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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

* Amy Taylor of Lockport a gymnast and coach for Flips Gymnastics & Sport, has won three college scholarships.

The largest, for $20,000, is from the Brockport State College, which Taylor plans to attend starting in the fall. She also has been awarded two other scholarships totaling $5,000, one a Brady Scholarship and the other from her church.

She is a graduate of Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart.
As a Level 10 gymnast, her achievements include a first place win on the vault at the prestigious 2004 M&T Classic in Orchard Park. Amy has also attended the state championships and qualified for regionals.
* John Lomeo, president and CEO of the Hospice and Palliative Care Group, recently announced the promotion of Carlo Figliomeni to chief operating officer. Figliomeni has a master's degree in business administration from the University at Buffalo, with concentrations in both accounting and management information systems. Before joining the Hospice and Palliative Care Group in April 2005 as controller, Figliomeni worked as corporate controller for AP Wagner.

Aside from his work at the Hospice and Palliative Care Group, he is a member of the Ernst & Young Alumni Association and remains involved with the University at Buffalo School of Management. He has also volunteered with other nonprofit organizations in Western New York. Figliomeni lives in Wheatfield with his wife, Jennifer.
* At its recent annual meeting and luncheon, the Health Association of Niagara County honored the following:

* Peter Battaglia, board member -- President's Award for Distinguished Service.

* Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York -- Outstanding Sponsor Award.

* Linda Van Buskirk, president and CEO, the Dale Association -- Outstanding Partner Award.

* Judy Tederous, Niagara County Employment and Training -- Heart of HANCI Award.

* Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte -- Commitment to Caring Award.

HANCI, established in 1927, promotes health, wellness and independence across generations through diversified programs and services. Additional information is available online at
* The Rev. Richard D. Hague Jr. was recently elected to serve on the Independent Health Foundation's Board of Directors.

Hague is senior pastor at Mount Erie Baptist Church in Niagara Falls and brings a unique and diverse perspective to the Independent Health Foundation board, which is tasked to identify health and wellness opportunities, generate ideas for culturally diverse programs, provide valuable input on key program elements, and assist with the development, promotion, and distribution of program information.

Hague also serves on the board of directors and is acting chairman of the Niagara Charter School in Wheatfield and serves on the board for Community Missions in Niagara Falls.
He lives in Niagara Falls with his wife, Bernice, their four sons, De Juan, Richard III, Namun, and Titus, and daughter, Cecelia.

* Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, The Heart Center of Niagara and Memorial's Summit Healthplex have been granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories.

The accreditation places Memorial's echocardiography laboratories among the first 1,000 in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to be so recognized for their commitment to high quality patient care and the provision of quality diagnostic testing for heart disease.
The voluntary accreditation process at Memorial was supervised registered nurse Jo Ann Stone, technical director of the echocardiography labs.

* Four nurses from Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's ER1 Emergency Department were among 16 area nurses who recently completed classroom training in the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) program.

Registered nurses Laura Cherry, Susan Little, Rebecca Whelan and Marianne Moranis of ER1 are currently completing the follow-up clinical training and testing required to be certified by the state.

The 40-hour course was taught at Memorial by Western New York Coordinator Jeanine Fleming Schnell, a registered nurse, of Crisis Services in Buffalo.

Sponsored by the state Department of Health, SAFE programs and specially trained health professionals ensure that victims of sexual assault are provided with competent, compassionate and prompt care along with the most advanced technology associated with DNA and other forensic evidence collection and preservation.

The program is based on the belief that such specialized care and evidence collection supports a victim's recovery and prevents further victimization, while increasing the odds for a successful prosecution of their assailants.

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