News briefs – July 29

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PICKAWAY REALTORS HONORED – Columbus REALTORS® is proud to announce that the Pickaway County Realty Association was awarded its REALTOR® Care Day Weiler Grant in honor of their 2015 REALTOR® Care Day project.

REALTOR® Care Day is an annual day of service to the communities in which REALTORS® live, work and raise families. This year’s event was held on June 3, 2015, with 22 groups and 475 volunteers working on 29 projects in central Ohio and surrounding counties. Since its inception in 2005, REALTOR® Care Day has resulted in almost $300,000 re-invested into our communities.

REALTOR® Care Day is funded through the Columbus REALTORS® Foundation. Area Realty Associations are offered matching funds (up to $500 each) to help fund their community service efforts for this event. Additional assistance is received from many individuals and companies through in-kind donations of money, goods and services.

SATYA GEDELA, MD, NAMED MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF EPILEPSY SURGERY AT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL – Satya Gedela, MD, MRCP(UK), pediatric neurologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, has recently been named medical director of the Epilepsy Surgery Program.

As medical director of Epilepsy Surgery, Dr. Gedela focuses on the surgical aspect of epilepsy treatment and works closely with members of Neurosurgery. Advanced epilepsy surgery capabilities, which include evaluation with intracranial electrodes, are a key component for designation as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, the highest level of epilepsy care outlined by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.

Dr. Gedela, who also serves as medical director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Nationwide Children’s, is an associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Neurology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He attended Andhra University and Andhra Medical College in India for his undergraduate and medical education, respectively. Completing his residency and pediatric training in neurology and epilepsy at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dr. Gedela is board certified in pediatrics in three countries: India, England and the United States, in addition to his board certification in neurology and epilepsy in the U.S. His clinical interests include all aspects of pediatric epilepsy, epilepsy surgery and vagus nerve stimulator treatment for medically intractable epilepsy patients.

NEW ANCHOR NAMED – NBC4 WCMH has named Katie Ferrell co-anchor of NBC4 Today and NBC4 Midday. Ferrell will co-anchor the newscasts with Mike Jackson. She will join NBC4 in early August.

She has been weekend morning anchor at FOX 4 WDAF in Kansas City, Missouri since 2011. Prior to FOX 4, she spent four years at KHAS-TV in Hastings, the NBC affiliate. Previous to working for KHAS-TV, Ferrell was an anchor/reporter at the NBC affiliate station, KOMU-TV, in Columbia, Missouri. She anchored the Sunday newscasts and worked as a digital journalist, covering assignments as a photographer, reporter and editor.

Ferrell was born and raised in Strongsville, Ohio. She is a University of Missouri School of Journalism graduate and has a Broadcast Journalism degree.

DOCTOR HONORED BY AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION – The Charles F. Kegley Diversity Award has been established by the American Lung Association of the Midland States (ALAMS) in recognition of Dr. Kegler’s advocacy for cultural diversity and inclusiveness in his life and during 30 years of volunteering with the American Lung Association.

Named the initial recipient of the award, Dr. Kegley was recently presented with a plaque at the association’s annual meeting. At that time, he said that the this important work is not yet complete.

“It’s wonderful because it’s a very human cause. We all need oxygen, we all need healthy lungs, not just people like me. And people are paying attention to that. Ten years ago we’d see people of color coming to a meeting or two, and then never coming back. That’s changing now. We have to keep listening to people’s concerns and keep working until we can find some kind of balance.”

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