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Bits of Business | Power Train fitness chain opens State College-area location

Power Train Sports & Fitness held its grand opening Saturday.

The new workout facility is at 2101 S. Atherton St., in College Township, and is Power Train’s 15th location nationwide.

Founded by Steve Saunders, Power Train has been providing sports performance training for 20 years, according to a report from the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County.

Clients include former Penn State football players Paul Posluszny and Sean Lee.

On Friday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held with state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, members from the CBICC and other local leaders.

Phlebotomy program has new owner

The Phlebotomy Institute of Central Pennsylvania is now owned and operated by Centre LifeLink EMS.

This is Centre County’s only phlebotomist certification program, according to a press release from Centre LifeLink EMS.

The previous owner began the program in 2002 and held classroom hours at Centre LifeLink’s main station on Puddintown Road in College Township.

The program continues to be licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools, and provides 36 hours of classroom instruction in a six-week period.

In addition to the phlebotomy program, Centre LifeLink EMS also offers health and safety training courses, emergency medical technician training and more.

The phlebotomy program is accepting applications for the fall 2014 class online at

Hospital gets award for diabetes care

Mount Nittany Medical Center was awarded the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its in-patient diabetes care program.

The certification recognizes dedication to “continuous compliance with the Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards,” a report from the hospital said.

Mount Nittany Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review on March 7.

The hospital was evaluated for compliance with the Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program, as well as in-patient diabetes care-specific standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measures.

Shaner invests in Mass. complex

Shaner Hospitality Finance announced the completion of an $8.25 million investment with the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center in Southbridge, Mass.

The deal closed earlier this spring.

The State College-based financial firm specializes in serving the hospitality industry.

It purchased the existing facility and provided additional funds to resize the capital structure and pay down debt, according to a report from Keegan Strategic Communications on behalf of Shaner.

The investment represents the first completed financial transaction since the hospitality investment company was formed with a $100 million initial capitalization in June 2013, the report said.

The facility has a 24,000-square-foot conference center, and features 203 guest rooms, a dining room, banquet facilities, fitness center, a heated indoor pool and more.