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Business news for March 31 | Business - Manhattan Mercury

Posted: 31 Mar 2019 05:00 AM PDT

Manhattan Surgical Hospital receives

five-star rating

Manhattan Surgical Hospital has received a "Five Star" facility designation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in its latest rankings.

The recognition puts Manhattan Surgical Hospital in the top 8 percent in the country for its overall hospital-level quality.

The overall rating from CMS provides consumers with a star rating generated by combining multiple dimensions of quality into a single summary score.

Star rankings are based on 62 quality measures across seven categories: effectiveness of care, efficient use of imaging, mortality, patient satisfaction, readmissions, safety and timeliness of care.

Only seven Kansas hospitals received five stars in the latest rankings.

Additionally, last fall, the U.S. News and World Report rated Manhattan Surgical Hospital as a "High Performing" hospital for total knee replacement. This designation indicates a hospital was significantly better than the national average in a given procedure or condition.


professor gets awards

Gloria Freeland received two first-place awards in the 2019 Kansas Professional Communicators contest: one for her personal column, "Kansas Snapshots" (, and one for her specialty article in history.

The contest covered entries published in 2018.

Her column entries included "The old table" and "All grown up."

The historical article was "Wolf House celebrates its sesquicentennial with 1880s talks and tours," published in the March 11, 2018, Manhattan Mercury. It was also published in the March 14, 2018, issue of the Riley Countian.

The awards were given at the March 23 KPC conference at the Gufler Mansion in Emporia.

Freeland is an assistant professor in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications and director of the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media in the Miller school. She has been writing her column since 2001.

Local business

receives state honor

The Winged Lion, a home decor business in downtown Manhattan, was among the 16 small businesses recognized by the Kansas Small Business Development Center.

The annual Kansas SBDC Small Businesses of the Year awards ceremony recognizes existing and emerging businesses.

The center selected the businesses from more than 2,400 companies that received one-on-one business advising services in 2018.

Ralph Diaz is the owner of The Winged Lion.

Algerian President Names New Government, Keeps Army Chief - U.S. News & World Report

Posted: 31 Mar 2019 01:41 PM PDT

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Algerian President Names New Government, Keeps Army Chief  U.S. News & World Report

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's powerful army chief has retained his post in a newly-named government despite his call to have ailing President Abdelaziz ...

Area Business News for April 1, 2019 - News - Utica Observer Dispatch

Posted: 31 Mar 2019 04:45 PM PDT


Chamber to host networking breakfast

The Clinton Chamber of Commerece will be hosting a networking breakfast that will run 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Clinton Historical Society located at 1 Fountain St.

You will have an opportunity to pass business cards and network with current and prospective members from the surrounding area.

Meet the new Administrator, James Coulthart. He will be working at the society's office two days a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. He brings with him nearly 40 years experience in the nonprofit field, having held professional executive positions in the state and local Medical Society organizations, the Utica Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Complimentary breakfast treats and and beverages provided by the Clinton Historical Society. 

This event is open to all current and prospective members

Respond to Jackie Walters at 315-853-1735 or


Brockett Creative Group offers free WCAG/ADA website compliance testing

Brockett Creative Group, 43 College St., is offering free website compliance testing to local businesses and organizations.

On July 26, 1990 The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law and established that all "places of accommodation" must be accessible to all. Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0 AA) is the guide used to provide website accessibility for disabled visitors.

For the past six years, BCG has been working with local businesses and organizations to achieve WCAG/ADA compliance for their websites. They provide accessibility testing, WCAG auditing, and corrective action to help achieve maximum accessibility and avoid legal ramifications. In addition, all of BCG's websites are built to comply with WCAG/ ADA standards.

For those interested, call 315-797-5088 or email

Darlene Browell, owner of Darlene's Kitchen, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Friend of Education Award by the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS).

This award is given to an individual, group or organization that has consistently contributed to the support and advancement of outstanding public education and the students of New York state.

Browell has long been an active supporter of Chittenango schools. In addition to hosting many varsity sports dinners at Darlene's Kitchen and giving all students a 10 percent discount at the restaurant, she also employs a BOCES culinary arts student on an annual basis for a six-week internship, giving them the opportunity to gain real world experience and learn first hand how to run a restaurant business.

Browell also supports Bolivar Road Elementary School's "Read to Them One School, One Book" initiative. Darlene's Kitchen hosted a weekend long event where Browell was given the opportunity to be a guest reader for one of the book chapters, hosted a two-day One School, One Book breakfast with themed breakfast choices from the book, and passed out raffle tickets and candy corn to celebrate the event.

Browell will be honored for her contributions at an awards ceremony May 3 at the Century House in Latham.


John Brown Team recognized by Coldwell Banker International

The John Brown Team of Coldwell Banker Faith Properties was named as the No. 1 team in New York state and placed in the Top 20 nationwide, as released by Coldwell banker International.

The team, led by John Brown and Veronica Coe, is a full service, concierge level team of top producers with a passion for real estate.

Brown and his team have been placed many times in the top 1 percent of realtors nationwide. The John Brown Team has been named consistently to the Wall Street Journals Top 100 Real Estate Teams in America; Numerous local and national awards to include: Realtor of the Year, Best Real Estate Agent/Team; and America's Top 100 and Whos's Who in American Real Estate.

The team is made up of a diverse profile of top producers. Members are Lori Scalise, Marcia Archibald, Cynthia Lazzaro, Michelle Gorea Thompson, Cynthia Major, Jerry Vitiello, Michael Major and Suzanne Duck.

The team works the entire Mohawk Valley region with offices in Utica, Rome and Ilion with a focus on residential real estate.

Asian Markets Rally, Extending Gains on Wall Street - U.S. News & World Report

Posted: 31 Mar 2019 09:41 PM PDT

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Asian Markets Rally, Extending Gains on Wall Street  U.S. News & World Report

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares surged Monday in Asia following a bullish end to last week on Wall Street, where the benchmark S & P 500 logged its biggest ...

The Latest: Wealthy Russian Dies in Plane Crash in Germany - U.S. News & World Report

Posted: 31 Mar 2019 05:59 PM PDT

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The Latest: Wealthy Russian Dies in Plane Crash in Germany  U.S. News & World Report

Russian airline operator S7 Group says that co-owner Natalia Fileva, one of Russia's richest women, has died in the crash of a small plane in Germany.


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