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Business Briefs for Nov. 21

November 21, 2011
Marshall Independent

Schafer, Johnson complete courses

Bethany Schafer of Cottonwood recently completed requirements leading to the completion of the Program in General Insurance, which is an educational program that covers insurance principles, practices, and policies in depth.

Schafer began employment with North Star Mutual Insurance, Cottonwood, in November of 2007 and is a policy processing technician for the Personal Lines Underwriting Department at North Star.

Larry Johnson of Cottonwood recently completed requirements leading to the completion of the Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI) program. This program develops a solid foundation in a wide range of insurance products and services.

Johnson began employment with North Star Mutual Insurance of Cottonwood in June of 1995 and is a department manager for the Agency/Support Services Department at North Star.

Eickhoff Enterprises collecting toys, money for area children

Eickhoff Enterprises, Inc., Marshall, Bradley Trucking, Marshall and BlackJack Express in Wood Lake will accept donations of gifts/toys to be distributed to area children. Monetary donations will be collected from drivers/employees as well. Western Community Action is assisting in the effort. Toys/gifts will be collected until Dec. 13. Any questions, call Charisse Meyer at Eickhoff Enterprises at 507-537-0919.

Marshall Culver's Restaurant Honored for 'Stepping Up 2011'

Recently, Culver's of Marshall was recognized with the 2nd Place "Steppin Up 2011" award presented by Culver's Franchising System Inc. for Increasing the volume of sales as a percentage over last year.

Culver's Of Marshall's unyielding dedication to Increasing the volume of sales as a percentage over last year earned them this award, said A.J. Goldammer, owner of the Marshall Culver's. "We have always taken Culver's commitment to doing it right for each guest seriously and have been a great asset to our store. I am so proud of this accomplishment."

To present this award the Founder and C.E.O. of Culver's, Craig Culver, will presenting a check in the restaurant at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The restaurant opened in November 2006. In June of 2010 there was a change in ownership of the store. Since then the restaurant has received three similar recognitions in the contest put together by Culver's Franchising System Inc.

Avera Marshall Achieves 99.75 percent influenza vaccination rates for staff

Avera Marshall's employee flu vaccination campaign was held in October to immunize all staff and health care workers. As of Nov. 1, Avera Marshall Employees achieved a 99.75 percent vaccination rate for the 2011-12 year.

Medical evidence supports the fact that seasonal influenza vaccination of health care workers is an important way of preventing transmission of influenza to high-risk patients, residents and families. In addition, the influenza vaccine is effective in reducing infection which can result in death.

As a profession that relies on evidence to guide decisions and actions, Dr. Edward Wolske, medical director of Quality Assurance, said this was an important initiative. "Our staff are dedicated to always providing the best care possible and this is just one way Avera Marshall can demonstrate our priority of protecting the health of those in our care," he said.

Employee Health nurse Jo Coover says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) highly recommends every health care worker is immunized. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) recommend that all health care providers get vaccinated annually against influenza.

This year is a record for Avera Marshall, with 99.75 percent success of employee influenza vaccinations early in the season. Those workers include staff in the hospital, long-term care facility and home medical equipment.

Last spring, Avera Marshall received a blue ribbon award for the hospital and a red ribbon for the long term care facility for being one of 137 Minnesota facilities participating in the FluSafe program through the Minnesota Department of Health. The program aims to get 100 percent of all health care personnel at hospitals and nursing homes, except those with medical exemptions, vaccinated against influenza each season. A blue ribbon award is given to those achieving 90-100 percent, a red ribbon to those achieving 80-89 percent and white to those achieving 70-79 percent.



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