Norwalk Reflector: New business gives 'opportunity to grow good people' for healthcare field

New business gives 'opportunity to grow good people' for healthcare field

Zoe Greszler • Apr 4, 2018 at 4:00 AM

The Dotsons may have a monopoly in the healthcare field with Erin Dotson’s newest business opening — Be Strong Uniforms, which held its grand opening Thursday evening.

Be Strong Uniforms will provide just about everything someone in the healthcare field could need, and then some, with scrubs, healthcare apparel and footwear as well as a learning center to provide space for first aid and certificate programs.

Dotson and her husband Bill own Gaymont Nursing Center, at 66 Norwood Ave., and now own and run Be Strong at 49-C Benedict Ave.

“That’s what started it (ownng Gaymont),” Erin said. “We were able to kind of do the scrub thing, with the education piece for our Gaymont people and we wanted to kind of roll it out for the rest of the community, without it being attached to Gaymont because there’s just that certain connotation. If you work someplace else, you’re not going to come into Gaymont to buy something.”

Dotson said that was important for her because she recognizes the need for good care no matter where a patient is going to receive it.

“The mission isn’t just about serving our own people at Gaymont, but serving the community as a whole,” she said.

“I want good healthcare personnel, no matter where they are. If I have to go to the ER, I want a good ER staff. If I have to go to the hospital, I want a good hospital staff. Whatever it takes to really help them be better, that’s really a good thing for the community as a whole.

“Of course, I love Gaymont. My role at Gaymont as director of nursing, is really in growing those employees, to grow good people. This really gives me the opportunity to grow good people not just for Gaymont, but for the healthcare community as a whole.”

Be Strong may even extend beyond the world of healthcare. Dotson said she learned more recently that even construction and grocery workers like for their employees to be CPR and first aid trained just in case something happens. She plans to offer classes for scenarios, as well as more specialized medical classes, such as STNA classes, train the trainer, which teaches those that teach the STNA classes, dementia certification classes, and many of the CPR, advanced life support and first aid courses.

Dotson added if a company needed a more specific or specialized class for their employee, she’d be interested in adapting what Be Strong offered.

“This is so exciting. We have a full classroom space with skills labs and our scrub lines,” she said.

“We also have a shoe line through an organization called Shoe Angle. I don’t make any money off of it — it’s their thing and then they give 5 percent of all sales to a local or national charity. Then when you check out you get to choose which charity you want. This year their two charities are Ronald McDonald House and Make-A-Wish, then we chose the United Fund and Piggyback. Every year you get to change it and it gives back to your community.”

Again there are options for other professions, such as industrial steel-toed boots. And better yet, it could all come on a budget.

“Our ultimate goal is to develop payroll deduct to (other company’s) employees,” she said. “We’d like to be able to do that for the scrub-wearers of the world. It’s a great benefit for employees to be able to spread things out over a couple of paychecks. So even the shoes will be on payroll deduct. When you’re looking at a $100 pair of shoes, it makes it a little easier to swallow when you can spread it out over four weeks.”

The store’s hours will be Monday and Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.


Free coffee tasting Friday

Dunkin’ Donuts is giving guests an opportunity to try a taste of its Cold Brew coffee Friday.

Guests will receive a complimentary sample (3.5-ounce) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide — including the Norwalk location — while supplies last.


New doctor in town

A local woman is fitting in with her new job in Norwalk.

Dr. Elyse Tinker began her new job in July with Dr. James Gottfried, her childhood physician.

Tinker was born and raised in Norwalk and is a Norwalk High School graduate. She attended medical school at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM) in Athens and completed her residency in family medicine at MacNeal Hospital near Chicago in 2016 where she also served as chief resident and then as faculty.

She specializes and has interest in women’s issues, including: pelvic exams; paps; contraception; IUDs; and contraceptive placement and removal.


Mickey Mart supporting veterans

MILAN— The entire month of April, Mickey Mart Food Stores will be donating 10 cents for every candy bar sold at every Mickey Mart location to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“We sell many candy bars, so we are very excited about this,” says Dan Coles, President of Mickey Mart and Coles Energy based in Milan.

