Leslie Heath was presented with the Joe. C. Marshall Distinguished Service Award at the November Paducah Board of Realtors luncheon. She has been a Realtor since 1998, serving on numerous local committees and as board president in 2008. She also served the National Association of Realtors as a federal political coordinator for former Congressman Ed Whitfield from 2009-2016, the Kentucky Association of Realtors as government affairs member and chair from 2011-2016, and the Realtor political action committee from 2003-20011 as well as chair in 2008-2009.

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Williams, Williams & Lentz, Paducah, has announced the following promotions:

n Rachel Dunsford, CPA-manager, has experience primarily in the areas of auditing, accounting and taxation, specifically in construction contractors, not-for-profit organizations, governmental entities and small businesses. She joined the firm in 2011. Dunsford is a certified public accountant and earned her bachelor's degree in accounting and master's degree in business administration from Murray State University.

n Garrett Rackley, CPA-manager, has experience primarily in the areas of auditing, accounting, and taxation, specifically in financial institutions, governmental entities, not-for-profit organizations, small businesses and individuals. He has been with the firm since 2015. Rackley is a certified public accountant and earned his bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

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Derrick Delany has been named Employee of the Quarter at The Murray Bank. He currently works as a loan operations specialist in the loan department. The award is a reflection of a strong work ethic and ongoing support of the bank's mission. A recent graduate of Murray State University, Delaney has worked at the bank just under one year.

The Employee of the Quarter award is decided by the vote of fellow employees.

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Rachel Woolen, senior project manager for Summit Environmental Services, Inc. in Kevil, recently completed requirements for Certified Microbial Consultant by the ACAC. This is a national certification in the field of mold inspections and testing. She has been employed at Summit Environmental Services for 16 years.

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Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospital's Rhonda Draper, RN, was one of two finalists for the 2019 Press Ganey Nurse of the Year award. The award recognizes the contributions of outstanding direct care nurses who go above and beyond in their roles and demonstrate care innovation, transformation and collaboration contributing to the patient experience. Draper joined Mercy Health - Lourdes in 1997 as an obstetrics nurse. She works in the hospital's birthing center. During her tenure, she has served as a charge nurse, preceptor and has been a neonatal resuscitation program instructor for the past 15 years. She was also the hospital's first DAISY award recipient, an international program that rewards and celebrates the clinical skill and care given by nurses.

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The chest pain center at Baptist Health Paducah was recently re-accredited for the fifth consecutive cycle as a Version 6 full chest pain center with primary PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the American College of Cardiology. Percutaneous coronary intervention, also known as coronary angioplasty, is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack. Baptist Health Paducah became the region's first accredited chest pain center in 2008 and has maintained high standards for re-accreditation four times since then. The three-year accreditation is based on rigorous evaluation of the staff's ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

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Nurse practitioner Ashley Wilson, APRN, has joined the medical staff of Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital, establishing her practice at Mercy Health-Murray Cardiology. Mercy Health-Mercy Cardiology is a partnership between Mercy Health and Primary Care Medical Center and focuses on bringing specialty heart care closer to Murray and surrounding communities. Wilson earned her master's degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, and her bachelor's degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing in St. Louis. Her sub-specialty certification in cardiology also was obtained at the University of South Alabama.

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Janece Everett has joined West Kentucky Community and Technical College as the workforce solutions development training specialist. Everett has been putting her education and career experience to work at the college developing and marketing customized training programs to help regional businesses and their employees be more productive. She is a native of Paducah and attended Paducah Community College, now West Kentucky Community and Technical College. She earned a bachelor's of science degree from Murray State University in marketing and management. Prior to her current position at WKCTC, Everett worked in the region in telecommunications, pharmaceutical sales and eventually served as senior field representative for former U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield. Following Whitfield's retirement in 2016, Everett served as a regional cancer control specialist for the University of Louisville.

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Ashley Adkins, a Paducah Tilghman High School faculty member, has earned her national board certification in social studies-history from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Adkins joins three fellow faculty at PTHS who have earned their national board certification. She teaches U.S. history, AP U.S. history, psychology, and AP psychology. She has been at PTHS since 2002. In order to become a board-certified teacher, teachers complete a performance-based, peer-reviewed process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.

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