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June 17, 2013

BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL: Training, new hires, anniversaries make up this week’s column

JACKSONVILLE — Alto resident completes training in Washington D.C.

Georgia Shaw of Alto completed her certification as a Texas representative for the Small Farmers Agricultural Leadership Training Institute sponsored by Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.   

The graduation ceremony took place in April in Washington D.C. at the State Capital. Guest Speaker included the Honorable Kathleen A. Merrigan, deputy secretary of the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

Shaw was one of 30 producers/representatives from Mississippi, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee and Delaware selected to participate in this inaugural class. She is a former president of the Alto Chamber of Commerce and is currently a member of Texas Small Farmers and Ranchers and a board member of the East Texas Goat Ranchers Association. She holds a master's degree in public administration.

With a recommendation from the county extension agent from Prairie View A&M University,  Shaw participated in this 18-month training project that guided small, limited-resource and minority farmers and ranchers through the process of becoming more competitive agricultural entrepreneurs.

The overriding goal of the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Training Institute is to promote the sustainability of small family farms through enhanced business management skills and leadership development.

Stevenson named business development specialist at Gardendale Rehab and Nursing Center

Susie Stevenson has been named the new business development specialist at Gardendale Rehab and Nursing, a 120-bed long-term care center offering skilled nursing and in- and out-patient rehabilitation services. In this role, Stevenson will engage other healthcare entities along with professionals and community members to promote the center’s services.

Working with the public has been part of Stevenson’s earlier career. Previously, she served in an area assisted-living facility as the assistant administrator and assisted with inside marketing efforts. She has also had sales experience in the retail industry.

“I am excited to serve the community as business development specialist and educate them about the great care and rehab offered at Gardendale Rehab and Nursing Center,” Stevenson said.

Gardendale Rehab and Nursing Center provides long-term care, rehabilitation services and respite care. These services not only serve to work toward improving the health of patients but provides peace of mind for family members.

Gardendale Rehab and Nursing Center, located at 1521 E. Rusk, is a 120-bed long-term care facility. The center provides person-centered care, offering skilled nursing, in- and outpatient therapy, short-term care, respite care, and special care services for those whose conditions need specialized attention. The center offers amenities such as beauty salon and barber shop; full activities program; and transportation services.    

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