The Bottom Line
Sunday, July 6, 2014

Officer recognized for service

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee recognized Lt. Jim Benkoczy for 20 years of service to the Key West Police Department. He presented him with a plaque in "grateful recognition of your 20 years of outstanding and dedicated service."

Benkoczy has served, during his tenure, on the dive team, the marine unit, a mounted patrol officer and hostage negotiator. He is the founding president of the Department's Love Fund, which provides support for officer and their families in times of need.

Benkoczy has been employed with the city for 24 years. He started in 1999 in Code Enforcement, then became a full time officer in 1994.

Mariners Hospital elects leaders

The Medical Staff of Mariners Hospital has selected its slate of leaders for the next two years. Emergency physician Kenneth Ahonen, M.D., will serve as president; and family practitioner Brian Magrane, M.D., will fill the seat of vice president.

Internist Joanne Mahoney, M.D., remains as section-of-medicine chief; and general surgeon Alan Netzman, D.O., remains as section-of-surgery chief. Radiologist Ashley Smith, M.D., was elected member-at-large. Neurologist Elisa Brown-Soltero, M.D., will serve as past president.

The new officers serve as the Medical Executive Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the organized medical staff of almost 128 physicians at Mariners Hospital as well as the overall quality of care provided to patients and patient safety.

Care Center receives national recognition

The Mariners Hospital Diabetes Care Center has been awarded continued recognition status from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for its diabetes self-management education program. This is a recertification of the program, which is required every four years. The program was originally recognized in August 2008.

Certification acknowledges that ADA believes the Mariners program offers high-quality education, essential to effective diabetes treatment. It also acknowledges that the Diabetes Care Center has a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management for participants.

The center is located in Suite 206 of the Tassell Medical Arts Building on the hospital's campus at 91550 Overseas Highway in Tavernier. Patients must be referred by a physician. For information about the center, call 305-434-3036.

KEYS remains at head of the class

Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently received the Tom Sawyer 5-Star Award from the Key West Chamber of Commerce in recognition of its educational outreach efforts over the past year.

KEYS is one of only two Chamber members to have received this award, and the only member to have received it every year since its inception.