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Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce awarded 5-Star Accreditation

The United States Chamber of Commerce recently awarded the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation for its policies, organizational procedures and impact on the community.

“Chambers of commerce play a critical role in their communities,” Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber vice president of Federation Relations and Institute for Organization Management, said. “From connecting business owners with needed resources to advocating on behalf of their members with lawmakers, each day these outstanding chambers convene thought leaders and strengthen the collective voices of their members.”

Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs and technology. This extensive self-review can take six to nine months to complete.

“We are incredibly honored to have been first accredited with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1973,” Lynn Olberding, executive director, said. “Through our previous accreditation process in 2013, we were accredited with 4-stars and are so proud to be one of only 120 5-Star accredited chambers across the country.”

A labor-intensive process, the U.S. Chamber’s accreditation application has nine sections, including: Governance, Finance, Human Resources, Government Affairs, Program Development, Technology, Communication, Facilities and Benchmarking.

The Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is “To be a leader for business and partner for quality of life initiatives in the Marshalltown area.”

Grundy Hospital awarded for Patient Experience

GRUNDY CENTER — Grundy County Memorial Hospital/UnityPoint Health has received its 10th consecutive Patient Experience recognition at the national level. This hospital was awarded the 2018 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence for Patient Experience for both Outpatient and Inpatient services.

Grundy County Memorial Hospital received its first national patient satisfaction award for Emergency services in 2009.

“By the very nature of health care, our patients are here when they are their most vulnerable,” hospital President Adam Scherling said. “We make it our priority to turn what may be an unpleasant situation into a positive experience.”

The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence recognizes health care organizations who consistently sustain performance in the top five percent of all Press Ganey clients. The company works with more than 33,000 health care organizations.

Grundy County Memorial Hospital is a critical access hospital, serving Grundy, Butler, Hardin and Tama counties and an affiliate of UnityPoint Health – Waterloo.

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