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Lanise Matthews joined Empire Bank as Classic Club officer responsible for managing the memberships and activities for customers ages 50 and older. She has 13 years of banking experience, previously as assistant Classic Club director at Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks.

Health Care
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found that Skaggs Regional Medical Center is ahead of the curve in three categories tied to mortality rates for hospitalized patients. The 30-day mortality rate for the hospital is 3.3 percent lower than the national average for heart attack patients; 1.8 percent lower for heart failure; and 3.7 percent lower for pneumonia.

The CoxHealth Foundation added three board members – Jeanette Hutcheson, community volunteer; Dr. Kerry Williams, Oncology-Hematology Associates; and Ken Teague, Farmers Insurance – and elected four officers – Dr. José Dominguez, Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, chairman; Mary Beth Daniels, Hunter-Chase and Associates, vice chairwoman; Tyler Watskey, Hawthorn Bank, treasurer; and Dr. Russ Detten, CoxHealth Regional Services, secretary.

Mercy sites in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas were recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for saving $17.6 million to treat Medicare patients during the last five years. The system was among 10 physicians’ groups that participated in the Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration Project that monitored the care of chronically ill patients to demonstrate the benefits of Accountable Care Organizations, an initiative written into the U.S. health care reform law.

Suzi Dieckhaus, an occupational therapist with CMH, received certification from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. She joins roughly 100 people to pass the exam and accumulate 4,000 hours of work directly associated with hand therapy.

Holly Shuler, physical therapist with Citizens Memorial Healthcare, completed a certification in customized foot orthotics through Sole Supports. Shuler has worked for CMH for three years as a physical therapist.

Missouri Health Care Association presented CMH Executive Director and CEO Donald J. Babb with the MHCA Platinum Award during its 63rd annual Convention in Branson. The award recognizes a career of contributions and support for the association.

The American Cancer Society honored Mary Kay Rodgers, of Willard, with the Terese Lasser Memorial Award, the organization’s top honor for service in the Reach to Recovery program.

Hospitality
Simeon Ebedes joined John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center as director of sales. Ebedes, who has 19 years of hospitality experience, worked most recently for Big Cedar Lodge.

Nonprofit
Carrie Brown, a senior tax accountant with BKD LLP, joined the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Drury University.

GYN Cancers Alliance named its 2011–12 board of directors and officers. Board members are Tom Wells, Springfield Paper Co.; Mary Burmeister, Neale & Newman LLP; Andy Bennett, Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown PC; Nancy Bolduc, CoxHealth; Amy Fore, St. John’s Health System; Angel Shortt, Old Missouri Bank; Judy Hancock, St. John’s Health System; and Rosemary Lewis, CoxHealth. Officers are Susan Daniel, president; Sue George, president-elect; Cindy Yurchak, treasurer; Mike Green, secretary; and Susan Mihalevich, past president. Kathy King, a former mortgage lender, retired from GYNCA’s board of directors to head its advisory council.

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