Mickey Mart has six Sandusky-area locations and many others throughout north central Ohio. All store locations can be found at


Partnership to help older Ohioans prevent falls

Certain types of medications and drug combinations can cause dizziness, drowsiness and confusion, and could contribute to a life-changing fall in older adults. The Ohio Department of Aging, through its STEADY U Ohio falls prevention initiative, is partnering with the Ohio Pharmacists Association and pharmacies around the state during the first week of April to help older Ohioans and their caregivers understand and minimize the risk of falling potentially caused by the medicines they take to remain healthy.

“One in three Ohioans over the age of 60 will experience a fall this year, and falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths among our elders,” said Beverley Laubert, interim director of the department. “Prevention starts by understanding the risks, and we thank our pharmacy partners for having this crucial conversation with their customers.”

“More than 50 percent of patients take their medicines incorrectly, resulting in approximately 10 percent of hospital admissions,” said Ernest Boyd, executive director of the Ohio Pharmacists Association. “Be sure your pharmacist regularly reviews your medication with you. Whenever you get a new prescription, ask the pharmacist how to take it and about side effects, drug interactions and other important information. That conversation could help you avoid a fall and literally save your life.”

During the week of April 1 through 7, participating pharmacies around the state will provide free, confidential medicine reviews for older adults who visit their locations. Pharmacy staff will review customers' medicine usage and identify those medicines and combinations that may increase the risk for falls. Customers will receive a list of their potentially problem medicines to take to their health care professionals so that they can discuss risks and appropriate treatment options.

Dates and times vary by location. Participating pharmacies include all 249 Ohio Walgreens Pharmacy locations, more than 100 Kroger Pharmacy locations, and select Discount Drug Mart Pharmacy, Fruth Pharmacy, NEON Health Center Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy and Shriver's Pharmacy locations, as well as other local pharmacies.


Cruey promoted by FRMC

Firelands Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the promotion of Alexandria Cruey to marketing director. In her new position, Cruey oversees day-to-day operations of the marketing department, including the strategic management and coordination of the marketing team and all communications, marketing, and advertising initiatives for the health system.

Since joining Firelands in 2010, Cruey has accumulated many notable accomplishments and advertising awards, including gold winner for print magazine for Feel Better with Firelands magazine, Autumn/Winter 2017 edition, a silver winner for special video for “Your Life is a Beautiful Thing” in 2016, a silver winner for newspaper ad for “FPG: Healing our Community in 18 Different Ways,” a bronze winner for a breast cancer care campaign in 2016 and much more.

“We are thrilled to promote Alex to a director position here at Firelands,” said Dru Meredith, Vice President of Operations, Marketing & Strategic Planning at Firelands Regional Medical Center. “Alex and the marketing team have done outstanding work over the last two years; and have been recognized on a national level for their work.”

Cruey joined Firelands in 2010 and has almost 17 years of marketing experience. She previously served as marketing manager and senior marketing generalist at Firelands. Cruey has a bachelor of arts in english from Bowling Green State University. Outside of work, Cruey enjoys spending time with family, going to Cedar Point, and reading. She resides in Norwalk with her husband, B.J., and their three children.


Expansion and new business for Great Lakes

As the St. Lawrence Seaway opens, Great Lakes ports are gearing up for a busy 2018 shipping season fueled by new business and infrastructure expansion.

“We have great potential to build on the recent economic momentum of Great Lakes — St. Lawrence Seaway shipping. 2017 was a major turnaround with significant cargo increases fueled by global economic recovery,” said Bruce Burrows, president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “We expect 2018 to be another strong year in shipping. U.S. Great Lakes ports have made significant investments in infrastructure and services that are attracting new business to their respective regions and facilitating American cross-border and international trade.”

“We are also hopeful that the gains made during the 2017 shipping season continue into 2018,” vice president Joe Cappel said. “There are also indications that iron ore, grain and other bulk materials will be on par or slightly better than last year. Aluminum shipments into Toledo should remain strong so long as there are no major changes in trade policy.”

Iron ore shipments through the Port of Duluth-Superior wrapped up last season on a high note, topping 19.7 million short tons, making 2017 the strongest season in a decade for domestic and international movements of iron ore. 


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