Kudos! – December 7, 2012

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CenturyLink recognizes teachers with cash prizes

CenturyLink is sponsoring a “Leadership in Education” program by recognizing teachers. Each month, one teacher will be recognized as an outstanding Colorado educator and will win $1,000 for their school plus a chance to win $4,000 if they are chosen as the Grand Prize recipient. Teachers will be chosen monthly from December through April. Anyone can nominate — must be age 13 and older and teachers cannot nominate themselves. The award can go to a current or former teacher. The teacher program is new this year. The next deadline is Jan. 1 for a winner chosen Jan. 26. For a nomination forms and details go to: www.nba.com/nuggets/centurylink-leadership-education.

Home Health Partners recognized as top performing agency

Home Health Partners Inc. has been named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. The 2012 HomeCare Elite is co-sponsored by National Research Corp., also known as OCS HomeCare, and DecisionHealth, the publisher of the industry’s independent newsletter Home Health Line.

Now in its seventh year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement and financial performance.

Diane Pearman, administrator of Home Health Partners credits the agency’s focus on creating a culture of patient satisfaction. “Customer satisfaction, in any business, is the true measure of success,” she said. “In health care, patient satisfaction cannot be achieved without employing caring and compassionate staff.”

Small businesses helped by Rotary relief checks

The Pikes Peak Area Rotary Clubs handed out the final round of $2,000 checks in November to small businesses affected by the Waldo Canyon fire. With a $10,000 donation from Colorado Springs State Bank and an additional $4,400 presented by Douglas F. Adams, executive director of the Pikes Peak Regional Development Corp., the Rotary Clubs delivered checks to 21 small businesses.

In November, they went to Peak Grill, Rockrimmon Children’s Station, Mollica’s Italian Market and Deli, Timber Lodge Cabins and Miramont Castle. Eight Colorado Springs-area Rotary clubs banded together to collect donations through the Pikes Peak Area Rotary Endowment fund. They wanted the money specifically to help small businesses. With the help of SCORE volunteers, the businesses were vetted to ensure they were healthy before the fire and would be helped by the donations.