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The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has been granted accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks. Accreditation follows an intensive on-site inspection was performed by the association and establishes a high standard for medical, technical and administrative performance.

John M. Fenton III, owner of Springfield Orthopedic Services, has received certification in prosthetics from the American Board of Certification. He will maintain orthotic and prosthetic certifications with the Board for Orthotic/Prosthetic Certification, as well as technician status in orthotics and prosthetics through the American Board of Certification.

St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin was honored for excellence in advertising at the Joplin Area Advertising Federation's Addy Award banquet. St. John's Public Relations and Fireant Advertising and Marketing Agency received eight awards for the "Life's Calling" advertising campaign.

Rotary International has presented Dr. Steve Rice with the Service Above Self Award for humanitarian service to people in Third World countries. Of more than 1.2 million Rotary members worldwide, only 138 will receive the honor this year.

Dr. Eleanor "Ellie" Syler, an associate professor of psychology at Evangel University, has received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award, presented by Gov. Mel Carnahan, honored her service to the University, her commitment to high standards of excellence and her success in nurturing student achievement.

St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin has been named as one of the top 100 cardiovascular hospitals by HCIA Inc. St. John's is one of two hospitals in the state to be recognized.

Anita M. Isaac, Harwood N. Sturtevant, and David D. Thomasson were awarded the Missouri State Medical Association's 50-Year Physician Pin. The award is presented to physicians who have practiced medicine for at least 50 years.

Cox Health Systems has been named one of the top 100 integrated health care networks, according to Modern Healthcare Magazine. Cox is one of seven Missouri hospitals named on the list compiled by SMG Marketing Group in Chicago, Ill.

Sen. Morris Westfall and Rep. Craig Hosmer received the 1999 Legislative Award from the Missouri State Medical Association. The award reflects the relationship between state representatives and the Medical Association throughout the year to formulate policy and regulations that govern the practice of medicine in the state of Missouri.

Mid-America Transplant Services was honored by Cryolife Inc. for its efforts during 1998. The service procured more saphenous veins than any other tissue bank in the country, and also ranked in the top three for the number of heart valves produced.

St. John's Health System in Springfield has been named one of the top 100 integrated health care networks, according to Modern Healthcare Magazine. St. John's is one of seven Missouri hospitals named on the list compiled by SMG Marketing Group in Chicago, Ill.

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has received a $2,670 grant through the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation. The grant, presented by The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, will be used to purchase a red cell thawing bath.

Lakes Country Rehabilitation Center received a 15-passenger shuttle van from Sinclair Financial Group and real estate entrepreneur Carol Jones. The bus will be used to transport participants in the welfare-to-work program and to aid services of the Carol Jones Recovery Center for Women.

The Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundations in Columbia received $932.50 from the Springfield Southeast Lions Club. The donation will help support several of the foundation's sight-preserving programs, including the Heartland Lions Eye Bank, research into blinding eye diseases, a mobile glaucoma detection unit, amblyopia screening, the eye-care assistance program and eyeglass recycling.

The Auxiliary of St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin presented the hospital with a $43,000 donation at its 1998 Auxiliary Christmas Brunch. The funds are designated for medical needs throughout the hospital, including items for the cath lab, pediatric unit and medical nursing units. Also, $3,000 was donated for nursing scholarship funds.

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