• For the fourth year in a row,Kaiser Permanente Fresno
received an “A” rating for patient safety by the Leapfrog Group. The group bases its scores on publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections at U.S. hospitals.
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• TheKaweah Delta Hospital Guild
named its officers for fiscal year 2015-16:Beverly Cheek
, president;Tommy Sullivan
, vice president;Mary Reeves
, recording secretary;
, corresponding secretary;Sandy Saulque
, treasurer;Judy Archer
, director 1; andDonna Archer
, director 2. In 2014-15, the guild raised $126,427.20 for patient care equipment.
• The University of California at Merced Small Business Development Center Regional Network honored five small-business owners from its 14-county region, including three from the central San Joaquin Valley:Aqua Cents Water Management LLC
, Fresno;Innovation Commercial Flooring
, Fresno; andGopher Grabbers
• First 5 Fresno County named its 2015 Child-Friendly Business Award winners. TheDowntown Fresno Partnership
, theReedley Police Department
,Plemons Machinery Services
,Rufino Paguio State Farm Insurance Agency
received the highest scores.
• Kuckenbecker Tractor and Rancho San Miguel Market received a Crystal Tower Award at the 12th annual Business and Education Shareholders’ Luncheon hosted by the Madera County Compact. The two businesses were recognized for their partnership with Madera County schools.
• The Exchange Club presented its Top Cop Award for 2014-15 to Fresno Police OfficerVince Zavala
, Fresno County Sheriff’s Reserve Lt.Art Salas
and California Highway Patrol OfficerWilliam Butler
, franchise owner of the Spherion Staffing Services’ Fresno and Visalia offices, received the 2015 Spherion Excellence
in Safety Award. The award is given to an owner who has a low injury rate for the prior year and instills a “safety first” attitude with staff members.
• Kaweah Delta Health Care District honored its top nurses and physicians:Kay Prince
, obstetrics nurse, Service to Society Award;Jon Knudsen
, nurse leader, Transformational Leader Award;Peter Caballes
, a family medicine hospitalist, Physician of the Year;Ty Philipson
, an emergency medicine resident, Resident of the Year;Kathy Gillen
, home health nurse,Meredith Alvarado
, mental health nurse,Linda Ellison
, advance practice nurse NICU,Alisha Sandidge
, clinical educator nurse, Patient Centered Care Award; andGreg Segrue
, home health nurse,Jaynell Tipton
, mental health nurse,Bill Pagh
, NICU nurse, andAndrea Gregory
, wound care nurse, Quality Care & Outcomes Award.
• TheRotary Club of Fresno
awarded $4,500 to Habitat for Humanity Fresno County toward a construction truck that will be used for building and revitalizing homes.
• Kaiser Permanente Fresno added three new physicians:Lance Gault
, adult medicine, andAnna Dimailig-David
joined Pearson Realty as a real estate sales agent in the firm’s farm and ranch division. He has more than 16 years experience in the dairy industry and real estate sales and will work out of the company’s Visalia office.
is new associate vice president for enrollment services at California State University, Fresno. She holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology and Asian American studies from UC Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in post-secondary administration and student affairs from University of Southern California and a doctorate in higher education with a concentration in public policy from University of Michigan.
joined California Realty Capital Inc. as partner and executive vice president of loan originations. She has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry with a major focus on construction lending and commercial real estate lending.
•Michelle G. Serrano
was promoted to deputy director of the Western Commercial Loan Service Center for the U.S. Small Business Administration. For the last seven years, she has supervised 16 employees and managed two departments, loan servicing and express purchases.
was promoted to interim clinical director for Family HealthCare Network’s Hanford and Goshen Health Centers. She received a Master of Medical Science from Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania and completed the Primary Care Associate Program at Stanford. She brings 12 years of nursing experience to the position and is currently a physician assistant with FHCN where she will continue practicing family medicine in Hanford.