Marin General ranked in top U.S. safe hospitals; other North Bay business news

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Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae announced it was ranked as one of the safest hospitals in the United States by national nonprofit hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group. According to new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades released Oct. 31, Marin General Hospital was among 844 hospitals out of 2,600 evaluated to receive an 'A' ranking for safety, which notes how well the hospital protects its patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Grade is calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel and uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single grade representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. This score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) has received the Jefferson Award for Public Service from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Established in 1972, the award is given to outstanding organizations and individuals who have had a deep impact on the quality of life in the communities they serve. Previous national recipients include Oprah Winfrey, Cesar Chavez and Jimmy Carter. This year marked the 10th anniversary for the Sonoma County Jefferson Award program. PHCD's Board of Directors and CEO Ramona Faith were presented with the award on Nov. 1. According to the district, it was honored for its excellence in community leadership and civic engagement. In particular, the Jefferson Award recognizes the district's leadership as an advocate and steward for community health and its focus on addressing social determinants of health such education, housing, food access and the economy. PHCD was credited for expanding its approach to community health as a lead collaborator with other health, civic and nonprofit organizations through shared resources and key partnerships.


The Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs), along with hundreds of business and community leaders honored seven individuals at their 6th annual Champions for Children award luncheon and fundraiser. The event was held at the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club on Nov. 3. The seven 2016 Champions for Children award recipients express the values and principles of 4Cs by advocating and working on behalf of youth, the group stated. The honorees are Inspired Start: 0-5 Early Care and Education - Lia Thompson, Sonoma State University Children's School; Empowering Youth: K-12 Education - Nancy Ricciardi, Bennett Valley Union School District; Strong Families: Public Service/Agency - Cheryl Parkinson, The Living Room; Healthy Children: Health/Medical - Ramona Faith, Petaluma Health Care District; Secure Surroundings: Business/Foundation - Lisa Wittke Schaffner, The John Jordan Foundation; Positive Social Connections: Peer Leadership - Itzel Martinez, Community Action Partnership; and Community Engagement - Glen Weaver, Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County.


Terra Firma Global Partners co-founders Bill Facendini and Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo announced that the firm has expanded its Marin County presence by opening it first permanent office and hiring five new associates. The new office is located at 999 Grant Avenue, Suite 103, in Novato. The firm leased approximately 740 square feet on the first floor from building owner Umpqua Bank, an Oregon state-charted bank. The two-story office building is a total of approximately 20,500 square feet. The Sebastopol-based residential brokerage services company has six offices in Sonoma County and two in Napa County.


The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce has recognized a Marin businesswoman Melissa Prandi of PRANDI Property Management. She is joined by three other exceptional industry and community leaders: Joan Capurro, Ann Brebner and Patty Garbarino. Prandi was honored Nov. 15 at a 'Women of Industry' Luncheon and Marketplace to recognize successful women business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs in Marin County. Proceeds of the event underwrite the event costs, as well as add to our 'Women of Industry' Scholarship Fund.

Redwood Moving & Storage of Healdsburg was recognized by Stevens Worldwide Van Lines for their outstanding service and received an award for booking over $200,000 in moves. As one of more than 100 Stevens agents nationwide, Redwood Moving & Storage was selected for this award for providing only the highest quality customer care and satisfaction, the firm stated. Redwood Moving & Storage serves customers in the Healdsburg area.


Sitecore has announced launch of the Sitecore Experience Awards 2016. Sitecore Experience Awards honor Sitecore customers and their partners who submit award applications that clearly demonstrate how their Sitecore solution is delivering an outstanding experience for customers and their own organization. These awards are open to end-user customers, marketers, and business users or developers working at a Sitecore solution partner. Both customers and partners can nominate a website, built on Sitecore, for an award. The Sausalito website management firm stated that award submissions close by Jan. 31, 2017 and award winners will be announced March 7, 2017. Sitecore will have six category awards (two per pillar: CMS, Omnichannel and Contextual Intelligence) and regional Ultimate Experience awards for North America, ANZ, Asia and Europe which will then roll up to a global winner. In addition, the Global People's Choice award winner will be voted on via Facebook.


The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced the launch of a video interview series as part of its educational curriculum based on real-world case studies in leadership. The Business of Wine video series is under development by the Emmy Award-winning team of Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson, to provide a multifaceted look at top business leaders in the global wine industry in the areas of Leadership, Innovation, Sales and Marketing, Mergers and Acquisitions, Finance, Legal, Tax and Accounting, and Media and Communications. Demeter Group, the San Francisco investment bank to premium Wine & Spirits companies, is providing a $125,000 gift as Founding Sponsor of the project. The individual 30-minute interviews and key learning vignettes will be edited for faculty to integrate with their teaching curriculum for the classroom, online learning, and broadcast in the Wine Spectator Learning Center, the new home of the Wine Business Institute set to open in 2017. The $9.15 million building project was financed in part by an initial $3 million contribution from the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation. The first seven interviews concluded with Andy Beckstoffer of Beckstoffer Vineyards, Bill Phelps of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Joel and Sarah Gott of Joel Gott Wines, Mike Grgich of Grgich Hills Estate, Mike Benziger of Benziger Family Winery, Frank Farella of Farella Braun + Martel, and Mark Couchman of Silverado Winegrowers. Confirmed interviews in 2017 include Bill Newlands of Constellation Brands, John Dyson of Williams Selyem, Dario Sattui of V. Sattui Winery, Bill Hatcher of A to Z Wineworks, Darioush Khaledi of Darioush Winery, and Charles Smith of K Vintners.

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