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Sunday, January 22, 2012

New surgeon joins Fishermen's

Fishermen's Community Hospital recently hired Dr. Reza Keshavarzi as a surgeon at the practice of Dr. Steve Smith.

Keshavarzi arrived in the Florida Keys after his residency in general surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Keshavarzi also has certifications in laparoscopic surgery and advanced trauma operative management. He was chief resident of general surgery at Jackson during his 2005-2010 residency.

Roan promoted at Capital Bank

Capital Bank recently announced the promotion of Ashley Roan from teller to customer service representative in Key West. Roan will be responsible for providing complete customer service, opening new accounts and processing new and existing accounts.

Her previous experience with Capital Bank will enable her to educate customers on available products and services, as well as refer loans and direct wealth management opportunities to the appropriate bank specialist, according to the bank's press release.

Mendez marks 30 years at bank

Karen Mendez, an assistant vice president at First State Bank of the Florida Keys, recently celebrated her 30th anniversary with the bank.

She first joined the bank in 1975 as a check printer. After a short leave, she returned in 1982 as a teller. Mendez now overseas all staff and operations at the Winn-Dixie branch in the Overseas Market.

BoatUS honors Freestone

BoatUS Towing Services recently honored TowBoatUS Capt. Kevin Freestone with a Woody Pollack Lifesaving Award.

The award is named after a well-respected towboat captain who died at an early age.

Freestone, who operates TowBoatUS of Big Pine Key, responded to a mayday call in July from a 22-foot vessel with six people aboard.

After communications with the stricken boat fell silent, Freestone searched for and found the swamped vessel, in which the six passengers were trying to balance to keep from overturning. Freestone took all aboard and safely returned them to shore and salvaged the vessel.

Sloppy's honors Mogene

Sloppy Joe's recently presented the Jean Klausing Award to employee of the month Renoy Mogene.

Mogene has been a part of the kitchen team for more than 10 years, and was recognized for his outstanding performance and dedication to his work, according to a press release from the Duval Street bar.