Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 16, 2014

Business briefs

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Bozard is St. Joseph physician of the year

Melanie Bozard, M.D., has been named St. Joseph Hospital’s Physician of the Year for 2014. Members of the hospital’s medical executives committee made the selection based on nominations from members of the medical staff and hospital employees.

“With such an outstanding medical staff, it is never an easy task to select just one deserving physician,” St. Joseph President and CEO Kathy A. Young said. “Dr. Bozard was chosen based on her high level of engagement at the hospital, her leadership qualities, her commitment to our mission and core values, and the comments on nomination forms.”

A common theme voiced by the many medical professionals who nominated Bozard was the respect and compassion she brings to her work.

Bozard earned a B.S. degree with highest distinction from Purdue University, then went on to obtain her medical education at Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Bozard is board certified in internal medicine. She became part of the medical staff of St. Joseph Hospital in 1999 and joined the St. Vincent Medical Group practice at 138 N. Dixon Road in Kokomo in 2013. She has served as chief of staff for St. Joseph Hospital since 2010.

McDivitt wins statewide award

Dr. Aileen McDivitt, Kokomo, was presented the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association Volunteer Award at the group’s annual meeting Feb. 1 in Indianapolis.

The IVMA Volunteer Award is presented to an IVMA member who has provided leadership or service to a particular project or program of the association. She is a 2000 graduate of the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine.

McDivitt has been a member of the IVMA since graduation. For the last four years, she has served as the association’s treasurer, and has served on the IVMA’s continuing education committee and audit and budget committee. She is actively involved in her church community and with her family. McDivitt is an associate veterinarian at Kokomo Animal Hospital.

The IVMA is the professional organization for veterinarians who care for Hoosier pets, farm animals, zoo animals, wildlife, and public health, and is the human side of animal health.

St. Joseph offering paid internships

Kokomo-based St. Joseph Hospital is accepting applications for up to 10 paid internships for post-secondary students this summer.

To be eligible for consideration, students must be a resident of Howard County or one of the surrounding counties and be currently enrolled as at least a sophomore in an associate, bachelor, masters, or doctorate-level health care program at the time of application. Areas of study may include medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and medical technology. Nursing students must have successfully completed at least one year of clinical rotation before applying. Selected applicants will be required to work a total of 400 hours between May and August of 2014.

“This will be our ninth year for the program and we expect to again receive a tremendous response,” hospital President Kathy Young said. “The feedback we received about our program from past students, their parents and hospital mentors has been consistently positive. We’re very excited to once again offer health care-minded students the opportunity to obtain real-life working experience in a hospital setting.”

Interested students must submit all of the following in order to be considered:

* A St. Joseph Hospital employment application, available online at www.stvincent.org/jobs (find St. Joseph jobs through that portal).

• A current official college transcript

• Three letters of recommendation from current or previous employers or academic instructors

• A 300-word essay clearly specifying the student’s career objective, the reason(s) for his or her academic/career choice, planned graduation date and desired learning objectives of the summer internship experience. Essays must be typed.

All requested documents and materials must be postmarked by midnight on March 6 or hand-delivered to the Human Resources Department by 4 p.m. on March 6 to be considered for the program. Students are responsible for verifying that all materials and recommendations have been received by the deadline. Students selected for further consideration will be contacted for an interview by phone or in person.

All applications and supporting materials should be directed to:

Cindy Babb, Executive Director, Human Resources, St. Joseph Hospital, 1907 W. Sycamore St. Kokomo, IN 46901. She can be reached at babbc@stjoseph.stvincent.org, and at 765-456-5402.

Flower basket planting is March 25

Greater Kokomo Downtown Council is seeking 75 volunteers per shift (2 total shifts) to help plant flower cuttings on March 25. Volunteers will plant the baskets at Mark & Julie Hilligoss’ greenhouse located in Sharpsville. For more information, contact Susan Alexander at 765-457-5301.