Norwalk woman nationally recognized for court reporting

Zoe Greszler • Sep 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Marie Fresch earned some national recognition for her fast, accurate, real-time courtroom reporting. To earn the honor she has given typed realtime dictations of at least 180 words per minute.

The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast and CART captioners, and legal videographers, announced that Fresch earned the nationally recognized Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) certification.

The recognition acknowledges proficiency in language skills and in real-time writing in the broadcast and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) environments.

CART often is defined as live-event captioning, which relies on real-time reporting to produce an immediate transcript of the spoken word. Real-time reporting produces an immediate transcript of proceedings by using a steno machine connected to a computer that instantly translates spoken word to text.

Fresch is a member of NCRA and has worked as a court reporter since 1979.

She also holds the professional certifications of registered professional reporter (RPR) and registered merit reporter (RMR). Fresch is currently a self-employed court reporter for Marie B. Fresch & Associates.

“I am proud to have earned such a certification to allow me to better serve the Hearing Impaired Community through captioning.” Fresch said.


Maxwell honored for customer service

As a business leader and involved citizen in Norwalk, Allstate exclusive agency owner Tonia Maxwell has been designated as an Allstate Premier Agency for 2017.

The agency is located at 11 E. Main St. in Norwalk and can be reached at 419-668-8016. The Allstate Premier Agency designation is bestowed upon 26 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country. The Premier Agency designation is awarded to agency owners who have demonstrated excellence in delivering an accessible, knowledgeable and personal customer experience while achieving outstanding business results.


Trucks, trailers find new home

SANDUSKY — U-Haul Co. of Massachusetts and Ohio, Inc. has announced that Foster Auto Leasing Co. has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Sandusky community. 

Foster Auto Leasing at 2504 Hayes Ave., Sandusky, will offer trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes.

U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 is now available at all U-Haul locations, enabling customers to access trucks and vans every hour of every day through the self-pick-up and self-return options on their uhaul.com account. An internet-connected mobile device with camera and GPS features is needed to take advantage of self-service.

Normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. After-hours drop-off is available for customer convenience. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling 419-624-0171 or visiting https://www.uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Sandusky-OH-44870/004364.


Calling Norwalk vendors for farmers market

The Tractor Supply Co. store in Norwalk is looking for farmers, crafters and artisans to sell their homemade and homegrown goods at its farmers market on Oct. 7.

Tractor Supply is encouraging crafters and growers with an interest in everything from homemade crafts and candles to baked goods, art and gardening to sign up. To register, vendors can visit tsceventpartners.com or the Norwalk store. Nonprofit organizations and food trucks are also welcome to register.

“The farmers market will be a celebration of the talent and expertise in our community,” said Phil Reiter, vice president of national and local store marketing at Tractor Supply.

By registering, participants will have the opportunity to showcase and sell their goods and services, free of charge, in tented areas near the storefront.


Civista Bank named 2017 Best Banks to Work For

SANDUSKY — Civista Bank has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2017 for the fifth consecutive year.

The Best Banks to Work For program, which was initiated in 2013 by American Banker and Best Companies Group, identifies, recognizes and honors U.S. banks for outstanding employee satisfaction. Civista was among 75 banks named to the 2017 list. 

“Our annual ranking recognizes the financial institutions that are committed to investing in employees’ job satisfaction, career development and personal growth – a ‘return on assets’ that can be hard to measure by traditional means,” said Marc Hochstein, editor-in-chief of American Banker. “One of the most valuable assets for any organization is the team of people it employs, and banks are no exception.”

Determining the best banks to work for involves an evaluation of participating companies’ workplace policies, practices, and demographics. Employee surveys are then conducted to directly assess the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace. The combined scores determine the top banks and the final ranking.


South Central saves $104,000 in utility costs

GREENWICH — South Central Local Schools’ bid to reduce costs by improving energy efficiency has saved the district more than $104,000 in utility costs over a three-year period, according to Energy Optimizers.

Prior to the project, the district spent about $127,000 annually on energy expenses. Three years after the project’s completion, annual utility costs are coming in at $101,450 and electrical consumption is down 31.3 percent. The savings are normalized for weather.

“We have accomplished exactly what we set out to do — improve our learning environments while lowering our operational costs,” said South Central treasurer Chris Warrick. “Thanks to our partnership with Energy Optimizers we are able to make a better investment by redirecting our dollars from our utilities to our classrooms.”


In health-related business...

Spicer joins healthcare leaders

SANDUSKY — Jim Spicer, assistant vice president of operations at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 9,100 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain this status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows also are committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Spicer is privileged to use the FACHE credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status.


North Central EMS 100% compliant

North Central Mobile Diagnostics (NCMD), a division of North Central EMS, recently received a 100-percent compliance score from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Radiologic Technology Section during a recent scheduled inspection.

The inspection measured radiation exposure of each mobile x-ray unit and safety policies and procedures observed by department staff. ODH inspections are done on a bi-annual basis to ensure safe radiation practices and compliance with state regulations.

North Central Mobile Diagnostics provides immediate state of the art digital x-ray imaging, holter monitor and ultrasound on site at local nursing, assisted living and hospice facilities, doctor’s offices, and area businesses. Working in conjunction with local hospitals and healthcare providers, NCMD is able to share digital images and preliminary and final reports to provide the best continuation of care. Highly qualified, specialized state licensed radiology technicians and ultrasound technologists provide digital imagery with the patient’s comfort and dignity always preserved.


Firelands earns accreditation for breast biopsy

SANDUSKY — Firelands Regional Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

A breast biopsy is performed to remove tissue — either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle from a suspicious area in the breast. The tissue is examined under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. In a stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography attachment helps guide the biopsy needle to the site of the abnormal area.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. 

When a facility has the ACR gold seal, patients can feel confident the facility has undergone a rigorous review process and meets nationally accepted standards of care; personnel are well qualified to perform procedures and interpret medical images; and the equipment is assessed by a medical imaging expert who verifies that it functions properly, takes optimal images and utilizes appropriate radiation dose levels.


Urgent care earns re-accreditation

SANDUSKY — Firelands Physician Group Urgent Care locations at Sandusky, Vermilion and Clyde recently received re-accreditation with the National Urgent Care Center Accreditation (NUCCA) program.

The accreditation demonstrates exceptional commitment to providing the highest quality medical care and identifies medical practices that are consistent with the highest ideals within the specialty of urgent care medicine. Accreditation is a voluntary process that measures the quality of services and performance against nationally recognized standards.

Urgent care hours for all locations are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No appointment is necessary, although appointments can be scheduled online. Visit firelandsphysiciangroup.com/urgentcare to learn more or schedule.


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