Market St., Building A, provides pediatric primary care for infants, children and teens.

Sweeney, of North Lima, earned his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Youngstown State University. He completed his residency in pediatrics and his sports medicine fellowship at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Sweeney is both a general pediatrician and a sports medicine physician. His role as a pediatrician allows him to oversee the development of patients and provide care when they are sick. His additional training in sports medicine allows him to care for children when they become injured in sports or other activities, a news release states.

Tickets on sale for Woman of the Year event

YOUNGSTOWN — Tickets are on sale for the Youngstown Business and Professional Women’s Woman of the Year and Scholarship Dinner.

The fundraising event will take place Oct. 19 at The Lake Club, 1140 Paulin Road, Poland. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person, and the public is welcome.

Proceeds will benefit two YBPW-managed annual scholarships for future female business leaders — the Dr. Anne McMahon Scholarship Award and the Centennial Scholarship Award.

The event will feature auctions, gourmet cuisine, raffles and a wine pull. This year’s honoree is Leah Merritt, YWCA Mahoning Valley president and CEO.

For more information or to make reservations for the Woman of the Year event, click here or contact Sandra Barger, YBPW second vice president, at

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