---- — Palen, Prestige Midwest recognized
OTTUMWA — Melissa Palen of Ottumwa, a sales associate/representative with Coldwell Banker Prestige Midwest Realtors in Ottumwa, has earned membership in the company’s International Diamond Society.
This is a level achieved by only the top 9 percent of all sales associates/representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system. Palen has been with the company for two years.
Meanwhile, the Ottumwa office of Coldwell Banker Prestige Midwest Realtors has been named a Coldwell Banker Premier Office, the highest honor given to Coldwell Banker offices.
Coldwell Banker Prestige Midwest Realtors is ranked No. 16 out of 808 offices of similar size throughout North America in the small office category.
Paris resigns as hospital CEO
ALBIA — Monroe County Hospital CEO Greg Paris has submitted his resignation following 19 years of service.
The Monroe County Hospital Board of Trustees recently accepted Paris’ resignation.
“It is with a heavy heart that I accepted the resignation,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Marilee Scieszinski. “Greg is my friend, my mentor and an exemplary CEO. His work as a problem-solver and someone who truly cares about people made our successes a team effort.”
Paris has accepted a leadership position with Studer Group, which serves as a consultant to Monroe County Hospital. At Studer Group he will share his knowledge and experience on a national level as a consultant, working to improve the performance and access to quality care and services provided by rural hospitals. His last day will be May 15.
Former Mercy Medical Center administrator Sara Drobnich, who helped develop Mercy Health Network Central Iowa and managed a number of community hospitals, will serve as interim CEO beginning May 18.
‘Smart Investing’ series ends April 30
OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Public Library will complete its “Smart investing at Your Library” program promoting investor education at 5:30 p.m. April 30 with a presentation by John H. Spitzer entitled “Managing Your Wealth.” This presentation is open to all in the community.
The presentation will provide a general framework for understanding how to create and manage wealth during your career, and outlines the most important concepts of asset allocation, the ability and need to take risk, liquidity, tax sheltering, costs and the need to outpace inflation.
Lewitke joins Oskaloosa animal clinic (with mugshot)
OSKALOOSA — Shawna Lewitke has joined the Animal Health Center of Oskaloosa as a pet groomer.
Lewitke, originally from Knoxville, studied grooming at the Academy of Dog Grooming Arts in Arlington Heights, Ill.
“It is always gratifying to add another member to our staff, especially when it is for a service as high in demand as grooming,” said owner Matthew C. Garver, D.V.M.
Chamber coffee talk set for Friday
OTTUMWA — Elliott Oil Company, 207 W. Second St., will host an Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce Coffee Talk from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Friday.
Gayla Harrison will be speaking about the upcoming Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which will held on May 11.
Coffee Talk is a Chamber-sponsored event open to the public and intended to promote business and provide an opportunity for people to meet.
The Chamber Ambassadors are scheduling these monthly Coffee Talks. If you would like to host one, call Jodi German at 684-4611.
Guild to serve as Hy-Vee dietitian (with mugshot)
OTTUMWA — Hy-Vee Food has announced that Debbie Guild will be the in-store dietitian at all three Ottumwa locations.
Guild, RD, LD, CDE, received her bachelor’s degree in both dietetics and nutrition fitness and health from Purdue University in 2000. After Purdue, Guild completed her dietetic internship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. After her internship, Guild worked as a clinical dietitian at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for over nine years. In 2003 after assisting a colleague, she recognized her passion for diabetes education. Debbie is currently a Certified Diabetes Educator. After her University of Iowa experience, she was a dietitian with women, infants and children (WIC) in northeast Iowa.