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Business Roundup: Gentiva collecting food for local pantries

Staff members from the Gentiva Home Health Concord/Kannapolis and Salisbury offices will be blanketing Cabarrus and Rowan counties throughout August, distributing food collection bags and gathering donations for Cooperative Christian Ministries and Rowan Helping Ministries as part of the company’s 11th Annual Food Drive.

As part of the Kindred at Home family of home healthcare, employees at the Kannapolis/Concord and Salisbury offices and their fellow employees around the country are placing the food collection bags at various health care facilities in their respective communities and will collect their “harvest” during the entire month of August. They are focused on beating last year’s tally, when the company’s food drive yielded more than 838,000 pounds of goods for donation to charitable organizations across the country.

“As active members of the community, we know that food banks, pantries and other charitable organizations continue to face increasing demands for assistance,” said Susan Wear, senior home health specialist. “We look forward to working with many area health organizations, and we encourage local health care providers to contact us for more information on how they and their employees can participate in this community effort.”


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Federal criminal defense attorney joins Kluttz Reamer

Andrew “Drew” Cochran, who has a combined nine years of experience as a prosecutor in the state courts of Forsyth County and the federal court for the Middle District of North Carolina, and district courts, has joined the Salisbury law firm of Kluttz, Reamer, Hayes, Adkins, & Carter, L.L.P.

He will concentrate his practice on federal and state court criminal defense and will be accepting felony, misdemeanor and traffic cases in Rowan and surrounding counties. The law firm believes that Cochran’s experience in federal criminal trials allows it to help satisfy a largely unmet need in Rowan County.

Cochran is a 2006 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and a 2002 magna cum laude graduate of Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich., with degrees in history and Spanish. Cochran is married with two children and previously served as head junior varsity baseball coach at RJ Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem.

He was employed by the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office for five years and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina for four years. At the D.A.’s Office, Cochran served as a Superior Court assistant district attorney for the Violent Crimes Division and the General Felony Division.  As a special assistant United States attorney, Cochran was responsible for prosecuting gun and drug crimes coming out of Forsyth County. He also wrote briefs and argued to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and will be doing federal criminal appeals for Kluttz Reamer.

Randy Reamer, senior partner at Kluttz Reamer, said that Cochran’s practice areas, especially federal criminal defense, bring the law firm additional expertise to help clients locally. Previously, many people seeking legal assistance in federal criminal cases had to look outside the county as there were few attorneys here accepting federal criminal cases.

Kluttz Reamer’s areas of practice include Personal Injury and Wrongful death,  Estate and Trust Planning and Administration; Civil Litigation, State Criminal Defense, Federal Criminal Defense, Bankruptcy, Business Law, and Collections.


CMC-Northeast named among ‘great community hospitals’

CONCORD — Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast has been named one of the “100 Great Community Hospitals” in the United States by Becker’s Hospital Review.

CMC-NorthEast was one of three North Carolina hospitals to make the list.

“Earning an honor like this requires the dedication of every single person in this hospital,” says Phyllis Wingate, president of CMC-Northeast. “Our team here is regularly recognized for providing quality care, as we strive to offer the best care to our families, friends, and neighbors. I couldn’t be prouder of our team for achieving this honor.”

This is one of several accolades CMC-NorthEast has won recently. In its 2014-15 rankings, U.S. News & World Report named the hospital the No. 8 hospital in North Carolina and the No. 2 hospital in the Charlotte metropolitan area. In 2015, Healthgrades recognized CMC-NorthEast with the Patient Safety Excellence Award and specialty excellence awards in stroke care, pulmonary care and neurosciences.

The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on various rankings and awards, including those from iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades and CareChex.


Bellissima bridal salon wins awards

Bellissima, a couture bridal salon located in Downtown Salisbury,  has been awarded “Couples Choice Award 2015” by WeddingWire. Additionally, Bellissima has won “Best of Weddings” from The Knot which provides a guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. Only six bridal salons throughout North Carolina were given this award.

Bellissima has also been named a “Blue Ribbon Vendor” by Southern Weddings. Southern Weddings Magazine is the South’s premier publication for the modern bride. Bellissima is one of only two salons in North Carolina listed as a Blue Ribbon Vendor. Bellissima has been featured in Carolina Bride, Carolina Weddings Magazine and Southern Weddings.

“By providing an unmatched level of service and selection, Bellissima is the experience that every bride deserves.  I wanted to bring brides in North Carolina a shopping experience like no other,” said Bellissima owner Monica Cameron. “Your anticipation builds as you enter the charming downtown of Salisbury, and peaks when you walk in to our luxurious designer boutique! We have welcomed brides from all over North Carolina as well as other states.

For more information, call 704-754-5330, email: info@bellissimaofsalisbury or visit the website: www.bellissimaofsalisbury.com


Rowan Real Estate Investors group meets Tuesday

The Rowan Real Estate Investors and Associates will meet on Tuesday, July 28. Guest speaker Todd Long will present a general market update on the current real estate market.

The group has moved the location of the meeting to Ryan’s Steakhouse on Jake Alexander Boulevard. The meeting starts at 7 p.m., but members are welcome to arrive early and have dinner with other investors.

The purpose of the group is to provide information regarding real estate investing in Rowan County. By meeting regularly, its members hope to exchange ideas regarding how to buy, sell, rent and rehab properties. At times, a speaker will present information valuable to investors as well as homeowners or prospective homeowners.

For more information, call 704-762-1117.

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