Ephraim McDowell President/CEO speaks at national conference

Vicki A. Darnell, president and CEO of Ephraim McDowell Health, was a featured speaker at the 2012 American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) national conference in Boston. Darnell addressed the health care executives on the importance of succession planning at the March 23 gathering.

Darnell was recognized for her vision on succession planning, following the publication of her white paper by B.E. Smith, a national executive health care leadership firm. Darnell’s speech focused on the critical strategy of growing internal talent. She reinforced the importance of succession planning throughout all levels of organizational management, explaining how the process works at Ephraim McDowell Health, pointing out benefits and methods to measure success.

“I was honored to have the opportunity to present at the AONE conference,” said Vicki A. Darnell. “This would not have been possible if not for the excellent board of directors at each of our two hospitals who recognize the value of developing internal talent.”

The mission of AONE is to shape health care through innovative and expert nursing leadership. The American Association of Nurse Executives, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association, has been providing leadership and professional development to advance nursing and patient care since 1967.

For more information, or to receive a copy of Darnell’s white paper, titled, “Growing tomorrow’s talent today: Succession planning, a critical strategy in health care,” please call (859) 239-3426.


Tim Chambers named Print Wear Manager

Tim Chambers has been named Print Wear Manager for Thoroughbred Threads in Danville, responsible for all screen printing operations for retail, custom and contract accounts.

Chambers has re-located to Danville from Louisiana and North Carolina, where he has 25 years experience in the textile industry. Working in various production and artistic capacities for KAT Sportswear, Coastal Artwear, Xpertees and A Shirt factory, he has worked with major national accounts such as DKNY, Armani, Champion Products, History Channel, Cartoon Network and The Lions Group (Barney and friends) and various special events around the country. He can be reached at tim@tthreads.com.

Thoroughbred Threads LLC, 219 W. Main St., is a provider of embroidered and screen printed apparel, work wear, school and team uniforms and promotional products to schools and corporate accounts with clients in several states.


Stuart Powell earns national award

Stuart Powell Ford-Lincoln is among an elite group of Ford and Lincoln dealerships to be recognized with the 2011 President’s Award by Ford Motor Company. The prestigious award honors dealerships that have excelled in automotive retailing in 2011, by providing exceptional customer service and satisfaction.

“Earning this award is a reflection of our entire staff’s commitment to delivering the best customer experience possible” says Stuart Powell Ford-Lincoln’s president, Stuart Powell. “We couldn’t be more proud to receive this recognition, especially since it comes from the people we value most — our customers. They’re the reason we were able to achieve this award.”

The President’s Award was established in 1998. Dealers become eligible through survey responses from customers related to their sales and service satisfaction. 

Stuart Powell Ford has been in business as a car dealership since 1960, and it was the first dealer to enroll with Ford Motor Credit. In 2001, Powell was awarded Time Magazine’s Quality Dealer Award for outstanding business achievement and community service. In 2008, Powell received Ford’s Salute to Dealers Award for outstanding dedication to the community.

“In order to achieve the President’s Award, dealers must exceed customer expectations every day in every department. The pursuit of excellence is not for the faint of heart — it requires passion, tenacity and, of course, hard work. This prestigious award salutes those top-performing Ford and Lincoln dealerships that embrace these philosophies, achieving among the highest levels of customer satisfaction — in both sales and service — in automotive retailing,” said Greg Wood, Cincinnati Region Sales Manager for Ford Motor Company.


Ephraim McDowell nurse earns certification