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Recognitions

Posted: Friday, July 14, 2006

Avatar International Inc., an international research and consulting group based in Orlando, Fla., has recognized Bartlett Regional Hospital for the fourth year in a row as a national award winner in healthcare service quality for exceeding patient expectations.

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People who receive services at Bartlett are sent a survey form, usually within a week or two of their visit to the hospital. According to an Avatar spokesperson, the returned survey forms accurately represent patient opinions of services received. Avatar has conducted survey services for Bartlett Regional Hospital since 2002. In each year, the hospital has exceeded patient expectations.

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Juneau residents Sarah Croteau, Bryan Diebels, Reid Dihle, Brenton Savikko, Davin Savikko, Megan Emerson, Anna Gagne-Hawes, Odin Miller, Michael Sarkesian and Robert Sikes were named to the 2005 fall semester dean's and chancellor's lists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Croteau, daughter of Joe and Lori Croteau of Juneau, also made the chancellor's list for the 2006 spring semester at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UAF in May 2006, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering. She is currently working for Newmont Mines in Nevada.

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DJ Derego, a sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High School, won the Youth Advocate of the Year Award for the western region of the United States, which is sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. The award comes with a $2,500 scholarship, a $500 grant to put toward anti-tobacco related projects and two trips to Washington D.C., where Derego met with our Legislators, including Lisa Murkowski and Ted Stevens, to discuss tobacco control policy. He also got to meet other youth advocates from around the country and work on advocacy issues.

Derego got this award for his involvement with tobacco control in Juneau through Teens Against Tobacco Use. In TATU, he gave presentations to hundreds of elementary school children about the dangers of smoking. He also spoke before the Assembly about the need to tighten the loopholes in the Clean Air Ordinance before Juneau goes completely smoke free in 2008, and participated in health fairs and community events that highlighted anti-smoking days, such as Kick Butts Day and the Great American Smokeout.

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Air Force Airman Dillon S. Longden has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.

In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

The son of Bobbi McCutcheon, of Juneau, he is a 2005 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School.



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