Business briefcase: May 17, 2013

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By The Staff

Jasper honors Bailey’s Auto as its top shop in Kentucky


Roy Bailey, owner of Bailey’s Service Center is Shelbyville, has been honored by Jasper Engines & Transmission as the company’s No. 1 automotive repair shop in Kentucky.

Casey Hanlon of Jasper was in Shelbyville recently to present the award to Bailey, whose garage had installed more of Jasper’s engines and transmissions than any other independent shop in Kentucky for four consecutive years.

Bailey’s has been a major automotive repair business since 1980, and its employees include Bailey, Ricky Pinkston, Aaron Prewitt, Trever Bailey, Chris Blackburn, Eric Shelton, Rick Singleton and Wanda Bailey.


KentuckyOne Health honors

Affiliates of KentuckyOne Health, parent of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, picked up two significant honors this week. The James Graham Brown Cancer Center has been recognized as one of only 21 cancer programs across the nation, and the only cancer program in Kentucky, that has maintained their accreditation for at least 65 consecutive years (starting in 1948).

And University of Louisville Hospital has been named a recipient of the 2013 Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) Quality Award. The facility was recognized at the organization’s annual meeting, which was held on May 11.

The Commission on Cancer released a report this month that honors this milestone of consistent quality for cancer programs across the country by the Brown center. CoC-accredited programs provide their community with high-quality, multidisciplinary patient-centered care. CoC programs evolve in response to new diagnostic treatments, quality assurance and improvement initiatives, and the needs of cancer patients throughout the U.S.
“We’re honored to be recognized for our continuous efforts in providing patient-centered multidisciplinary care while advancing the latest research innovations and clinical best practices,“ Donald Miller, director of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, said in a release.

The hospital was selected among facilities with 250-plus beds, and was chosen based on a program implemented in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MCIU) to reduce the number of infections and pneumonia related to a central line or ventilator. Through the use of educational campaigns, staff meetings, in-services, checklists and changes to the patient care provided, the facility has seen sustained infection prevention since its implementation in 2009.

“We’re honored to be recognized for our efforts in utilizing best practices to provide top-notch patient care,” Ken Marshall, interim president, University of Louisville Hospital, said in a release. “We’re focused on providing our staff members with the tools they need to ensure quality care and patient safety throughout the facility.”


New commerce park in Henry

The Henry County Commerce Park located near Campbellsburg is open for business.

The park site encompasses 60 acres purchased in 2003 with reclaimed Community Development Block Grant money that Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent said Henry County Fiscal Court initially loaned to the company Electro Wire.

After loan repayment, the county could reuse the money for economic development.

“After the initial purchase we began looking to put an infrastructure in place,” Brent said. “Geoff Davis took an interest in it and helped obtain three hundred thousand dollars in federal funds through a transportation appropriations bill.”

Brent said the county went through an extensive application process that required a business plan in order to be eligible for funding. According to Brent, it took about a year for the county to actually receive the money; then the park underwent several studies.

After environmental, wetland and artifact studies, an engineer survey followed. Sewer and road installation started in late 2011. By 2012, electricity made the 45.5-acre park shovel-ready. The park’s fate now lies in marketing.

Bulletin board

  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will have a Business After Hours at 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Equestrian Lakes Pavilion on Fisherville Road in Finchville.
  • The Shelby County Fair will be June 14-22 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.


Bits & bytes

  • The Better Business Bureau serving Louisville is now accepting nominations for the BBB Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics. Nominations for the 2013 BBB Torch Awards are open until Sept. 6. Nominees who meet entry criteria will be invited to complete a formal application and entry pro­cess. The winners will be honored at the Torch Awards luncheon on Nov. 5 in Louisville. E-mail nominations to rsmith-hamblin@louisville.bbb.orgor fax it to 502-588-0080.
  • Lindsey Hughes has joined Jagoe Homes as vice president of product. In this role Hughes will conduct consumer and market research aimed at developing and refining home construction options and pricing strategies. Jagoe has the Meadow Glen development on Mount Eden Road in Shelbyville.
  • Kentucky Utilities Company is alerting customers of a recent telephone scam asking customers to pay their bills over the phone. The caller claims to be a utility employee and asks for immediate bill payment by credit card or pre-paid money card.  If the targeted customer does not cooperate, the caller threatens to disconnect the person’s electric service.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 7.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.61 per gallon as of Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 644 gas outlets in Louisville. This compares with the national average that has increased 6.2 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.57.


Briefcase is compiled from press releases and other information submitted to The Sentinel-News. The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.