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Business briefs: Harrison hospital names emergency services director

| Friday, June 8, 2012, 2:25 p.m.

Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison has named Dr. Daniel Geary medical director of Emergency Services at the hospital.

Geary received his medical degree from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. He completed his emergency medicine residency and was chief resident at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, and is board-certified in emergency medicine.

Memberships include the American College of Emergency Physicians and its Pennsylvania Chapter, the Emergency Medicine Residents Association and the National Association of EMS Physicians.

Geary has been with the Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP) group since 2009 and comes to AVH from Forbes Regional in Monroeville. As a rising leader within the EMP group, he is participating in EMP's Scholars Program.

Dr. Jerry Taylor, former medical director of Emergency Services at the hospital, will continue to be an AVH emergency department physician and medical director for Pre-Hospital services. In this role, he will advance the education and skills of pre-hospital care providers to support patient care as first responders.

VA Butler Healthcare names associate director

Rebecca Hubscher was appointed VA Butler Healthcare's associate director for operations. Hubscher came to Butler from the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) where she was vice president of community-based care since March 2008.

She began her career at VA Pittsburgh in 1998 as a social worker. Her experiences also include chief of the VA Mental Health Clinic in Grand Rapids, Mich., and manager of the Home and Community Care Line at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology/sociology from Carlow College, and a master's in social work at the University of Pittsburgh, and in business administration at Waynesburg College. She is also a recent graduate of the Executive Career Field Program.

The Meadows to hold month of celebrations

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington, Pa., will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its casino with several special events this month.

Las Vegas-based Cannery Casino Resorts purchased the track in 2006. Shortly after, The Meadows was awarded a gaming license by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and broke ground on construction for a temporary casino that opened June 11, 2007.

"We have experienced tremendous growth in the last five years," said Sean Sullivan, vice president and general manager of The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. "We are now considered an entertainment destination for southwestern Pennsylvania, which translates to extraordinary economic impacts for our region."

After the more than $140 million in gaming taxes paid to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, The Meadows expended more than $51 million in Pennsylvania for items such as vendors, supplies, local taxes and charitable donations. Since the opening of the casino in 2007, these disbursements have grown 147 percent from its original amount of nearly $21 million.

The $51 million in disbursements does not include the $33 million in annual payroll costs for its 1,408 employees.

Women to connect at Aug. 3 conference

Women United, an initiative of United Way of Butler County, in conjunction with Butler Health System, Slippery Rock University and Butler County Chamber of Commerce, will sponsor the second annual Powerful Connections for Women Conference at 8 a.m. Aug. 3 at Slippery Rock University in the Robert M. Smith Student Center.

This full-day conference and workshop identifies strategies for success and includes connecting to the real issues of work/life balance, health/wellness and professional/personal growth skills.

The morning keynote speaker will be Newlin Archinal. The keynote speaker in the afternoon session will be the Hon. Marilyn J. Horan.

Registration is $65 if paid by July 3; $75 after July 3. No walk-ins.

For more information on the conference or to register, call the United Way of Butler County at 724-285-4883.

Giving council plans roundtable discussion

Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council will present "Neighborhood Block Party: A Roundtable Discussion on Planned Giving Best Practices" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 10 at Koppers Building Conference Center, downtown, at 436 Seventh Ave., ninth floor.

These roundtable discussions are designed with specific questions to help attendees share ideas and learn from others.

The structure of this newly designed roundtable will help facilitate an exchange of ideas amongst peers that will enable participants to learn, firsthand, best practices with the ability to implement them right away. The roundtable discussions will address, but are not limited to, the following topics: marketing, metrics, stewardship and closing gifts.

The Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council is a group of professionals committed to promoting gifts to charity as a positive way to achieve individual estate-planning objectives through education.

The cost is free to members and $35 for nonmembers. Lunch is included.

Register by calling 412-680-2149, email or go to .

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