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Business Briefs for July 6

July 6, 2010
Marshall Independent

Sanford Tracy honored for outstanding achievement in cultural diversity

Sanford Tracy CEO Stacy Barstad was among a diverse group of panelists presenting their story on how they have achieved high levels of cultural diversity in their respective health care facilities at a conference hosted by the Institute For Diversity in Health Care Management July 10 and 11 in Chicago.

Barstad received notification of Sanford Tracy's nomination for being named a "Promising Practices Hospital" in the State of Health Care Diversity & Disparities: A Benchmark Study of U.S. Hospitals in April of 2010. As a Promising Practices nominee, Sanford Tracy scored in the top 10 percent of one or more categories among more than 180 hospitals that participated. Barstad and Sanford Tracy team members Angela Nelson and Peemon Herr accepted the award on behalf of the Sanford Tracy health care team.

The Institute for Diversity in Health Management had its ninth National Leadership and Educational Conference, "Changing the Culture of Health Care," with an awards ceremony June 10 to reveal the Promising Practices hospitals and to award Best In Class distinctions.

Barstad was among the panelists on the Delivering Quality Care panel.

Sanford Tracy has had ongoing initiatives for employee education centered on cultural diversity for more than five years. A significant step in delivering quality care for the community's Hmong community has been the addition of a full time LPN of Hmong ethnicity to ensure all patients not only hear their provider's instructions, but can fully understand their treatment.

Sanford Tracy team members that attended the Chicago conference were Barstad, Angela Nelson, staff social worker, Peemon Herr, LPN/interpreter and Cookie Cooreman, community relations manager.

New dentist welcomed at Camden Dental

Dr. Michael Thomas at Camden Dental Care announces the addition of Dr. Aimee Gustafson to the practice.

Gustafson is a recent dental graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she graduated with distinction and received the Academy of Osseointegration Implant Award.

Prior to dental school she received her bachelor's degree in cell biology and neuroscience from Montana State University-Bozeman, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Avera Marshall announces June Spirit of Excellence Award Winner

JoDee Faiman-Altmann, RN, charge nurse, has been chosen to receive the "Spirit of Excellence" Award for June 2010 from Avera Marshall. Each month the award is given to an employee who demonstrates the medical center's values of compassion, hospitality and stewardship. Faiman-Altmann also received the award in September 2007.

She has worked at Avera Marshall since April 2005.

Groff attends Ameriprise professional development conference

Randy Groff, ChFC, CLU, CRPC, platinum financial adviser in Marshall, recently attended a professional development conference in Las Vegas, Nev. Speakers at the conference were industry leaders on the topics of retirement, tax strategies, estate planning strategies, wealth accumulation and income protection.

North Star promotes Ricke

North Star Mutual Insurance of Cottonwood recently announced the promotion of Donna Ricke to underwriter for the Commercial Underwriting Department.

Ricke began employment with North Star in June of 1981. Prior to her promotion, she served in the capacity of assistant underwriter for the same department.

Ricke and her husband, Robert, live in Wood Lake. They have four children: Tanya, Brandon, Alissa, and Brian.



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