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KCH Sleep Lab receives accreditation


MOUNT VERNON - Knox Community Hospital Sleep Lab in Mount Vernon recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Knox Community Hospital Sleep Lab on meeting the high standards required to earn accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Ilene M. Rosen, AASM president. “Knox Community Hospital Sleep Lab is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

To receive accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance. Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited a sleep disorders center for the first time in 1977. Today there are more than 2,500 AASM-accredited sleep centers across the country.

Knox Community Hospital Sleep Lab is directed by Laurie A. Mooney, MD, and is located at 1330 Coshocton Ave.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers, and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers, the AASM improves sleep health and promotes high quality, patient-centered care through advocacy, education, strategic research, and practice standards.


Rep. Carfagna appointed to Ohio Power Siting Board

COLUMBUS—Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has appointed Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) to the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB). Carfagna represents Knox County and part of Delaware County at the Statehouse.

The mission of the OPSB is to support sound energy policies that enhance energy capacity and transmission infrastructure to benefit Ohioans, promoting the state's economic interests, and protecting the environment and land use.

Ultimately, the duty of the OPSB is to evaluate and approve any construction involving a major utility facility or economically significant wind farm.

"I'm beyond excited to work alongside PUCO Chairman Haque, the numerous directors from the Governor's cabinet, and the rest of the OPSB members to help shape the future of our state's public utilities infrastructure," Carfagna said. "Whether it's through new electric generation facilities, transmission lines, gas pipelines or wind farms, our duty to all Ohioans is to ensure energy capacity that strengthens our economy, preserves our environment, promotes responsible land use, and respects property rights. I'm ready to be a part of this important conversation. Thank you to Speaker Cliff Rosenberger for naming me to the Ohio Power Siting Board and for his continued confidence in my abilities."

Rep. Carfagna will be one of 11 members on the board, which is comprised of the directors of the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Development Services Agency, Department of Health, Department of Natural Resources, and the Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission. Four legislator and one public member also serve on the OPSB.

County warns of 9-1-1 scam

MOUNT VERNON — Jason Booth, Knox County administrator, cautions county residents to be on the lookout for a scam using the Knox County 9-1-1 number.

A resident reported that at 3:23 p.m. on July 20, she received a call with Knox County 911 showing on her caller ID. The caller said the resident won a trip because of a recent stay in a hotel.

Booth said this is the only report he has received about this particular scam. Residents receiving a similar call should report it to the Knox County Sheriff's Office at 740-397-3333 or to Booth at 740-393-6703.

Blood Battle winner announced

MOUNT VERNON - The MVFD won the 2017 Red Cross blood battle, "Guns n Hoses." The MVFD brought in 25 units and the MVPD brought in 24. The Red Cross says those donations will help save 147 lives. The award was presented to MVFD Captain Joe Jurkowitz Friday evening on the Public Square as part of First Friday events. 

Guns Hoses 2017 winner

L to R: Captain Joe Jurkowitz, MVFD; Becky Glass and Dee Allerding of the Red Cross; and Holly Bredefield, MVFD.


Donors can give blood at several blood drives scheduled this month including one at Mount Vernon High School on Tuesday, August 8 from noon to 6 p.m. See the schedule online at RedCross.org.


Local Business: The Diva Room salon opens in Mount Vernon

By Dylan McCament, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON - When the opportunity came along recently, Dawn Kellenbarger decided to follow through on her long-held dream of running her own salon.

Kellenbarger's new business, The Diva Room, offers a variety of salon services to customers, including haircuts for women and men, manicures, pedicures, perms, color, updos and waxing. She said the salon, which opened May 18, is located at 300 Tilden Ave., Suite 1C, in the shopping plaza just a short distance from the Knox County License Bureau.

"I've always wanted to own a salon and to do nails," she said. "I am trying to make [The Diva Room] different."

Kellenbarger said she has tried to create a unique atmosphere by making some changes to the interior: installing chandeliers, changing the color of the salon and adding privacy curtains.

"I want it to be a place where girls can come in and relax," she said.

Kellenbarger was a longtime manager of the BMV in Mount Vernon and used to have her nails done at the salon, Nailz 4U & Hair, which had been been in business at the same location on Tilden Avenue before it closed recently. She said she learned the business was for sale and decided to make a career change.

"I thought how I would hate to see that site empty," she said. "I just want to make it grow. And I'm trying to make it grow."

Kellenbarger said she has two employees at the moment, adding that she plans to eventually have four or five, including another professional hair stylist and a few more nail technicians. She said that she herself plans to go school in September to become a nail technician.

"We are very professional," she said. "We only hire good people. We're friendly and do not like drama. We want to make sure customers are very satisfied before they leave."

Kellenbarger added that, if any customer is unhappy with the service they receive, a staff member will fix whatever they want.

Kellenbarger and the Knox County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at The Diva Room on August 18, with an open house immediately afterwards.


Diva room pic

Liz McVay, a nail technician at the Diva Room, does the nails of customer Cheryl Taylor. The Diva Room is a new salon open at 300 Tilden Ave., Suite 1C, in Mount Vernon - KP  Photo by Dylan McCament



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