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Banner honors Employees for Community Service

Banner Health has recognized five outstanding employees with a Paul L. Singer Award, an award that honors those who not only make a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care, but through extraordinary volunteer work and community service.

Now in its 25th year, the Singer Awards honors Banner Health employees and their impressive community service activities. The 2012 award honorees were recognized Thursday at an event that honored the 54 employee award nominees and the five outstanding individuals who were selected to receive a Singer Award. The five winners received a certificate and trophy as well as a monetary donation toward a charity of their choosing.

The 2012 Singer Award recipients include:

Rosinja de Gorostiza (Banner Baywood Medical Center)

Community service: Bay Area Camarines Norte Association

Muriel Kremb (Banner Estrella Medical Center)

Community service: Arizona Game and Fish, Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center

James Nimos (Banner Sun Health Research Institute)

Community service: New Song Center for Grieving Children

Kimberly Reiners (Cardon Children’s Medical Center)

Community service: Camp Soaring Eagle and Asthma Athletics

Kenneth Wutoh (Page Hospital)

Community service: Stepping with Faith Rehab and Missahoe Orphanage in Ghana

The Singer Awards are named after the late Paul L. Singer, MD, a former chief of staff at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix who exemplified a commitment to community service. Banner encourages employees to take its nonprofit mission of making a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care beyond the hospital and into their communities.

Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or manages 23 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including physician clinics and home care and hospice services. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.

Desert Schools - community service and leadership award

Desert Schools Honored For Community Service In Arizona

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, the largest not-for-profit membership-based financial institution in the state of Arizona, announced today that it has been selected by Toastmasters International and the organization’s District 3 Governor as the 2012 award recipient for community service and leadership for the state of Arizona.

This is the first time Desert Schools has been recognized by Toastmasters, a globally recognized, international nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. The organization has more than 270,000 members and over 13,000 clubs in 116 countries.

Desert Schools will be presented with the Toastmasters International 2012 award for community service and leadership on Friday, May 18th. Cathy Graham, vice president of marketing at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, will accept the award on the credit union’s behalf.

Desert Schools has built its foundation on a fundamental passion for lending a personal hand toward positive change throughout Valley communities and encourages its employees to get involved in the same philanthropic spirit on which the organization has prided itself since its founding.

The Desert Schools ‘CommuniTeam’ – a group made up of dedicated employee volunteers – is active throughout Valley communities and offers Desert Schools’ employees the opportunity to volunteer their time and philanthropic talents throughout the community. Participating in nearly 130 community projects in the Phoenix metropolitan area, 45% of Desert Schools’ employees got involved with or led community projects in 2011, volunteering 2,902 hours to support various causes.

Susan Frank, President and CEO of Desert Schools, said, “We couldn’t be more honored to accept this award from an outstanding organization like Toastmasters International. Giving back to our community has long been the cornerstone of Desert Schools’ business. The time that Desert Schools staff is able to spend year in and year out doing good throughout our Valley is something that we’re very proud of, and it means that much more to be recognized by such an extraordinary philanthropic organization.”

In 2011, the credit union coordinated fundraising efforts with employees, vendors and partners to give back more than $770,000 to the community. Desert Schools raised $360,285 for the Children’s Miracle Network, $224,178 for the United Way and $96,000 in community grants in 2011 alone.

The credit union also awarded $30,000 in community service scholarships to high school seniors and college freshmen for demonstrating dedication to their studies and continued education as well as their commitment to giving back to the community. Scholarships were awarded for Fall 2012 coursework.

For more information on Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, visit Desert Schools’ website at desertschools.org.

Safe Summer

Tips For A Drug-Free, Safe Summer

Summer is the highlight of the year for most teens — no homework, sleeping in until noon, a fridge stocked with food and freedom. Many parents do not have the luxury to stay home and instead work full-time or go on vacation during the summer. With more free time, less structure and no supervision, it may provide teens with more opportunities to fall into a bad crowd, experiment with drugs or alcohol, or even get into other forms of trouble.

As a parent, keeping your teen focused on the right path is important. Because your teen is not yet an adult, their lack of maturity may make it hard for them to make good decisions. This is where parenting skills come into play. By taking the proper precautions of talking to your teen and planning ahead, summer vacation can be a positive and memorable growth experience for your teen.

The following includes a few ways to reduce the chance your teen will engage in unhealthy behavior this summer:

1.    Encourage teens to get a summer job or do community service

Summer activities can be a good way to get your teen out of the house. Activities like volunteering and having a job give teens the opportunity to gain real world experience while building character and independence. It also keeps them away from drugs and alcohol.

2.    Daily check-ins

Checking in with your teen periodically throughout the day is a good way to find out what your teen is up to. Don’t just text, call and talk with your child. By using the phone to call, a parent can tell if there is a change in a teen’s voice and often detect if there is something wrong.

3.    Know what is in your house

If you know you are going to be gone, secure and track all the alcohol and prescription drugs that are in the house. If items are made accessible while you are away, curious teens may be more inclined to experiment with those substances.

4.    Have open dialogue

If your teen feels like they can talk to you about their problems and their lives, and that you respect their feelings, they may feel more comfortable sharing their questions about peer pressure, drugs and alcohol. Open conversation allows parents to express their concerns about their teen’s behavior and discuss the risks involved with drug and alcohol use.

5.    Take care of their emotions

Teens today are under a lot of pressure at school and in their relationships. To make sure they don’t become too worried or stressed, teach them good techniques to handle stress. This will help prevent them from turning to risky behavior and harmful substances during times of stress.

6.    Know their friends

Once school is out, it is likely your teen will want to hang out with their friends more. An important task you must do is getting to know who your teen’s friends are and where they live. Many times, teens will leave out valuable information on who they hang out with. As a parent it is your responsibility to make certain who their friends are and who to contact if there is an emergency. This means getting to know your teen’s friend’s parents as well.

Teenage years can be as difficult for parents as they are for teens, who are eager for independence while their parents are trying to reign in their curiosities. Oftentimes, relationships can be strained as conversations turn into arguments. However, by continuing to engage with your teen throughout the summer and helping to encourage positive growth, parents can reduce the impact of peer pressure and curiosity and open the lines of communication with their teen. Following these helpful tips will help to keep your teen healthy and safe through the summer and well into the start of a new school year.

For more tips on talking with your kids and preventing alcohol and substance abuse, visit drugfreeaz.org.