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Business Briefs for March 28

March 28, 2011
Marshall Independent

Pediatrician to join Avera Medical Group Marshall

The Avera Medical Group in Marshall is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. James Hanna, pediatrician. He has more than 25 years of experience, including general pediatrics in a clinical setting, hospital medicine, emergency room experience and research. He also completed a fellowship in pediatric nephrology (diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease in children.)

Hanna is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics with a sub-board in pediatric nephrology. He has most recently practiced as a general pediatrician in Junction City, Kan., where he was named top pediatrician in that city by the International Association of Pediatrics, Leading Physicians of the World.

"Taking care of children is my passion as well as my business," he said. "I enjoy keeping them healthy and providing the support families need to the best of my ability - I know that most important person in the world to a parent is their child who they entrust to my care whether the problem is simple or complex. In particular, I enjoy watching them go through developmental stages as they mature. Each child does it a little differently and it is a particularly exciting time for families."

"We look forward to Dr. Hanna joining us this summer," said Mary Maertens, CEO. "He is another excellent addition to our growing Avera Medical Group. Pediatrics is an important specialty to offer the region."

The Avera Medical Group is a network of employed physicians working in their own practice, but having the resources of a health care system. Hanna is the 19th member in the Avera Medical Group Marshall. Avera Marshall also employs specialists in General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Emergency Medicine, Ophthalmology, Optometry, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine and Hospital Medicine.

Hanna will begin with the Avera Medical Group in June. His office will be located on the Avera Marshall campus.

He is married with one son.

Scherr honored on retirement from North Star

Matt Scherr of Marshall recently retired from North Star Mutual Insurance, Cottonwood. He had the position of maintenance specialist for the Corporate Services Department.

He was honored March 16 at the Home Office in Cottonwood after completing more than 14 years of service.

Andrews among State Auto's PaceSetters'

Kevin Andrews of Midwest United Insurance in Marshall recently became a member of the PaceSetter agents, a group with the State Auto independent agents.

"The goal of our year-long PaceSetter program is to form a sales/marketing partnership with each agent to improve service to all our customers," Chairman/CEO Robert Restrep said. "This group is truly our 'cream of the crop' and we're proud to have members of Andrews' caliber in the group representing State Auto in Minnesota."

Minn. West instructor attends summit

Dave Matthews, Minnesota West Community and Technical College math instructor was invited by the U.S. Department of Education to attend the Community College Regional Summit March 23 at Ivy Tech Community College - North Meridian Center, in Indianapolis, Ind.

President Obama and Jill Biden convened the first national White House Summit on Community Colleges.

The Summit brought together 150 community college leaders, faculty and students, business leaders, philanthropic organizations, policy makers and other education and workforce development experts from across the nation to discuss barriers and solutions for community colleges to significantly increase the number of college graduates prepared for the 21st century workforce.

The White House Summit offered an opportunity to share strategies and recommendations for meeting the President's 2020 goal for the U.S. to once again to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.



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