Hall earns professional award; Bagby new manager at AmericInn; SunnyBrook Home Care recognized; more
Hall earns professional award
Denise Hall, practice administrator at Fairfield Dental Clinic, has earned one of the highest honors awarded by the American Dental Assistants Association having been named a Fellow of the ADAA.
Hall has been a dental assistant for more than 30 years. She has been employed for more than 25 years at Fairfield Dental Clinic. She is active in the Iowa Dental Assistants Association and is Southeast Iowa District trustee.
She and her husband Brad live in Packwood, and she is a member of Prairie View United Methodist Church.
The ADAA represents the interests of more than 250,000 dental assistants in the United States and is America’s oldest, largest dental assisting organization. It is dedicated to the development and recognition of professionalism through education, membership services and public awareness programs. It is an advocate for legislation mandating credentialing for clinical dental assistants and greater recognition of the assistant’s role in the professional dental team.
Bagby new manager at AmericInn
Wanda Bagby of Fairfield is the new general manager of AmericInn Hotel and Suites at the Highway 1 South and the Highway 34 Bypass in Fairfield.
Bagby has already started her duties which will include managing over-all daily operations at the facility. The hotel opened in March. Most recently, Bagby worked for three years in radio advertising sales at KMCD-Classic 96.
The hotel is operated by Three Rivers Hospitality of Chanhassen, Minn.
SunnyBrook Home Care recognized
SunnyBrook Home Care has been named a 2012 HHCAHPS Honors recipient, a prestigious award recognizing home health agencies that provide the best patient experience.
Established by Deyta, this annual honor acknowledges the top 20 percent of agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the patient’s point of view. The HHCAHPS Honors identifies the highest performing agencies ranked by analyzing satisfaction measures covering both performance and improvement of care during a 12-month period.
“The HHCAHPS Honors defines a new standard of excellence in the patient experience for home health agencies,” said Bill Bassett, Deyta’s vice president of home health. “Identifying the top-performers in the home health industry is our way of recognizing HHAs that are dedicated to providing high quality of care in a patient-centric approach. The resulting patient experience is a key driver of ongoing patient and agency success.”
The HHCAHPS Honors rankings were compiled from the HHCAHPS survey results of more than 1,800 home health agencies from April 2011 to March 2012. Two domains of performance were used in the calculations covering the 19 questions that comprise the five publically reported measures on Home Health Compare.
Cindy Eden, clinical director of SunnyBrook Home Care, credits trained physical and occupational therapists, registered nurses and home health aides to being named a 2012 HHCAHPS Honors recipient.
“Helping people safely recover at home after an illness, injury or a hospitalization is our goal. We have a well-trained staff who love what they do and the patients benefit,” she said.
Alliant crews respond to hurricane
CEDAR RAPIDS — Alliant Energy’s third wave of restoration crews arrived in New York last week to respond to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
To date, approximately 205 Alliant Energy workers from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota have responded. The first wave of crews left Oct. 28, and the majority of those workers are still in New York.
The latest group of 63, including 28 workers from Wisconsin, 34 workers from Iowa and one from Minnesota, were scheduled to work for National Grid on the natural gas system around West Hempstead, N.Y.
“We’re proud of our staff that headed east. To date, our crews have been very safe while working in extreme conditions and mountainous terrain,” said Vern Gebhart, vice president of energy delivery operations. “The reason we’re able to give such a large response is because our staff back home have really stepped up and provided great support.”
Alliant Energy’s electric crews initially helped restore power to Central Hudson Gas and Electric customers in and around Lake Katrine, N.Y. They also were restoring power around Yorktown Heights, N.Y.