The Breast Center at Providence Hospital kicked off its annual breast cancer awareness month recognition with the “Pink Out Providence” event Thursday in the hospital’s DePaul Center located at 6801 Airport Blvd. in Mobile.

Breast cancer experts and patients from Providence spoke on cancer-related topics:

• Lynn Land, CRNP, an oncology nurse who works exclusively with cancer patients, discussed the importance of good nutrition during cancer treatment and why vitamin levels should be monitored. She also reviewed foods that help patients deal with nausea and other side effects of treatment.

• Breast cancer survivor Lynn Tate shared her personal story of being diagnosed shortly after her retirement as vice-president of Missions at Providence Hospital and what it was like to receive care where she worked for more than 40 years.

• Robi Jones, RN, CRNP, CBCN, Breast Center care coordinator, discussed the role of genetic testing in the prevention and treatment of breast and ovarian cancer. Her overview examined who was eligible for genetic testing, the process, and the psychological impact and subsequent medical management of the test results.

• Rhonda Daugherty, breast cancer survivor, shared the story of her personal journey through diagnosis and treatment.

In addition to the presentations, a variety of community partners and sponsors were on hand and provided educational materials and local resource information. “Pink Out Providence” sponsors and exhibitors included Myriad Genetics, Covenant Care, Ambry Genetics, Southern Cancer Center, Genentech, Providence Cancer Center, Providence Breast Center, Providence Hospital Breast Friends Support Group, Cares Health Services and Mobile Fire and Rescue Department.

Several other breast cancer awareness events are also scheduled throughout the month of October. All proceeds benefit the Providence Hospital Breast Cancer Outreach Fund which helps provide financial assistance to patients in need while undergoing treatment.

The Breast Center at Providence Hospital is equipped to perform a wide range of breast imaging, including 3D diagnostic digital mammography, ultrasound and MRI. The Breast Center also offers core needle biopsy through ultrasound, stereotactic or MRI guidance.

For more information about “Pink Out Providence” visit the hospital’s website.

Hearing care company earns international award
According to a news release, Beltone, a leader in hearing care for over 75 years, held its 2016 national meeting recently. The annual meeting, themed the “Beltone Leaders United for Excellence Conference,” included over 350 business owners from Beltone’s U.S. and Canadian dispenser network, as well as guests from Europe. 

The meeting included an award ceremony honoring hearing care practitioners and business owners. Beltone presented its most prestigious award, The President’s Cup, to Mobile residents David and Teresa Adams. The Adams’ business is a family-owned, multi-generational practice that has been a fixture in the Mobile community for more than 40 years. 

“This respected award recognizes Beltone practitioners whose dedication and passion for hearing care go well beyond their office and into the community,” Corrine Perritano, president of Beltone North America said. “The leadership and commitment provided by this practice is the ultimate example of this. Giving back to their community is a way of doing business for this practice.” 

“It is an honor to be selected for the President’s Cup award,” David Adams said. “It represents what our practice aims for on a daily basis, quality care and community engagement.” 

The Adams were also recognized with Beltone’s 2015 Patient Excellence Award, given to the practice with the highest patient satisfaction score from more than 10,000 respondents.

Financial advisor selected to attend national conference
Wesley Coody, an investment advisor representative with Voya Financial Advisors and partner at C2 Wealth Strategies headquartered in Mobile, attended the 2016 Advisory Masters Conference recently held recently in Miami.

Voya’s leading financial advisors across the country who have attained “Premier Partner” status were invited to attend the annual event, hosted by Voya Financial Advisors, to connect with industry experts and explore the latest trends in advisory service management.

“In our ever-changing industry, it’s important to remain in touch with your peers and to stay informed about the latest news and trends,” Andre Robinson, head of advisory solutions for Voya said.

To achieve Premier Partner status, advisors must attain a business growth milestone in assets under management that set them apart as a high-performing financial professional. Advisors recognized by Voya Financial Advisors with this accomplishment have demonstrated high-level success in investment planning, client retention and attaining robust sales goals.

Coody works with individuals and families in the financial planning arena locally. More information about Voya Financial Advisors can be found on their website.

Hargrove ranked as Alabama’s largest engineering firm
Mobile-based Hargrove Engineers + Constructors has topped the list of Alabama’s largest engineering firms for the second year in a row, according to Business Alabama’s annual survey. This comes after moving up from third position in the 2014 survey.

Hargrove opened in 1995 with only a handful of teammates and has grown to more than 1,200 employees distributed among 11 offices. “This recognition validates our teammates’ focus on excellence and our client-centered approach to projects.” Greg Blankenship, the Decatur, Alabama office leader said.

Business Alabama surveys the state’s engineering firms annually to produce the rankings. The magazine asks firms to answer questions based on design fees, number of employees, largest project under construction and largest project completed in the prior year. The recently released list of top firms is based on total design fees.

“All teammates across our three Alabama offices deserve credit for this recognition,” Blankenship said. “Not only that, but we could not have experienced the same level of growth without the support of our clients and partners. We are proud to serve the process, manufacturing and energy industries in Alabama, which are at the integral to our state’s future economic growth.”

Currently Hargrove Engineers + Constructors is a full-service EPC, automation, life sciences and technical services firm. To find out more about the company, visit their website.