■ Drew Millar, an associate in Dinsmore's Lexington office, has been awarded the 2012 Alice Neeley Memorial Award. The award recognizes associates who are dedicated to the practice of law, relate well to clients, have a positive attitude and make a genuine effort to know the firm. The award has been presented annually over the last nine years to the most outstanding associate as voted by their peers. Millar focuses his practice on the representation of both public and private employers in issues related to the workplace.
■ Stacey Watkins, a nursing director at Central Baptist Hospital, is one of only 12 people nationwide to be accepted as a Fellow into the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy. The award was presented by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.
In collaboration with the John A. Hartford Foundation Centers for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, the GNLA program pairs leadership mentors and fellows in an 18-month program designed to empower nurses to effectively lead their organizations through challenging times regarding elder care.
At Central Baptist, Watkins has developed the Geriatric Care Team, an inter-professional team of health care workers established to create a culturally sensitive environment supportive to the needs of older adult patients.
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■ The following Central Kentuckians have been recognized as Bluegrass Community Connectors — those who 'get things done' in the community: Denise Adams, Tom Harris, Van Meter Pettit, Lisa Adkins, Debra A. Hensley, Graham Pohl, Karen Anderson, Christy Hiler, Becky Priest, E. Joy Arnold, Lynn Hisle, Brian Privett, Steve Austin, Mike Hockensmith, Ryan Quarles, Angela Baldridge, Liza Holland, Bob Quick, Robbi Barber, Janet Holloway, Ginny Ramsey, Teresa Barton, Phil Holoubek, JoEllen Reed, Cathy Boone, Grant Horner, John Rennels, Ron Borkowski, Jim Host, Pam Rice, Ed Burtner, Lori Rowland Houlihan, Harry Richart, Maria F. Bush, Erin Michelle Howard, Rona Roberts, Bonnie Clark, Andrea James, Warren Rogers, Nancy Calix, Mark Johnson, Dan Roller, Sandra Noble Canon, Carol Jones, Robert Ryan, Chief David Charles, Steve Kay, Ben Self, Opal Clark, Kris Kimel, Pauline Shackleford, Beverly Clemons, David Kitchen, Stu Silberman, Carmen Combs, Deborah Moore Knittel, Austin Simms, Jack Conner, Jodie Koch, Mike Sparks, David Coomer, Greg Lakes, David Sperow, John Cooper, Bud Lane, Alan Stein, Kip Cornett, Cay Lane, Nancy Stone, David Cozart, Gina Lang, Kim Sweazy, Judy Crowe, Bill Lear, Harold Tate, Marilyn Daniel, Kent S. Lewis, Fran Taylor, Ms. Terry Davidson, Pearse Lyons, Isabel Gereda Taylor, Kenny Davis Jr., Sherry Maddock, Pam Thomas, Luther Deaton, Bruce T. Manley, Randy Thomas, Jessica Dodgen, Tom Martin, Lee Todd, Diana Wells Doggett, Ronda May, Tanya Torp, Richard Eads, Jay McChord, Darby Turner, Jim Embry, Everett McCorvey, Tim Turner, Bill Farmer, Kim Menke, Rev. Keith Tyler, James Ferrell, Griffin Van Meter, Gabe Uebel, Tommy Floyd, David Montgomery, Brian Walton, Eric Geary, Dianna Moore, Theodore Ware, Jr., Marion Gibson, Ms. Robbie Morgan, Therese Warrick, Yvonne Giles, Aaron Mosley, Kevin Weaver, Lisa Gilliam, Knox Van Nagell, Dudley Webb, Emanuel Gilpin, Laura Nagle, Woodford Webb, Linda Gorton, Jim Newberry, Jon Weece, Jim Gray, LaFleesha Patton, Dan Wills, Lauren Greathouse Burlile, Tracy Pearce, Anthony Wright, Dean C. Hammond Jr., Rebecca Peck, Lu Young, Lyle S. Hanna, and P.G. Peeples,
The project recognized 144 individuals for their commitment, though six asked to remain anonymous. These individuals were identified through a public nomination process. The project began in August 2011. More than 5,000 nominations were received during a five-month process from late August through January which sought input from all areas of the regional community. While people throughout the state were identified, the majority of nominations were from a 10 county area in Central Kentucky: Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford.
■ Saint Joseph Outpatient Rehabilitation has earned STAR Program Certification from the Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, experts in the field of survivorship care. Saint Joseph Outpatient Rehabilitation is the first certified STAR Program in Kentucky.
STAR Program Certification qualifies facilities like Saint Joseph to offer premium Oncology Rehabilitation Services to survivors who suffer from debilitating side effects, caused by treatments.
Casey Kerris, physical therapist and cancer survivor, said, "Regardless of prognosis, the diagnosis of cancer makes a person feel helpless, but STAR provides survivors with the opportunity to regain confidence and independence through an appropriate and individualistic rehab program. STAR is the difference in allowing a person dealing with cancer to feel empowered in their survivorship and significantly reduce the potential for debility and disability as a result of cancer and treatment."
For appointments or more information about the STAR program, call (859) 313-1699.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo