Area Business News


‘Women of Accomplishment’ winner

EASLEY — Rise’ Sheriff has been named the 2015 Tri-County Business and Professional Women’s Club and S.C. Business and Professional Women’s organization “Women of Accomplishment” because of her contribution to the advancement of women in the workplace and society.

Sheriff had a child, quit school, and married by the time she was 16. The marriage relationship was unhealthy for her and her children. By the time she was 21 she had three children and a GED diploma. When her first marriage ended, she jumped into another unhealthy one because she thought she needed someone to help her support her children.

It was during this time that she realized she had to take control of her life. She enrolled in night classes at Southern Wesleyan University and spent the next five years attaining a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She graduated with honors.

Her second marriage ended, she secured a full time job, and for the first time in her life she was financially independent. A year later she went back to school and completed a master’s degree in management.

She said in her Women of Accomplishment application “this is what I do, every chance I get – I encourage young women to go to school, get an education, learn a trade, to be strong – to be careful, to be the best they can be. I encourage them to never give up no matter what – to learn from their mistakes – and be strong.” Currently, Sheriff is the office manager for the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Clemson University. She was also an instructor/educator for 16 years where she taught and advised many of today’s youth. Just recently, she became a mentor for the YMCA Mentor Easley program.

ACSO CERT program recognized

ANDERSON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has recognized the members of the Anderson County Community Emergency Response Team for their accomplishments in responding to and preparing their community for emergencies.

The group received honorable mention in the category of Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives in the 2015 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards.

Each year, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division recognizes the preparedness efforts of organizations around the country. This year 138 organizations applied for recognition. There were 11 award winners and 37 honorable mentions. The Anderson County CERT team was the only CERT team in South Carolina to earn the award of Honorable Mention.

CERT and MSaR (Volunteer Mounted Search and Rescue, a sub-unit of CERT) members are well trained and know how to respond in the event of emergency incidents and mass destruction in Anderson County. The Sheriff’s Office believes that training our teams to assist with mutual aid agencies benefits the entire community. In addition, the CERT members and the Mounted Search and Rescue Team have extended an invitation to provide our services to all Upstate South Carolina first responder agencies in the event more manpower (or horsepower) and resources are needed.

“Anderson County is fortunate to have such a dedicated team of volunteers involved in our CERT and MSaR programs,” Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said. “This is a great example of citizens helping each other and our community.”

Baptist Easley earns recognition

EASLEY – Baptist Easley Hospital has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

Baptist Easley Hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Attach, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Surgical Care, Stroke and Immunization.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions.

The performance measures included in the recognition program including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, immunization, tobacco treatment and substance use.

This is the fourth consecutive year Baptist Easley Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer. Baptist Easley Hospital is one of only of 314 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past four consecutive years.

Wilbert Plastic Services expanding

EASLEY — Wilbert Plastic Services recently announced it is investing $2.2 million in expanding its facility in Easley. The expansion is expected to be completed in 2016.

The manufacturer of plastic products and assemblies will increase its paint offerings through installation of a fully-automated one- and two-component paint line.

Advanced technologies will provide a superior finish for completed products – products across markets such as healthcare, automotive, agriculture, consumer and recreation manufactured at Wilbert’s Easley injection molding plant as well as its six additional facilities.

Wilbert Plastic Services, headquartered in Belmont, N.C., has seven manufacturing facilities across five states and production and assembly for 12 different markets.

AnMed Rehab Hospital award

ANDERSON – AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture between AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital and HealthSouth, received the Exceptional Performance Award during HealthSouth’s Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet held Oct. 9, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital is one of only six hospitals in HealthSouth’s nationwide network of 107 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals to receive the award. This distinction recognizes the hospital’s consistent financial and clinical performance over the past four consecutive years.

“Our team at AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital works hard to provide exceptional outcomes and life-changing results for our patients,” said Michele Skripps, CEO at AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital. “This award is a reflection of their consistent dedication and teamwork.”

We encourage the submission of business news items for publication. These can include promotions, staff additions, awards, etc. Items can be submitted in writing to P.O. Box 709, Easley, S.C. 29641; in person at 205 Russell St.; via fax to 864-855-6825; or via email at Call 864-855-0355 for more information. Business news runs on a space available basis.