News briefs – Aug. 5

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UF DONATES TO FINDLAY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO PURCHASE LIFE-SAVING DRUG- In response to increasing opioid overdoses in the region, The University of Findlay recently donated $1,500 to the Findlay Health Department to purchase Naloxone, a drug that reverses the deadly effects of excessive opioid use.

According to UF’s College of Pharmacy, Naloxone was administered by Ohio EMS personnel 12,256 times in 2013 and 15,493 times in 2014. From 2009 to 2015, Hancock County had 59 drug-related overdose deaths and 630 hospital emergency room visits caused by drug overdoses. “This data is indicative of a growing national epidemic of which Hancock County is not immune,” said Debra Parker, Pharm.D., College of Pharmacy Dean.

Recent state legislation and budget measures are now enabling greater availability of this life-saving drug. UF’s donation enables the Findlay Health Department to begin its Naloxone program and the lives of 25 Findlay and Hancock County residents could potentially be saved.

OPERATING ROOM EXPANSION, REMODELING MEANS MORE CONSTRUCTION AT AKRON CHILDREN’S – Just a few months after the opening of its seven-story Kay Jewelers Pavilion, Akron Children’s is once again undergoing an expansion project on its hospital campus.

The $6.6 million project will expand the main hospital’s 4th floor operating room suites to the east over Bowery Street. The additional 1,775 square footage of space will house a new neurosurgery OR and intraoperative MRI, to be purchased in the future. The project also calls for remodeling 6,285 square footage of existing OR space to accommodate the hospital’s expanding pediatric interventional radiology program.

Interventional radiology is routinely used to perform biopsies and place feeding or drainage tubes and central venous catheters. It can reduce the need for surgery to treat vascular malformations, blood clots, and kidney or liver abnormalities.

UF HELPING FINDLAY PHOTOGRAPHER PUBLISH STORYBOOK – The University of Findlay has teamed with Dave Morrow, founder of the Humans of Findlay Facebook page, to publish an insightful book featuring UF students, faculty, staff and others from the community at large.

The book will serve as an extension of Morrow’s pictorial project, which began in 2014 and was inspired by photographer Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York (HONY) project. Morrow, a retired teacher and natural introvert, thought that a localized version would be a great way to meet people, so he began photographing individuals in black and white. Descriptions of the subjects, along with their mantras and advice about living, accompany the online posts. Healthcare workers, business owners, musicians, children and more have been featured.

As of July 29, the Humans of Findlay Facebook page, which can be found here, had 8,281 likes. It receives an average of 12,000 visits per day.

RENSHLER CHOSEN AS INTERIM DEAN FOR COLLEGE OF BUSINESS – The University of Findlay has selected E. Kevin Renshler, Ph.D., to serve as interim dean for the College of Business. He will begin at UF on Aug. 10 and replaces Paul Sears, Ph.D., who recently retired.

Since 2014, Renshler has served as dean for Barton College’s School of Business in Wilson, North Carolina. While there, he directed revision of the curriculum and all degree programs, and developed and implemented a strategic plan and assessment program for Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation. He also led the creation of a Barton’s 3/2 Bachelor of Science-Master of Business Administration program in strategic leadership that is designed to bring individuals from the private, nonprofit and public sectors together for the social good.

Renshler was also director of the Honors Program in Business at the University of South Florida, and was on the graduate faculty at Florida Southern College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Dr. Renshler is an excellent fit for The University of Findlay, and he will be a strong, action-oriented leader for the College of Business,” said Darin Fields, vice president for academic affairs. “His expertise and experience in moving business programs to the next level will have an immediate impact on the college.”

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