■ Several local restaurants have been named in Wine Spectator magazine's 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards, which highlights eateries around the world that offer the best wine selections. Winners from the area include: Holly Hill Inn, Midway; Serafini, Frankfort; and Dudley's on Short, The Julep Cup & Seahorse Lounge, Malones, The Melting Pot, Portofino, and Sal's Chophouse, all of Lexington.
■ Kentucky American Water chief operator Doug Brooks has received the 2013 Operator Meritorious Award from the Kentucky/Tennessee Section of the American
Water Works Association. The award recognizes operators who demonstrate excellence in their profession, a commitment to the water utility industry and dedication to quality service.
Brooks joined Kentucky American Water in 2008 as an operator at the company's Richmond Road Station water treatment plant and currently serves as chief operator of the company's newest treatment facility, the Kentucky River Station II at Hardin's Landing water treatment plant in Owen County.
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■ Hospice of the Bluegrass Chaplains Diane Munoz, Alice Tremaine, Nancy Cox and Lynda Woodard have attained the distinction of board certified chaplains and were honored June 29 by the Association of Professional Chaplains, a national nonprofit multi-faith organization. Professional chaplains work throughout the country in many specialized settings, including health care, corporations, correctional facilities and the military.
■ Bates Security & Sonitrol of Lexington, a Sonitrol franchise servicing businesses throughout Central Kentucky, has been honored with its inclusion on the Security Distributing and Marketing Magazine's 2013 SDM 100 list, along with wins in two categories at Security Sales & Integration Magazine's annual SAMMY Awards, including installer of the year and best company logo and best vehicle design. In addition to the franchise's recognition, co-owner and sales manager Bryan Bates, 37, was named to the Security Systems News' national 2013 20 Under 40 list, honoring those who are making an impact in the electronic security industry.
■ Two of Baptist Health's seven hospitals were named to the top five of Kentucky hospitals ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Baptist Health Louisville was named No. 1 in the metro Louisville area and No. 2 in Kentucky — tied with the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital.Baptist Health Lexington made the rankings for the first time this year, coming in at the No. 4 spot for Kentucky.
Hospitals ranked by U.S. News were evaluated in 16 areas of care and then compared to the best hospitals in the country. Find out more at health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo