Business awards: Week of March 18

March 18, 2013 

■ Fayette County resident Gary D. Graham, a segmented wood turner, along with 13 other artists from all across Kentucky recently qualified for membership in the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.

The new artisans selected for membership are: Jeffrey L. Nash, wood turner from Pulaski County; Jane McGinnis-Glynn, potter from Macon County; Debra Klopp, doll maker from Whitley County; Noelle Horsfield, potter from Boyd County; Gary D. Graham, wood turner from Fayette County; R. Jay Gibson, wood turner from Lawrence County; Jim Fister, wood carver from Shelby County; Buddy Dobbins, potter from Madison County; Sevan Denham, wood turner from Boone County; Dave Custer, blacksmith from Adair County; Pete Baxter, wood worker from Jackson County, Ind.; Robert Bagley, sculptor from Madison County; James C. Rich and Diana S. Thomas, jewelry makers from Scott County.

These artists and other Kentucky Guild members will exhibit and sell their works at the Kentucky Guild Spring Fair June 1-2 at the Indian Fort Theatre in Berea.

The next jury session will be Aug. 14. For more information, visit Kyguild.org.

Jeff Garris and Ed Moore were presented the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Realtor-Community Housing Foundation. Garris and Moore built 11 ramps in Bourbon, Jessamine and Fayette counties in 2012 and spearheaded a group of active and retired firefighters who help RCHF build ramps for low-income homeowners with access and mobility issues. Since 2008, the two have built more than 25 ramps on behalf of RCHF.

If you know of a homeowner in need of a ramp, call (859) 276-2639.

Site Selection magazine's annual Governor's Cup rankings placed Kentucky 10th in the nation for new and expanded business activity in 2012.

Kentucky has finished among the top 15 states in the nation for the last five years in a row.

With 29 projects, Lexington ranked seventh for activity in metropolitan areas having populations between 200,000 and 1 million. Dayton, Ohio, led the rankings with 53 projects.

Engineered Heating and Air in Lexington has earned the 2012 Angie's List Super Service Award, given to fewer than 5 percent of all companies rated on Angie's List, a provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.

Engineered Heating & Air is at 916 Floyd Drive. Phone: (859) 231-0505.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that Kentucky Appalachian Transition Services has been selected to participate in the Community-based Care Transitions Program.

KATS will implement a transitional care program to improve medical treatment for people with Medicare. The program goal is to reduce readmissions by 20 percent among the partner hospitals over two years while improving the quality of transitional care and services to Medicare beneficiaries.

Thirty-day hospital readmissions are a national problem, and facilities in mountainous, rural communities of southeastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia have some of the highest readmission rates in the United States, according to a statement. KATS will work with four hospitals in the Appalachian Regional Healthcare network that admit more than 25,000 Medicare beneficiaries annually. Partner hospitals are in Hazard, Harlan, Whitesburg and South Williamson.

■ University Press of Kentucky author Thomas P. McKenna received the 2013 William E. Colby Award for his book, Kontum: The Battle of South Vietnam. Named for the ambassador and former CIA director William E. Colby, the Colby Award recognizes a first work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a significant contribution to the public's understanding of intelligence operations, military history or international affairs.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo

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