The Bottom Line
Sunday, April 20, 2014

Historical society elects board

The Key West Art and Historical Society's board of directors recently installed Shirrel Rhoades as the board's president. This is Rhoades' second time in the leadership position.

He will lead a board of 14 in continuing the society's mission of "preserving the culture of the Florida Keys through exhibiting and displaying regional art, architecture and history for the purpose of educating the community and visiting public."

Other officers on the KWAHS board are John Bollinger, first vice president; Frank Marshall, second vice president; Karen Schievelbein, treasurer; and Robert Weinbaum, secretary.

Board members include Cindy Emmet, Chuck Gilmore, Mark Hedden, George Korn, Terry Strickland, Pat Tierney, Craig Wanous and Sharon Wells, with John Jackson as a member of the Advisory Board.

The Key West Art and Historical Society oversees the Custom House, Fort East Martello and the Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters.

Mariners earns respiratory recognition

Mariners Hospital has received Quality Respiratory Care Recognition for 2014 from the American Association for Respiratory Care. This is the seventh consecutive year Mariners Hospital received the award, which recognizes outstanding respiratory care patients receive at the hospital.

Mariners is one of only 700 hospitals, or approximately 15 percent, in the United States, to receive this national award.

Mariners Respiratory Department handles both inpatient and outpatient care. In the hospital, respiratory therapists treat patients in the emergency room, intensive care unit and medical/surgical unit.

The therapists provide a wide range of breathing treatments and other services to people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis and lung cancer.

Utility board honors collections supervisor

The Utility Board of Keys Energy Services recently recognized employee Erica Zarate for a professional achievement.

Zarate is a collections supervisor in KEYS' Customer Services Department. She has been with the utility for nine years and was recognized for completing the meter apprenticeship.

The three-year apprenticeship encompassed a wide range of training, including circuit analysis, D/C motor and generator theory, and telemetering.

Zarate has been with KEYS for nine years.

McCarron completes continuing education

Key West dentist Julie McCarron recently attended the American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM) international conference on the "Frontiers of Oral Medicine" in Orlando.

It was the largest meeting of oral medicine practitioners on record and included academic partners from more than 40 countries.

An AAOM member since 2001, McCarron attended continuing education sessions by senior faculty from top oral medicine departments worldwide.

Kuruvilla joins Hawks Cay Resort

Karen Kuruvilla, a seasoned marketing professional in the hospitality industry, has been named marketing manager at Hawks Cay Resort.

In her position, Kuruvilla will develop and execute marketing initiatives for the 60-acre resort.

Kuruvilla most recently served as public relations consultant at Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort in Vietnam, and marketing communications executive at The St. Regis Singapore.

Kuruvilla has more than seven years experience in the hospitality industry at some of the most well-known hotel brands in the world, including the Atlantis Resort in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, and Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.