Thursday, May 6, 2010
Byhalia chamber busy with activities
By SUE WATSON
The Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce now has a page on Facebook.
Executive director Sarah Sawyer, during the quarterly luncheon last Thursday, announced the new addition to the chamber’s way of broadcasting its news and pictures. The luncheon was held at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab of Great Oaks.
The Facebook page adds to the chamber’s website, www.gobyhalia.com.
There were lots of “thank you’s” at the meeting with the announcing of several awards. Mary Peebles, director of Trinity Mission, received the president of the year award from her company. Dr. Dana Nash was presented medical director of the year, and Rhonda Reeves was chosen director of nursing of the year by the company.
In other good news, Pam Thomas, president of the chamber and employee of WESCO Distribution, announced the Byhalia distribution center received the top award for most outstanding distributer in its large network. This is the second time WESCO at Byhalia has been recognized by its cooperate office for excellence.
Sawyer recognized officers and staff of the chamber for their worthy service including Jim Robinson, first vice president and Leah Grant, second vice president.
She also praised Trinity Mission for its great staff and landscaping, as well as its beautiful facility.
The membership at the chamber stands at about 240, including business and individual memberships. It is the membership, pledges, sponsorships and investments every year that help make the chamber’s budget every year, Sawyer said.
The Business of the Month Golden Cup award went to Byhalia Drugs after staying with Trinity Mission for the last 30 days.
Sawyer announced the poker run set for June 5 in Byhalia with proceeds going to the chamber and to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. Participants do not have to ride to participate and the ride ends with dinner, live music and a free T-shirt at El Nopalito. Music will be provided by Greenleaf.
Mississippi Main Street has stretched out its hand to Byhalia. Kent Mathis with UBS Financial Services Inc. and board member of the chamber, has agreed to take the lead on bringing Main Street to Byhalia.
After Peebles recognized her managing staff, Stephanie Cotton, nutrition; Billy Logan, activity director; Gwen Shaw, social worker; Rhonda Reeves, director of nursing; Sue Haley, business manager; and Lanita Pew, marketing director; she introduced the guest speaker, William Thompson, vice president of ancillary services.
A nurse of 30 years and 20 years in long-term care nursing, Thompson spoke briefly on the new national healthcare bill.
He said it will take 10 years for the bill to go into full effect and by the time that 10 years roll around, the bill may not look much like it is said to be today.
“Everybody is confused,” Thompson said, including himself.
Some of the immediate impacts of the bill include:
• a requirement that employers with 50 or more employees offer some type of insurance to their employees. They may do so by providing vouchers, a federal health employee type plan as offered to postal workers and veterans, or private insurance. There will be multiple types of offerings available for employees to choose from.
• insurance companies will be allowed to market their products across state lines.
• parents may keep their college-age children on as covered dependants up to age 26.
• government will require insurance companies to pay for preventive screenings such as colonoscopies and will require insuring for preexisting conditions.
• insurance companies will not be allowed to put a cap on coverage that has in the past caused the sick and elderly to lose their benefits.
“In 10 years, I’ll guarantee you it is not going to look like what it does now,” Thompson said. “What’s confusing is I am in health care and reading it every day (on the Internet) and every day something new comes out.”
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