New VA Medical Network Director Named for Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky

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(VISN 10) – The Department of Veterans Affairs has named Laura E. Ruzick as the new Network Director for Veterans Integrated Network (VISN) 10, overseeing VA Medical Centers across Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and part of Kentucky.  Ruzick has served as the Medical Center Director of the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis since 2019.  Her appointment as VISN 10 Director is effective May 8, 2022.

“Ms. Ruzick has sound leadership qualities and proven experience,” said Ron Stertzbach, acting VISN 10 Director.  “I am certain she will be a valuable asset to our VISN, our employees and volunteers, our health care partners, the community, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are so honored to serve.”

Ruzick has decades of healthcare leadership experience across VISN 10 and beyond.  She first joined the VA family as a Clinical Nurse Manager at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in 2004, serving as a manager in the stepdown unit and surgical intensive care.  She then served as a Health Systems Specialist for VISN 10, before moving into executive leadership positions at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus, OH, Cincinnati VA Medical Center, and finally at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center where she served as Associate Director from 2016 – 2019, and Medical Center Director from 2019 – Present.  Prior to joining the VA, Ruzick had more than 25 years of experience as a Registered Nurse, Nurse Manager, Cardiovascular Service Coordinator, and Practice Manager with healthcare systems in Illinois.  

Ruzick earned her MBA and B.S.N. from Lewis University, and her B.S. in Natural Science from Xavier University. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2012.

Northern Indiana VA Medical Center (VAMC) Director Michael Hershman will serve as the acting Director for the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, until a permanent selection is made.  Dayton VAMC Associate Director Dr. Jennifer DeFrancesco will serve as acting Director for the Northern Indiana VAMC.

RCCVB Presents Annual Pineapple Awards For Community Hospitality

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The Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitor’s Bureau conducted their 7th Annual Pineapple Awards Luncheon at the Christopher Conference Center, Monday.

The awards go to individuals and organizations that celebrate the best of Ross County Tourism.

The top honor of Grand Pineapple Award went to local businessman Pat McAllister for his work to develop business and tourism with investments he’s made to the community over the years.

Other awards presented included the Volunteer of the Year to Jay Jackson of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, for his beautification work of flowers and other plants he tends to at the park.  

The Front Line Associate Award went to Violet Tanner of Hampton Inn & Suites, the Behind The Scenes Associate Award to Adena Health System’s Ty McBee, and Director/Inn Keeper of the Year winner is John Payne of the Pump House Center for the Arts.

The Ross County Commissioners made a special presentation award to Melody Young of RCCVB for her tireless work with the Bureau along with serving on numerous committees to promote the county.

L-R: Melody Young, Jay Jackson, Violet Tanner, Ty McBee, John Payne, Pat McAllister, Nancy Ames, Bryn Stepp

Promotional Assistance Grants awarded by the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitor’s Bureau were presented to:
*Buckeye Off Road Expo
*Chillicothe Civic Theatre
*Downtown Chillicothe 
*Pump House Center for the Arts
*Smash It Demolition Derby
*Southern Ohio Forest Rally
*The Buck Fifty
*Scioto Society

Dan Drummond Inducted Into Ohio H.S. Golf Coaches Hall of Fame

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Unioto High School Golf Coach Dan Drummond has been inducted into the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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Drummond has led successful golf programs at the former Bishop Flaget High School, then later at Unioto.

At Bishop Flaget, he led the Panthers to a third place finish at the State Tournament in 1984.

The Scioto Valley Conference adopted golf as a sport in the fall of 1993, where Drummond led Unioto to the first conference title that season, then ran-off a streak of 8 straight conference titles, sharing with Huntington in 1995. Thus far at Unioto, Drummond has 22 SVC championships under his belt through the 2021 season. The 2012 team was unbeaten through all of their regular season matches. He has led several Shermans’ teams and individual players to the state golf tournament.

Alongside a Hall of Fame career as a golf coach, Drummond has already been inducted into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame for his decades of service- officiating mostly football and basketball.

To see our full Litter Media LIVE interview between Mike Smith and Dan Drummond, click on the interview photo seen below: