Business In Brief - June 26, 2007

Rehabilitation center gets new therapeutic device

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Rock Hill, 1795 Frank Gaston Blvd., has received a new therapeutic device called an AutoAmbulator, which is designed to help patients who experience difficulty walking.

The AutoAmbulator is a sophisticated treadmill device that holds a patient upright while robotic braces move the patient's legs across a treadmill. The device is used primarily for neurological conditions such as stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury.

The hospital is having an AutoAmbulator open house for the medical community to view the device from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Rhonda Huskins chosen to train printers

Rhonda Huskins, full-time manufacturing specialist for the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership in Rock Hill, has been selected as the lead trainer for the printing industry's new national Center for Lean Practices. In this role, Huskins will work with printers nationwide to implement Lean practices and conduct Lean training classes in their facilities.

The Lean system is designed to improve printing systems by reducing defects and exposing wasted resources.

A certified Lean manufacturing specialist, Huskins has more than 20 years of manufacturing and senior engineering expertise. Most recently, Huskins was the director of continual improvement for Wikoff Color Corp., a manufacturer of printing inks and coatings.

Cynthia Williams moves to new realty office

FORT MILL -- Cynthia Williams has moved from Coldwell Banker United, Realtors in Fort Mill, to join the Keller Williams Realty Team in the Fort Mill Market Center.

As a licensed Real Estate Broker in North and South Carolina, Williams holds the honor of the President's Circle of Excellence, President's Club Award and the Circle of Honor as a multimillion-dollar top producer for the past five years.

The Keller Williams Realty Fort Mill Market Center is located at 1030 Assembly Drive and was established in 2006. It currently has approximately 75 sales associates.

Lori Mitchell joins staff of Home Health Inc.

Lori Mitchell has joined the staff of Home Health Inc. at 1668 Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.

She is a certified diabetes educator, certified by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, a graduate of University of Missouri, and has been in diabetes education for 13 years.

Home Health Inc. is a Medicare/Medicaid-certified home health agency providing services in York County since 1993. For more information, call 325-1455.

Grier Sandifer receives banking diploma

Grier Sandifer, commercial relationship manager with Provident Community Bank, 2700 Celanese Road, Rock Hill, recently received a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. The three-year program provides courses covering all aspects of banking, economics and related subjects.

Sponsored by 15 southern state bankers associations in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education at LSU, the banking school requires attendance on campus for three years, with extensive bank study assignments between sessions. The faculty consists of bankers, business and professional leaders, and educators from all parts of the United States.

Chartered in 1934, Provident Community Bank has nine banking centers in Union, Laurens, Fairfield, York and Greenville counties. For more information, visit

Robert Zoellick approved as World Bank leader

WASHINGTON -- Robert Zoellick, a seasoned player in international financial and diplomatic circles, won the unanimous approval of the World Bank's board on Monday to become the poverty-fighting institution's next president.

Zoellick will succeed Paul Wolfowitz, whose last day is Saturday, ending a stormy two-year tenure. The new president will take the reins Sunday, the first day of his five-year term.

Wolfowitz courted controversy from the start because of his role in the Iraq war when he was deputy defense secretary. However, it was his role in arranging a hefty pay raise for Shaha Riza, his girlfriend and bank employee, that forced his upcoming departure.