Business roundup: S.A. Sloop receives several awards

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

S.A. Sloop Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., located at 705 W. Ryder Ave., Landis, received several awards March 21 during a ceremony in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Awards received by their company included the 2008 Volume Sales Leader and the 2008 Clean Effects Top Sales Award for that category of equipment, as well as an award for participation in the Trane Comfort Specialist Program.
The awards were for the Charlotte Trane district in which Sloop operates.
In addition, Sloop salesman Jimmie Johnson ranked second in the Charlotte/Greensboro sales district.
Stanley and Brenda Sloop are cofounders and owners of the company, which dates back to 1997.
S.A. Sloop is a Trane Comfort Specialist dealer, a distinction held by only a few Trane dealers nationwide. Services besides sales of equipment for both new construction and residential change-outs are 24-hour service, financing, indoor air quality solutions, and service of all brands of heating and air equipment.
Oden receives doctor of audiology degree
Lorin Oden graduated from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Ariz., on March 7.
Oden received her doctor of audiology (Au.D.) degree and was one of 194 graduates from ASHS at its annual March commencement.
Oden, of Salisbury, attended the University of Iowa and Denver University before enrolling at ASHS. She is the daughter of Richard and Joan Star of Bluffton, S.C., and is married to Mark Oden.
The couple have two children, Ross and Brad, who both attend East Rowan High School.
Dr. Oden will continue to provide services at Audiology & Hearing Services of Carolina ENT Specialists in Concord, where she has been employed for the past 20 years.
The Arizona School of Health Sciences offers doctoral and master of science degrees in a range of health-care disciplines. The school’s interdisciplinary emphasis is based on a philosophy of wholeness and treatment of the body, mind and spirit.
Sloop wins Carolina Farm Credit contest
Carolina Farm Credit has announced that Phillip Sloop of Mount Ulla is a winner in the company’s cap contest.
The cap contest is a quarterly drawing awarding four people for wearing a Carolina Farm Credit hat.
An employee or director spots individuals wearing a Carolina Farm Credit cap and obtains their names and addresses to enter them in the drawing.
The four quarterly winners each receive $50.
Carolina Farm Credit, headquartered in Statesville and with an office in Salisbury, covers 54 counties. It is a customer-owned cooperative making loans for land, homes and living.
Other services available through the association are financial planning, life insurance, multi-peril crop insurance, crop hail insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs, refinancing and online access for members.
Carolina Farm Credit announces earnings
Carolina Farm Credit announced net earnings of almost $24 million in 2008.
Unlike other lenders, Carolina Farm Credit provides patronage funds, a form of profit-sharing, to its members-borrowers.
The rural lending cooperative expects to distribute 2008 patronage of $19 million, which represents 20 percent of the interest earned by borrowers.
Checks will be sent to member-borrowers throughout April.
“All of this is very good news for our members, especially in these tough economic times,” said Carolina Farm Credit Chief Executive Officer Mike Morton.
Net earnings for 2008 were down 9 percent, compared to 2007. Last year, about $22 million in patronage was distributed to member-borrowers.
Carolina Farm Credit has more than 8,700 members, $1.4 billion in assets and $112 million in capital and allocated accounts. Since 1988, the association has returned more than $304 million in patronage to its borrowers.
Nationwide, the Farm Credit System is a network of rural lenders providing loans to farmers, ranchers, agricultural businesses and rural homeowners.
Adams wins Farm Credit service award
Kelly Adams, an accountant for Carolina Farm Credit in Statesville, recently won the Farm Credit Council’s 2008 Phelps-Martin Award for Community Service.
Adams was recognized for her support and involvement in March of Dimes. She has been a March of Dimes supporter since 2002 through Carolina Farm Credit’s corporate team at the annual “March for Babies” events.
Kelly and her husband, Tony, had twin boys in 2005. The boys, Andy and Will, did not survive because of health complications associated with their premature birth.
The couple formed a March for Babies family team ó Team Andy & Will ó in 2007.
With the support of coworkers and the Carolina Farm Credit Board of Directors, Team Andy & Will raised more than $6,000 in 2008.
Kelly Adams received the Phelps-Martin Award for Community Service from the Farm Credit Council at a luncheon during the 26th annual meeting in San Diego Jan. 28.
NorthEast expands pastoral care
The Pastoral Care Department at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast has announced the expansion of the department to include a Clinical Pastoral Education Residency Program.
This program will place five full-time ministers who are enrolled in the residency program in the medical center, providing pastoral care and on-call assistance to patients and staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Mark Nantz, CMC-NorthEast president, said, “As our community and patient census continue to grow, we want to ensure CMC-NorthEast is providing appropriate support to meet the spiritual needs of our patients and our staff. This program allows our medical center to add additional trained clergy to accomplish this goal.”
A significant endowment gift has been given to the NorthEast Foundation to support the residency program by Phyllis C. Coltrane in memory of her late husband L.D. Coltrane III.
Coltrane, known to friends as “Bub” Coltrane, was a former chairman of the board of Cabarrus Memorial Hospital (now CMC-NorthEast) and a founding member of the NorthEast Foundation board of directors.
“My husband was intent on helping make life better for others,” Phyllis Coltrane said. “I know he would have been supportive of the many ways in which the work of these residents will touch the lives of those they serve. I also feel their experience here will positively impact their career as ministers.”
The Pastoral Care Program began in 1979 as a request from the Cabarrus County Ministerial Association that a full-time chaplain be employed to develop programs providing emotional support and spiritual care to the patients, their families and staff at Cabarrus Memorial Hospital.
Back then, 110 churches came together and raised the salary for the initial three-year pilot program which named Tony Biles as the first chaplain. The medical center assumed financial responsibility for the program in January 1984 with charitable gifts from churches continuing to supplement the program.
Biles, who has continued to direct the Pastoral Care Program, said, “The establishment of this program and the Coltrane gift to support the program long-term comes at a critical time in the life of our department. As the medical center has grown through the years and developed into a Level II Trauma Center, we have seen a sharp rise in the acuity of our patients. With the increased acuity and volumes, there is a much greater need for emotional and spiritual support.Lake Norman Regional gets new scanner
Lake Norman Regional Medical Center has acquired a 64-slice LightSpeed VCT computed tomography (CT) imaging system that provides highly detailed images of the human body.
According to Sheri Corso, director of imaging services, Lake Norman Regional is one of the first medical facilities in the Mooresville/Lake Norman area to offer patients this state-of-the-art, innovative technology.
The LightSpeed VCT CT scanner, manufactured by GE Healthcare, provides doctors with high resolution images in a fraction of the time previously required, allowing them to more accurately diagnose a wider variety of patient conditions.
“Our 64-slice LightSpeed VCT system gives us the ability to apply CT imaging to a wider set of clinical applications, said Ken Oltremari, CT supervisor. “It also reduces the radiation dose a patient experiences.”
Originally developed in the 1970s, CT or “CAT” scans combine the power of X-ray technology and computers, allowing physicians the ability to view thin cross-sections of the internal anatomy without the need for exploratory surgery.
CT exams are used when people are ill or injured, or when a physician suspects a medical problem that is not easily detectable from a conventional physical examination. The LightSpeed VCT CT system non-invasively assists physicians in the diagnosis of a variety of anatomical areas, such as the spine, head, abdomen and chest, including detailed imaging of the heart.
For more information about 64-slice CT services at Lake Norman Regional, call the Imaging Services Scheduling department at 704-660-4920.
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