K. Patrick “Pat” Douglas with Douglas, Haun and Heidemann PC was recently recognized by peer review professionals Martindale-Hubbell, as an AV rated attorney, the highest rating available to any individual lawyer, according to a news release. 

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The release said law firms are given the rating of the highest rated individual attorney.

The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system is based on the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary, including both those who are rated and those who are not, the release said. Martindale-Hubbell representatives conduct personal interviews to discuss lawyers under review with other members of the Bar. 

A compilation of opinions from various sources is necessary to form a consensus, and lawyers under review are sometimes asked to provide professional references to assist with the process. 

In addition, confidential questionnaires are sent to lawyers and judges in the same geographic location and/or area of practice as the lawyer being rated, the release said. Members of the Bar are instructed to assess their colleague’s legal ability and general ethical standards. 

“AV Peer Review Rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence,” the release said. “He or she has usually practiced law for many years and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.”

Douglas is a shareholder of Douglas, Haun and Heidemann P.C., concentrating his practice in the areas of estate planning, trusts, probate, real estate, corporate and business law, banking and collections. He has significant experience drafting trusts, wills, powers of attorney and other estate planning documents, as well as drafting, negotiating and reviewing agreements and leases. 

Douglas, Haun & Heidemann PC has offices in Bolivar and Springfield and can be reached at 326-5261, 1-800-743-5728 or online at dhhlawfirm.com.

CMH’s Smith named young dietitian of the year

Lynetta Smith, clinical dietitian for Citizens Memorial Hospital, was presented the “Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year” Award for the southwest district on April 12 in St. Louis by the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

According to a CMH news release, the award is “presented to members of the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics who are 35 years of age or younger and who have demonstrated leadership qualities and performance in public relations, research, community outreach, management, legislation, education and other areas related to the profession, on the job and in the community.” 

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Smith has been a registered dietitian for four years and has worked at CMH for eight months, the release said. 

She earned a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from College of the Ozarks and a Master of Science in family and consumer sciences from Illinois State University. 

She has worked as a dietitian in public health, acute care and higher education. Smith is the president of the Southwest Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

For more information about nutrition services offered at CMH, call 328-6462. 

Becker completes executive fire officer program

Theron Becker, paramedic and director of emergency medical services education at Citizens Memorial Hospital, recently completed the executive fire officer program through the National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, Maryland. 

According to a CMH news release, the EFOP is a four-year program for senior officers, “which provides key leadership on various facets of fire and EMS administration.” The program “focuses to enhance” professional development “through a unique series of four graduate and upper-division-baccalaureate equivalent courses with an applied research project that relates to their organization,” the release added. 

The release said four research papers completed by Becker have direct application to improving EMS at CMH. 

The release said the EFOP has an about 25% attrition rate and graduates about 250 students each year.

Becker is the director of EMS education, field supervisor, clinical officer and quality manager at CMH, the release said. He previously worked for the Bolivar City Fire Department from 1990 to 2015 and as the emergency planner for the Polk County Health Center from 2002 to 2011. 

Becker earned a Bachelor of Science in fire protection engineering from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, and earned a Master of Management in public administration from the University of Phoenix, Arizona.

CMH offers new weight management and metabolism services

Citizens Memorial Hospital now offers a personalized, evidence-based treatment plan for those dealing with obesity and metabolism-related disorders, according to a news release. 

“An increase in a person’s Body Mass Index above 25 increases the risk of developing obesity-related conditions,” Heather Corn, M.D., M.S., board certified endocrinologist at CMH, said in the release. “These conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.” 

The non-surgical weight loss services at CMH Endocrinology Center include metabolic testing, nutritional counseling, diabetes management, personalized weight-loss planning and FDA approved weight loss medication management. 

To make an appointment with Dr. Corn or for more information about adult weight management and metabolism services, call the CMH Endocrinology Center at 328-7000.

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