Posted 1/21/2013 12:00 am
• St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock has received the American Nurses Credentialing Centers’ Magnet Recognition designation for its nursing leadership, clinical practice, innovations and patient outcomes. “It’s the definitive recognition of quality, patient care, nursing excellence and innovation,” said Peter Banko, president and CEO of St. Vincent Health System, at the announcement for the designation. “And we’re the first and only one to achieve it [in Arkansas.] So it’s a big day for us.” Only 395 hospitals in the world have the designation, Banko said.
• Martin Henry of Desha County, Blake Goodman of Corning and Tim Sisk of Wynne have been named winners in the Arkansas Soybean Association’s 2012 Go for the Green Soybean Yield Challenge. At the association’s annual meeting on Jan. 29, Henry will receive a $10,000 prize in the early season production system division for his yield of 94.901 bushels per acre. Goodman will receive a similar award in the full season division with a yield of 89.586 bushels per acre. Sisk will receive $7,500 in the double crop division for his yield of 78.593 bushels per acre.
• The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce has earned the Business Pacesetter award from the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for its commitment to pre-kindergarten education. The Arkansas Campaign for Grade Level Reading is a collaborative effort of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families. In October, the Conway Area Chamber announced a $50,000 annual commitment, from Toad Suck Daze festival proceeds, to the Lifelong Learners nonprofit organization’s efforts to develop a pre-K program focused on kindergarten readiness, parental involvement and quality instruction.