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Published May 26 2012

Honors and Officers (May 26, 2012)

Cookson honored by ND long-term care group

DeDe Cookson, administrator at the Four Seasons Healthcare Center, Forman, N.D., has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the North Dakota Long Term Care Association.

The award is the association’s highest honor and recognizes Cookson has dedicated her life to long-term care and as a community leader.

Cookson graduated from Presentation College, Aberdeen, S.D., and was licensed as a nursing home administrator in North Dakota in 1974. She has been the administrator in Forman for most of her career.

Spherion Staffing earns franchise owner award

Spherion Staffing, Fargo, received the 2011 Direct Hire Growth Award at the recent national franchise owner’s awards banquet in Phoenix.

Jill Berg, president of Spherion Staffing in North Dakota, accepted the award. Berg has been a franchise owner with Spherion for 18 years and operates offices in Fargo and Bismarck.

Sanford recognized for its breast imaging

Sanford Health in Fargo has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

By awarding facilities the status, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in all of the college’s voluntary, breast-imaging accreditation programs.

This is in addition to the mandatory mammography accreditation program.

Summers Manufacturing named company of year

Summers Manufacturing, Devils Lake, N.D., was named the company of the year by the Employee Stock Ownership Association Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter.

As a chapter winner, the company will be entered into the national competition. Winners will be announced at the ESOP national conference this month in Washington, D.C.

Three earn first-quarter awards from U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank has announced its 2012 first-quarter Top Performers and Star of Excellence honorees for North Dakota.

The Top Performer award in the community banking southeast North Dakota market went to Sara Adair, a teller at the U.S. Bank office in Lisbon.

Justin Kill and Stacy Harfield were awarded the Star of Excellence award in the southeast North Dakota market. Kill is the sales and service manager at the southwest office in Fargo and Harfield is a universal banker at the Moorhead office.

Sanford awarded 3-year rehab accreditation

Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, has been accredited for three years for its inpatient rehabilitation and brain injury programs for adults and children by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

This is the eighth consecutive three-year accreditation CARF has awarded to Sanford in Fargo.

Credit managers group picks officers, directors

The Fargo-Moorhead chapter of the National Association of Credit Managers has elected new officers and directors.

Those elected are:

Shelley Finney, Wallwork Truck Center, president; Troy Dewitz, Butler Machinery, vice president/treasurer; Gary Pedersen, Dacotah Paper Co., past president; Kathy Gross, Dakota Supply Group, secretary; and Amy King, Culinex, Sandy Hall, RDO Truck Center, and Staci Pescion, True North Steel, directors.

Fargo attorney receives Light of Justice Award

Attorney David Bossart, Fargo, has received the Light of Justice Award from the North Dakota Association for Justice.

The NDAJ membership consists of trial lawyers in North Dakota who represent North Dakota residents who have been injured or who have lost loved ones as a result of someone’s negligence or careless conduct.

The Light of Justice Award has only been given to seven individuals in the 36-year history of the NDAJ.

Cleveland nominated for hospice care award

Connie Cleveland, a home health registered nurse with Essentia Health St. Mary’s, Detroit Lakes, Minn., has been nominated for Top Home Care and Hospice Nurse in the Nation.

A nurse from each state was selected and featured in the May issue of “Caring,” a monthly magazine published by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice.

Cleveland has been an RN at Essentia for 26 years and was nominated by Home Health Manager Linda Hespe.

The national winner will be announced at the NAHC annual meeting and exposition in October in Florida.