Business news, Oct. 4

Published 8:22 am Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital nurse recognized for extraordinary service

Bryanna Gannon

STANFORD — Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital (EMFLH) is pleased to recognize and honor one of its nurses for her extraordinary patient care. Bryanna Gannon, BSN, RN, a nurse in the Birthing Spa at EMFLH, was one of many nurses nominated for the DAISY Award. A resident of Lincoln County, Bryanna has been caring for patients at EMFLH for one year. 

 She was nominated by three different patients. One patient said, “The nurse was very exceptional. She went out of her way for my family. This nurse was very compassionate, sympathetic, and so helpful in many ways other than just medical needs. We had to wait for nothing and ask for nothing. The world needs more of her and definitely hospitals. This woman deserves the world, she is a fantastic woman.”

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Ephraim McDowell is proud to recognize nurses with the DAISY Award, a national program that honors the compassionate care and clinical excellence that nurses bring to their patients every day. Nomination forms for the DAISY Award are available at various locations throughout EMFLH and Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Rotary learns about BCTC plan for advanced manufacturing center


Danville Rotary

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Dr. Laurel Martin, Bluegrass Community and Technical College Danville Foundation executive director, left, and Dr. Erin Tipton, campus director for BCTC Danville, stand together at last week’s Danville Rotary event.

On Sept. 29, Dr. Erin Tipton, campus director of Danville’s Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), updated Rotary members on the campaign to fund and build a $4,845,000 advanced manufacturing center (AMC). Supporting Erin in this fundraising effort is Dr. Laurel Martin, the executive director of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College Foundation. Danville Rotary has made BCTC’s advanced manufacturing center its primary capital project for the next two years for a total of $20,000.

“The need to expand the college’s current three classrooms, which are used for both lecture and laboratory instruction, became apparent in a 2016 survey of the companies in our service area regarding their projected need of advanced manufacturing and related skills three to five years in the future,” Tipton said. “Our campus serves Boyle, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Marion, Mercer, Casey, Rockcastle and Washington counties. A projected shortfall of nearly 500 trained advanced manufacturing center graduates was identified in that survey.

“At the present time the campus capacity is 12 full-time AMC students, 14 electrical students and 12 industrial maintenance students per year. Meeting the need developed by the survey will require a minimum of doubling the current annual training capacity from 38 to 76.

“When completed the advanced manufacturing center will have a high bay, open-lab concept consistent with the manufacturing environment the graduates will experience when employed in the field. Four additional classrooms will surround the open lab for the provision of classroom instruction, student projects, meeting space and other related activities.

“Our campaign began with an application for $4,845,000 grant to Kentucky’s Work Ready Skills Initiative; our application included $650,000 of local donations to be applied to the total. The Boyle County Industrial Foundation led the list of local contributors, followed closely by the Boyle County Fiscal Court and the City of Danville. Many local companies and other area development organizations contributed in the initial campaign and some have continued to support our efforts.

“We were one of the 25 winners out of 40 applicants. The award was for $2,736,000. No applicant was awarded their full request. In each case, local sources are required to raise the remaining balance in private support. Since winning the Work Ready Skills grant, we have doubled our fund raising efforts. Right now, another $1.4 million is needed to start the project. The Bluegrass Community & Technical College Foundation is making up to a $650,000 contribution to make the shortfall more manageable. In addition, a “Name The Center” opportunity has been created for $1 million. If you are interested having your name on the state-of-the-art facility, call Erin or Laurel, they will be happy to help you achieve your goal. We are meeting with local industries on a daily basis and receiving amazing support. They are fully engaged and supportive. As of this moment we are looking at about a $550,000 shortfall.

“I want to thank all of you in the room for your support. Please continue to help us, because the sooner we raise the money, the sooner we can begin construction and the need is now. The graduates of this center will greatly help improve our local economy.”