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Business Briefs of the Week • July 24, 2014

AARP Joins Centre College and WAVE3 News Offering U.S. Senate Candidates Opportunity to Debate Financial Security Issues for Kentuckians

Today AARP Kentucky, Center College and WAVE3 News unveiled Kentucky’s first Senatorial Debate proposal offering statewide media coverage.

Senator Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergran Grimes have received countless offers to debate, but none offering Kentuckians the same opportunity to hear the candidates in their own words. Centre College has hosted two Vice Presidential debates, and no other institution can offer the same experience of delivering one at this caliber.

As the largest membership organization serving 50-plus Americans, it only makes sense for AARP to co-sponsor this Senatorial Debate. AARP knows regardless of whom is elected Kentucky’s next Senator, the future of Social Security, Medicare and financial security will continue to be part of the national discussion.

This debate is a historic opportunity to directly tell Kentucky voters where they stand on these important pocketbook concerns, in their own words and in front of a statewide radio and television audience.

The National Trial Lawyers Select Louisville’s Larry Forman as Next Top 40 Under 40

The National Trial Lawyers organization is pleased to announce that Larry Forman has been selected for inclusion into its Top 40 Under 40, a honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. The selection for this exclusive list is limited to only 40 attorneys per state who have extensive experience in either civil plaintiff or criminal defense law.

The National Trial Lawyers organization is a professional organization comprised of premier trial lawyers from across the country who have demonstrated exceptional qualifications in their area of the law, specifically criminal defense or civil plaintiff law. It provides accreditation to these distinguished attorneys and also aims to provide essential legal news, information and education to trial lawyers across the United States.

With the selection of Forman by the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40, he has shown that he exemplifies superior qualifications, leadership skills and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process that includes peer nominations combined with third party research. As the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 is an essential source of networking and information for trial attorneys throughout the nation, the final result of the selection process is a credible and comprehensive list of the young lawyers chosen to represent their state.

To learn more about The National Trial Lawyers, please visit: http://thenationaltriallawyers.org/.

Cedar Lake Receives Grant From the Good Samaritan Foundation

Cedar Lake, the region’s largest private non-profit care provider for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce that it has received $5,500 for new multi-sensory tools for the organization’s Enrichment Center. The new equipment, specifically bubble columns and fiber optic curtains, was financially assisted by Good Samaritan Foundation, Inc., a ministry of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The Cedar Lake Enrichment Center (CLEC), a licensed adult day health program, provides a person-centered and structured environment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. CLEC offers a choice of scheduled classes with curriculum designed to enhance the quality of life. Vocational training and community inclusion are offered as well.

The Direct Support Professionals strive for all 75 clients to gain independence and continually grow, with a staff to client ratio of 1 to 4. CLEC has nurses on staff that support those who are medically fragile.

The program originated in 2002 at Cedar Lake Lodge and has seen steady growth since its inception, causing need for expansion. In 2010, Cedar Lake built a new facility in LaGrange to accommodate for its growth. Phase II quickly followed with completion in May 2012.

Cedar Lake operates in Jefferson, Oldham and Henry counties, has 38 properties and supports 230 people with a staff of 400. Supports range from 24/7 support for the most medically fragile to intermittent support for those who live independently.

National Aviation Organizations Commend Kentucky Governor for Declaring July ‘Aviation Appreciation Month’

National aviation organizations applauded Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear for declaring July 2014 “Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Kentucky, general aviation accounts for more than $1.7 billion in economic activity annually.

“General aviation is a lifeline to both large and small communities in Kentucky and across our nation,” said Jack Pelton, chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). “We commend the Governor for his proclamation, which recognizes the benefits of general aviation and helps to spur interest in and excitement for aviation as a whole.

Kim Stevens, interim president and CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) noted, “Kentucky’s network of airports helps to connect the state’s companies, farms and communities with necessary goods, services and businesses. We thank Governor Beshear and Department of Aviation Commissioner Winn Turney for their hard work in emphasizing the benefits of aviation, including general aviation, in Kentucky.”

WYATT’S HEALTH CARE TEAM EARNS AHLA TOP HONORS

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) in its June issue of Connections Magazine for 100-percent involvement of its 17 health law attorneys in the Association, more than any other law firm in Kentucky. The American Health Lawyers Association is the nation’s largest nonpartisan 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field with more than 12,500 members.

Wyatt provides a full range of Health Care legal services, including compliance program development; MCO participation and payment issues; certificate of need, licensure and other regulatory matters; long-term care survey and reimbursement issues; managed care contracting; anti-kickback and Stark law advice; provider enrollment; governmental audits and investigations; HIPAA compliance and electronic medical records; joint ventures, acquisitions and mergers; tax exemption advice; development of ACOs; hospital medical staff affairs; medical practice formation and acquisition; patient care and end-of-life decision making; employment and employee benefits.

Trinity High student scores perfect composite on ACT

Trinity High School senior-to-be Christopher Collins has scored a perfect 36 composite on the ACT.

Academically, Collins has been in Trinity’s Advanced Placement Program all four years of high school. Additionally, he has been a member of the Math Team and Mu Alpha Theta, a mathematics honor society. He is currently a member of the Quick Recall Team and the Archery Club. Collins is a three-time Shamrock Award winner for being on the Honor Roll, and he is a Trinity Steinhauser Scholar.

Collins also is active in community service at the Sisters of Mercy convent, visiting with the nuns and providing them company and good cheer.

“I’m very excited about scoring so well,” Collins said. “Trinity’s great teachers, Advanced Program and ACT prep classes had me well-prepared for such a challenging exam. “My brother Hunter was always there for me and supportive.”

“Christopher Collins is the perfect role model of what Trinity High School hopes to produce in an Advanced Program student,” said Dr. Aaron Striegel, Trinity Advanced Program counselor. “He is hard-working and strives for excellence in his academic and extracurricular pursuits. I’m not surprised by Christopher’s perfect score of a 36 on his ACT because he does the everyday tasks that always lead to success in and out of the classroom. As an educator, I also appreciate his daily example of modeling his faith and his dedication to all things Trinity.
Christopher is an example of someone who has overcome challenges, including learning differences.”