Nine companies and organizations have been nominated for the 16th Annual Prism Awards, a local initiative to honor excellence.
The nominees are:
The Acute Rehab Unit
Opened in 2003, the Acute Rehab Unit at St. Charles Mercy Hospital provides comprehensive rehabilitation services for patients who have suffered strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputation or trauma. Patients must be able to tolerate three hours of therapy at least five days a week. The goal is to return the patient to the home. The unit is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and has a patient-family satisfaction rate of 4.8 on a 5.0 scale.
BP-Husky Refining, LLC
BP-Husky continues to improve its safety and environmental results with 2008 being a fantastic year for both. During the summer of 2008 the BP-Husky Refinery went through one of the largest maintenance turnarounds in plant history and did it without losing a man-hour of work from safety related incidents. The performance of the workforce at the BP-Husky Refinery around the issue of safety is what caused the Oregon Economic Development Foundation to nominate BP-Husky Refining as a company of general excellence in the area of safety.
Color Guard and Rifle Squad
This 30-member Color Guard and Rifle Squad from Christ Dunberger Post #537 in Oregon performs at many community events including Memorial Day and Veterans Day services. The Color Guard also provides support services for the families of fellow veterans by performing memorial funeral services throughout Lucas County.
Members have served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War.
Food for Thought
Food For Thought is a mobile food pantry that passes out about 400 lunches in less than 30 minutes to the hungry in downtown Toledo on Saturday mornings. The group also operates a grocery-like pantry where needy families can choose their food and clothing. More than 700 families are served on a regular basis at the pantry located at New Harvest Church in Oregon.
This year, Don Schiewer, the director, will start a community garden on five acres in Oregon.
More than 130 volunteers contribute time each week.
Orchard Villa provides long-term nursing home care and short term rehab services to area residents. Rey Nevarez, administrator, lists a number of little touches that make both residents and family feel comfortable in their new home. These include free haircuts when patients arrive, free monthly massages, wireless Internet, blanket warmers and direct phone lines.
In 2008, Orchard Villa participated in the bi-annual Family Satisfaction Survey conducted by the Ohio Department of Aging. Overall, 94 .7 percent of families were satisfied with level of care ranking the Oregon facility above the state average.
Founded in 1976 by Dr. Riaz Chaudhary, Oregon Clinic’s five full-time physicians specialize in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. All five certified physicians teach internal medicine in the Mercy Health Care System and, since 1997, all have been training residents to become physicians at the Navarre Ave. clinic. Each year, seven or eight of these physicians go on to become specialists.
Last year, the clinic introduced electronic medical records allowing physicians to review patient records promptly and print out appropriate informational sheets on cutting-edge treatments for the patients specific condition.
Maumee Bay General Store
On July 3, 1994, Joe and Jennifer Kiss opened the Maumee Bay General Store to serve the residents of Jerusalem Township and the travelers of Route 2. The success of the Maumee Bay General Store has grown into two other businesses at the site including a Subway restaurant and Joe's Pizza & Kitchen. The Kiss family attributes their success to providing good old fashion customer service and always trying to do their best for the community they serve.
Penta Career Center
As career-technical education becomes increasingly critical to the success of our local and national economy, Penta Career Center is poised to meet the region’s needs. This year, Penta County Career Center opened its new facility in Perrysburg Township. The school serves 16 school districts and the new facility consists of over 520,000 square feet of the latest technology. Penta Career Center also partners with business and industry to provide career and technical classes and programs for adults.
Founded in 1978, this Ottawa County provider of training and employment services for adults with mental retardation and developmental disabilities employs 215. The mission has been expanded to offer quality of life services such as adult day services and homemaker/personal care services in peoples’ homes to the same population it serves with its workshop services.
This approach improves the quality and consistency of home-based services because Riverview knows the histories and likes and dislikes of the people it serves with its training and workshop programs.
The Prism Awards were presented for the first time in 1994 to foster cooperation among the communities bordered by East Toledo, Oregon, Oak Harbor and Gibsonburg. Awards are given in various categories including general excellence, community improvement and best practice. This year, a Person of the Year Award will be given. In addition, area companies who have been in business for more than 100 years will be recognized.
This year’s award is designed by Toledo glass artist Shawn Messenger.
Last year's winners were: Island Variety, East Toledo; To the Point Medical Clinic, Oregon; Owens Community College Center for Emergency Preparedness; St. Charles Mercy Hospital; Mann Technologies and The Alzheimer Day Care Center.
The nominees will be honored at the annual banquet to be held Wednesday, March 11, 6:00 pm at Sunrise Park & Banquet Center, Woodville Road in Millbury. RSVP to 419-693-5580.
Plugs & freebies
Miller’s NewMarket and Genoa Mini Mart have joined forces to offer customers a new program called Gas Cash. Here’s how the program works. Customers pick up a card and earn discounts for gas when they purchase specially marked items within the grocery store. You can receive the discount for up to 15 gallons at each fill-up. Just scan the card at the pump and the price automatically changes to reflect your per gallon discount. The card is reloadable.
The right thing
St. Charles Mercy Hospital Foundation will host its Getaway Raffle March 21. First prize is a $6,000 AAA Travel Voucher, second prize a $4,000 travel voucher and third prize a $2,000 travel voucher. Only 400 $100 tickets will be sold.
Proceeds go to helping the foundation purchase equipment for the hospital. Call 419-696-7245.
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