The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 23, 2013

BUSINESS BRIEFS | St. Francis center receives client award

— The St. Francis University Small Business Development Center received the Happy Client Award from the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center network.

St. Francis Small Business Development Center was honored by having the highest client satisfaction ratings among the 18 SBDCs in Pennsylvania and was based on the most recent client satisfaction survey conducted by the PASBDC.

St. Francis University SBDC serves both existing and prospective entrepreneurs in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties.

Indiana rehabilitation firm recapitalizes

Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services Inc. in Indiana has announced a successful re-capitalization transaction by 3 Rivers Capital, a Pittsburgh-based private equity firm.

The recapitalization will afford Phoenix the ability to continue with its aggressive strategic growth plan for ongoing expansion in the marketplace through de-novo (start-up) development, as well as mergers and/or acquisitions of other regional private practice entities.

Additionally, the recapitalization will allow the adjunct of new services outside the primary scope of core services currently provided – physical therapy, occupational therapy and occupational health services.

UPMC Altoona upgrades cancer care

ALTOONA – Calling it a symbol of its commitment to providing the highest levels of quality cancer care, UPMC CancerCenter Radiation Oncology at UPMC Altoona has upgraded the heart of its treatment system.

The Elekta Infinity linear accelerator includes a sophisticated real-time imaging system that allows physicians to more precisely target tumors with radiation beams, leaders said.  

“This equipment puts us on the cutting edge of cancer treatment,” Dr. Jack Schocker, radiation oncologist, said in a press release.

“We can treat a patient in the best possible fashion.”

The technology address two of the central issues with radiation therapy, Schocker said. It allows doctors to “see” internal organ motion and reduces errors in setups. Both should help reduce damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

St. Vincent ranked in magazine guidebook

For the fourth consecutive year, St. Vincent College has been ranked in the first tier of national liberal arts colleges in the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Guidebook.

 The rankings are based on

11 measures of quality including graduation and retention rates, assessment by peers and counselors faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance.

 St. Vincent moved slightly in the new rankings from a two-way tie at 145 last year to an eight-way tie at 146 among the 181 colleges and universities selected for inclusion in the top tier of the best national liberal arts colleges.

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