Business Briefs for May 30

May 30, 2004

Ephraim McDowell nurse recognized

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center nurse Shelly Selby, R.N., M.S.N., C.C.R.N., received the President's Award when she graduated from the University of Kentucky on May 8 with a master's degree in nursing. The President's Award recognizes her exemplary performance in advance practice nursing.

Selby, who is certified in adult critical care nursing, is a clinical education facilitator at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and has been a registered nurse for 12 years. At the medical center, she is instrumental in helping to improve the care of congestive heart failure patients.

She received her associate degree in nursing in 1992 from Tennessee State University and her bachelor's degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University in 2001.


Selby is a member of the Bluegrass chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and also serves as the group's education chair. She also is a member of the Heart Failure Society of America and of Sigma Theta Tau, an international nursing honor society. She regularly speaks at local and regional meetings on the topic of heart disease. Most recently, she spoke at the Second Annual Comprehensive End of Life Care Conference in Lexington on "Management of End Stage Cardiac Disease."

"I am committed to improving the quality of life for heart failure patients," said Selby, whose work experience includes nine months working with a renowned heart failure specialist at the University of Kentucky.

Selby lives in Danville with her husband, Jeff, and their two daughters, Sarah, 3, and Mikayla, 8.

Fortney joins The Idea Farm

Jessica Fortney recently joined The Idea Farm, Inc. as an associate account executive.

Fortney will assist with all public relations, marketing and advertising efforts taken on by The Idea Farm. Fortney served as an intern with the agency this past fall.

A recent graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Fortney obtained a bachelor's degree in public relations. While at EKU, she was a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America. She is also an alumna of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

She is originally from Paducah and has recently relocated to Danville.

"Jessica brings a sound knowledge of public relations with a drive for success that will well serve our clients," said Ron Jackson, president of The Idea Farm.

The Idea Farm, Inc. is a full-service, international public relations, marketing and advertising agency based in Danville.

Northpoint employees recognized

Northpoint Training Center employees were recognized recently during a special ceremony as part of Kentucky Correctional Employees Week May 3-7.

The following staff members were presented awards.

Correctional officer Roger Allen of Liberty was named "Uniform Employee of the Year." Allen began his employment in 1996 as a correctional officer.

Classification and treatment officer Wanda Grider of Liberty was named "Non-Uniform Employee of the Year." Ms. Grider began her employment in1997 as a correctional officer and was promoted to her current post in 1998.

Branch manager Roger Vaughn of Burgin was named "Supervisor of the Year." Vaughn began his employment in 1984 as a carpenter senior. He was promoted to maintenance superintendent in 1993 and promoted to mechanical maintenance and operations manager in 1994.

Chaplain Don Shelley of Lebanon Junction was selected as "Volunteer of the Year." Shelley began volunteering in the religious program at Northpoint Training Center in 2002.

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