Success & Service: Memorial nurse recognized for excellence

local@modbee.comSeptember 7, 2013 

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Katherine Madsen, a nurse at Memorial Medical Center, was among the nurses honored at the Nursing Excellence Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 23.

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— Katherine Madsen, a registered nurse at Memorial Medical Center, won the clinical care award for the California region during the Nursing Excellence Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 23.

She was among the six finalists in the clinical care inpatient category and one of 30 nurses honored during the event.

Memorial nurses have been finalists 11 out of the past 12 years, with six regional winners, including the past three years.

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Lisa Riggs, director of the associate degree nursing program, and Anne Shanto, performing arts costume specialist, were presented with the 2013 Purdy Awards for excellence in education by Modesto Junior College during the Fall Institute Day on Aug. 23. The Purdy Award, created and funded through an endowment established by the Raymond and Carolyn Purdy Estate, recognizes distinguished performance and excellence in teaching and service at MJC.

The winners each receive a $1,000 award, which they designate to the college program or project of their choice.

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Community Hospice has been reaccredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program Inc., the leading accrediting agency nationally for hospice and home health organizations.

The accreditation demonstrates that Community Hospice meets the industry's highest nationally recognized standards. Rigorous evaluation by CHAP focuses on structure and function, quality of care, human and financial resources and long-term viability.

Since 1979, Community Hospice, a community-based, nonprofit organization, has provided comfort and care for terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay.

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Teacher Vicki Harmon from Keyes Charter School visited Brazil in June 2013 as a participant in the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program's International Field Experience, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She was one of 80 teachers selected to participate in a field experience in one of seven countries worldwide. The program enables secondary school teachers to advance their schools' global education practices, teaching and learning in their classrooms.

The teachers will reconvene in October 2013 in Washington, D.C., to share their experiences and to discuss best practices for internationalizing U.S. schools.

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The California Portuguese Bloodless Bullfight Organization and the Carlos Vieira Foundation held a bloodless bullfight fund-raiser for autism and cancer in Stevenson last month, raising $30,000. The proceeds will be split evenly between Children's Hospital Central California's cancer department and the Carlos Vieira Foundation to help families with autism.

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Acura of Modesto received a Council of Excellence award for 2012 from Acura Financial Services. If marked the fifth time the dealership has earned the award, with previous honors coming in 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2008. The award is given to the top 15 percent of Acura dealerships nationwide. Greg Lanker has owned Acura of Modesto for 15 years.

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