Chamber honors handed out

COLUMBIANA – Looking at ways to serve their customers, their community, their patients and their students seemed to be a theme at the 60th annual Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on Sunday night.

Keynote speaker Steven T. Ruwoldt, the new president and chief executive officer of Salem Community Hospital talked about some of the new technology the hospital has been adding for patients, the new tower currently being built to provide a parking garage and private rooms for patients and the new ideas being generated by staff and volunteers to improve the experience for patients.

Runwolt spoke of the new medical imaging equipment improving the number of images from 16 per millimeter to 124 images per millimeter.

“We can follow from your foot to your head,” he said. “It’s absolutely amazing technology.”

Additionally, a new MRI machine the hospital is getting will double the strength of the machine from what the hospital currently offers. Runwolt said doctors are talking about how amazing this piece of equipment is going to be.

“What keeps people coming back is the way we treat people,” he said, adding when people come to the hospital, often at their worst time, they should be treated with “respect, dignity and compassion.”

He asked those who have not been to Salem Community Hospital for a while to give the hospital another look.

“Hopefully you’ll be wowed by us,” he said.

Terry McCoy, a director of the Columbiana Area Chamber presented the new Columbiana Area Guide and its links on the website to the crowd. Improved enhancements allow for all Chamber members to have their businesses linked to an iMap online, allowing those looking for a certain type of business to quickly see information and the location.

Recognitions were given, not just for new projects, but for innovative projects and those who have met milestones for years of serving the Columbiana area.

Included was the Adaptive Reuse and Upgrade Award which went to Buckeye Transfer Realty, LLC, a company which has taken a 92-acre area creating an industrial park. This park is home to several new companies including some taking advantage of the new shale fracking industry in the area. It was noted that in addition to this award, the chamber is nominating Buckeye Transfer Realty, LLC for a state award with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

“We are fortunate to have an entrepreneur like that in our community,” McCoy said of Jerry Stoneburner, the president and CEO of Buckeye Transfer Realty, LLC.

Also honored were two long-time members city employees, Jay Groner and Keith Chamberlin, both of whom retired on Dec. 31.

This year’s event was held at Das Dutch Village Inn Banquet Center.