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November 13, 2013

RAY MOSCOWITZ: Close guiding Dukes Memorial to notable recognition

Miami Co. hospital among the nation's top 620, nonprofit says.

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Another major advancement has been minimally invasive surgeries and the expertise surgeons need to use equipment that makes those surgeries possible, she noted.

Changes requires staying attuned to the community. Close is involved with the Peru Rotary Club, the Miami County Health Department, the Miami County Chamber of Commerce, Ivy Tech, the YMCA, Peru Community Schools, North Central Indiana Workforce One, and economic development.

She and her husband, Jack, attend the First Presbyterian Church. He is retired from BF Goodrich after 30 years as a journeyman skilled tradesman.

The Closes have three children and two grandchildren — and a pack of alpacas.

Their oldest child, Jack Jr., is the project and construction manager in Fort Wayne. Shawn Joseph is completing an internship in heating, plumbing and air conditioning. And Patrick Ryan is director of development for the Miami County Community Foundation.

The Closes raise alpacas at their Gentleman Jacks Alpaca Ranch in Peru.

“We are busy with fiber shows and continuing to improve our knowledge base regarding alpaca,” Close said. “Our whole family has become quite involved in helping us on the ranch.”

The alpacas figure to be around for a while. Says Close:

“I am very committed to remaining in Miami County for the remainder of my career. I am very determined to leave a legacy of increased technology and great medical outcomes.

“I really enjoy what I do. It is not just a job; it is who I am.”

Ray Moscowitz of Bloomington is a retired newspaper executive and former publisher of the Peru Tribune. Contact him at r.mosco@comcast.net.

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