Amy Choitz, RN, BSN, CCRP, and Macy Linn, MS, CCRP, recently earned certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional, exclusively for cardiac rehabilitation professionals, is the only certification aligned with the published CR competencies. The exam required for certification is based on nation-wide standards and assesses proficiency in a variety of areas including, patient assessment, nutrition management, weight management, blood pressure management, blood lipid management, diabetes management, tobacco cessation, psychosocial management, physical activity counseling and exercise training. Choitz is the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation clinical coordinator at HaysMed and has been at HaysMed for 22 years. Linn is an exercise physiologist and has been with HaysMed for three years.

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Hampton Inn, 4002 General Hays Road, received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on the online TripAdvisor site during the past year. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

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Mark Lowry with Heritage Insurance Group recently completed the Growing Rural Businesses Entrepreneurial Certificate program through Wichita State University. The semester-long program was hosted by Phillips County Economic Development at the Huck Boyd Center in Phillipsburg. The program is designed to provide participants with information on the latest business principles and examples necessary for today’s rural communities. Topics ranged from management and marketing to finances and creating value for customers. Professors and instructors from Wichita State led the sessions and provided valuable insight and knowledge about how to start and grow businesses in rural communities. Heritage Insurance Group is a family-owned group of independent insurance agencies in northwest Kansas serving personal and business clients across the state. Offering customers choices and customizing coverages is what makes HIG special. Not only does HIG offer standard insurance products, but they specialize and have niche products for agriculture risks, non-profits, small businesses and ministries. To learn more about HIG, visit them online at

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