SIKESTON - For the second consecutive year, Medicine Shoppe International Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cardinal Heath, claimed top honors for overall customer satisfaction in the 2002 Wilson Rx Pharmacy Satisfaction Report. Medicine Shoppe store owner Ernie Moxey was recently presented with a replica of the Wilson Award for display at the Sikeston pharmacy.
The study, compiled each year by Wilson Health Information, America's leading pharmacy satisfaction research firm, also honored MSI with a Treatment Satisfaction Award in the arthritis category.
"Ernie Moxey's outstanding customer service is one of the reasons we were able to receive this prestigious award," said Mark Parrish, MSI president. "Owners like Ernie are the reason that Medicine Shoppe Pharmacies are rated number one for overall customers satisfaction."
Moxey's Medicine Shoppe is located at 613 S. Main St. in Sikeston.
SIKESTON - Bootheel Counseling Services has named Steve Hughes as the Employee of the Quarter.
Hughes was cited for his flexibility on the job and and his caring and positive attitude.
Bootheel Counseling Services' main office is at 760 Plantation Blvd. in Sikeston and there is a branch office at 25 N. Walnut St. in Dexter.
CHARLESTON - Corrections Records Officer Yolanda Hutcheson is the Department's Employee of the Month for November.
Hutcheson is assigned to the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston and has been employed with the department for a year. She resides in East Prairie.
As a records officer, accuracy and attention to details are essential skills necessary to ensure offenders serve the sentences pronounced by the courts. Hutcheson was recognized for these qualities and the professional manner in which she performs her routine duties and special assignments.
During basic training, Hutcheson would return to the institution in the evenings to ensure daily work assignments were kept current. Also she has been able to catch certain errors which prevented offenders from being released on the wrong day.
The maintenance of accurate records ensures that the public is safe and the credibility of the department is maintained, added a department spokesman.
CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Sikeston resident recently passed the Professional in Human Resources certification exam.
Robert Porter, who will graduate from Southeast Missouri State University in December, was one of four from SEMO to successfully complete the exam. PHR certification provides national recognition and an aid for career advancement. Beyond experience and education, the PHR designation certifies the person has mastered the human resource body of knowledge.
Examination items are developed to measure the requirements established by the profession which reflects the relevant body of knowledge required by the human resources profession. The examination is divided into six functional areas including management practices, selection and placements, compensation and benefits, training and development, employee and labor relations and health, safety and security.
SIKESTON - Hunter Acres Caring Center named the employee of the month for October and November.
Honored in October was Debbie Rhodes, RN, BSN. Rhodes acts as director of nursing for the facility, where she has worked since July 1999.
Called a key ingredient in giving continuous quality care to the residents, her fellow workers described her as kind, caring and always willing and ready to serve. "She is truly an asset to the facility," one added.
Rhodes lives in Sikeston with her husband, James. She has two sons, Lance and Luke, and a grandson, Dawson.
For the month of November, the honored employee was Chrisshonda McKinney, who works as a CMT. She has been employed by Hunter Acres since Aug. 27, 2001.
Described by her co-workers as hardworking and very good with the residents, McKinney was also praised for her caring personality.
CAPE GIRARDEAU - Melinda McCulley of Cape Girardeau is the new branch manager of American HomeCare Managements' Cape Girardeau office. The local branch office serves five counties including Bollinger, Cape, Perry, Scott and Stoddard.
American HomeCare Management provides a myriad of services to individuals in their homes including housework, meal preparation, shopping for groceries to picking up prescriptions. The Missouri Division of Senior Services may be able to help with the costs for the elderly or disabled.
McCulley stated she wanted the public to know "our services are available to all adults regardless of age. We're here to help if someone has an injury or illness such as a stroke or broken bone, we can be the extra hand they need. Our services are not limited to the elderly. Our employees can also clean homes and prepare meals on an hourly basis."
American HomeCare Management is located at 1707 N. Mt. Auburn in Cape Girardeau.
ESSEX - Ron Ledbetter, a district representative with Modern Woodmen of America, was Agent of the Month in the Missouri East Agency for October.
Ledbetter joined Modern Woodmen's Rainwater Agency, located in Farmington in June 1991. Modern Woodmen provides life insurance and annuity products to more than 760,000 members nationwide.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Goody's Chairman Bob Goodfriend spent the last 18 months traveling around the country to Goody's 328 stores seeking suggestions from customers.
The response was a request for more larger sizes.
