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Masonic earns award
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.
Bits & bytes
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