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Business Briefcase: June 8, 2012

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By The Staff

Masonic earns award

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from national group

Masonic Home of Shelbyville has earned the 2012 bronze level National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living.  The program honors long-term care communities across the nation that have a demonstrated commitment to quality improvement.

“Each of the award recipients has improved lives through quality care and it is a privilege to honor them with this year’s award,” AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson said in a news release announcing the award. “We congratulate Masonic Home of Shelbyville on this achievement.”

Implemented in 1996, the program assists providers of long-term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.  It is a progressive, three-step program beginning at the bronze level as an initial commitment to quality.
Masonic Home Administrator and Executive Director Debra Finneran said in the release that the award is another milestone for Masonic’s staff. “To earn this national recognition is validation that we are successfully achieving our goals in customer satisfaction and community engagement,” she said.
Masonic Home of Shelbyville is among 402 facilities nationwide – and one of eight in Kentucky – to receive the bronze award, which will be presented in October at Tampa.

APT adds 2 therapists

Associates in Pediatric Therapy, based in Shelbyville, recently announced the hiring of two new occupational therapists:

Jessica Aylor received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010 at Maryville University of St. Louis and is National Board Certified. She has completed continuing education coursework in a variety of specialty areas, and her previous experience in the pediatric population includes both preschool and private therapy clinic settings. She primarily has worked with children in the intense behavioral intervention classrooms diagnosed with spectrum disorders.

Jessica Leake received her Bachelor of Science in occupational science in 2006 and her Master of Science in occupational therapy in 2008 from Eastern Kentucky University. She also has continuing education coursework in Asperger’s Syndrome and high functioning autism, among others. She has pediatric experience in Level 2 fieldwork in a private pediatric setting and has experience working with children with a variety of medical conditions, as well as, sensory based concerns.

Knecht is new manager at Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. announced the transfer of Julia Knecht to the position of retail manager in Shelbyville. Knecht has been with the company since May 2008, most recently as retail manager in Frankfort.  Before joining Cracker Barrel, she had 6 years experience in the retail industry.
She will be responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day business of the retail store on KY 53 at Interstate 64.

Carney joins Great Clips

Kim Carney has received her master stylist license and is working at Great Clips. She graduated from Empire Beauty School in 2011.

Bulletin board

  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will have its next Morning Mixer at 7:30-9 a.m. June 14 at Larry Rogers Coldwell Banker at 820 Main St. in Shelbyville.
  • The chamber’s next Business After Hours event is 4:30-6:30 p.m. June 26 at Shelby County Chiropractic, 1713 Midland Tr. in Shelbyville.
  • Applications are now being accepted for next year's Leadership Shelby Class.  The deadline for applying is July 30. Applications are available at the Shelby County Library or online at leadershipshelby.com.
  • The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is open weekly 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays through Oct. 27. Local vendors offer fresh produce of many kinds, eggs, jams, jellies, cut flowers, perennials, shrubs and trees, as well as baked goods, honey, handmade soap, jewelry, pottery, yarn goods, and more.

Bits & bytes

  • The Transplant Center at Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, helped make medical history in April as part of the first international paired kidney donor exchange in America, with the help of the Alliance for Paired Donation.
  • KU and LG&E have launched the new Home Energy Rebates Program. Rebates range from $50 to $300 for various ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances, as well as high-efficiency window film and HVAC systems. For more information, 502-627-4999.
  • The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce  participated in the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s  public hearings, regarding the EPA’s objections to 36 individual permits that would authorize new or expanded surface coal mining activities in eastern Kentucky.  The hearings were in Frankfort and Pikeville.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 7.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.49 per gallon as of Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.61, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.

 

The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. The Sentinel-Newswelcomes Briefcase items. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.