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Parkview sets work on research center

Parkview Foundation officials plan to break ground at 2:15 p.m. today on a new research center on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus.

The $20 million Mirro Family Research and Education Center will provide training and education resources to doctors, nurses and other professionals throughout northeast Indiana.

The center’s goal will be to make research done in controlled laboratory settings usable by doctors treating local patients. Larry Rowland, Parkview Foundation’s executive director, has called the project transformational.

Among the areas the center will focus on are heart disease, oncology, radiation oncology, neurological conditions and orthopedics. The center will also look at how medical information is communicated, understood and managed – referred to as medical informatics.

Steuben officer gets advanced FBI degree

A detective with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is now a graduate from the FBI’s National Academy.

Detective Sgt. Mike Meeks received his diploma from the 10-week advanced course last month, according to the sheriff’s office.

On average, the academy accepts officers with 19 years’ experience, but Meeks was accepted with 15 years with the sheriff’s office.

He was one of 208 graduates from around the world.

The academy teaches officers advanced investigative, management and fitness training for those who have proven records as professionals within their agencies.

These officers then bring what they learned back to their departments.

Meeks joined the sheriff’s office in 1998, served in the patrol division beginning in 1999 and then was promoted to detective sergeant in 2011.

He’s the second academy graduate within the department – Sheriff Tim Troyer is the other.

$200,000 gift aids Ivy Tech program

A $200,000 foundation grant will enable Ivy Tech Northeast to expand its Hospitality Room, adding 630 square feet and 25 to 30 seats to the existing space, the college announced Monday.

The grant from the English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation is designed to expand the space for the Hospitality Administration program’s special cuisine dinners, the college said in a statement. During the 2011 academic year, the program served 722 majors and provided more than 100 courses, the statement said.

Troopers dish it up for Special Olympics

If you grab lunch or dinner at Red Robin this Saturday, you might be getting served by a guy or gal in blue.

Indiana State Troopers are turning in their badges for aprons at the Red Robin in Glenbrook Square to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Troopers will serve guests at the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tips to the troopers go toward the Special Olympics.

– Journal Gazette

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