Residents graduate from Good Shepherd

Christus Good Shepherd Health System has graduated the 12 members of its fifth class of internal medicine residents. The ceremony was June 7 at the Summit Club.

The residents completed the three-year program based in Longview, and many have secured positions at hospitals in Texas and surrounding states. Two decided to began their careers at Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center-Longview.

The graduates and their new positions are:

■ Yvette Achuo-Egbe, hepatology fellow, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark.

■ Hycienth Ahaneku, M.D., leukemia fellow, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.

■ Sreerag Alumparambil Surendran, M.D., hospitalist, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin.

■ Nadeen Audisho, M.D., geriatrics fellow, Swedish Medical Center/First Hill Campus, Seattle.

■ Reham Georgei, M.D., hospitalist, Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center-Longview.

■ MaKenzie Hodge, M.D., endocrine fellow, Howard University Hospital, Richardson.

■ Tom Hu, D.O., cardiology fellow, Oklahoma State University St. Francis, Tulsa.

■ Ayn Morato, M.D., hospitalist, Glenwood Medical Center, West Monroe, Louisiana.

■ Monica Mutyala, M.D., infectious disease fellow, New York Medical College, Newark, New Jersey.

■ Huyen Nguyen, D.O., hospitalist, Texas.

■ Andrei Scherer, M.D., hospitalist, Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center-Longview.

■ And Olufemi Soyemi, M.D., hospitalist, Glenwood Medical Center.

Bandmasters honor retired PT director

Mark Melton, who retired in 2018 as fine arts director from Pine Tree High School after 37 years, will receive the 2019 Meritorious Achievement Award from the Texas Bandmasters Association.

Association President John Morrison plans to present the award to Melton during the annual convention/clinic July 25 in San Antonio. The association says it promotes the value of music education in society and the important role instrumental music plays.

Melton is the executive secretary for UIL Region 4 for the Texas Bandmasters Association. As band director at Pine Tree High School, he directed the Pine Tree Pride Marching Band, the wind ensemble and jazz band.

He spent most of his career, 23 years, with Union Grove ISD, where he built a struggling program into one of the premier small school band organizations in Texas.

HeartsWay Hospice earns honor

HeartsWay Hospice has been named a 2019 Hospice Honors Elite recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst.

The annual review acknowledges the highest-performing agencies by analyzing the performance of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems hospice survey satisfaction measures.

HeartsWay Hospice of Northeast Texas has been awarded this Elite status for the past four years.

Award criteria were based on hospice survey results from October 2017 through September 2018. Award recipients were identified by evaluating performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures.

HeartsWay Hospice has been serving patients in Northeast Texas for more than 35 years. It covers 20 counties and has offices in Longview, Marshall, Carthage and Winnsboro. For more information, visit .

Whiteside grant winners announced

The city of Lefors and Brownsville Public Utility Board have been named winners of the 2019 Charles H. Whiteside Municipal Grant from Ana-Lab Corp. in Kilgore.

“We are proud to be able to offer such an award to deserving clients,” CEO Tobi Duckworth said in announcing the winners.

The Panhandle city of Lefors was recognized as the Small Municipality winner, while the Brownsville Public Utility Board was recognized as the Large Municipality winner. Each city received a $5,000 grant.

The grant was established in honor of founder and President Emeritus Charles H. Whiteside to help offset day-to-day operational expenses for municipality clients. The award is given to a small and large municipality based on need. They are nominated by Ana-Lab Corp. regional managers and selected by a review board.

SFA business school students go global

NACOGDOCHES — Forty-four Stephen F. Austin State University students in the Rusche College of Business recently completed study in Germany, Austria and Italy.

Trading the pineywoods for the sights and sounds of Munich, Germany; Innsbruck, Austria; and Verona and Rome, Italy; students enrolled in a marketing course focused on industry, education and sports experienced business internationally.

Dr. Matthew Lindsey, chair of the Department of Management and Marketing, said the trip helped students witness firsthand the concepts they are learning in the classroom. Before leaving for Europe, students studied management issues across cultures.

Visits included the BMW Welt, the Munich Olympic State Park (site of the 1972 Olympics), the Spaten-Löwenbräu Brewery, the Berchtesgaden salt mine, Swarovski headquarters, the Zeni vineyards and Cinecitta Studios.

Vitale to speak to fundraising group

TYLER — Paul Vitale, who speaks about maintaining a positive attitude and strong work ethic, is scheduled to talk at a meeting of the East Texas chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 2 at Hollytree Country Club, 6700 Hollytree Drive, Tyler.

Vitale’s topic will be “It’s Your Life – Dominate It.”

The event is open to the public and costs $10 for members and $30 for others.

More information is available at chapter/home .

Winery owner workshop planned

COLLEGE STATION — A full-day Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service workshop for anyone thinking about entering or expanding efforts in the winemaking industry will cover what it takes to open up shop.

The Prospective and New Winery Owner Workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 in College Station.

Legal and permitting requirements, equipment selection, winery design, varietal selections, marketing tips and lessons learned by AgriLife Extension specialists and Texas winemakers will be shared.

Cost for the course is $175 per person, $300 per couple in advance, with higher costs onsite. Registration and information are available at . For more information, email .

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