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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2019 file photo, the main entrance to Mount Carmel West Hospital is shown in Columbus, Ohio. A lawsuit alleges a patient at the the Ohio hospital was given a lethal painkiller overdose in 2015 by a nurse now married to the doctor who ordered that dose and who is under investigation in connection with other deaths. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System found now-fired Dr. William Husel ordered potentially fatal doses for at least 28 patients.  (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh Huggins, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2019 file photo, the main entrance to Mount Carmel West Hospital is shown in Columbus, Ohio. A lawsuit alleges a patient at the the Ohio hospital was given a lethal painkiller overdose in 2015 by a nurse now married to the doctor who ordered that dose and who is under investigation in connection with other deaths. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System found now-fired Dr. William Husel ordered potentially fatal doses for at least 28 patients. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh Huggins, File)


Accused doc’s wife among nurses named in wrongful-death suit

By KANTELE FRANKO

Associated Press

Tuesday, February 5

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A wrongful-death lawsuit against an Ohio doctor accused of ordering potentially fatal doses of pain medication for hospital patients alleges a nurse now married to him administered one of the excessive doses he ordered in 2015.

It’s among the growing list of at least a dozen cases brought since the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System found intensive care doctor William Husel ordered potentially fatal doses for at least 28 patients over several years, mostly at Mount Carmel West hospital.

Some families are questioning whether drugs were wrongly used to hasten patients’ deaths intentionally or possibly illegally without their knowledge, and whether pharmacists and nurses ignored safeguards when approving and administering medication.

Mount Carmel fired Husel in December, then publicly apologized and put 23 pharmacists, nurses and managers on leave pending investigation.

It won’t say whether those employees include nurse Mariah Baird, who married Husel in October 2017 in North Carolina, according to marriage records.

An updated lawsuit over the March 2015 death of 65-year-old Jan Thomas alleges Baird administered a lethal dose of fentanyl ordered by Husel. Attorney David Shroyer, who represents Thomas’ family, said that amended lawsuit was filed Tuesday.

Lawyers for Husel, 43, haven’t commented. The State Medical Board suspended his license, but no criminal charges have been announced.

Court records list no lawyer for Baird, and phone numbers associated with her weren’t accepting calls Tuesday.

Also Tuesday, three new lawsuits were filed against Husel, the hospital, nurses and pharmacists over excessive dosages given to three patients, according to the office of attorney Gerry Leeseberg, who represents some of the families. Those new cases focus on the deaths of 55-year-old Timothy Fitzpatrick on Oct. 9, 2017; 70-year-old Larry Brigner on Dec. 10, 2017; and 39-year-old James “Nick” Timmons on Oct. 24.

Leeseberg’s office said Fitzpatrick died within hours of another patient, 63-year-old Beverlee Schirtzinger, who also received an excessive dose ordered by Husel and provided by the same pharmacist and nurse as in Fitzpatrick’s case. No lawsuit has been filed over Schirtzinger’s death.

Mount Carmel initially said affected patients were near death, but now says it’s investigating whether some received possibly lethal doses when there still might have been opportunity to improve their conditions with treatment.

Local authorities are investigating, as is the Ohio Department of Health. The hospital also has been warned it could lose Medicare funding unless it proves it can correct deficiencies in its pharmaceutical services.

Associated Press writer Allen G. Breed in Raleigh, North Carolina, contributed to this report.

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Director Dorothy Pelanda to Host Meet and Greets Across Ohio

Ohio Department of Agriculture

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Feb. 6, 2019) – Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Dorothy Pelanda will host a series of informal meet and greet events across Ohio. The meetings will present the opportunity for Director Pelanda to introduce herself, share information regarding her background and listen to thoughts and ideas from members of Ohio’s food and agriculture industry.

