• October 17, 2019

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GOOD NEWS: Certification

Medical Center Health System’s Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program achieved its certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. To earn reaccreditation, the hospital’s program has to complete an application process that requires extensive documentation of practices. As the only peer review accreditation process, the AACVPR program certification is designed to review individual programs for adherence to the highest standards of guidelines developed and published by a group of professional societies in the field. The certification is valid for three years. AACVPR-certified programs are leaders in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available and have proven track records of high quality patient care.

GOOD NEWS: MCH receives performance achievement award

Medical Center Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR (National Cardiovascular Data Registry) Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2019.

GOOD NEWS: Lobo in lava land

ALPINE Sul Ross State University fine arts graduate student Alice Leese was picked for the National Park Arts Foundation Artist in Residency program in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park this summer. The program places artists in national parks, monuments, and historical sites throughout the country for a month of on-site immersion and artistic representation.

GOOD NEWS: Fair Creative Arts Results

Ceramics, decorative painting: Sheryl Jones, 1 (2), 2 (5), 3 (5), theme, CC, JC.


>> Textiles: Amanda Webster, 1 (2); Andrea Green, 3; Becky Tucker, 1 (2); Beverly Johnson, 1; Brenda Caskey, 1 (4), best in division; Carol Finkle, 1 (2), Carol Finkle, 3 (2); Carole Steinke, 1 (2), best in division, judge’s choice; Christine Applegate, 1 (2), judge’s choice, chairman’s choice; Cindy Thornhill, 1 (2), 2; Deanna Foresyth, 1 (8), best in division (3); Elizabeth Somers, 1 (4), best in division; Esther Sofge, 2; Jae Lynne Whitaker, 1; Jamie Hamilton, 1; Jan Davis, 1 (2), best in division; Jennifer Rogers, 2; Judy Calloway, 2, 3; Judy Rusert, 1; Judy Rusert, 1 (2), best in division, chairman’s choice; Kathy Hassell, 1 (3), best in division (2); Kathy Hassell, 3; Kelly Schroeder, 1; Leanna Dalager, 1 (2), 2; Letha Hopper, 1; Linda Currey, 1, theme award; Lynn Bondurant, 1, 2; Lynn Miller, 2; Mel Sims, 1; Michaela Rusert, 1, judge’s choice; Nathalie Neill, 1 (5), 2, judge’s choice; Paige Wilkins, 2, 3 (2); Pat Skiba, 1 (3); Phyllis Price, 1 (10), 2, best in division, press award, theme award; Quilters Midland, 1; Regina Campbell, 1; Ruth Johnson, 1 (3), 2 (4); September Tull, 1, 2; Susie Grifford, 2, 3; Theresa Diaz, 1, 2 (2); Zuella Hagman, 1 (3), 2.

GOOD NEWS: Senior Living

A group of Parks Independent Living Residents recently enjoyed an evening at Rosa’s for Taco Tuesday. Each month the residents have a night out at Rosa’s dutch treat. Ladies pictured are, from left: Sara Carver, Pat Moore and Sandra Romine.

GOOD NEWS: Odessa Study Club

Odessa Study Club held its meeting on Sept.10 in the home of Phyllis George. The meeting was hosted by Phyllis George and Carolyn Tripp, both pictured. Renee Earls, president of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, presented a program about women in the workforce. She also discussed the programs and opportunities offered by the Chamber of Commerce.

GOOD NEWS: Leadership Odessa

The Leadership Odessa class of 2019-2020 recently participated in a retreat at Prude Ranch in Fort Davis. There were 53 participants that took part in a fun and exciting weekend full of ropes courses and team building exercises.

GOOD NEWS: Celebrating 40 years of teaching at Midland College

MIDLAND Midland College Accounting Professor Dale Westfall just celebrated 40 years of working full-time at Midland College.

GOOD NEWS: Donation

Grande Communications, the Texas-based broadband communications company, recently presented the West Texas Food Bank with a $2,700 check. This donation is part of Grande’s employee philanthropy club, Grande Cares, where employees seek to enhance the communities where they provide service and where they live, work and play. WTFB is the largest collaborative non-profit agency in the Permian Basin and proudly distributes food to children, families and seniors in 19 counties across 34,000 square miles. They work to continually improve the quantity, variety and nutritional quality of foods offered to agencies for distribution to low-income individuals and families in need. In addition to grants, Grande Cares drives much of Grande’s culture of giving through annual company-wide summer food drives and holiday outreach initiatives in each local market. Since the founding of the Club in 2000, they have awarded more than $3 million in grants, donated thousands of holiday gifts to those in need and collected tons of food for banks and pantries across Texas. Pictured are, from left: Paul Nunez (Grande Cares board member), Craig Stoker (WTFB director of communications), Missey Chavez (Grande Cares board member) and Kelley Carson (Grande communications director of field operations for Midland/Odessa).

GOOD NEWS: K-9 Donation

The Ector County Sheriff’s Office recently purchased K-9 “Sanuk Vom Friedewälder Schlos” (shortened it to “Sanuk”) with the generous donation from Chris and Karla Harris with Irishmen Energy & Investments. The Harris’ support is much appreciated. Pictured are, from left: Sheriff Mike Griffis, Lt. Rick Dickson, K-9 “Dexter” Karla and Chris Harris.

GOOD NEWS: Odessa Physicians assume TMA leadership positions

Three Odessa physicians will begin new terms in Texas Medical Association (TMA) leadership positions next week during the TMA Fall Conference.

GOOD NEWS: Food Drive
GOOD NEWS: Food Drive

The West Texas Food Bank was the recent recipient of a large food drive hosted by the employees of EOG Resources Inc. (EOG). Employees from EOG collected nonperishable food items during the drive and delivered them to the West Texas Food Bank. The food drive collected 8,760 pounds of food, and the funds raised will help provide around 144,000 meals. West Texas Food Bank Executive Director said, “The partnership with EOG has been mutually beneficial. We love how involved their employees get supporting the food bank, both through food drives, and coming out to volunteer! They have grown their food and fund drive every year, and it is crucial to supporting the mission of the West Texas Food Bank.” Area residents wanting to host a food drive are encouraged to call 580-6333 or visit wtxfoodbank.org.

GOOD NEWS: Check Passing

The American Legion Post 430 Commander Tony Morgan presents the Permian JROTC Battalion Commander Cadet/Lt. Col. Sebastian Garcia with a donation check. The donation will support JROTC activities such as military ball, awards ceremony and attending drill competitions.

GOOD NEWS: Cadet Leadership Course

In June members of the Permian JROTC attended the Junior Cadet Leadership Course. The course included rappelling, balance climbing, water survival, armored vehicle simulation center, physical fitness test, land navigation simulation center, and marching competition. Throughout the course cadets were tested both physically and mentally, and were required to demonstrate their leadership ability when placed in a position of authority. Pictured are the cadets that successfully completed the course. Left to right Haven Mendes, Jocelyn Castro, Dylan Jones, Amber Gomez, Michael Vasquez, Lynelle Diswood, Daysha Lujan, Breanna Evans, Alex Urquidez, Nicole Miles, Joshua Brown and Keanu Atalig.

GOOD NEWS: Wayland Tournament
GOOD NEWS: Therapy Canine Support
GOOD NEWS: Presentation

U.S. Senator John Cornyn met with several Odessa police officers and presented Cpl. James Santana on Sept. 9 with a U.S. Flag that had been flown over the Texas State Capitol.

GOOD NEWS: In Appreciation
GOOD NEWS: Scholarships

Two Sul Ross State University students are the recipients of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International scholarships. Natalie Polacios, Midland, and Isaac Tovar, El Paso, were named this year’s scholarship recipients. The scholarships will be used to assist with student teaching expenses. Polacios, who comes from a family of teachers, will be teaching Early Childhood-Grade Sixth Core Subjects. Tovar, who has served as a volunteer coach at Alpine Middle School, will be teaching All-Level PE. “The purpose of this scholarship is to help Sul Ross student teachers with expenses either travelling to and from their assigned school, or for items they want to purchase for their classrooms,” Sara Herman, president of the Iowa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Beta, said. “We are delighted to help both Natalie and Isaac achieve their goals of becoming educators,” she said. Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is an organization of women educators around the world. The organization was established in 1929 at the Faculty Women’s Club of the University of Texas at Austin.

GOOD NEWS: Former coach honored at dedication

Former Van Horn head boys basketball coach and Sul Ross Ex John Curry was honored during dedication ceremonies Aug. 15 at the new high school gym at VHHS.

GOOD NEWS: Former coach honored at dedication

ALPINE Another former Sul Ross State University student was honored recently in Van Horn.

GOOD NEWS: Senior Advantage

Great Q&A discussion at the Odessa Regional Medical Center’s monthly senior advantage luncheon on Aug. 20. Members were provided with valuable information from Dr. Luv Singh, one of the newest orthopedic physicians at ORMC. For more information on ORMC’s Senior Advantage program, call 582-8796 or visit dessaregionalmedicalcenter.org.

GOOD NEWS: Odessa Pride Star Winners
GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross faculty conduct annual Peer Review

ALPINE Sul Ross State University faculty members met Aug. 1 for the annual Peer Review at the Pete P. Gallego Center.


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