Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Business Briefs

Ketchum man wins leadership award

Wilson McElhinny of Ketchum has received an award for his leadership activities in Pennsylvania.

The Economic Development Co. of Lancaster County announced that McElhinny won the 2012 EDC Founders Award for Distinguished Leadership in Economic and Community Development. The award recognizes an individual for significant contributions of leadership, commitment and service in strengthening the county's economic health, according to a news release.

The award was announced Jan. 13 at the company's 21st annual meeting.

McElhinny served as the board's director and director emeritus from 1989 to 1999, the release says. He is the retired chair, president and CEO of Hamilton Bank and directed the growth of Lancaster County's biggest financial institution for two decades while being a central figure in the area's economic recovery.

Foundation appoints 2012 officers

The St. Luke's Wood River Foundation has announced its 2012 officers, led by President Lou Ann Terry, who continues a 30-year family legacy of promoting community health. The complete slate of 2012 officers includes Judy Jellinek, vice president; Marybeth Flower, secretary; Megan Edwards, governance committee chair; and E. Carlton "Buddy" Wilton, finance committee chair.

"The St. Luke's Wood River Foundation is grateful for Lou Ann's generous gifts of time, history and strategic vision as foundation board president," said Foundation Chief Development Officer Megan Thomas.

Terry's father, Hughes Brown, joined the Moritz Hospital Board in 1982 and was instrumental in the merger of Moritz Hospital and Blaine County Medical center to become Wood River Medical Center. Brown died in 1990, but his vision of one hospital serving the entire community was realized in 2000 with the opening of St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center.

In 2011, Terry served as chair of the foundation's Finance Committee. She has a strong background in finance and has served on several health-related boards in the Dallas area.

St. Luke's Wood River Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate the advancement of innovative programs and services that improve health care. For more information, contact Thomas at 727-8444 or visit

Insurance advisor gets certification

Chadwick C. Howard, a producer with Wood River Insurance in Hailey, was recently recognized for completing the Liberty Northwest New Producer Program and receiving the professional designation of accredited advisor in insurance from the Insurance Institute of America.

The 30-week development program provides studies in commercial lines coverages, insurance risk management techniques and insurance sales.

Howard has been an employee of Wood River Insurance since 2011. He is a 1998 graduate of Boise State University.

Portland, Ore.,-based Liberty Northwest is a commercial lines property and casualty insurer with offices throughout the Northwest.

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