Young pharmacist of year honored
MT. PLEASANT ó James Bowman, clinical pharmacist for Moose Pharmacy of Mt. Pleasant, received the “Distinguished Young Pharmacist for 2009” award from the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.
“James’ recognition is well deserved,” said Whit Moose Jr., president of Moose Pharmacy. “He’s an outstanding pharmacist and a role model for young pharmacists everywhere.”
The North Carolina Association of Pharmacists presents the award annually to the pharmacist who has graduated no more than 10 years ago and has been active in local, state or national pharmacy organizations.
Bowman is a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy and a clinical instructor of pharmacy at the Wingate University School of Pharmacy. He is a member of the board of directors of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists and served as the chair of the Community Care Practice Forum. He is involved with the American Pharmacists Association, National Association of Community Pharmacists and American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
“It’s an honor to receive this recognition,” Bowman said. “I’ve always placed a high value on remaining active in a variety of pharmacy organizations.”
Moose Pharmacy operates in Mt. Pleasant, Concord, Midland and Salisbury.
Carillon celebrating 10th year
Carillon Assisted Living of Salisbury is celebrating its 10th anniversary Thursday, Nov. 19, with a gathering from 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at 1915 Mooresville Rd.
There will be five rooms of entertainment along with food, wine bar and guest speakers. Joe Ponds, Frances McGill and musicians from the Catawba music department will provide entertainment. Guest speakers include representatives from the WNC Alzheimer’s Association and family members of former residents who are no longer with us.
Miller Davis 3rd in Web design
Miller Davis Inc. of Salisbury ranks third among Web design companies in the Charlotte Business Journal’s Book of Lists for 2009. The ranking is based on the number of Web sites designed locally in 2008. Miller Davis designed 356 Web sites in 2008.
This is Miller Davis’ second Top 10 ranking by The Business Journal this year. In April, the company ranked eighth among top advertising and marketing agencies, based on local capitalized billings.
The Book of Lists for Web design companies, described by the Business Journal as an essential tool for doing business in the Charlotte region, was published in the Nov. 6 issue and is available on CD.
The Business Journal’s ranking was compiled from surveys in Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lancaster (S.C.), Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York (S.C.).
VA leadership program grads
The W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center had a number of employees graduate from the Department of Veterans Affairs Leadership Development Institute in Roanoke, Va.
Graduates are: Sabrina Adkins, associate chief nurse of primary care; Aleashia Brandon, supervisory recreation therapist; Joan Buckler, physical therapist; Adina Martin, customer service manager; Brett Norem, pharmacist; Christopher Watson, clinical psychologist; and Debra Madison, veterans canteen service.
The ceremony was held at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center on Nov. 9.
Participants were among 32 selected for the program.
Sharon Baldwin, lead coordinator for the program, said, “The LDI Program is a rigorous 10-month course sponsored by VA. The course is designed to enhance the leadership development of mid-level managers who have displayed high-potential for future growth. The curriculum includes lessons on strategic leadership, change theory, performance management, ethics and effective labor relations.”
“Fifty percent of all government workers and 70 percent of managers will be eligible to retire in the next five years. This human capital challenge to VA not only offers opportunity for significant hiring, it also requires a major investment in training to help our people reach their full potential. Programs such as LDI allow us to invest in our best and brightest in an effort to build tomorrow’s leadership today,” said Daniel F. Hoffmann, director of the VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network, which is responsible for all VA medical sites of care in North Carolina, Virginia and a portion of West Virginia.
Veterans, military personnel eat free Monday at Golden Corral
Golden Corral restaurants nationwide are hosting the company’s ninth annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The free dinner, the company says, is a special “thank you tribute” to any person who has ever served in the United States Military.Veterans those currently serving on active duty and members of the National Guard or Reserves are eligible for the meal.
No identification is required. Relatives of the veterans and services members pay regular prices.
“Our corporation is very proud of the men and women who are serving and who have served and we are honored to offer this special night to congratulate them in person,” the company says on its Web site.
The nearest Golden Corral restaurants are at 1540 U.S. 29 N., Concord; 1507 Cotton Grove Road, Lexington; 120 Gallery Center Drive, Mooresville; 195 Turnersburg Highway, Statesville; and 180 Hanes Mall Circle, Winston-Salem.
