June 21, 2014

Success & Service: Parent Resource Center honors volunteers

Success & Service recognizes groups and individuals who contribute to the community through volunteering or who receive legitimate honors and awards.

Physicians Bruce Blackhart and Albert Gelders of Oakdale Family Medicine received the platinum California Quality Improvement Recognition Award by Health Services Advisory Group of California Inc., the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for California. It is one of only 47 such awards conferred in the state.

The organization reviewed the performance of California physician providers participating in quality improvement efforts during the past year. The review encompassed four elements: quality measure excellence, effective use of health information technology, care management excellence and participation in data reporting quality initiatives. Based on specific criteria, physician practices received either a platinum or gold award.

Volunteers honored

The Parent Resource Center recognized three of its volunteers for their hours of service. Sharon Carvalho gave 282 hours of her time, while Dora Loredo volunteered 271.4 hours and Ellen Dunbar contributed 156 hours. In all, the agency’s volunteers worked 2,440 hours. The center also recognized Karen Doo as its volunteer angel of the year, an honor given in memory of center co-founder Lorraine Cunningham . Doo co-facilitates parenting basics classes. The nonprofit provides services at Fifth Street and in the airport neighborhood.

United Way gets grant

The United Way of Stanislaus County received $10,000 from the Lake Forest, Ill.-based Grainger Foundation to decrease Stanislaus County’s high-school dropout rate through the graduation coach program at Creekside Middle School. United Way Executive Director Francine DiCiano said these programs currently serve seventh- and eighth-grade students who are in need of additional support in order to be successful in school. These are students who are showing significant signs of academic improvement after a year of this program but who came in with low attendance, poor grades and no motivation.

Olsen honors Manteca businesses

Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen , R-Riverbank, honored Manteca Grocery Outlet and its owners, Steve and Debbee Tarr , as the Small Business of the Year for the 12th Assembly District at a special ceremony in Sacramento. Olsen also honored Phil Waterford ’s Manteca Ford Mercury similarly in a ceremony in Manteca.

The Small Business of the Year award is given annually in each Assembly and Senate district across the state to honor remarkable small businesses in California that are improving the economy and making a difference in their communities.

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