Kudos! – April 13, 2012

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Zentz presented with 2012 Athena Award

Renee Zentz was presented with the 2012 ATHENA Award this month at the 19th Annual Women in Business Conference and Athena luncheon sponsored by The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC.

“Renee pursues advancement and betterment of the Colorado Springs community with a heart to put community and others above self,” said Emily Fowler, who presented the award on behalf of her mother Cindy Fowler, a 2010 Athena winner who died earlier this year. “During times of both prosperity and difficulty, Renee has maintained a financially strong organization as the CEO of the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association. As the former general manager of the Norris Penrose Event Center, Renee was instrumental in preserving the regional history of our western culture.”

The Athena Award program recognizes individuals for professional excellence, for providing valuable service to their community and for assisting women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills.

Select Specialty Hospital-Colorado Springs wins national recognition

Select Specialty Hospital-Colorado Springs is one of 14 national winners of Select Medical’s Hospital of Excellence Award, which was presented in March in Washington, D.C.

“This award affirms the passion and dedication that our employees and physicians bring to the hospital every day,” said James Elton, CEO of Select Specialty Hospital-Colorado Springs. “An award such as this sends a very strong message to our patients, their families and all of the medical professionals we work with that we deliver excellence.”

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital earns certification

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital earns certification for Disease-Specific Care in stroke rehabilitation.

The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval was awarded to the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Colorado Springs for its compliance with the organization’s national standards for health care quality and safety for stroke rehabilitation.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Colorado Springs has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients that suffered from a stroke,” said Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “

Studies indicate that 60 percent of stroke survivors can benefit from comprehensive rehabilitation. Eighty percent of patients receiving this level of therapy return to their homes, work, schools or active retirement, according to the National Rehabilitation Caucus.

Platinum Group, REALTORS receives top awards

The Platinum Group REALTORS received three Real Estate Companies of the World Member Achievement Awards presented in March at the organization’s 2012 annual conference in Florida.

The Platinum Group received two 2011 Awards of Excellence, one for outgoing referral production for their company-size category, presented to the member firm assisting the highest volume of relocating clients per sales associate; and another for the highest incoming conversion rate successfully assisting those client referrals received from other affiliates. Platinum also received the 2011 Crown of Excellence Award recognizing the firm with the highest level of relocation performance overall within their company-size category.

Meadows Park Community Center has a bottom-up approach

Meadows Park Community Center program coordinator Brian Kates will be a featured speaker at the 2012 Transforming Local Government Conference, April 18-20, in Kansas City. When faced with possible closure due to budget cuts, Meadows Park Community Center revamped its business model. Meadows Park is expanding its service and reducing its dependence on tax dollars through partnerships with businesses, non-profits, churches, schools and individuals. More than 60 different partnerships have been created to keep the center thriving.

At the conference, Kates will present his bottom-up approach to attendees from around the country, and provide a fresh look at ways to transform how services are delivered in a community.