Business notebook (Oct. 1)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Harper celebrates 40 years, Hill 25 years with Progressive

SIKESTON – Progressive Farm Credit Services President and CEO Bob Smith recently congratulated Anna Harper on reaching 40 years of service and Andrew Hill on reaching 25 years of service with Progressive Farm Credit Services.

Harper began her career helping in the accounting department at the Sikeston PCA Central Office later becoming administrative assistant to PCA president Bob Wright then FCS of Southeast Missouri/Progressive FCS president Ron Milbach. Currently, Harper serves as executive secretary to Smith.

Hill also began his Farm Credit career in the accounting department. Over time he developed a greater and greater interest in the technology side of the business and is now a member of the senior leadership team serving as the vice president of information systems and technology.

"Progressive Farm Credit Services is very fortunate to have individuals with the amount of dedication and expertise that Anna and Andy possess," Smith said. "Both are valued members of the PFCS team and we look forward to celebrating many more years with them. Anna and Andy are two of the reasons that PFCS can be considered the premier agricultural lender in Southeast Missouri."

Headquartered in Sikeston, Progressive Farm Credit Services is a $650 million agricultural lending cooperative serving Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard, and Wayne Counties in Southeast Missouri.

Reinke recognizes Yellow Gold technicians

EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Thadd Hutchason and Stacy Linhart of Yellow Gold, LLC, in East Prairie, were recently recognized by Reinke with a 5-year PLUS Program Longevity Award. Hutchason and Linhart both received the award in recognition of their dedication to maintaining a PLUS Program certification for five years.

"Qualifying as a PLUS or Platinum PLUS technician is a high achievement in itself," said Reinke service training administrator Jennifer Craig. "To maintain this certification for 5 years is a huge accomplishment not only for the individual but also for the dealership that supports them. Reinke is proud to honor the dedication shown by these individuals."

The Reinke PLUS (Proven Leaders in Unmatched Service) Program is a service training coursework that's offered to full-service Reinke dealers. The program includes a series of six service training courses and a testing process to qualify as a PLUS or Platinum PLUS certified technician.

To maintain certification, 16 service training credits must be earned each year either through online or in-class training. Certified Reinke PLUS technicians are trained to deliver the most advanced technical service and support to customers.

MDMC implements new electronic health record system

SIKESTON -- Missouri Delta Medical center has partnered with Cerner to implement a suite of health care information technology (IT) software solutions. Based in Kansas City, Cerner is a global leader in health care technology.

MDMC is consolidating multiple applications from various suppliers into one integrated platform with Cerner's electronic health record (EHR) system. An EHR is a digital version of a person's complete medical history. There are immense benefits that our patients and community members will experience from this EHR. Having a complete medical history stored digitally will make it easier for physicians to coordinate patients' care.

Cerner's solutions are market-leading in health care 'interoperability,' the term coined to describe the free flow of patient information among providers, regardless of health IT supplier or geographic location. Not only are Cerner's solutions built on an open platform, but with more and more Missouri hospitals selecting Cerner's full suite of EHR solutions, the surrounding community will benefit from access to one true patient record.

Other benefits from the new system for Missouri Delta include:

• Ensuring medication safety. When prescribing medications, physicians can access a patient's medical history, including allergies and diagnostic results, to ensure accurate medication administration.

• Reducing medical errors. If a physician were to inadvertently prescribe an adult dose to a child, the decision support features within the system would alert him or her of the potential overdose as well as drug interactions and alternatives.

• Providing quality care. The use of standardized treatment guidelines promotes evidence-based, effective and consistent care for every patient while enabling quality improvement and operational efficiency.

• Reducing transcription errors. All care is documented electronically, virtually eliminating the possibility of errors due to illegible handwriting.

• Improving access to information. Clinicians have instant access to patient information when and where they need it and no longer have to spend time searching for misplaced paper charts.

Missouri Delta Medical Center asks that patients and their families be tolerant with staff in the hospital as well as medical clinics while going through this upgrade. Registration for appointments or tests may be delayed

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