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Willingway employee earns certification

            Willingway Hospital employee Autumn Altamirano recently received her Certified Addiction Counselor Level II certification.  Altamirano is program director at the Willingway Women’s Residence facility, and has been employed by the hospital for six years.

            The CAC  Level II certification is a rigorous process that requires a four-year degree in the social sciences, three years of practice in the chemical dependency/abuse counseling field and at least 270 hours of education in the field of addiction, as well as a 250-question written test and subsequent oral exam.

            Over half of Willingway’s counseling staff is CAC Level I certified or higher, and over 90 percent of  the remaining staff is in the process of receiving CAC certification.

            “It is an arduous process that I am grateful that I have completed, because the additional education and experience will allow me to better serve our patients” states Altamirano.


AgSouth announces record earnings

            AgSouth Farm Credit CEO Bill Spigener recently announced that the customer-owned cooperative had record net earnings of $17.9 million during the second quarter of 2008, a 14.6 percent increase over the figures from the same period during 2007.

            CFO Alisa D. Gunter says that the cooperative “has the potential to exceed last year’s record earnings. If earnings continue to be strong, 2008 will be another record year. Additionally, our capital and patronage program continue to be strong. All of this is good news for our members.”

            AgSouth Farm Credit is one of the largest lending cooperatives in the southeast. Headquartered in Statesboro, Ga., with administrative offices in Spartanburg, S.C., and Orangeburg, S.C., the cooperative has 28 offices serving 34 South Carolina and 59 Georgia counties. As of June 30, 2008, AgSouth had more than 6,800 members, $1.5 billion in assets, and $222.2 million in capital and allocated accounts.

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