Business Awards

■ The Lexington Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals was awarded a Gold Medal of Honor in the society's 2010—11 Excellence in Chapter Achievement program. The award recognizes FSP chapters that excel at building a strong local organization and offer exceptional support to the national society.

"This award is a tribute to our member volunteers whose hard work and loyalty made it possible," Randall Wright, president of the Lexington chapter, said in a written statement.

Gold Medal winners earn credits of $300 to be used toward society programs and educational events to help them serve their members and also receive special recognition at the society's Leadership Development Conferences each spring.

James R. "Jim" McClanahan, energy manager/assistant director of maintenance for Scott County schools, has been named a certified energy manager by the Association of Energy Engineers. McClanahan joins the ranks of more than 9,500 CEMs worldwide.

■ The Center for Rural Development will celebrate 15 years of changing lives through innovative programs, cutting-edge technology and essential business services on Friday at an anniversary celebration, awards program and luncheon.

The event begins at 11 a.m. with an awards ceremony in the center's theater and concludes with a free luncheon featuring award-winning bluegrass artist Dale Ann Bradley.

For more information or to register to attend the 15th anniversary celebration and luncheon program, contact Amy Ellis at The Center for Rural Development, (606) 677-6000. The center is at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at traffic light 15) in Somerset.

Central Baptist Hospital has been named one of the nation's top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The hospital was recognized for outstanding evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

Central Baptist is the only hospital in Kentucky recognized in all four categories, and is one of 405 U.S. hospitals earning the distinction. No other Lexington hospital was recognized in any category.

TrinSoft was recognized as a finalist for Republic Bank's We CARE Award for Central Kentucky businesses at a ceremony in Lexington on Sept. 8.

The award gives recognition and appreciation to local companies whose employees are doing great things in their communities and who stress the four elements contained in the We CARE name itself: Community, Activity, Recognition and Enterprise.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo