Business briefcase: Sept. 27, 2013

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By The Staff

2 Masonic employees are honored for work


Masonic Home of Shelbyville’s Assistant Director of Nursing Brigette Stark and Hospitality Associate Lauren Rucker were honored recently by the state’s largest industry association, Leading Age Kentucky.
Stark was awarded a $2,000 LeadingAge Kentucky Scholarship to support her education endeavors, and Rucker received the Caring Hands Award for her dedication to an activities program she developed called “Craft & Cuisine.”
Stark, who serves MHS as a licensed practical nurse 13 years ago, has become a registered nurse and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University and has said she plans to specialize in wound care and geriatrics.

“Brigette is able to use what she’s learning in school to make a difference at Masonic Home of Shelbyville,” Executive Director/Administrator Nick Cooper said in a release announcing the awards. “Brigette’s commitment to grow professionally makes her a great asset to our team.”

Rucker, who has been with Masonic Homes since 2009 coaches residents in creating crafts made of food and food products.

“Laughter could be heard throughout the halls when Lauren teaches the residents how to dye Easter eggs using shaving cream and food coloring,” Masonic Dining Services General Manager Lisa Wagner said in the release. “Lauren’s crafts and the care she gives to the residents are a work of art.”

LeadingAge Kentucky, formerly Kentucky Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, includes nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded, assisted living facilities, independent housing units, continuing care retirement communities, retired seniors volunteer programs and multi-facility agencies offering direct care.


BBB warns about iPhone scams

The Better Business Bureau is warning residents about possible scams surrounding the release of the Apple iPhone 5S. The BBB said there is no lottery, giveaway, prize drawing, contest award or other prizes associated with this launch. Apple sold out of its initial supply, 9 million iPhone 5S and 5C devices, in the first weekend they were available, and the iPhone 5S is on backorder online.

In its release, the BBB said the latest Apple iPhone promotion scam involves a fraudulent E-mail message that states you have won the iPhone 5S and iPad devices as part of the new launch, malaware, that encourages iPhone users to turn over their Apple ID, passwords, and financial information and an E-mail telling pre-order recipients that there has been a delay and to update your billing address and verify credit card information.


KentuckyOne at-home urgent care

KentuckyOne Anywhere Care will launch on Nov. 1 to allow Kentuckians to receive urgent care by consulting with a medical professional over the phone or by Web camera, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. KentuckyOne is among the first hospital systems in the U.S. to make such a service available to the public.

“KentuckyOne Health’s purpose is to expand access to quality health care, no matter where you live in the Commonwealth; KentuckyOne Anywhere Care is one way we are doing that,” Ruth W. Brinkley, chief executive officer of KentuckyOne, said in a release announcing the new service. “This service gives consumers a new option for how and when they access health care. We will be there for you when you’re not feeling well – after hours, weekends and when you are traveling.”

KentuckyOne Anywhere Care will cost $35 per visit and is paid by patients, whether or not they are covered by insurance. The cost is less than typical urgent care and a fraction of the cost of a normal emergency room visit.


Bulletin board

  • Shelby Development Corporation will have its monthly board meeting at 8 a.m. next today at Cardwell House in Shelbyville.
  • The Shelbyville Board of Realtors will have a Wine & Nibbles event at 6-8 p.m. next Friday at Talon Winery in Shelbyville. Thomas Hood will perform, and the cost is $20 per person for appetizers with a cash bar.


Bits & bytes

  • Jagoe Homes of Owensboro, which developed Meadow Glen in Shelby County, has earned a Platinum Award for Best New Home Builder in the annual Courier & Press Readers Choice Awards  Readers submitted more than 70,000 votes that were spread across 119 categories that included best new home builder, best local restaurant, best TV personality and best band, among others.
  • The Kentucky Lottery Commission announced that sales for July and August were $137.9 million, which is $352,000 more than budgeted but $1.8 million short of the same period last year. Income before transfer of dividends for the period was $35.4 million, which is $140,000 less than budget and $356,000 less than the same period last year.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 4.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.47 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 fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49.


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.