Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2007

Hoonah businesswins national award

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WASHINGTON - Icy Strait Point was recently honored with a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award.

The business is a tourist destination in Hoonah offering visitors a number of excursions, including a new zip-line tour, in which clients are strapped to cables and glide between platforms overlooking the landscape.

Huna Totem, Hoonah's rural Native corporation, owns 100 percent of the land and the facility. Its joint venture partner, Point Sophia Development Corp., is the operator and is responsible for the day-to-day activities and business development.

The award is sponsored by Microsoft adCenter to honor businesses that show excellence in areas such as financial performance and business history, staff training and motivation, community involvement, customer service and business planning.

Winners from around the country will be honored at America's Small Business Summit 2007. One Blue Ribbon small business will be selected from each of seven regions as a finalist for the U.S. Chamber Small Business of the Year Award.

Robert Wysocki, CEO of Icy Strait Point, will give a report to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at today's noon luncheon at the Moose Lodge.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation, representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region.

Sitka's hospitals earn Level IV trauma rating

SITKA - Sitka's two hospitals, Sitka Community Hospital and SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mount Edgecumbe Hospital, have been certified as Level IV trauma centers by the state's Community Health and Emergency Medical Services.

The designations expire in three years. They were awarded after a two-year certification process involving site visits and other reviews.

Level IV trauma centers, also known as "Local Trauma Stabilization Centers," are small rural facilities that provide initial evaluation and assessment of injured patients prior to transfer to a larger referral facility, according to the state.

By becoming certified trauma centers, hospitals demonstrate a commitment to providing the best trauma care possible; they meet state and national standards for providing timely and optimal care; and they are prepared to treat and transport trauma patients according to Alaska's systemwide plan.

The two Sitka hospitals are the fourth and fifth hospitals in the state to pass the certification process. Others include the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome and Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital in Bethel.

Moe Chaudry, CEO and administrator of Sitka Community Hospital, said the designation will allow the hospitals to better streamline the movement of patients within the state and regional trauma systems and improve patient care.

"This also will provide further impetus to more collaboration between the two hospitals toward joint personnel training, equipment availability and ensuring that treatment protocols are in place along with data reporting," Chaudry said.

SE Alaska groupsreceive federal money

WASHINGTON - Federal agencies have awarded a series of funding grants to Alaska groups and communities, including several in Southeast Alaska. The grants are worth more than $16 million.

The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded $313,803 to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for Southeast Alaska anadromous salmon research. This grant will be used to complete research on coho salmon, troll fishery management methods, a pink and chum salmon stock evaluation program and a salmon catch sampling project.

The city of Skagway received $411,333 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a community health center.

The U.S. Department of Transportation granted $5.5 million to the Ketchikan International Airport to construct a snow removal equipment building and a sand and chemical storage facility.

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