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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hospital honors three

Lower Keys Medical Center recently announced that Margaret Vogelsang, Tammy Staples and Dominique Jarrett won the November "Getting 2 Great" associate awards. These dedicated individuals are continually recognized by patients, exceed expectations and model the "Getting 2 Great" guiding principles of servant leadership, never settling and always doing the right thing, according to a hospital press release.

Vogelsang, a registered nurse in the Maternal Infant Child Care Unit, is a senior nurse in her department and has delivered as many baby Conchs as anyone at Lower Keys Medical Center. This month Maggie was mentioned in patient satisfaction surveys, a card from a patient and on the kudos website, the release states.

Vogelsang goes the extra step to ensure that her patients are at ease, whether it is during a birth or leading up to one in her childbirth classes.

Staples, a physical therapist works mainly in the outpatient physical therapy department in the dePoo building, but this does not mean patients do not notice her dedication to her job. She has a calm demeanor and warm smile that helps keep patients focused on the task or rehabilitating their injuries.

Jarrett works in the admissions department and handles numerous challenges on any given day. She consistently overcomes these challenges and does so with a bright smile that instills confidence in all that come in contact with her, the release states.

Vet welcomes Connelly

The Marathon Veterinary Hospital has hired Dr. Cathy Connelly as its new chief of emergency services. Connelly graduated from Colorado State University in 1993 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and she has a Master's of Science degree in Zoology. She completed a practitioner fellowship at the University of California, Davis in radiology and ultrasound. Dr. Connelly attends numerous continuing education conferences to keep up on the latest advances in veterinary medicine and surgery. Prior to moving to the Keys Dr. Connelly owned a state of the art veterinary referral practice in Reno, Nev. Dr. Connelly will be overseeing the Emergency Service and 24-hour patient care at the Marathon Veterinary Hospital.

Bank recognizes detective

Detective David Cruz, the law enforcement officer of the quarter for the fourth quarter of 2012, was also recognized by First State Bank at the employee awards ceremony held this week in Marathon.

Cruz solved a case involving a dog that was found dead in the water inside a cage. The high profile case attracted lots of attention, including a website that raised money for a reward. First State Bank also offered a $500 reward for tips leading to the resolution of the case.

There were no tipsters to give a reward to -- Detective Cruz solved it by hard work and extensive follow-up, so all the reward money will be donated to the Florida Keys Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.