Salem Chamber honors large, small business

SALEM- The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce introduced two new recognitions at its annual meeting Friday.

In addition to holding a luncheon for the first time, the chamber recognized a small business and large business of the year with its annual citizen of the year.

This year’s recognitions include Elaine Rousseau-Kothera, outstanding citizen of the year; Salem Regional Medical Center, large business of the year; and Stark Memorial Inc., small business of the year.

“We’re pleased to be able to honor small and large businesses for the first time this year,” said Audrey Null, chamber director, indicating a desire to include the recognitions annually.

– Rousseau-Kothera is the former owner of the Fiesta Shop in downtown Salem. A past substitute teacher at Salem City Schools, she currently serves as the coordinator of the school’s Junior Achievement program. She also serves as co-chairman of the Salem Beautification Committee and the treasurer of the Salem Storybook Museum.

An active member of the chamber’s Ambassadors, Rousseau-Kothera served as the chamber’s third female president in 1995. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Salem, for which she served as the chairman for the foreign exchange student program, and the Salem Preservation Society.

Rousseau-Kothera and her husband Jack are active members of the First United Methodist Church.

– Opened 100 years ago, the Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) (formerly Salem Community Hospital) offers more than 150 affiliated physicians, 1,016 dedicated health professionals and 180 volunteers. During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, the facility provided comprehensive health care services to area residents including 4,937 admissions, 3,568 surgeries, 27,490 emergency department visits and 494 births.

In February SRMC will launch its new $42.5 million private patient room tower, designed to meet the region’s growing health care needs. The 169,700-square-foot tower will feature 87 private patients rooms on three floors, including 27 rooms on the first floor for the intensive care and “step down” units, 30 on the second for surgical patients and 30 on the third for medical and surgical patients. The tower will also include two levels of enclosed parking and other amenities including concourse seating, Perks Cafe and the Look Nook gift shop.

In addition to its facilities SRMC

provides leading-edge technology including the first 3T open MRI between Cleveland and Pittsburgh and the only 3-D virtual CT colonoscopy for colon cancer diagnosis and screening in the Mahoning Valley.

– Owned and operated by Russell C. Loudon, Stark Memorial Inc. is a family-owned funeral home dedicated to best possible care for every family’s loved ones as though they were their own.

Loudon and his employees are involved in local charities, organizations and special community projects including the Elks-Lodge #305, the Rotary Club of Salem, Winona Ruritans, Masonic Temple-Salem, Salem Community Food Pantry, Salem Senior Citizens and the Banquet of Salem among others.

Following the presentation of awards, Null read proclamations of recognition from Gov. John Kasich and U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson.

Also at the meeting the chamber named new directors for 2014 including Vito Abruzzino or Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell Ltd., Tim Calvin of Fresh Mark Inc., Kyle Cranmer of Salem Tire Service, Gina McQuillan of Gina McQuillan State Farm Agency, Julie Needs of Home Savings & Loan and Dan Scarpitti of Hunter Associates.