The meet and greets will be hosted in conjunction with local soil and water conservation districts. The events are open to the public on the following dates:

February 11

9:30 a.m. – Ross County Service Center, 475 Western Ave., Chillicothe, OH 45601

11:30 a.m. – Jackson County OSU Extension, 17 Standpipe Road, Jackson, OH 45640

2:30 p.m. – Athens Public Library, 30 Home St., Athens, OH 45701

February 15

10:00 a.m. – Wilmington College Kelly Center, 1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington, OH 45177

1:00 p.m. – Springview Government Center, 3130 East Main St., Springfield, OH 45505

February 22

10:30 a.m. – Union County Ag Center – Buckeye Meeting Room, 18000 St. Rt. 4 N, Suite B, Marysville, OH 43040

2:00 p.m. – UVCC-Adult Technology Center, 8901 Looney Rd., Room 600, Piqua, OH 45356

March 1

10:00 a.m. – Gottfried Nature Center, 9783 County Highway 330, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351

March 4

1:00 p.m. – Eaton First Church of God, 601 E. Lexington Rd., Eaton, OH 45320

3:30 p.m. – Central Service Building, 220 W. Livingston St., Celina, OH 45822

Additional meetings are scheduled and those dates and locations will be released once they become available. Those with questions can contact the ODA Office of Communications at 614-752-9817.

CCAO ADDRESSES COUNTY INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES BEFORE GOVERNOR’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Jon Honeck, County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) senior policy analyst, testified before Gov. DeWine’s Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure and discussed the challenges facing Ohio’s road transportation infrastructure.

“Counties are responsible for the maintenance and repair of over 26,000 bridges and 29,000 county road miles. They rely on a strong partnership with the state in order to meet this responsibility, but this partnership is being slowly eroded over time as state revenues are stagnant, construction inflation takes its toll, and our aging infrastructure is in need of major renovation,” he said. “In 2017, counties received a total of $205.8 million in motor fuel tax revenue from the state, but this tax rate has not been increased since 2005. Counties also received $246.5 million in distributions from state license registrations, but the fee has not changed in decades.”

The County Commissioners Association of Ohio advances effective county government for Ohio through legislative advocacy, education and training, technical assistance and research, quality enterprise service programs, and greater citizen awareness and understanding of county government.

The Irish Tenors Return to the Ohio Theatre March 10

Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan have been touring together as The Irish Tenors since 1998, selling out shows at Radio City Music Hall, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, and major concert halls throughout the world. Their faces and voices are familiar to PBS audiences from several specials, including the “Ellis Island Recordings.” Together, they produce a sound and concert experience which touches hearts and stirs emotions through happy songs of celebration and humor mixed with touching melodies and songs that warm the heart.

CAPA presents The Irish Tenors at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Sunday, March 10, at 7pm. Tickets are $23.50-$78.50 and can be purchased in-person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), online at www.capa.com, or by phone at (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. Includes two acts and an intermission.

Since they first joined voices in 1998, The Irish Tenors have proven themselves gifted interpreters of a wide range of material, with such songs as “My Heart Will Go On” (from Titanic), “Fairytale of New York”(previously recorded by Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues), and even Jimmy Kennedy’s “South of the Border” living comfortably alongside “Danny Boy,” “Whiskey in the Jar,” and “Fields of Athenry.” Among their best-selling albums, Heritage ranks as one of the finest with classic recordings of many of the most beautiful Irish songs.

The Irish Tenors powerful vocal line-up of Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan are unquestionably the leading brand of this genre. All classically trained singers, each having performed in leading concert halls across the world, together they combine to produce a sound and concert experience which touches hearts and stirs the emotions.

They are surely versatile, but for many, the group is synonymous with Irish music. There is an aching, bittersweet quality to much of Ireland’s musical heritage, a melodic loveliness and emotional intensity. The dazzling technique and depth of feeling that defines this musical genre, amplified to the third power, is the hallmark of The Irish Tenors.

The magic they’ve captured on previous releases has resulted in millions of albums sold and the upper reaches of Billboard’s music charts. The Irish Tenors have appeared on several incredibly successful and highly rated PBS specials including “Ellis Island” and “Live from Belfast” as well as “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Regis and Kelly,” “Martha Stewart,” A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts,” and are one of the best-selling acts to appear on QVC.

www.TheIrishTenors.com

CALENDAR LISTING

CAPA presents THE IRISH TENORS

Sunday, March 10, 7pm

Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)

Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan have been touring together as The Irish Tenors since 1998, selling out shows at Radio City Music Hall, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, and major concert halls throughout the world. Together, they produce a sound and concert experience which touches hearts and stirs emotions through happy songs of celebration and humor mixed with touching melodies and songs that warm the heart. Tickets are $23.50-$78.50 and can be purchased in-person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), online at www.capa.com, or by phone at (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. Includes two acts and an intermission. www.capa.com

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. CAPA also appreciates the generous support of the Barbara B. Coons and Robert Bartels Funds of The Columbus Foundation and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

About CAPA

Owner/operator of downtown Columbus’ magnificent historic theatres (Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre) and manager of the Riffe Center Theatre Complex, Lincoln Theatre, Drexel Theatre, Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts (New Albany, OH), and the Shubert Theater (New Haven, CT), CAPA is a non-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment. For more information, visit www.capa.com.

Summer Food Service Program Plans

Feb. 6, 2019

Ohio Department of Education

With the help of numerous sponsoring agencies and stakeholders, the Summer Food Service Program works to feed thousands of children in Ohio.

Despite these numbers, many Ohio parents and caregivers are forced to make difficult decisions daily in order to provide for their families. In many cases, this leaves Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens, our children and youth, struggling with hunger daily.

This year, the Ohio Department of Education wants to increase participation in summer meal programs and is actively seeking local nonprofit agencies to participate as sponsors or sites by providing free meals to children.

“During the summer months, many children worry about access to nutritious meals when they should be focused on fun activities and independent learning,” said Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction. “The Summer Food Service Program helps fill this need in our communities by providing healthy meals in locations where students spend much of their time during the summer. The program means students can focus on what is most important during this time – playing, reading, being outdoors and growing.”

Free meals are provided at schools, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, parks, camps, community centers, swimming pools, libraries, low-income housing complexes and more.

Sponsoring organizations receive reimbursement to cover the costs of providing nutritious meals and snacks to children in eligible areas. Nonprofit organizations offering summer activities for children living in low-income areas also are encouraged to apply.

Expansion of the program is particularly needed in southern Ohio counties, where families struggle with food insecurity, as well as in rural communities and areas where migrant families reside.

The Summer Food Service Program ensures that children ages 1-18 continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer break from school, when they do not have access to school breakfast or lunch. Children with disabilities and approved individualized education programs may participate through age 21.

A sponsoring organization must be:

A public or nonprofit private school;

A public or nonprofit private residential summer camp;

A unit of local, municipal, county or state government;

A public or nonprofit college or university; or

A private nonprofit organization.

The Summer Food Service Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Ohio Department of Education.

Any organization interested in becoming a sponsor or site should complete the potential sponsor survey no later than Friday, March 1.

About the Ohio Department of Education

The Ohio Department of Education oversees the state’s public education system, which includes public school districts, joint vocational school districts and charter schools. The Department also monitors educational service centers, other regional education providers, early learning and child care programs, and private schools. The Department’s tasks include administering the school funding system, collecting school fiscal and performance data, developing academic standards and model curricula, administering the state achievement tests, issuing district and school report cards, administering Ohio’s voucher programs, providing professional development, and licensing teachers, administrators, treasurers, superintendents and other education personnel. The Department is governed by the State Board of Education with administration of the Department the responsibility of the superintendent of public instruction.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Central Ohio High Water Update

Two routes are closed in Central Ohio due to high water:

SR 752 between US 23 and Ashville in Pickaway County

SR 203 between SR 4 and Prospect in Marion County

Heavy rain is expected to continue today and tomorrow. Motorists should never try to drive thru high water, it could be deeper than it looks. Turn around, don’t drown.

