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Samantha Hudson, APRN, has joined Lourdes and Mercy Medical Associates' Mercy regional heart and lung surgery. She is a certified cardiovascular nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. She is a graduate of Murray State University and the University of Southern Indiana. Hudson is a member of the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American College of Cardiology and the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. She comes to Lourdes from Baptist Health Medical Group.

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Mayfield area trucking company Averitt Express recently honored Mike Mason, Murray, for 25 years of safety. Averitt promotes a culture of safety by measuring both vehicle and driver performance through a series of indicators and through training programs and awareness campaigns.

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Murray-Calloway County Hospital has achieved recognition as an adopter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association's Patient Financial Communications Best Practices. The recognition demonstrates MCCH follows nearly 100 best practices covering all aspects of financial interactions that take place in a variety of care settings.

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Spring Creek Health Care, Murray-Calloway County Hospital's skilled nursing and rehab center, recently received certification as a department to care for patients in the Music & Memory program. The program supports employees working with dementia and Alzheimer patients by providing high quality, person-centered care through digital music technology. Employees work to identify residents who can benefit from the program and provide iPods with personalized playlists tailored to each one. Attending the recognition were: Erin R. DeLancey, MS,CCC-SLP; Gregory C. DeLancey, COTA/L; Emilie Reinhardt, PTA; Carson Dossett, COTA/L; Kayla Wathen, OTR/L; Samantha Gillum, COTA/L; Ramona Green, COTA/L; Natalie Jill Holshouser, PTA; Betty Bouland, PTA; Sarah Martin, PT; Beth McCuiston, MS,CCC-SLP; Crisann Chandler, MS,CCC-SLP; Jason Fikter, PT; and Nancy Burton, PTA.

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Adam Chustz, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Paducah since 2000, will attend the Edward Jones Managing Partner's Conference in April in San Antonio, Texas. The event honors the top 400 of the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisors. During the three-day meeting participating financial advisors discuss issues facing the firm and the financial services industry as a whole with Jim Weddle, the firm's managing partner.

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Financial services firm Edward Jones ranks fifth on the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list, its 18th appearance on the list. Edward Jones provides financial services designed for individual investors in the communities in which its advisors, including Chris Sims, Paducah, live and work.

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U.S. Bank, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States, has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in advancing ethical business practices, as a 2017 World's Most Ethical Company. This is the third consecutive year U.S. Bank has earned the recognition. Key categories considered by the institute include ethics and compliance program; corporate citizenship and responsibility; culture of ethics; governance; and leadership, innovation and reputation.

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Jim Brown, CFP, senior vice president-wealth management, and Paula Connell, CFP, senior vice president-wealth management, were both named to the presidents council for UBS Americas for 2017. This council is reserved for the top 15 percent of financial advisors in the country for UBS Wealth Management Americas. Both Brown and Connell have been with UBS for 34 years and in the financial services industry for 37 years.

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Jamey R. Brown, CFP, senior vice president-wealth management, was named to the directors council for UBS Americas for his wealth management business and was also named to this year's leadership council for his management role within the firm both for 2017. The directors council is reserved for the top 20 percent of financial advisors in the country while the leadership council is reserved for the top five percent of managers in the country for UBS Wealth Management Americas. Brown has been with UBS for 15 years.

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Melissa Breeden received a title promotion to wealth management associate, reserved for the top client service associates in UBS Americas. Prerequisites for obtaining this title include meeting licensing requirements, a rigorous wealth management training program, and a proven history of excellence in serving clients. Breeden has been with UBS for 19 years and in the financial services industry for 26 years.

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Pam Walker has been promoted to vice president at The Murray Bank. She joined the bank in 1999, one of the original nine employees and the first employee hired by Ronnie Gibson, then president and chairman of the board. Walker most recently served as vice president of deposit operations.

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Twenty law enforcement executives from agencies across Kentucky recently graduated from the Criminal Justice Executive Development program, an advanced leadership course designed for supervisors at small- and medium-sized agencies across the state. Those graduates included: Chris Garland, Murray Police Department; Justin Crowell, Paducah Police Department; and Mark Nichols, Trigg County Sheriff's Department. The four-week course focuses on identifying, analyzing and solving problems as well as leadership, personnel administration, operations, fiscal management, executive and environmental relationships.

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Four officers with the Murray Police Department recently graduated from the Basic Training Academy at the Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond. Completing the 23-week academy certifies participants as peace officers. During the training, participants identify, discuss, and demonstrate learning in many areas of performance required of officers. Murray officers included: Alyssa Lelm, Aaron Lane, Trista Colson, and Wesley Wright. During the academy, Lane received the coordinators award and Wright, the most improved award in fitness and defensive tactics.

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The Advanced Wound Healing Center at Jackson Purchase Medical Center has been recognized with a national award for clinical excellence, as a Center of Distinction. The award is awarded by Healogics, a leading wound care management company. The center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a wound healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 31 median days.

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Two Paducah Edward Jones financial advisors, Kurt Sutton and Heath Bowling, earned invitations to Edward Jones' annual managing partner's conference in April in San Antonio, Texas. The conference brings the company's most successful financial advisors together to discuss issues facing the firm and the financial services industry as a whole.

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Kevin Dobbs has been promoted to president of Atmos Energy's Kentucky/mid-states division. He succeeds Kevin Akers, recently promoted to the Atmos Energy corporate office in Dallas as senior vice president of safety and enterprise services. Dobbs has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He most recently served as vice president of operations for Atmos' northern region of the Kentucky/mid-states division. Dobbs is a Franklin native. He has a bachelor's degree in biology and biophysics from Western Kentucky University.

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The Baptist Health Paducah stroke program recently received the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center for the fourth consecutive cycle. The Joint Commission's advanced certification recognizes commitment to a high level of care for stroke patients. Stroke is one of the nation's leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes. Last year, the hospital also received The Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for meeting national guidelines for stroke care, as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The hospital also received the associations' Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

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Jessica Toren has been named president of Lourdes Foundation. She previously served as the major gifts officer for the foundation. Before joining Lourdes, she held positions with the American Red Cross and West Kentucky Community and Technical College. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in organizational communication, both from Murray State University. She previously served on the board of directors for St. Nicholas Family Clinic for six years. She is also an adjunct communications instructor at WKCTC.

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Dr. Vishwas Talwalkar, 1989 Murray State University alumnus and a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, was recently named one of the 2017 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is presented annually to alumni who have made meaningful contributions to their profession on a local, state and national level. Established in 1962, the award is the highest honor granted by the Murray State University Alumni Association, and its recipients include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, renowned authors, research scientists, physicians and educators. Talwalkar graduated summa cum laude in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in biology. In addition to his pre-med curriculum, he was heavily involved throughout the campus community during his undergraduate career. Talwalkar was one of the first members of the Murray State Honors Program, a presidential scholar, a Student Government Association senator, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and a member of the football team. After graduating from Murray State, Talwalkar earned his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1993.

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The board of directors of Computer Services Inc., a provider of end-to-end financial technology solutions, has named John A. Williams, the company's founder and long-time board chairman, as chairman emeritus. Williams founded CSI in 1965 and has served as board chairman since 1979. The board also announced it has named Steven A. Powless, the company's chief executive officer, as its new chairman and Robert L. Walker as its lead independent director. Powless joined CSI in 1987, was named president and chief operations officer in 1993, and appointed CEO in 1999. The appointments for Williams and Powless will become effective following CSI's annual shareholder meeting in June.

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Murray State University has named Jesse D. Jones, 1964 alumnus and retired senior advisor at Albermarle Corp., a recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. During a career of over 30 years, Jones has made contributions to research and development in polymers, plastics and materials which served as the basis for 19 patents to the Ethyl and Albermarle corporations, as well as technical support for manufacturing and sales. Since retiring in 1999, Jones, a native of Marshall County, has supported MSU in a variety of ways through scholarships and faculty honors and funding research facilities. The award is given to alumni who have made meaningful contributions to their profession on a local, state and national level.

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Averitt Express, Mayfield, recently honored Jerry Merrell, of Hickory, for 30 years of service. He is one of the more than 900 active Averitt associates who are members of the company's Over 20 Team, with more than 20 years with the company.

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Kasey Murphy has joined Lourdes and Mercy Medical Associates as a nurse practitioner with Mercy Primary Care-Paducah. She is a graduate of Murray State University and Walden University. She has worked with Lourdes as an emergency room nurse, intensive care unit nurse and nurse practitioner with Mercy Lourdes Urgent Care.

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The Allstate Foundation has awarded the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence $115,000 in grants for its nationally recognized Economic Empowerment Project. The foundation and the KCADV have partnered 12 years to break the cycle of domestic violence through economic empowerment - to the tune of $1,140,000 in grants for member programs since 2005, including Merryman House in Paducah. The funding support case management, financial education classes, individual development accounts, and micro loans throughout Kentucky's 15 domestic violence programs. Funding will also support KCADV's partnership with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System's 16 community colleges whose transitional students (welfare recipients) are now eligible for financial empowerment services since 2014. Between KCADV's reach to domestic violence programs and community colleges, more than 2,300 survivors of domestic violence in Kentucky will receive economic empowerment services this year. Most survivors are single mothers earning less than $15,000 per year. Seventy-two percent of KCTCS transitional students report being survivors of domestic violence. The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a coalition of the Commonwealth's 15 publicly funded domestic violence programs.

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Laura Clifford has joined Fox & Company CPAs, Mayfield, as a partner. She began working at Fox & Company in December 2011 as an intern while earning her degree in accounting from Murray State University, and began working fulltime upon graduation. She received her certification as a CPA in December 2014.

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Maria Hayden, RN, director of training and development at Baptist Health Paducah, recently earned the designation of certified continuing medical education coordinator from the Kentucky Medical Association. She has worked at Baptist for 30 years in several departments, including ICU, the outpatient center and education and development. She has a bachelor's degree in nursing from Murray State University and a master's degree in education with a specialization in training and performance improvement from Capella University.

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Dana McAfee has earned the designation of certified administrative professional. She is a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, and employed at Baptist Health Paducah as an administrative assistant for more than 13 years.

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