A roundup of Omaha-area accomplishments:

» The local chapter of the Association of Perioperative Nurses honored three people at a banquet this week.

Becky Rohe was named member of the year. Rohe is a 40-year worker, most of it as an operating-room nurse, at the VA Medical Center in Omaha. She is president of the local AORN chapter.

Dr. Justin Siebler was named physician of the year. Siebler is an orthopedic surgeon at Nebraska Medicine and the VA Medical Center.

Jeff Kloster, special recognition award. Kloster is president of the Rhino Group, an Omaha firm that sells and services hospital equipment. He was honored in part for putting on a free continuing-education program for nurses on proper positioning of surgical patients.

AORN’s local chapter has 140 members. AORN is a national organization generally for operating-room nurses.

» Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., has been awarded the “National Conservation Achievement” award by the National Wildlife Federation for his efforts to ensure the inclusion of conservation compliance measures in the 2014 farm bill. Fortenberry was presented the award in Washington by Collin O’Mara, president and CEO at the National Wildlife Federation.

» The University of Nebraska Medical Center inducted Gold Humanism Honor Society members earlier this month in a ceremony at the Omaha Press Club. The class included 18 third-year medical students, six resident physicians and three faculty members. The Gold Humanism Honor Society was established in 2002 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which was established by Drs. Arnold and Sandra Gold at Columbia University. The national organization has more than 20,000 members in training and practice. Inductees included: Katherine Ernst, Autumn Kresha, Katie Maliszewski, Craig Sudbeck, Blake Cover, Sydney Rees, Joshua Gruhl, Elizabeth Sutton, Einstein Juma, Matt Pazderka, Sara Schenk, Matt Smith, Riley Machal, David Bayne, Chris Deans, Meredith Humphreys, Andrea Langeveld, Caitlin Loseth, Dr. Kilie Donovan, Dr. Melissa Hernandez, Dr. Jennifer Dwyer, Dr. John Pesavento, Dr. Caleb Steffen, Dr. Chetaj Mahabir, Dr. Shannon Boerner, Wendy Grant and Dr. Bud Shaw.

» Dr. David F. Mercer, a transplant surgeon for the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, was honored by the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures recently with the organization’s first award for scientific achievement. Mercer received the Chancellor Emeritus Harold M. Maurer, M.D. and Beverly Maurer Scientific Achievement Award at the coalition’s 13th annual Tribute Lunch at Happy Hollow Club. The award is named after the Maurers, who have been longtime supporters of research. Maurer served as UNMC chancellor from 1999-2014. Beverly Maurer is a board member for the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.

» Dr. Jason Bynum was recently named president of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society’s board of directors. The board is panel of 15 physicians who are committed to advocating for physician’s rights while building a stronger, more unified healthcare community in El Dorado, Sacramento and Yolo Counties in California. Bynum in a 1993 graduate of Burke High School and a 1997 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He graduated in 2003 from the George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

» Dr. Linda Vermooten has been named a Diplomate within the American Psychotherapy Association. Vermooten’s new designation is limited to a select group of professionals who have demonstrated outstanding abilities within their specialty and meet the stringent requirements of the American Psychotherapy Association in the areas of knowledge, skill, education, training and experience in the therapeutic process. She was given member status and recognized as a board-certified professional counselor in June 2014. She leads the Grace University counseling department and oversees the Grace University Counseling Center in the former St. Joseph’s Hospital building at 825 Dorcas St.


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