Business awards: Week of Dec. 16

December 16, 2013 

Brandy Lawson has been named general manager of the year for Pride Hospitality. Lawson operates the 56-room Ramada Limited, located at 2261 Elkhorn Road. Lawson began her career at the Ramada Limited as executive housekeeper and was promoted to a leadership role at the front desk where she assisted with sales and maintenance. Lawson's completion of Pride Hospitality's Manager-In-Training Program led to her current position. She was honored at the Wyndham Hotels Group Worldwide Conference in Las Vegas.

Jessie Dillon, a trust administrator for WealthSouth, has been awarded the Certified IRA Services Professional designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers, a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C. Dillon began working for WealthSouth earlier this year and has more than five years of financial industry experience.

Baptist Health Lexington, Richmond and Corbin have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for their outreach efforts for organ donation and registration.

The hospitals conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors, and community members about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donors and, by doing so, increased the number of potential donors on the state's donor registry. The hospitals earned points for each activity planned between September 2012 and May 2013. Baptist Health Corbin was awarded gold recognition and Baptist Health Lexington and Baptist Health Richmond were awarded silver recognition.

Hospitals were recognized through the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign, a program launched in 2011 by HHS's Health Resources and Services Administration. Of the 924 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, 322 were awarded recognition. To see a full list of hospitals that were recognized, go to

■ For the seventh consecutive time, the Lexington Division of Police has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin and Assistant Police Chief Robert Stack accepted the accreditation during an award ceremony recently in North Carolina. Officially granted on Nov. 16, the re-accreditation came after an audit and review of policies and operations—in October 2013— by a team of external assessors. This accreditation is for three years.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo

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