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Business briefs for Oct. 10

October 10, 2011
Marshall Independent

Avera Marshall announces Spirit of Excellence award winner

Josie Gonzalez, patient services representative, Avera Marshall Specialty Clinic, has been chosen to receive the "Spirit of Excellence" Award for September 2011 from Avera Marshall. Each month the award is given to an employee who demonstrates the medical center's values of compassion, hospitality and stewardship.

Gonzalez has worked at Avera Marshall since March 2010.

Strautz named Realtor VOY

Steve Strautz, a realtor with Wilson O'Brien in Marshall, was named the Realtor Volunteer of the Year 2011 by the members of the West Central Association of Realtors, a professional association serving 16 counties in southwest Minnesota.

The award was presented at the annual awards dinner Sept, 29.

Strautz serves on the West Central's Board of Directors, past representative to the Minnesota Association's Board of Directors and past representative on the Executive MNAR State Board, and is active on MNAR Governmental Affairs committee.

His volunteerism extends to his community where he is currently chairman of the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, and chairman of the Marshall Industries Foundation.

Strautz was the Marshall Area Chamber Volunteer of the Year in 2010. Strautz is a past Board member of the Pride in the Tiger Foundation and the SMSU Booster Club.

He has also served on the Marshall Hospital Board and the Marshall Municipal Utilities Commission and served as president of the Marshall Tigers Football Boosters.

Johnson Memorial Health Services named among Top 100 hospitals for patient experience

Johnson Memorial Health Services in Dawson has been named one of the celebrated Top 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience by WomenCertified.

Hospitals are selected for this annual list based on a proprietary scoring process that incorporates data from the national, standardized HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey results along with a higher level of analysis that weighs criteria identified as the most important to women for patient satisfaction. The survey process is based on significant in-depth research on customer satisfaction among women, including a joint study on customer satisfaction by gender with The Wharton School.

Based on this scoring process, Johnson Memorial Health Services ranked 24th on the Top 100 List for Hospitals with 100 beds or fewer.

In order to make the Top 100 list, reflecting the voice of female patients, hospitals must meet all the qualifications for the WomenCertified Women's Choice Award.

Johnson Memorial Health Services (JMHS) scored above average in all of these categories. To see how JMHS compares to other healthcare facilities, visit hospital compare online at Johnson Memorial Health Services is also the 2011 recipient of the Aging Services of Minnesota Excellence in the Workplace Award.

'Ladies Night' at Runnings Oct. 26 supports fight against breast cancer

Shopping at Runnings on Wednesday, Oct. 26, will help support the fight against breast cancer.

Runnings' second annual "Ladies Night" is a special event taking place from 5-8 p.m. at 12 stores including Marshall. The evening is comprised of special events including complimentary appetizers, games, discounts and giveaways, including one guest winning a trip for two to Las Vegas.

A bag sale highlights the evening which invites customers to purchase a large pink reusable bag for $2. Guests receive a discount on whatever items fit inside the bag with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the bag going to help fight breast cancer. Donations stay in each store's local region to help in the support, education and treatment of breast cancer.

Nutrena, who along with Williamson & Dickies, Travel Leaders and Caramel Cob are co-sponsors of the evening, announced they're making an additional donation of $1,000 to support the cause.

Knology selected one of the 'Top 10 Places to Work in Cable' by National Industry Publication

CableFAX: The Magazine announced recently it has named Knology, Inc. as one of its prestigious "Top 10 Places to Work in Cable" for 2011. Knology currently has 1,850 employees over 14 divisions across the Southeast and Midwestern United States.

Winners were selected through an employee nomination process and voted on by CableFAX editors based on company growth opportunities; open communication with senior management; benefits packages; compensation; turnover rates; internal culture; volunteerism; and team mentorship, among other categories.

"This is a tremendous award for our company, and we believe that Knology's longstanding value system creates both a positive experience for our employees as well as our customers," says Tony Palermo, vice president of marketing for Knology.



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