February 2015: Business Briefcase

GYMO changes structure

Based on legislative changes finalized in 2012, Watertown-based GYMO, Architecture, Engineering and Land Surveying’s business status has changed, resulting in a shift in corporate business designation to GYMO, Architecture, Engineering and Land Surveying, D.P.C., or Design Professional Corp.

This state-authorized change allows non-licensed staff to have the opportunity to participate in ownership of the firm, which previously was only available to New York-licensed professionals.

CAH accredited by Joint Commission

Carthage Area Hospital received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for hospital accreditation Dec. 8. The gold seal is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

The hospital underwent several unannounced on-site surveys, where expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards consisting of emergency management, infection prevention and control, environmental care, leadership and medication management.

Extension nets $4k grant

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently announced a $4,000 community health award grant for the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County to fund the ‘4-H Choose Health’ program.

This research-based curriculum addresses the high percentage of overweight and obese children in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. The program promotes wellness, increased physical activity and nutrition education at 4-H Club camps, county fairs and after-school programs.