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Business in Brief: Artful Eye Jewelers wins national awards

An example of Artful Eye’s award-winning work. (Courtesy)

An example of Artful Eye’s award-winning work. (Courtesy)

Artful Eye Jewelers wins national awards

It was a triple crown for Artful Eye Jewelers. Artful Eye Jewelers has won three, first-place national awards for its jewelry design and creativity.

Their ring, pendant and earrings designs each won first place at the IJO National Jewelry Design Contest this past weekend.

Jeweler Dave Rabellino, CAD/CAM designer Holly Stringer and Designer Cara Pfeiffer make and design all of the jewelry in their workshop. They specialize in creating one-of-a-kind designs, re-designing old jewelry into something new and exciting, and jewelry repair.

The jewelry store encourages people to stop by and see them for free design ideas and estimates. Artful Eye Jewelers is located at 124 S. Montezuma St. in Prescott. They can be reached at 928-445-5570 or online at www.artfuleyejewelers.com.

Debra Kudelka-Beavers receives 2019 Innovation Award

Debra Kudelka-Beavers, who is the technology project manager for the Community Health Center of Yavapai (CHCY), has been awarded the 2019 Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers Innovation Award. She received the award for her work in introducing new technology to the center in an effort to reduce errors, streamline processes, and create a better customer service experience.

Kudelka-Beavers started at the center in 2007 as a front office manager, and in 2015 was promoted to a new Health Information Specialist position. She now spends most of her time training employees on the medical software the center’s three locations utilize.

Sharon Rickman, CHCY director, said, “When she is not training she is reaching out to the staff and encouraging them to utilize the new and exciting features the software offers that may be underutilized and would benefit the patient as well as the medical providers.”

Last year the center was told that the server they used to store patient information was in need of an upgrade. Kudelka-Beavers reached out to several other medical providers in the state to find out what they were using. What she discovered was that “Secure Cloud Computing” was where the industry was headed. It would maintain the required security levels and would benefit from constant availability, even if the local servers lost network connection. The upgrade to a cloud-based server, along with a new check-in platform and eMedApps to provide a snapshot of care guidelines for all patients, is why Rickman submitted Kudelka-Beavers’ name for the award.

Rickman said, “I am thrilled that Debra won this innovation award as her work over the last three years has improved our patient’s overall experience. The way we use the Electronic Health Record system has proven to create a better experience for our patients, and it helps us provide better customer service.”

Information provided by Yavapai County.

On Q Financial, Inc. hosting Realtor event

On Q Financial, Inc. is playing host. The mortgage company is hosting a Realtor event on March 22. This event will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Judy Lowe, Arizona Department of Real Estate commissioner, is expected at the event.

On Q Financial is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mortgage consultants are available after hours and weekends by cell phone.

For information about the event, contact Heidi Zerbro at heidi.zebro@onqfinancial.com or call 480-688-1876.

Pinnacle West Capital reports strong year

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation reported a consolidated net income to common shareholders of $511.0 million, or $4.54 per diluted share, for 2018. This compares with the net income to shareholders of $488.5 million, or $4.35 per share, in 2017.

“Strong operational performance and a robust Arizona economy helped us achieve solid 2018 results at the top of our earnings guidance,” Pinnacle West Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Don Brandt said. “And, by operating efficiently and safely, our employees provided our 1.2 million customers with clean, reliable and affordable electricity.”

As an example of the corporation’s commitment to keeping rates affordable, its subsidiary, Arizona Public Service, was among the first energy companies in the nation to return the benefits of federal tax reform to customers, according to a news release. Disciplined operational cost management has enabled the company to limit price increases to less than the rate of inflation over the last 25 years.

In early February, APS lowered monthly bills more than $3 on average for residential customers. Added to the $119 million in savings passed along to customers from federal tax reform, the average APS customer’s monthly bill is $9.59 less than it was on March 1, 2018, the company reported in the news release.

“Whether it’s operating Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest producer of clean-energy; quickly restoring electric service after a violent monsoon storm; or holding the line on operational costs,” Brandt said, “our employees’ commitment to our customers defines who we are as a company.”

Information provided by Pinnacle West Capital Corporation.

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