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Commerce and Community: May 17, 2013

Commerce and Community: May 17, 2013

Business news from around the region

Law firm adds Fanshawe as partner

ALBANY — Frank Fanshawe has joined national law firm Wilson Elser in its Albany office as a partner with its health care practice.

Fanshawe has more than 20 years of experience in handling health care matters with an emphasis on corporate and government affairs, compliance and public policy. He has held leadership positions, including vice president of corporate affairs, vice president of government affairs and chief compliance officer at MVP Health Care.

Fanshawe is an active board member of Girls Inc. and Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York, a former board member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, a former board member of the AHIP Executive Leadership Program, a member of the New York State Bar and American Health Lawyers Associations and an active member of the NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities.

He earned a bachelor of science degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta and his Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School.

Chamber slates annual dinner

VOORHEESVILLE — The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce will hold its 39th annual dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 15 at Colonie Country Club, 141 Maple Road, Route 85A.

Rodger Wyland from WNYT and Big Board Radio Sports will be master of ceremonies for the evening.

Nuevo Mundo will provide the entertainment.

Cost is $65 per person, $480 for a table of 8 and $600 for a table of 10.

The annual Women in Business silent auction will also be held at the dinner. Proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the National Kidney Foundation.

Visit to reserve a spot.

Saratoga group bestows honors

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Leadership Saratoga Alumni Association recognized the following individuals for their accomplishments in the community at its annual meeting:

Colleen Carlson, group sales representative at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, was named recipient of the 2011 Lisa Niles Distinguished Alumni; L. Clifford Van Wagner, director of pharmacy at Wesley Community, became the first recipient of the exemplar designation; and Pat Friesen, a graduate of Leadership Saratoga’s class of 2007, was named a leadership fellow.

Dan Fortier, general manager of Longfellows Restaurant and Conference Center, was elected president of the Alumni Association, replacing Richard Ferguson, VP and manager of corporate banking at Saratoga National Bank. Dean Kolligian, VP of McGregor Village Development Corp., was elected vice president.

Hospital earns ‘Blue Distinction’

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital has been named a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement by Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Saratoga Hospital is the first and only hospital in the Capital Region to be named a Blue Distinction Center (BDC) for this service.

The Blue Distinction Center program is designed to help consumers and their doctors make informed choices about where to undergo certain types of procedures. To earn the BDC designation, Saratoga Hospital had to demonstrate that it provides high-quality, comprehensive orthopedic care, as measured by performance against benchmarks in knee and hip replacement.

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