Business Briefs for June 17

Drs. Skrien, Willett recertified as family medicine diplomates

Affiliated Community Medical Center announces that Dr. Jane Willett and Dr. Gary Skrien, Family Medicine physicians at ACMC in Marshall, recently recertified as Diplomates of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).

The ABFM is the second largest medical specialty board in the United States whose purpose includes improving the quality of medical care available to the public and establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in the specialty of Family Medicine.

Board certification is a meaningful indicator that a doctor has the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to provide high-quality patient care. Although board certification is voluntary, ABFM certification is recognized throughout the world as signifying excellence in the practice of Family Medicine.

The mission of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is to promote excellence in medical care through educational and scientific initiatives. Through successful performance on the examination, Dr. Skrien and Dr. Willett have exhibited a level of mastery of medical knowledge worthy of recognition as a specialist in Family Medicine.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans members vote in favor of extending common bond to Christians

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans announced Friday that its membership approved an extension of its common bond, which will allow the 111-year fraternal benefit society to serve more Christians. Seventy-two percent of Thrivent members who cast their votes during the March 1-April 30 timeframe voted in favor of revising the organization’s articles of incorporation. Nearly 425,000 members participated in this historic vote – more than double the turnout of other typical membership votes at Thrivent.

“Thank you to the many members who participated in this process, demonstrated their role as member-owners and had a voice in the decision,” said Brad Hewitt, president and CEO of Thrivent. “This vote will allow us to strengthen our mission of helping more Christians be wise with money and live generously. Working together, we’ll be able to serve more people, meet more needs and strengthen more Christian communities.”

In May 2012, the Thrivent Financial Board unanimously voted in favor of amending the Articles of Incorporation to extend the common bond and for submitting the proposed amendment to a benefit member vote for approval. Benefit members voted between March 1 and April 30. The vote was conducted by and certified by Election America, a third-party election services company.