Craig joins FCNB

    Scott Perkins, President and CEO of First Community National Bank, is pleased to announce that John Craig has accepted the position of Business Development Officer at the Cuba Financial Center. In his new position, John will specialize in commercial real estate, business and personal banking.

Pope promoted to Quality Assurance Manager

    American Precision Die Casting [APDC] is proud to announce the recent promotion of Kendal Pope from Quality Technician, to the position of Quality Assurance Manager at APDC.

Salem Memorial District Hospital receives grant from CFO and Commerce Trust

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, awarded a $2,923 grant to Salem Memorial District Hospital to support free preventative mammograms to individuals with low-income or without health insurance in the hospital’s four-county service area. The grant was presented as part of the 2019 Coover Regional Grant program on April 18 at Commerce Trust in Springfield.

Celebrating nursing at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

    National Nurse Week is a celebration that takes place annually from May 6 to May 12.  Despite the fact that it is called a National Nurse Week, it is a world-wide celebration that ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthdate.  Florence was widely recognized as the founder of modern day nursing.
    Out of its many great nurses, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital selects one to highlight during the celebration. This year, Rhonda Wood, RN, Surgical Services Supervisor is being recognized.
    Almost 39 years ago, Rhonda began her career as a nurse at MBSH.  She started as a nurse aid on the Medical Surgical floor and loved it.  She also worked as an EMT on the ambulance for a short time before going to LPN School.  After graduation, she worked on the Medical Surgical floor for 2-years before transferring to Labor-Delivery.  She worked there 10 years then returned to school to become a Registered Nurse.  She stayed one more year in Labor-Delivery as a RN before transferring to Surgery in 1993.  She has worked in the Operating Room ever since, primarily as a Staff Nurse, a short time as Interim OR Manager, to her current position as a Surgical Services Supervisor.
    In looking back on her career, she expressed how thankful and truly blessed she was to be a nurse.  She said “I can celebrate my years of nursing knowing I did make a difference.  I have formed bonds with our patients and their families, supporting them when they are most vulnerable. Being their advocate, giving them the best care possible and above all, keeping them safe.”  She also commented on the bonds developed among the staff, “My coworkers have become my best friends and those ties will never be broken.”
    Her advice to a new graduate nurse is to gain all the experience you can. “Work on a medical surgical floor or become a float nurse.  Find a good mentor to watch and learn from.  If you make a mistake, which you will, own up to it and learn from it.”  Rhonda has always been a team player and said “Get to know your fellow staff members.  They will be your support system.”  She added “Remember, there is no “I” in TEAM.”
    In order to make it for the long haul in nursing, she recommended “Learn to welcome change, it is not always easy but in the long run, you will be glad you did.  Nursing is a career that will be rewarding and amazing.”  She concluded by saying “Smile and Buckle-up.  Keep your hands and feet in the ride at all times – and enjoy the ride!!”
    “We are extremely pleased to have Rhonda on our Surgery Team,” remarked Laura Lewis, Operating Room Nurse Manager.  “She has a positive, can-do attitude, and always promotes team work among our staff.”  

Riverways Federal Credit Union opens drive-through in Cuba

Riverways Federal Credit Union recently opened a new drive-through facility at 200 South Franklin in Cuba. Three Rivers Publishing had the opportunity to ask Riverways CEO Scott Shults a few questions regarding the new service center. The following are the questions posed to Shults and his responses.

Connell retires from PCB after 29 years

    When Phelps County Bank hired David Connell in 1989, he moved from Tennessee to Missouri and became the branch manager of PCB’s St. James bank. Connell went on to serve as the Head of Lending, CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board for Phelps County Bank. But when Connell talks about his career, it’s his first position in the banking industry that makes him smile. It was work that required stamina and a good pair of walking shoes.