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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Aqueduct honors Preuss, Munoz

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority takes pride in recognizing long term employees. Such was the case at the June 26 FKAA board meeting, when officials recognized Denise Preuss for 25 years and Nancy Munoz for 15 years of employment with the FKAA.

Preuss started her career with FKAA on Jan. 4, 1988, as an account specialist. She was promoted through the administration department and is currently the assistant manager of administration.

Munoz started on July 29, 1998, as a mail clerk/cashier in customer service. She is currently the executive assistant for the administration department.

Keys Energy honors Gonzalez

Keys Energy Services recently named Zahny as Outstanding Employee of the Third Quarter for 2013.

Gonzalez has worked for the utility for more than four years and currently serves as a customer services representative, helping customers connect, disconnect and transfer services, and assisting with billing complaints and payment processing.

Gonzalez was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to Key West when she was 5 years old. She is a graduate of Key West High School and lives in Key West with her son, A.J.

The Employee of the Quarter Committee selects an employee four times a year for the award. Employees are considered after being nominated by their peers. Final selection is based on several factors, which include attendance, attitude, efficiency, initiative, and job performance.

The Utility Board will recognize Gonzalez at an upcoming meeting. Her name will be engraved on a perpetual plaque that hangs in the William Arnold Service Building lobby, she will receive a $250 bonus, and an extra vacation day, according to a press release from the utility.

Trip Advisor honors 4 businesses

Four locally owned Key West properties have been recognized with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. Only 10 percent of the businesses listed on the online travel review site receive the certificate of excellence.

Camille's Restaurant, Truman Hotel, Blue Marlin Motel and BEST WESTERN PLUS Hibiscus Motel received the award for their continued excellence in guest service and product, according to traveler and diner reviews.

"We are very proud of our staff for their efforts to bring this award to our properties." Deborah Branham, general manager of the three hotel properties. "Our owner is local and hands-on, which allows us to provide the best stay for our guests."

Camille's owners Denise and Michael Chelekis are at their Simonton Street restaurant every day, proudly greeting guests by name and ensuring everyone has a great meal and a fond memory.

Mariners Hospital receives award

Mariners Hospital's Imaging Services Department received a 2013 Protecting the Patient award from Nuance Communications, Inc., a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world.

The award was presented in recognition of the department's Fail Safe procedure, an electronic alert notification system used when results from diagnostic imaging tests indicate a patient requires immediate medical intervention.

The hospital was one of seven winners out of 10,000 healthcare institutions using Nuance clinical documentation solutions.

The software was called into use recently when a patient had left the hospital after an imaging study. As Dr. Wayne Moccia read the image, he realized the patient had a life-threatening situation. Using the Nuance software, the department started the process to notify the patient's physician. When the physician could not be reached in 15 minutes, the software notified Imaging, which then tried to reach the patient. Failing that, the police were contacted. The police arrived at the patient's home at the same time as the patient, who was brought by ambulance to the hospital. Within one hour of recognizing the patient was in a critical situation, Imaging had provided the patient with appropriate care.

"This award reflects Mariners' commitment to quality and accountability," said Rick Freeburg, Mariners CEO. "We are proud of the entire imaging team for its efforts on behalf of patients."