New hires and promotions
-- Dr. Christopher Hughes, former chief resident of Conemaugh Memorial's Emergency Medicine program, is returning to Conemaugh to continue his career in emergency medicine.
Hughes, a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., and of the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va., most recently worked at ER-One, St. Francis Medical Center in Virginia.
-- Dr. Richard Nahouraii, a trauma/critical care surgeon, has joined Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center's Level One Regional Resource Trauma Center.
Nahouraii, who is board certified in surgery and surgical critical care, most recently served as director of surgical intensive care at Forbes Regional Hospital, a member of the Allegheny Health Network, where he also practiced as a trauma/acute care surgeon.
-- Dr. Wesley Schrock has joined the team at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center's Interventional Radiology department.
Board certified in diagnostic radiology, Schrock recently completed a fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.
-- Paul Seymour has been named as artistic director at Cresson Lake Playhouse.
Seymour brings 30 years of experience as a music teacher, choral director and organizational leader. He has directed and produced Central Cambria High School's musicals for the past 11 years. He was first involved with CLP in 1986, performing along with his wife, Cathy, in Shenandoah under the direction of John Alexander.
-- Dr. John Ashurst, an emergency medicine physician, has accepted a position with Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center to serve as research director and core faculty for Conemaugh Memorial's Emergency Medicine Residency program.
Ashurst, a graduate of Northern Cambria High School and Juniata College, most recently served on the emergency medicine clinical faculty at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown.
As research director for the Emergency Medicine Residency, Ashurst will help residents develop clinical research.
Awards and honors
-- Alice Sturm, a registered nurse in Home Based Primary Care, was recently selected as Van Zandt VA Medical Center's recipient of the Secretary's Hands and Heart Award.
The award recognizes Sturm as a compassionate individual whose dedication to veterans is marked by the highest standards in patient care.
Course completions and certifications
-- Andrea R. Young, public affairs officer for the Van Zandt VA Medical Center, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness, in Anniston, Ala.
The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction training facility in the nation.
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