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September 1, 2013

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“Creativity and energy management go hand-in-hand at GM,” said Tim Lee, executive vice president of global manufacturing. “We’ve been consistently cutting energy use and emissions each year. Environmental responsibility — and its corresponding business benefits —continues to be an every day driver within our facilities.”

Company officials said the Kokomo plant avoided more than $4.8 million in energy costs annually through its efforts.

To achieve the Energy Star recognition, employees at GMCH Kokomo used energy-saving tactics such as installing energy management software to automatically control light fixtures when not in use. The team pre-programmed lights to shut off according to production schedules. Employees are engaged in energy management throughout the plant and account for their energy use and equipment shutdown schedules before leaving for the weekend or holidays.

“Our employees understand the commitment it takes to be as energy efficient as possible in our day-to-day operations,” said Steve Hartwig, plant manager. “Through a diligent environmental process, we have instilled a sense of responsibility to the environment that goes beyond our location in Indiana.”

Benedict expands her practice

Dukes Memorial Hospital announced family nurse practitioner Patricia Benedict will begin providing primary care to individuals in both Logansport and Peru. She will be available to see patients by appointment and by walk-in at the Logansport Outpatient Clinic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and at the Miami County Medical Clinic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays.

Beginning in October, she will see patients at the Miami County Medical Clinic on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The DMG Outpatient Clinic, 3065 East Market St., is located on the east side of Logansport. The Miami County Medical Clinic, 1000 N. Broadway, Peru, is at the corner of U.S. 24 and Broadway. Benedict is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and has been working in health care for the past 34 years. In those 34 years, Benedict has been an advocate on behalf of her patient’s health and believes in treating the whole person, not just their symptoms.

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