City events coordinator named to board of statewide group


Published: Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:56 p.m.

David Ballard, events coordinator for the city of Gainesville, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Festivals & Events Association, a group with a mission to promote and strengthen the festival industry in Florida.

Ballard will be inducted at the association’s annual convention to be held July 31-Aug. 2 in Bonita Springs.

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Gainesville resident and former University of Florida librarian and Santa Fe College faculty member Sherry Sherrod DuPree has been honored with the Woman of Spirit Award by the William Seymore Educational Foundation at its second annual Benefit Gala held recently in Marlboro, Md.

Dupree is nationally renowned for her work as an archivist of African-American Holiness and Pentecostal church history, who has collections at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Founded in 2010, the William Seymore Education Foundation raises resources to support William Seymour College, a new institution of higher education launching in August. The foundation also supports the Pan-African Pentecostal Archives that collects and preserves artifacts on Pentecostalism from throughout the African Diaspora and the Seymour Press, which publishes works related to Christian history and theology by Pentecostal and other evangelical scholars.

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Craig DeGarmo, division administrator of Nephrology, Hypertension and Renal Transplantation at the University of Florida College of Medicine, has been selected to serve a three-year-term beginning July 1 as member-at-large to the executive council for the national association of Administrators of Internal Medicine.

The Administrators of Internal Medicine is an organization composed of business administrators in departments of internal medicine at medical schools and affiliated teaching hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.

DeGarmo served in the U. S. Navy for eight years with time spent in Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait providing medical services in hostile environments including triage and treating victims with wounds caused by gunshot, improvised explosive devices and shrapnel.

DeGarmo, who graduated magna cum laude, holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration, health-care management, marketing and related support services from Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Haven Hospice recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the Roberts Hospice Care Center in Palatka, which serves Keystone Heights, Crescent City and Putnam County. Doris Satterwhite provided a generous gift that will allow the care center to expand its current 12-bed facility to an 18-bed facility with all private rooms. The expansion is expected to be completed this fall. Since opening in 2003, Roberts Hospice Care Center has provided care to more than 4,000 individuals.

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Dr. Lawrence Lottenberg, an associate professor of surgery and anesthesiology and one of the University of Florida’s Health’s longest-serving trauma surgeons, and Dr. John Armstrong, Florida’s surgeon general and secretary of the Florida Department of Health, are recipients of the Raymond H. Alexander Award from the Florida chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

The award, which is named for the late UF surgeon Raymond H. Alexander, recognizes outstanding dedication and service to the medical profession in the field of surgery.

Lottenberg is the founding trauma surgeon at UF Health Shands Hospital’s level 1 trauma center, and for two-years served as president of the Florida chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Lottenberg led a major leadership transition within the chapter, guided the chapter through tough legislative challenges and was instrumental in establishing the Florida Surgical Care Initiative, a quality improvement program for the practice of surgery statewide.

He served as chair of the Florida Committee on Trauma for six years and still serves as a senior advisory member of the committee’s leadership team. Before coming to UF, Lottenberg was a leader in trauma surgery for 26 years at Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Fla.

In the late 1990s, Lottenberg also developed a trauma-specific program, called PocketChart Trauma for handheld computers that facilitated patient billing and allowed providers to make notes.

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