Log on to www.goldencorral.com/military for more details.
Eco Carolinas ‘Partner Level’ status goes to Embassy Suites
CONCORD ó The Embassy Suites Charlotte/Concord Golf Resort and Spa has earned Eco Carolinas Certification “Partner Level” status for their Resort and Spa facility.
The hotel has already established several waste reduction and recycling initiatives for the Eco Carolinas Certification process.
The Eco Carolinas Certification comes from processes focused on recycling, waste reduction, office/building environmental awareness and business-to-business practices. The Certification is based on the principles of the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the EPA and Energy Star.
Global Contact Services vice president has part in IT book
Bob Dunmire, Global Contact Services’ vice president of technology, has contributed a chapter in the recently published book, “Cutting IT Costs: Leading CTOs and CIOs on Establishing Spending Priorities, Researching Cost-Saving Technologies, and Involving the Customer in IT Solutions.”
GCS, based in Salisbury, provides integrated customer care solutions and business process outsourcing for many industries, including insurance, banking, financial, telecommunications and fulfillment.
The chapter was written by Bob Dunmire and is entitled, “Reducing IT Costs with Teamwork.” In it, Dunmire gives examples of how GCS uses teamwork to increase efficiency. “Most IT people work as ‘lone wolves,’ ” he says. “They are not used to approaching work from a business standpoint, but there is a big picture behind everything they are asked to do. We push people to open lines of communication with others and to take feedback from peers.
“With IT people, work is much more personal. If you make a mistake in many other jobs, it’s something noticed by your boss or associate. If you make a mistake in IT, it is known by everybody. Our GCS programming is used by thousands. You always have an audience.”
Toy retailer focused on games that teach as holidays approach
Glenda Dyson, game buyer for Just The Thing on Main Street, looks for games that teach or reinforce specific skills and have a high perceived value because the act of play can be such an effective learning tool.
“People sometimes think an educational game might be too serious, but I can assure you the games we have in our store are far from that. With the right game, you can have fun, laugh, challenge your brain and learn all at the same time no matter what age you are,” Dyson said.
Game designer Dan Levy, owner of Funstreet, Inc., received such compelling requests from Dyson and other retailers for a new educational game this season, that he developed a board game that draws heavily on players’ visual perception and problem-solving skills. He agreed to make ‘Simpatico’ available to Just The Thing and a small number of specialty stores for the 2009 holidays.
Camp Bow Wow open for pets
CONCORD ó Camp Bow Wow Concord offers a place for dogs to stay and play. The 8,000-square-foot camp accommodates day care and boarding dogs, and all overnight campers participate in the daycare program.
Located on Derita Road, Camp Bow Wow has four large indoor/outdoor play yards and Live Camper Cams. Anybody with Internet access can tune into the day’s activities. Certified Camp Counselors monitor play yard activity and administer medication and camp food free of charge.
In addition to caring for their furry clients, camp owner Cassie Scofield and her team of counselors stay busy with fundraising. Camp Bow Wow Concord and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Control are hosting a Pet Food Drive this week. Anyone who brings an unopened bag of dog or cat food to camp will receive a free day of daycare.
On Dec. 5, Camp Bow Wow is planning an additional fundraiser for the Humane Society. Santa Claws will visit camp from 7 a.m.ńnoon, and for a $5 donation, parents can take home their pup’s photo with Santa Claws. Camp will be open until 7 p.m, for daycare and boarding (Camp Bow Wow is open 365 days a year for drop-off and pick-up, but normally hours are shortened on weekends and holidays).
All campers must pass a free interview and trial day before participating in daycare or boarding. Pups must be at least 4 months old, spayed or neutered and current on rabies and distemper vaccinations. The Bordetella (canine cough) vaccine must have been given in the last six months. Call 704-260-0055 for more information.
Chest pain centers accredited
Carolinas HealthCare System now has nine accredited chest pain centers in its regional hospital network, which can help improve cardiac care.
The newly accredited facilities include Kings Mountain Hospital, Cleveland Regional Medical Center, CMC-Lincoln and CMC-NorthEast. Also, Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte was re-accredited. Other CHS hospitals with prior accreditations include CMC-Mercy, CMC-Pineville, CMC-Union and CMC-University. All of the designations are awarded by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, a national accrediting organization that promotes best practices in emergency cardiac care.
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