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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Key Largo Rotary welcomes 2 new members

Key Largo Rotary recently welcomed Jennifer Rickmann and Matt Francis to it membership.

Rickmann is executive director of the Good Health Clinic. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and master's degree from Northwestern University. She has more than 20 years of marketing and business development experience, most recently at the United Way of the Florida Keys and Florida International University.

Francis is an attorney at Vernis & Bowling, practicing general and municipal law. He's lived in Key Largo since 2012 and holds a bachelor's in economics, as well as a juris doctor from the University of Florida. Both new members said they are excited about Rotary and looking forward to the numerous service programs the group coordinates.

Art gallery honors Stoner

Lobster Trap Art bids a fond farewell to a valued member of its team.

The art gallery and gift shop in Islamorada recently recognized the departing Melissa Stoner as employee of the month and celebrated the contributions she has made to the company, states a press release from the gallery. Today is Stoner's last day at the shop, where the owners and staff said they wish her all the best in her new adventures.

Mariners receives National Excellence Award

Mariners Hospital has been selected as Fire Starter of the Month by Studer Group, an international outcomes-based health care consulting firm that works with hundreds of hospitals and healthcare organizations to improve clinical, service and operational outcomes, states a hospital press release. The award recognizes the hospital's dedication to providing excellent health care.

"Mariners Hospital and all our employees are committed to providing patients with the safest, highest quality, most appropriate care possible," said Rick Freeburg, Mariners Hospital CEO.

In addition to recent high-tech equipment upgrades, Mariners has received patient satisfaction accolades and in recent months has been ranked first in the nation by VHA, a national health care network, for the hospital's quality performance.

"The Fire Starter award reflects the passion and commitment of every hospital employee to create and maintain a culture of excellence," Freeburg said. "To receive the Fire Starter Award is truly an honor. This recognition is a tremendous tribute to Mariners Hospital's dedication to providing the highest quality healthcare and service to Upper Keys residents."