Teays Valley’s Walter Stewart Reportedly Joining UC Bearcat Football Staff

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According to a tweet by ESPN College Football Insider Pete Thamel, 2008 Teays Valley graduate Walter Stewart is returning to his college alma mater as Outside Linebackers Coach for Luke Fickell.

Stewart was a linebacker for the UC Bearcats from 2008-2012. The last three seasons, he was the Defensive Line Coach for the Temple Owls.

After leaving Ashville for Cincinnati, Stewart played in three bowl games, including the Bearcats’ Sugar Bowl appearance his sophomore season in which he recorded five-solo tackles.

Stewart’s resume has coaching stops at Northern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee before joining the staff at Temple under head coach Stan Drayton. If that name sounds familiar, he was the Running Backs Coach for Ohio State during the Buckeyes 2014 National Championship run.

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Boaters to See Shelter/Learning Center At Lake White State Park

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(Waverly) – People in and around Pike County will soon have a new place to learn how to stay safe on the water. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is building a new Boater Education Center at Lake White State Park.
 
“I’ve loved seeing more Ohioans on our lakes and rivers over the past few years, rediscovering an appreciation of the water,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “While boating can offer quality family time, new boaters mean more people need to learn the ins and outs of operating these vessels.  We are excited to be able to provide that with this new education center.”
 
The new building will include a 2,020 square-foot park shelter with storage rooms, restrooms, patios, and a pavilion area. The building will host education courses for new boaters and will be available for community use.  Classes will include topics such as operating safely, legal requirements, water sports, and what to do in a boating emergency.  Anyone operating a boat in Ohio powered by more than 10 horsepower must provide proof of boater education.  ODNR offers study guides to help people meet those requirements.
 
The new center is expected to be complete in the spring of 2022.  Total cost is estimated at $852,400.

Adena Launches New Option for Emphysema/COPD Patients

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(Chillicothe) – A new, minimally invasive procedure now being offered by Adena Health System is providing a breath of fresh air in the treatment of patients suffering from emphysema and COPD.

“We’ve actually been talking about doing this type of procedure for at least a year,” said Adena Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Associates’ Dr. Haval Saadlla, who performed the Health System’s first Zephyr Valve surgery in December. “We wanted to make sure we had every single piece of the puzzle in place before we did it.”

The procedure is the latest evolution in the treatment of patients with emphysema and COPD, conditions involving damaged portions of the lungs that have lost the ability to release trapped air, resulting in hyperinflation of the lungs that impacts breathing. Prior to the arrival of Zephyr Valve treatments, those suffering from severe cases would have to undergo a lung volume reduction surgery to remove the portion of the lung causing the hyperinflation.

“As you can imagine, those patients would be very sick, they would end up in the hospital, they would have chest pain and they would have a very high mortality risk,” said Dr. Saadlla.

A minimally invasive option to treat patients became available in June of 2018 when the Food and Drug Administration approved the Zephyr Endobronchial Valve System. Under this procedure, a physician uses a bronchoscope to place the small Zephyr Valves in the airways within the lungs. The one-way valves release the trapped air and prevent more air from becoming trapped there, allowing the healthy areas in the lung to expand and taking pressure off the diaphragm, improving the patient’s breathing.

As the procedure began to grow in popularity, Adena began putting the pieces in place to offer it close to home for patients in the communities the Health System serves. Dr. Saadlla became comfortable with the procedure and spent a lot of time with physicians who had collected a great deal of experience performing it. Meanwhile, training and education was provided to members of the team who would be involved in some way across the board, including admissions staff, the endoscopy team, patient educators, nurses and respiratory therapists.

Once the entire team was ready, the stage was set in December for the first Adena patient to benefit from the procedure, which she called her “Christmas miracle.”

Dr. Saadlla said patients who have been aware of the existence of the procedure had been asking when Adena would begin offering it. The benefits to those patients of bringing it close to home are numerous, he said.

Because it requires a three-day hospital stay under FDA regulations to, among other things, monitor for any complications following the surgery, having the procedure performed close to home is not only more convenient for the patient, but also for any family members.

“Then, there’s the patient/physician relationship,” Dr. Saadlla said. “These are patients who we know and they know us and we have built trust rather than them having to go someplace else and have a completely different physician do the procedure for them.”

The Zephyr Valves, once put in place, should last a lifetime. The only need to do anything further, Dr. Saadlla said, would involve any issue with one of them moving or if, for instance, one lobe is treated and then, over time, another location in the lungs was to have troubles requiring additional valve placement.

When the first surgery took place, Dr. Saadlla was the only Adena physician who had performed the procedure, but Dr. Rakesh Vadde has been working up patients in order to join Dr. Saadlla in offering it. 

Patients looking to schedule an appointment or learn more about the procedure may contact Adena Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Associates at 740-779-8702.

Chillicothe’s Osh Brown Continues to Shine at Rutgers

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Chillicothe’s Osh Brown continues to make an impact for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Women’s Basketball team.

Sunday in a 49-45 loss to Wisconsin, , with 11-points and 10-rebounds, Brown recorded her sixth double-double of the season, and the 55th of her career (the most among all active NCAA Division I women’s basketball players).

In a 68-63 loss at Northwestern last Thursday, Brown led all scorers with 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting and an 8-of-8 mark from the free throw line. She grabbed 16 rebounds before fouling out with two minutes left in the game. 

Brown, a graduate transfer from Ball State now with 1,658 career points, is the NCAA Division I active career leader in rebounds with 1,279 and in double-doubles with 55. 

Brown grabbed her first Rutgers double-double in grand fashion in the Paradise Jam opener with a 20-point, 20-rebound performance against DePaul, Rutgers’ first 20-20 since Betnijah Laney’s in 2014 against UNC. The effort fell two shy of Brown’s career-high of 22 rebounds, set in the 2021 NCAA Tournament last season, a Ball State program record.

In 19 games this season, Brown ins averaging 9.1 ppg and 9.1 rpg. She’s fourth in the Big Ten in rebounding. For her career, Brown has played in 134 games and averaged 12.4 ppg and 9.5 rpg.

Rutgers (7-14) is still searching for its first conference win. The Scarlet Knights play at Nebraska (13-4) Thursday and return home with Ohio State (13-3) Sunday at 1pm on ESPN2. The Buckeyes will host Rutgers on Monday February 7th at 6pm in Columbus.