The Appalachian Regional Healthcare system has been selected as the 2010 Outstanding Rural Health Organization in the nation by the National Rural Health Association. Each year, NRHA recognizes a group or organization that has used innovative, comprehensive approaches to improved access to health services and information for people in rural areas. Since the first ARH opened in 1955 as the United Mine Workers of America's Miners Memorial Hospital Association, the not-for-profit ARH system has adapted and expanded its services to continue to fill the gap that existed in the region.
Central Baptist Hospital has been granted a three-year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the National College of Surgeons. Central Baptist is the only hospital in Lexington and the only non-teaching hospital in Kentucky to receive the designation. Central Baptist also has received the 2009 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. Central Baptist is the only hospital in Lexington and one of only two health care centers in the state to receive that award.
Carey Croucher, a designer with Interspace Limited, has been named a merit award winner in a gas fireplace design competition promoted by Spark Modern Fires for the interior space at Hayden's Grill & Bar in Saginaw, Mich.
Marcus Bordelon, president and chief executive of Appalachian Federal Credit Union in Berea, received the 2010 Annie Vamper Helping Hands Award, the highest honor given by the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions to CDCU staff and volunteers. Bordelon will receive his award June 11 in Pittsburgh.
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Gary A. Means, the Lexington-Fayette County Parking Authority executive director, has earned the certified administrator of public parking credential from the International Parking Institute. Only 20 professionals earned the credential this year.
Howard Stovall, owner of Signs Now on Southland Drive, received the Signs Now 2009 Franchise Advisory Board Award. The award is given by the elected board representatives to a franchisee who has made outstanding contributions to the entire network. Stovall is a member of the Franchise Advisory Board until 2013.
Video Editing Services, a member of the Media Collaboratory, won two Summit International Awards. The winning entries included Crisis at Hope School, a training video made for Eastern Kentucky University's Justice and Safety Center and the Department of Homeland Security. Lextreks: Kentucky River Otter Outpost, made for the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau, won in the travel/tourism/nature video category.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo