■ Roger Leasor, president of Liquor Barn, Sally Stevens, principal of Lexington Catholic High School, and Chris Townsend, director of safety for Fayette County Public Schools, have been named 2013 DrugFreeLex Board Members of the Year.
Larry Johnson, director of Community Collaboration Initiative for Partners for Youth, has been inducted into the Fayette County Substance Abuse Prevention Hall of Fame.
Former Governor Martha Layne Collins, who began Champions Against Drugs in 1986, was on hand to honor the volunteers. DrugFreeLex is a coalition of local organizations and individuals who share resources and knowledge to educate and reduce substance abuse in Fayette County.
■ Lexington Parks & Recreation has earned accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies and the National Recreation and Park Association. CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency's overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. This indicates that an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services.
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As part of the accreditation process, Lexington Parks had to demonstrate compliance with 144 recognized standards and document all policies and procedures. Once accredited, the agency must uphold the standards and is reviewed again in five years.
■ For the second time, Interstate Batteries has earned the highest supplier award from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. The Dallas-based battery supplier has been presented the Toyota Excellence Award, signifying Interstate as the automaker's top supplier for 2013. The award was presented at the annual Toyota Parts & Accessories Supplier Conference and Award Ceremony on Oct. 9 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
Interstate was the only supplier to receive Toyota's highest ranking award this year. The suppliers who were considered for this achievement were those who demonstrated a sustained effort, uncompromising attention to detail and a commitment to performance excellence. Interstate Batteries has a distributor in Lexington located at 1369 Pridemore Court.
■ University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of nonprofit academic medical centers, has named UK HealthCare among the 2013 recipients of the Rising Star Award. UK HealthCare had the highest jump in rankings in UHC's history with a Quality and Accountability Ranking of 12th (compared to 56th in 2012) among the nation's 118 academic medical centers.
UK HealthCare received the following rankings:
Mortality: Ranked No. 8 in 2013, compared to No. 18 in 2012
Safety: Ranked No. 18 in 2013, compared to No. 86 in 2012
Patient Centeredness:Ranked No. 20 in 2013, compared to No. 38 in 2012
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo