Business awards for the week of June 20

By Dorothea Wingo

Seedleaf’s Ryan Koch with Garden Club Lexington members, Amy Kessinger, scholarship chairman, left, and Kathy Brooks, president.
Seedleaf’s Ryan Koch with Garden Club Lexington members, Amy Kessinger, scholarship chairman, left, and Kathy Brooks, president.

▪ The Garden Club of Lexington has presented the Garden Club of America 2016 Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award to Ryan Koch, founder and director of Seedleaf. The scholarship recognizes “an individual who, through working with children under 16 years of age in horticulture and the environment, has inspired their appreciation of beauty and the fragility of our planet.”

Koch was recognized for introducing sustainable environmental education to children in the Lexington area through the creation of urban gardens; piloting garden, cooking and other food literacy programs at Growing Together preschool, Sayre School and the Lexington Parks and Recreation after-school program at the Gainesway Community Center.

▪ Eddie Hensley of Lexington has been named Proprietor of the Year at Ted’s Montana Grill’s national conference. He was also awarded The Legends Award, which is given to the director of operations who achieved the best overall results in their restaurant in 2015 when looking at critical metrics and overall business results. Chapman was recognized for his passionate spirit and drive to lead the team to target sales goals and profits.

▪ Saint Joseph Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Saint Joseph Hospital has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department and throughout the hospital.

▪ The Hanover Insurance Group, a provider of property and casualty insurance products and services nationwide, recently honored J. Smith Lanier & Co. with an appointment to its President’s Club, an elite group of independent insurance agencies from across the country. This is the sixth year J. Smith Lanier & Co. has been honored with its selection.

▪ Continuing Care Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has received a top honor from the Kentucky Hospital Association, for demonstrating dedication to patient safety and care.

Continuing Care Hospital received a Quality Award for its medication reconciliation program, which compares a patient’s medication orders to all of the medications that the patient has been taking, helping to avoid medication errors such as omissions, duplications, dosing errors or drug interactions.

The Lexington long-term hospital acts as a “hospital within a hospital” and is located within Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East. Continuing Care Hospital also received the Quality Award in 2012 and 2013.

Along with Continuing Care Hospital, a KentuckyOne physician also received a top honor from the Kentucky Hospital Association.

Senator Dr. Ralph Alvarado, KentuckyOne Health Medical Group, Winchester, received KHA’s Award of Excellence for devoting his career to serving the health care needs of Kentucky’s citizens with a “servant” attitude, and taking it a step further to seek public office. Senator Alvarado was elected to office in 2014 and represents Senate District 28, covering Clark and Montgomery counties, and part of Fayette County.

Alvarado currently serves as medical director, board member, and chairman of the Finance Committee for KentuckyOne Health Medical Group.