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We met with our wonderful ambassadors on Tuesday, December 7th to celebrate the holiday season and recognize their outstanding efforts and dedication to helping our cause here at the Walker County Chamber. An appetizing spread of breakfast finger foods, coffee, and orange juice was offered, accompanied by a fun round of "Chinese gift exchange" and door prizes. We hope that our ambassadors enjoyed meeting for a morning of light-hearted fun and fellowship in the company of friends and colleagues. We would like them all to know how much we appreciate all that they do, and we wish them the happiest of holidays!
Cornerstone Medical Center has now launched ER Express, an online reservation system for the Emergency Department. Using ER Express, patients with non-life-threatening illness can now reserve a time online to be treated in the Emergency Department.
To access the online system, patients can visit cornerstonemedicalcenter.org/check-in and select an available reservation time. Once the reservation form is completed, patients can wait in the comfort of their home until their designated ER Express time.
“We hope ER Express will provide patients with a quick and easy way to access our Emergency Department and allow them to have an excellent experience,” said Ashley King, Vice President of Growth and Development. “This new service truly aligns with our mission of improving the health of our community here in North Georgia.”
In addition to the online check-in service, Cornerstone has also partnered with ER Express and Bioscape Digital to provide patient experience tablets. The tablets are located within each patient room in the Emergency Department and allow patients and family members the opportunity to view educational videos and entertainment, after care instructions, as well as interact with their clinical teams.
History Channel's American Pickers is set to film in Georgia this winter, and they are looking for people in our area with intersting and unique collections of antiques and oddities.
In celebration of their 20-year anniversary, and in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month , the Mary Kay Foundation distributed 3 million dollars worth of grants to 150 women's domestic violence shelters around the country during early October. The Family Crisis Center of Catoosa, Walker, Dade and Chattooga Counties was awarded a $20,000 grant with which they plan to hire a part-time counselor for the women and children residing in the shelter.
Congratulations to The Family Crisis Center, and thank you to the Mary Kay Foundation for their outstanding efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence.
On October 17, 2016, the Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division (DOL) in partnership with the SBA Office of Advocacy presented a webinar entitled, “Preparing for the Overtime Final Rule.” DOL provided a briefing and a Questions & Answers session regarding the agency’s final rule that makes changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations. This Final Rule is effective on December 1, 2016.
We have provided the YouTube recording of the webinar below. There is also a recording on the DOL website.
DOL has created other resources to help small entities comply with this rule, such as a Small Business Compliance Guide, which can be found at:
DOL also has a hotline for compliance questions at: 1-866-4-USWAGE (1-866-487-9243)