PUCO approves Aqua Ohio system improvement charge

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Feb. 6, 2019) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved a system improvement charge for Aqua Ohio. Aqua will add a 3.66 percent surcharge to customer bills until the utility’s next distribution rate case with the PUCO.

Ohio law allows PUCO-regulated water and wastewater companies to establish a system improvement charge based upon capital improvements and infrastructure replacements it has made since its last received PUCO authority to increase rates. The utility’s last distribution rate case was authorized in March 2017.

On March 1, 2018, Aqua Ohio filed an application with the PUCO for approval to collect a system improvement charge. In its application, Aqua stated it had made large infrastructure investments since it last received approval to increase its rates from the PUCO. The utility requested to establish a system improvement charge of 3.937 percent.

On Nov. 8, 2018, Aqua Ohio and PUCO staff filed a settlement agreement establishing a system improvement charge of 3.66 percent.

A copy of today’s finding and order is available on the PUCO website at www.PUCO.ohio.gov by clicking on the link to Docketing Information Systems (DIS) and searching for case 18-337-WW-SIC.

PUCO accepts results of Dominion Energy Ohio’s natural gas supply auction

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Feb. 6, 2019) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today accepted the results of Dominion Energy Ohio’s auction for its standard service offer (SSO) and standard choice offer (SCO). The auction secured natural gas supplies for Dominion’s SSO/SCO customers for the period April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020. The auction resulted in a retail price adjustment (RPA) of $0.22 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf).

Dominion’s SSO/SCO rate changes monthly and will be calculated as the sum of the retail price adjustment, plus the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) month-end settlement price. The price adjustment reflects the winning bidders’ estimate of their cost to deliver natural gas from the production area to Dominion’s service area.

The SCO applies to Dominion’s choice-eligible residential customers that have not selected an alternative supplier. Choice-eligible customers will continue to have the option to enroll with an energy choice supplier of their choosing, join a government aggregation group or choose the SCO. Customers who are interested in choosing an energy choice supplier can compare rate offers using the PUCO’s Energy Choice Ohio Apples to Apples comparison charts.

Each SCO customer’s bill will indicate the certified retail natural gas supplier that is responsible for providing the customer’s natural gas. Customers who are already enrolled with an alternative supplier or a government aggregation group will not be affected by the change in the SCO rate; their contracts will remain the same. Customers who are enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus or who are otherwise ineligible to participate in energy choice are served at the SSO rate, which is identical to the SCO rate. Dominion will continue to deliver natural gas to all customers, offer payment plans and respond to all emergency and customer service calls.

On Feb. 5, 2019, a descending clock auction was held for the SSO/SCO rate. Bids were submitted by eight natural gas suppliers based on fixed adjustments to the NYMEX settlement price. The names of the four winning bidders will remain confidential for 15 days to protect the suppliers’ positions in contract negotiations with pipeline companies.

A copy of today’s Commission finding and order is available at www.PUCO.ohio.gov. Click on the link to the Docketing Information System and enter the case number 19-119-GA-UNC.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

Habitat MidOhio Reaches Milestone with 500th Family Served

Habitat MidOhio began the new year by handing over the keys to a new home to our 500th family served!

The deserving partner family that received the keys to their new home in early January is a family of ten. Mom works in early childhood care and dad works in the transportation industry. Like all Habitat homeowners, the family will assume a 0% interest mortgage on a home that scores among the highest in energy efficiency in the region. This energy efficiency translates into utilities savings of almost 50% per year (compared to similar-sized homes on the street).

Reaching our 500th family served is a point of immense pride for our entire organization. Ours is a mission of empowerment. Our staff, volunteers, donors, partners, board and especially our partner families all relish & celebrate this exciting milestone.

Helping to build the dream of homeownership through new home construction and home repairs in central Ohio has been an honor for our stakeholders and me, and is a true testament to the altruism and goodwill found central Ohio. We look forward to positively impacting the next 500 – within the next five years – and beyond!

MidOhio ReStore receives Social Impact Validation from the Better Business Bureau

MidOhio ReStore is one of 13 social enterprises in central Ohio participating in a new social impact validation pilot program, spearheaded by SocialVentures, in partnership with the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio, and in collaboration with Measurement Resources Company.

This pilot program launched in January 2018 and will continue through June 2019.

MidOhio ReStores opted to participate in this pilot program because we believe that it is critical for us to be transparent about how our ReStore business model serves as a platform for our organization’s impact towards social change. And it is important that our customers both understand and trust that the more successful we are financially, the more impact we can have on the communities we serve.

We are pleased to promote this pilot program by displaying the Social Impact seal in our stores.

If you have patronized or donated at either of our ReStores and are interested in being entered into a drawing for an iPad mini, the Better Business Bureau and SocialVentures is conducting a five-minute survey:

https://s.zoomerang.com/r/PRNJ38N_Restore

What’s New at the ReStore?

ReStore is celebrating the New Year by adding a new vendor! ReStore East now carries an additional brand of recycled latex paint, new 5-gallon buckets of deck stain, and quarts of polyurethane stains.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: 2019 is going to bring a lot of volunteer opportunities with ReStore. Our next opportunity is at the Spring Home and Garden Show: February 16-23 at the Ohio Expo Center. This is weeklong show, and we will need volunteers to help out for the duration of the show. This show offers free entry to the event and a chance to win great raffle prizes!

Please sign up for shifts on our volunteer website:

https://volunteer.habitatmidohio.org

if you would like to help speak on Habitat for Humanity MidOhio ReStore’s behalf.

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Join Us On a Construction Site This Winter!

The need for affordable housing doesn’t stop in the winter months, so neither do we! Habitat has a vast need for volunteers throughout the winter season. If you’re looking for a great team building activity for your company, congregation, or organization, or are looking for a way to get involved as an individual, join us on one of our build or home repair sites!

What to expect: Our work week is Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. All tools, materials, and instructions will be provided; no previous experience needed. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

Volunteers who brave the weather and volunteer on site between January 1 and March 31 will earn Winter Warriors gear! You will receive a long sleeve t-shirt your first time out on site, and from there you can earn more Winter Warriors gear the more you volunteer, including hats, travel mugs, sweatshirts, and more!

For more information, please visit our volunteer website to sign up: https://volunteer.habitatmidohio.org or contact Rachel Hardin at rhardin@habitatmidohio.org or 614-364-7030.

Hoops for Habitat

Habitat Young Professionals-MidOhio is hosting the 2nd Annual Hoops for Habitat fundraiser this April! Gather your team and join us for a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to support a great cause! Proceeds will go towards Habitat MidOhio’s first ever House that Beer Built project this summer.

When: Saturday, April 27 at 10AM

Who: Anyone 18+ in teams of 3-4

Registration: $75 per team if registered before April 15

$100 per team if registered after April 15

Additional fundraising encouraged

Where: Bishop Watterson High School- 99 E. Cooke Rd, Columbus, OH 43214

To donate directly: https://fundly.com/2018-hoops-for-habitat#

FILE – In this Jan. 15, 2019 file photo, the main entrance to Mount Carmel West Hospital is shown in Columbus, Ohio. A lawsuit alleges a patient at the the Ohio hospital was given a lethal painkiller overdose in 2015 by a nurse now married to the doctor who ordered that dose and who is under investigation in connection with other deaths. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System found now-fired Dr. William Husel ordered potentially fatal doses for at least 28 patients. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh Huggins, File)
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2019/02/web1_122271005-fd721a0b202c40858423066d2e8632ae-1.jpgFILE – In this Jan. 15, 2019 file photo, the main entrance to Mount Carmel West Hospital is shown in Columbus, Ohio. A lawsuit alleges a patient at the the Ohio hospital was given a lethal painkiller overdose in 2015 by a nurse now married to the doctor who ordered that dose and who is under investigation in connection with other deaths. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System found now-fired Dr. William Husel ordered potentially fatal doses for at least 28 patients. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh Huggins, File)

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