Partnership honors Six Disciplines

Six Disciplines NWO, which helps companies by aligning employee activities with company goals, has received recognition at the “silver level” from the Partnership for Excellence, Ohio, West Virginia and Indiana’s Performance Excellence Program. Based on the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, award candidates submitted a 50-page application focusing on leadership, strategic planning, customers, measurement, workforce, operations and results. Thirteen performance excellence examiners reviewed Six Disciplines’ application. A panel of judges reviewed the examiners’ findings and then recommended the award level, which was approved by the Partnership for Excellence board. Six Disciplines NWO and four other award recipients will be recognized in September by Gov. John Kasich at the Partnership for Excellence’s Quest for Success conference in Columbus.
Dentists Nancy Dysinger, Kimberli Best and Emily Heintzelman received continuing education credits at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. The conference was attended by more than 1,600 dental professionals.
GROB Systems, Bluffton, donated $1,000 to Pandora-Gilboa High School’s engineering program to buy supplies and materials. The partnership also enables the engineering students to tap the expertise of a local manufacturer that uses the concepts students learn in the classroom.
Tim Bracy, a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial, has qualified to attend the Peak Performers Conference as a “sierra level” qualifier. Out of about 2,300 Thrivent Financial representatives nationwide, 640 qualified for the honor. Bracy will be recognized at Thrivent’s annual conference in Chicago. He has been with Thrivent for 18 years.
Michael Needler Jr., chief executive officer of Findlay-based Fresh Encounter, was among over 200 grocery retailers, wholesalers, and food industry executives who met in Washington with U.S. representatives and their staffs about health care, tax reform, chain restaurant menu labeling, and data security.
Renee Vanaman, a registered nurse in the Cancer and Infusion Center, received the 2014 Mary Jane Smith Nursing Excellence Award from ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. Vanaman joined the hospital three years ago, and has more than 38 years as a registered nurse. This year, she implemented a call-back form to ask patients how they feel after first receiving chemotherapy. She also helped develop new followup processes for new cancer patients in an effort to improve service. She is a graduate of North Baltimore High School and St. Vincent’s School of Nursing, Toledo.
The Echocardiography Laboratory at Blanchard Valley Hospital has been reaccredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories. The hospital’s lab performs echocardiograms, a non-invasive test that detects and manages heart disease. This accreditation recognizes labs that provide a high level of patient care and quality testing when diagnosing heart disease. To receive the accreditation, Blanchard Valley Hospital underwent an application process and a detailed review of its echocardiography operations. The accreditation is valid for three years.
Ballreich Bros. of Tiffin has been named “outstanding business of the year” by the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. The award is presented to a business that demonstrates leadership, community involvement, and support of area charities and nonprofit organizations. The family-owned business has been manufacturing snack products for more than 94 years.
The Music Teachers National Association honored Marlene Rayl of Findlay as a 50-year member at the association’s national conference in Chicago. Rayl, a nationally certified teacher of music, is a graduate of the University of Findlay and has been teaching piano for more than 60 years. She retired as an organist at First Christian Church after 35 years. Rayl is president of the local Ohio Music Teachers Association chapter.
The Ohio Pharmacists Association presented the Beal Award to Randall Myers of Carey, to recognize his contributions to the pharmacy profession. The award was presented at the association’s annual conference in Columbus. It is given annually to honor a pharmacist who has made continued, outstanding contributions to the advancement of the pharmacy profession. Myers owns Harry’s Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy in Carey. He serves on the board of directors of Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Pharmacists Mutual Insurance, and American Pharmacy Services Corp. He also is president of the Ohio Pharmacists Foundation.



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