Huron, Ohio – Bowling Green State University Firelands College’s 40th Annual University Business Symposium on Tuesday, Feb. 26 puts a focus on the growing business of healthcare.

In north central Ohio, the healthcare industry continues to flourish despite an economic period that saw reductions in nearly every other sector. A recent survey of area businesses indicated that employers in the health care fields are now hiring at rates greater than other industries, and this trend will continue into the future.

Many hospitals and medical facilities have benefited from recent expansions as the tri-county area has become a recognized leader in providing health care.

Nationally and locally, health care is among the fastest growing and most popular occupational sectors. Healthcare is about jobs, but also the vitality of a community: to help everyone reach his/her potential of a long and healthy life, and to help a community deal proactively with an aging population and lifestyle challenges.

Free and open to the public, the Symposium series was created to provide students, faculty, the business community, and others an opportunity to exchange ideas concerning business topics.

Featured speakers for the Feb. 26 event are Patrick Martin, president & CEO of Fisher-Titus Medical Center, and Martin Tursky, president & CEO of Firelands Regional Medical Center.

Martin has more than 40 years of experience at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from Otterbein College and a master’s degree in business with a specialty in healthcare from The George Washington University. He also served as a trustee-at-large for the Ohio Hospital Association Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2012.

Tursky has more than 15 years of healthcare leadership experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering management/mechanical from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University. He joined Firelands Regional Medical Center in June 2012.

The Symposium is cosponsored by BGSU Firelands, Erie County Chamber of Commerce, Huron Chamber of Commerce, and the EHOVE Career Center.  Activities will be held in the Cedar Point Conference Center at BGSU Firelands and will begin with refreshments provided by EHOVE Adult Career Center Professional Culinary Program at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

For additional details, please contact Department of Applied Science Chairperson Cindy Miglietti at 419.433.5560 ext. 20684.

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