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Business notes for Jan. 4, 2012

Anniversary

    One of the Mother Lode’s largest apartment developments is celebrating 25 years in Tuolumne County this year.
    Quail Hollow Apartments opened on the east side of Sonora in 1986 and has since expanded to a total of 252 units, according to property co-owner Bruce Patrick.
    He said the apartment complex has a mixture of residents that range from students, retirees and young families and rental deposits are up 80 percent over last year.
    Patrick said the outlook on the local rental market has improved due to a slowly improving economy and the expansion of the nearby Avalon long term health care center.
    “We faced a lot of challenges over the years,” Patrick said. “We’re very content with where we are right now.”


Internet class

    California Connects will offer a free, basic Internet computer class from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 9 through 18, at the Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families (BMCYF) Resource Center, 364 Main St., West Point.
    The class will cover how to use Internet search engines, such as Google, how to set up and use e-mail, where to find free, public access computers and Internet service, and information on the availability of low cost computers and Internet service.
    The class will be taught by Lynn Reinecke, the Calaveras County trainer for California Connects, who will teach in both English and Spanish.
    For more information or to sign up for the class, call 293-4500, or go to www.caconnects.org.


Hospital awards

    Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital has announced the recipients of its annual Values in Action Awards for 2011.
    “Each person associated with the hospital works toward fulfilling our five values — dignity, collaboration, justice, excellence and stewardship,” said interim hospital President Patti Monczewski. “The Values in Action Awards pay tribute to Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital team members who are truly models of excellence.”

    Recipients of this year’s Values in Action Awards include:
    • Chaplain Michael Jordan for dignity
    • CT Technologist Isaac Watson for collaboration
    • “The Green Team,” an employee-driven recycling program, which includes Tom Bruntz, Sarah Haseleu, Ruth Huffman, Marta Johnson, J.R. Krieg, Jessica Oliveira, Karen Peterson, Nicki Stevens, Bill Wennhold and Dean White, for stewardship
    • Dr. Dean Kelaita, infection prevention medical director, for justice
    • The mammography technology team of Wanda Martin, Lisa Garcia,Tracey Logette, and Mindy Nash for excellence

    In addition to the five distinct value awards, an overall award acknowledges a person who embodies all five of the hospital’s core values. The 2011 Values in Action honoree is Maci Parmely, a registered nurse who promotes effective use of resources, builds teamwork, fosters an environment of hospitality and trust, promotes fairness and justice and implements the connections between personal goals and behaviors and the organization’s mission and values, a news release stated.
    “These employees reflect not only Mark Twain St. Joseph’s core values, but further demonstrate the importance of supporting one another as part of a vibrant health care team,” Monczewski added. “On behalf of the 300 employees of Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital, we offer our sincere appreciation to the honorees who make serving our health care mission together more joyous.”

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