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Rowan roundup: Hospital names nurse of the year

Sandi Surratt, a nurse at Rowan Regional Medical Center’s Women’s and Children Center, is the 2008 recipient of the Tammy Bernhardt Nurse Excellence Award.
Surratt accepted the award at a Nurses Week ceremony Wednesday.
She has been a nurse with Rowan Regional for 33 years. She was nominated by her peers for the award named for Tammy Bernhardt, a former nurse at the medical center’s Coronary Care Unit and a past winner of the Nursing Excellence Award. She died of cancer in 1998.
Other nominees for the award were Amanda Griffin, Kay Meilinger, Nadine Potts, Joy Blakeney and Suzie Dinse.
Surratt, a Salisbury native, was one of the “100 Great Registered Nurses” in 2007 picked by the Great 100 RN Excellence Program in North Carolina.
A nursing graduate from UNC-Charlotte (bachelor’s degree) and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (associate’s degree), Surratt started as a staff nurse in Women’s Health. She is now a women’s health educator, responsible for staff development and patient and community education.
Rehab director
Dr. Christopher Nagy with Salisbury Orthopaedic Associates has recently been named director of rehabilitative and orthopedic services for Autumn Care of Salisbury.
Nagy will consult on all rehab and orthopedic care issues in the facility and be available to treat residents on an as-needed basis. He will also assist in the development of regulations and policies as they pertain to clinical issues.
“We are very fortunate to have the leadership of Dr. Nagy and Salisbury Orthopaedic Associates to guide us as we unveil our new short term rehabilitation facility,” said Glenn Terry, the facility’s administrator, in a release.
F&M Bank rating
F&M Bank has obtained an “Outstanding” Community Reinvestment Act rating from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
The rating is the highest grade awarded by the FDIC, which rates banks based on its lending practices and responsiveness to community development needs.
“Reinvesting in our communities is the lifeblood of our success,” according to Bob Honeycutt, executive vice president and CRA officer. “We are very proud to be part of the communities we serve and are excited to again, receive the Outstanding Rating.”
During the examination period, F&M expanded into Cabarrus County and now has 11 full service branches. In addition to the retail branches, F&M was credited for making significant investments in the downtown and surrounding areas and making qualified donations supporting local affordable housing, family services, financial literacy and economic development.
Employees also were honored for their community development activities, which include serving in a financial capacity on numerous boards and committees of organizations that provide services to low- and moderate-income families and promote economic development.
Plumber franchise
KANNAPOLIS ó Brian Whitaker has converted his plumbing business into a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing franchise.
“I am excited to join Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. The company offers a great opportunity to reach the next level of success in my established business,” Whitaker said.
Franchised under Clockwork Home Services, Inc., Benjamin Franklin Plumbing provides contractors with management consulting services, increased purchasing power, training for technicians and support staff and the benefits of a national brand.
Tab Hunter, president of Franchise Operations for Clockwork Home Services, said the company looks for potential franchisees who want to reach new levels of success.
For more information about Benjamin Franklin Plumbing services in the Kannapolis area, contact Whitaker at 704- 933-4258.
Nursing home week
SPENCER ó Magnolia Gardens Extended Care Facility will be celebrating National Nursing Home Week May 11-17.
This is an opportunity for nursing homes to salute residents and their families. In honor of the residents in Spencer, Magnolia Gardens will hold a Mother’s Day social Sunday and have a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday.
Other activities include a sock hop, luau, south of the border fiesta, an evening of elegance and fine dining and a Western-style cookout with cloggers on Friday.
Trinity Oaks open houseTrinity Oaks, a Lutheran Retirement Community, will host Trinity Oaks Confidential on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at 728 Klumac Road.
The Rev. Ron and Char Molrine will join Mary and Pat Fahey to talk with those attending about the decision making process in searching for a retirement community. Considerations such as costs, services offered, proximity to family and amenities available will be discussed, with a question and answer session to follow. Several cottages at Trinity Oaks will also be open for tours. For more information, call Linda Agner, 704-633-1002, ext.225.
Leadership Rowan
The deadline for applications for Leadership Rowan is May 15 at the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce.
This will be the 17th consecutive year for Leadership Rowan, which is designed to help developing leaders and enhance existing leaders. The 2008-2009 program begins Aug. 8-10 with a retreat at The Catholic Conference Center in Hickory.
For more information, call 704-633-4221.
Ice Shack opening
Beth Perneszi has opened The Ice Shack at 3477 U.S. 601 South in Concord.
The Ice Shack has 28 flavors, including two that are sugar free.
All ices are dairy free, cholesterol free, fat free and low in calories.
The store is on the corner of U.S. 601 South and N.C. 49 in the Southgate Commons Shopping Center.

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