Business Briefs

Olson honored for real estate transactions

Kyle Olson, Franchisee with EXIT Realty Frontier in Fort Dodge was recently honored with the Bronze Award by EXIT Realty Corp. International. The award was given in recognition of closing 25-plus real estate transaction sides during the production year July 1, 2017 to June 30, ...

O’Leary to serve in new role at Friendship Haven

Kiley O’Leary, registered nurse, is the new residential nurse for River Ridge neighborhood and Second Family at Friendship Haven. In her new role, O’Leary will work in conjunction with Shanda Birkett, managing care, communicating with providers and develop services to keep residents as ...

Blomker named development coordinator at Friendship Haven

Jenna Blomker recently became the Staff Development Coordinator of the Simpson Health Center at Friendship Haven. Blomker is responsible for orienting and educating new direct care team members, completing ongoing skill revalidation for existing staff, as well as various quality assurance ...

Lane earns service professional award

Marlys Lane, Friendship Haven’s director of dinning services was awarded the Support and Service Professional of the Year by LeadingAge Iowa. This award was given to Lane because of her commitment to excellence, superior care to her staff and residents and creating processes that are not only ...

Foreman brothers will provide eye care

Paul Foreman, O.D., from Naperville, Illinois has returned to Fort Dodge to join his brother, Jeffrey Foreman, O.D., 1511 First Ave S. Paul Foreman graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High in 1977. He attended Iowa Central Community College, Buena Vista University, and the University of ...

Grantham accepts new position at Friendship Haven

As the new clinical coordinator of Arbor Lane in the Simpson Health Center at Friendship Haven, Melissa Grantham is excited to take on her new role. Her duties include overseeing household operations, promoting clinical and quality excellence to enhance the resident’s wellbeing and ...

Lentsch earns AFIS certification

Tim Lentsch, of Farm Bureau Financial Services, has been certified as an Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist. This insurance certification recognizes proficiency in the fundamentals of agribusiness, farm risk management and insurance. “The AFIS certification helps us show our ...

Ricklefs accepts a new role to support UnityPoint

Jodi Ricklefs has accepted the position of director of rural health clinic compliance and optimization. In her new role, Ricklefs will support UnityPoint Clinic rural clinic locations and programming. Ricklefs will ensure UnityPoint Clinic is continually improving care for our rural ...

Mettler joins Gunderson

Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services welcomes Mark Mettler to their staff as a funeral director intern. Mark has moved to the area from Cedar Rapids, where he grew up. Mettler is a graduate of Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids. He went on to obtain his business administration ...

Julie Thorson earns national award

Julie Thorson, president and CEO of Friendship Haven, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2018 Dr. Herbert Shore Mentor of the Year Award by LeadingAge. This national, prestigious award was recently presented to Julie at the LeadingAge Fall Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...

Donovan Day receives ACRA designation

Donovan Day, an account executive for Kingsgate Insurance in Fort Dodge, was recently awarded the Accredited Cyber Risk Advisor designation by the Beyond Insurance Global Network. The ACRA is a unique type of insurance agent who understands today’s broad range of cyber exposures, ...

Liz Flattery earns new certification

Liz Flattery, Friendship Haven director of wellness, recently became a certified fitness professional with the Aquatic Exercise Association. Obtaining AEA certification is considered the highest level of achievement for those leading aquatic group fitness and personal training. Both ...

Hubbell and O’Hern speak at international convention

Janet Hubbell, of Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, and Cheryl O’Hern, of Spin Markket, were recently asked to speak at the 2018 NFDA International Convention and Expo held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The program was based on a recent marketing program they provided that ...

Good Samaritan Society — Manson named high performer

MANSON — Good Samaritan Society — Manson has been identified as among the best nursing homes by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News uses data from the Five-Star Quality Rating System created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for its rating. U.S. News bases its ...

Anderson joins Wolfe Eye Clinic

LAKE CITY — Stewart Memorial Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Wolfe Eye Clinic’s Dr. Steven O. Anderson to its staff. Anderson will provide cataract evaluation and treatment, including surgery, glaucoma evaluation and treatment and treatment of other ocular disorders. He ...

McClintock joins Carroll office of Ameriprise Financial

Kaden McClintock has joined the Carroll office of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. as a financial advisor. He is joining the office of Don Pick, Ascendant Wealth Management Group, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Their office is located at 514 N ...

Mulholland to Johnson Law Firm

Connor N. Mulholland has joined the law firm of Johnson, Kramer, Mulholland, Cochrane & Cochrane, P.L.C., as an associate attorney. Connor is a 2010 graduate of St. Edmond High School. He is also a 2014 graduate of the University of Kansas where he received his bachelor of science ...

O’Hern named president of dental board

Cheryl O’Hern with Spin Markket has been appointed as president of the Dental Connection Advisor Board. Dental Connection is a non-profit networking organization comprised of advisors providing resources and services to dental professionals across Iowa. The Dental Connection Board ...

Trinity medical center welcomes Dr. Vinil Bhuma

UnityPointHealth — Trinity Regional Medical Center is proud to welcome Dr. Vinil Bhuma to our team of experienced and dedicated hospitalists. Bhuma received his medical degree from the NTR University of Health Sciences. He completed his residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham. ...

UnityPoint welcomes Dr. Nicholas Olson

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Cancer Center is proud to welcome Dr. Nicholas Olson to our team of experienced and dedicated providers. Olson received his Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in ...