■ Governor Steve Beshear has been named Communicator of the Year for 2014 by the Public Relations Society of America Thoroughbred chapter. Beshear received the award for his communication to Kentucky residents about the state's new health care marketplace, kynect.
The Thoroughbred chapter has three awards: Win, Place (2nd place) and Show (3rd place).
The awards include:
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Natalie Cunningham of The Morris Book Shop for a community relations/public service category entry, Banned Books Week.
Sue Patrick of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and Terri Giltner of KCTCS for a special events category entry, Transfer Madness.
Sue Patrick and Gabrielle Gayheart of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education for a special events category entry, Project Graduate.
The staff of KET for Visions Magazine, an entry in the external publication category.
Marsha Hall of Fahlgren Mortine for a feature story category entry, Not Just a Fad: The Explosive Growth & Converter Opportunities of Stickpacks.
The staff of KET for KET's Kentucky Life "Toby's Hair" Facebook Post, an entry in the digital/social media category.
Holly Weimers, Alexandra Harper and Jackson Wells of the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Program for an online e-newsletter category entry, Wildcat Canter.
Holly Weimers of the UK Ag Equine Program, Jenny Evans of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation, Alexandra Beckstett of The Horse, and Brian Turner of The Blood-Horse, for an online category, Bluegrass Equine Digest.
The staff of KET for KET's News Legislative Coverage App, an entry in the online category.
The staff of KET for an online category entry, New KET.org.
■ A University of Louisville College of Business student team marketing a wireless laryngoscope won the top prize recently at Global Venture Labs Investment competition in Austin, Texas.
Inscope Medical Solutions team members Maggie Galloway, Mary Nan Mallory, Adam Casson and Will Coburn were awarded $75,000. That total includes a $25,000 cash prize, $25,000 incubator package and consulting time with the director of Jon Burmlay Texas Venture Labs. The team is also invited to close the NASDAQ stock market in August.
Inscope is perfecting the OneScope, an airway management device that can be used to safely intubate patients in ambulances, helicopters, hospitals and surgery centers.
Inscope's latest win raises its total contest earnings to $327,000. Earlier this year, the team won $133,000 at the Rice Business Plan Competition in Houston, $4,000 at the Oregon New Venture Championship in Portland, and a $15,000 cash prize and $100,000 startup package at the Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge.
Thirty-eight teams from countries around the world compete in this year's Global Venture Labs contest.
■ Eric Gilliam, president of Saint Joseph East and Saint Joseph Berea, both part of KentuckyOne Health, has been recognized by Catholic Health Association with one of the organization's most prestigious honors, the CHA Tomorrow's Leaders Award.
This national distinction recognizes leaders who have a commitment to advancing health care and the spirit of quality, innovation and compassion. Gilliam has been part of Saint Joseph and KentuckyOne Health for more than 16 years. He has served as president at Saint Joseph East since 2012 and Saint Joseph Berea since 2014.
Gilliam will be recognized for his service and leadership at the 2015 Catholic Health General Assembly on June 8 in Washington, DC.
■ Fayette County resident Amanda Gumbert has been certified as a master environmental educator. Gumbert has completed the state's Professional Environmental Educator Certification course and at least six subsequent years of continuing education. The course is offered by the Kentucky Environmental Education Council, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Participants in the program are interested in educating others about the environment in both formal and nonformal settings such as nonprofit organizations, schools, parks, nature centers, extension offices, libraries and zoos. For more information about the PEEC course, visit Keec.ky.gov.
■ Amanda Henson, Baptist Health Lexington's vice president, oncology, has been received the Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent's Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives .
Two honorees for the state are selected annually — one for early career accomplishments and the other for senior-level healthcare executive. Receiving the 2015 senior-level honor was Charles Lovell, CEO, Caldwell Medical Center in Princeton.
The Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent's Award recognizes ACHE members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of healthcare management excellence and the achievement of ACHE's goals.
Henson joined Baptist Health Lexington (then known as Central Baptist Hospital) in 2011 as executive director of oncology. She rose to vice president in 2013, handling oncology services, clinical research and essential hospital departments such as Environmental Services and Materials Management.
■ Brian Webb, cloud services engineer for NetGain Technologies, recently achieved his CCNA Security Certification.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo