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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Burns takes helm at Guidance Care Center

The Guidance Care Center recently announced the appointment of Dr. Scott M. Burns as its full-time medical director. Burns completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, his graduate studies at Wayne State University and his medical schooling at University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham.

He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and since 2002 has been on the medical staff at Fishermen's Hospital in Marathon and has held numerous leadership positions including chief of staff, vice chief of staff, department of medicine vice chairman, credential committee chairman and a board member on both the board of advisors and the board of trustees.

Since 2002, Dr. Burns has been self employed in a neurology practice in Marathon. Since 2006, he has provided medical coverage at the Guidance Care Center's inpatient crisis and detox unit.

The Guidance Care Center also expressed its thanks to Dr. Joseph O'Lear, who has recently served as part-time medical director. O'Lear will continue to provide medical coverage at the GCC Key West location and serve as back up to Dr. Burns.

Equality Florida honors Kling

Equality Florida on Thursday honored Evie Evers Kling with the 2013 Frank Romano and Joe Liszka Service and Leadership Award during Equality Florida's Sponsor Appreciation Party.

Kling has been a member of the Equality Florida Key West Gala event committee since 2008. During her tenure the gala has more than doubled in size and is EQFL's second largest fundraiser statewide with proceeds topping $150,000 in 2012. Evie joined Equality Florida's statewide board of directors in 2012.

"Evie is one of the hardest working and most effective volunteers in our organization," said Stratton Pollitzer, deputy director for the organization that advocates for equal rights for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Kling has a degree in political science and has worked for numerous charitable organizations. Kling and her husband of 40 years, George, built their home in Key West in 1998 and split their time between Dayton, Ohio and Key West.

Established in 2012, the Frank Romano and Joe Liszka Service and Leadership Award is named for two of Equality Florida's founding members. Romano and Liszka hosted Equality Florida's first gala in their home in 2000 and played a pivotal role in building the organization. The award honors people who, like Frank and Joe, have made a huge difference in advancing EQFL's mission through their leadership, volunteerism, and generosity.

Chase honored as Unsung Hero

IBERIABANK and the United Way of the Florida Keys recently announced that Mary Chase has been honored by the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys with the "Unsung Hero Award."

The annual award is given to leaders who make valuable contributions of time, energy and talents for the betterment of the community, according to an organization press release.

Chase was nominated by the United Way for the recognition. She has volunteered with a number of efforts over the years including the recent "Stuff the Bus" campaign. She has also served as IBERIABANK's liaison for the company's annual United Way campaign drive and has been a personal United Way payroll donor for more than 40 years.

"We are so proud of Mary for receiving this special recognition. She is a native Conch and anyone who knows her will confirm that Mary has worked tirelessly for our community her entire life. When she puts her name behind something, you know she will give it her all," said Trich Worthington, retail market manager for IBERIABANK in the Florida Keys.