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Business Briefs for Nov. 22

November 22, 2010
Marshall Independent

Maertens named to Minnesota Hospital Association board

Mary Maertens, the chief executive officer of Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, was named Nov. 12 to the Minnesota Hospital Association board of directors. The association represents Minnesota's hospitals and health systems.

Maertens joins two other new members of the 30-member body.

Maertens has been the president/CEO of Avera Marshall since April 2007.

She currently serves on MHA's 2010 Policy and Advocacy Committee and has been active in local civic and state organizations, including serving as president of the Rotary Club, board chair of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, a member of Pride in the Tiger Foundation, a volunteer for United Way, and a member of several committees at Holy Redeemer Church.

She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, with a bachelor's degree in nursing, and a master's degree in health administration.

She is also the facility's licensed nursing home administrator.

Avera Marshall announces November Spirit of Excellence Award Winner

Kim Abraham, organizational learning assistant/volunteer services coordinator, has been chosen to receive the "Spirit of Excellence" Award for November 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. Abraham has worked at Avera Marshall since January 2006.

Jueneman elected vice president of MANA

Marshall resident Rick Jueneman, CRNA, was recently elected vice president of the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists at the association's annual meeting. Jueneman has long been active with the association, and served as its president in 2002-03.

Knology joins Mothers Against Drunk Driving to launch Holiday Accident Crackdown campaign

Knology, a leading provider of interactive communications and entertainment services, will join Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for their annual "Tie One On For Safety" public awareness campaign this upcoming holiday season. As part of the national "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." initiative, "Tie One On For Safety" encourages those on the road to drive safe, sober and buckled up throughout the holidays.

As part of the campaign, MADD asks Americans to place a red MADD ribbon or window decal on vehicles as a pledge to be safe during the festive season and throughout the year. Over six million ribbons are expected to be distributed nationally, continuing a tradition lasting more than 20 years.

Both MADD decals and ribbons can be picked up at your local Knology office during regular business hours. In addition, Knology will air "Tie One On For Safety" messages on its local access channels in each market.

The holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is one of the most dangerous times on the nation's roadways, with nearly 1,500 people dying in drunk driving crashes across the United States. Increased law enforcement deters drunk drivers and is critical to the elimination of this unfortunate social epidemic.



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