"We had to take a hard look at our business, listen attentively to our shoppers and look at what the independent research was saying about American sizes," said Barbara Thoreson, vice president and divisional merchandise manager of dresses and specials sizes. "With shoppers overwhelmingly telling Bob they need large sizes and both the CDC and NIH reporting that more than half of all Americans are overweight, we know that to fully serve our shoppers we have to offer sizes that extend beyond traditional standards."
In the plus size area of the stores, company merchants added Extra Cool Juniors, a selection of plus sizes for the junior customers, and Extra Beautiful Petites, fashionable brands for shoppers seeking plus sizes in petite specifications. plus sizes for girls are located under the Extra Cool Girls moniker in the girls department with sizes now extending to 18 1/2. In addition the boys department has expanded its selection of "husky" sizes.
Select brands in the juniors department now offer sizes up to 17, as well as bottoms in tall lengths. Misses buyers have also added long length pants for taller shoppers. In addition the shoe department now offers wide width fashions and athletic shoes and the lingerie department now includes plus sized sleepwear, bras and panties. In accessories, belts and select fashion necklaces are available in longer lengths.
Goody's is located at 1209 S. Main St. in Sikeston.
DEXTER - County Wide Insurance has opened a new office on Business Highway 25 in Dexter.
BENTON - Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell recently announced three promotions within his office.
Lieutenant Brenda Schiwitz was promoted to captain and will be responsible for the operations and administration divisions of the sheriff's office. Schiwitz has been employed by the Sheriff's office since 1974, serving under former Sheriff John Dennis for two years and with Ferrell for 26 years. In addition to her daily duties, Schiwitz also serves as one of two DARE instructors with the Sheriff's office and is a specialist instructor for the Southeast Missouri Law Enforcement Academy.
Lieutenant James Chambers was promoted to captain and will be responsible for the operations and administration division of the new county jail facility. Chambers will also be in charge of the court officers and oversee the communication division. He has been employed with the Sheriff's office for 18 years.
Sergeant Jerry Bledsoe, who was promoted to lieutenant, will be responsible for supervision of the road deputies and criminal investigators as well as serve as evidence technician, reserve liaison officer and will continue to be involved in conducting criminal investigation. Employed with the Sheriff's office 21 years, including two years with the former sheriff, Bledsoe began his law enforcement career in the early 1970s as one of the first police cadets with the Sikeston Police Department.
"These promotions are well deserved and also necessary in order to prepare for the opening of the new Scott County jail," Ferrell said.
POPLAR BLUFF -- Textbooks and notepads are part of the regular-issue equipment for prison employees at the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston who are taking courses through Three Rivers Community College. The interactive television courses are part of a new degree program at the college -- an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Corrections.
The new technical degree program, open to the general student population, is designed to prepare individuals for careers in the correctional system and will be offered on campus as well as by interactive television at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center, the Bootheel Education Center in Malden,, the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center and the New Madrid Technical Skills Center. Courses cover such topics as incarceration, security and custody, legal issues, and classes such as English and math.
The arrangement between Three Rivers and the Southeast Correctional Center marks the first time in Missouri that college course work designed for corrections employees will be available on site at a prison. SECC, in operation for about a year, employs about 330. The facility expects eventually to have between 450 and 500 employees.
In addition to its new degree in corrections work, Three Rivers offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Police Science. Anyone wishing more information on either of the criminal justice degrees can call toll free 1-877-TRY- TRCC.
A full college course schedule can be viewed on TRCC's Web site, www.trcc.edu.
MINNEAPOLIS - U.S. Bank is taking its exclusive Checking That Pays program one step further and introducing the U.S. Bank Cash Rewards Visa Credit Card, which offers customers a cash rebate of up to 1 percent on purchases made with the card.
Since many people use their credit card for major purchases - such as furniture or travel - the rebate can add up quickly.
"Customers can earn rewards everyday when they use the U.S. Bank Cash Rewards Visa Credit Card," said Patricia Wesner, executive vice president of U.S. Bank Retail Payment Solutions. "The success of our other rewards program and Checking that Pays told us that customers would surely enjoy earning a rebate on purchases that they would traditionally make with a credit card. There are no points to trace and the rebate check is sent to the customer automatically, which makes participation easy."
Just like Checking that Pays, the U.S. Bank Cash Rewards Visa Credit Card rebate is tiered so customers earn a .25 percent rebate on the first $1,000 spent, .50 percent on the next $1,000, .75 percent on the next $1,000 and a full 1 percent on the balance.
In Sikeston, U.S. Bank is located at 104 E. Center St. and at 625 N. Main St.