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Newsmakers in Business, June 1

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Longstreet’s McDuffie honored by association

Cheryl T. McDuffie, practice administrator of The Longstreet Clinic’s Center for Women’s Health, has been honored by the Georgia Medical Group Management Association with its Distinguished Service Award.

The award represents a current GMGMA member and their significant achievement or expertise. It was presented last month at the group’s annual conference at Lake Lanier Islands.

GMGMA’s Elaine Cook said McDuffie “has given countless hours to GMGMA over the last 15 years, from serving as a committee member to President of GMGMA to helping start a local chapter.”

McDuffie has served as practice administrator for TLC’s Center for Women’s Health, one of the clinic’s largest departments, for the past seven years. The practice includes 12 physicians, 10 certified nurse midwives, two nurse practitioners and four locations.

“Cherri’s calm resolve and strong leadership brought our department together in a time of change and growth,” said Jeff Reinhardt, M.D., an OB/GYN and TLC president.

McDuffie is a fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives, the highest distinction in the medical group practice management profession. She and her husband, Dale, live in Baldwin. They have two adult sons and two grandsons.

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Gainesville arborist Sisk earns highest honor

Odis Sisk, an ISA-certified arborist and owner of Gainesville-based Global Tree Preservation, earned the International Society of Arboriculture’s 2013 Award of Merit for the Southern Chapter.

The Award of Merit is the “highest honor ISA can bestow, and recognizes outstanding meritorious service in advancing the principals, ideals and practices of arboriculture.”

Sisk has taught arboriculture practices and safety throughout the U.S. and in Puerto Rico, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Germany.

“Odis’ professionalism and tireless support of education, worker safety, and the promotion of proper tree care easily earns him this Award of Merit, and we are proud to have him as a representative of the Southern Chapter,” said Peter Rausch, Past President ISA Southern Chapter.

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