Week 19 A New Year!


Union County Hospital Tour with James Farris, CEO


Jack Stokes and Brenda Allen, Associated Lumber


Student Journal Highlights for this week

Something that really surprised me was that the Union County Hospital is home to the only nursing home in the county to have received a joint committee standard certification. The Union County Hospital’s nursing home could have a surprise inspection by the committee and have an on the floor evaluation on everything from medication passes to if the outside garage bin’s lid is left open on any day.  They also have received special certification for stroke and chest pain management.   Union County Hospital is also the first hospital in the surrounding counties to have a convenient care unit, which is a non-emergency unit that treats uncomplicated minor illnesses and provides preventative health care services in a timely fashion.

Erin Dillow

Erin Dillow
Tuesday, January 3, 2017Learn More About Erin

We met with Mr. Farris who is the CEO of the hospital and learned a little history on the building along with taking a tour. I have so many questions to ask Mr. Farris when he talks to us again. There are so many things that I never realized had to happen for the hospital to be up to date. For example, why do they need a sprinkler system in the water physical therapy room? My favorite part of the tour was seeing so many people in their uniforms looking very determined and ready to give their patients the best care. I enjoy the hospital being our home base especially since we get hot chocolate every morning!

I was sad leaving Southern Real Estate Group’s office. It has this energy that you can't get anywhere else. Whether it be the people, the inspirational posters, or the busy and thriving Main Street, something about it makes you feel the inspiration. So it surprised me to walk into the hospital and feel that same inspiration. It was amazing to look around and get a tour of the hospital. I never knew all the things the hospital has. I was very impressed with the hospital visit, and I look forward to having it as our new home base.

Julian Smith

Julian Smith
Tuesday, January 3, 2017Learn More About Julian

I think my favorite part of the visit was talking to Mr. Stokes about all the different types they sell. Mr. Stokes said that if you need anything he can order it. I also learned that Mr. Stokes will go to any project of yours to measure things and give you a rough estimate on price. He also will look at blueprints and tell you a rough estimate of how much it will cost to build your home. I enjoy that Mr. Stokes also doesn't charge any delivery fee and will also haul away any old appliances for you.

Jessica Glasco

Jessica Glasco
Thursday, January 5, 2017Learn More About Jessica

“If you’re looking for something unusual, we’ll find it. It might take us a day or two, but if you want it, we can get it.” This is what Mr. Jack Stokes told us when we visited his store. Mr. Stokes informed us that his store contains approximately 27,000 different items. Associated Lumber has anything from rentable jackhammers, to an array of the newest plumbing pipes and leak stopping clamps, to upscale cabinetry. They also are the only place that sells appliances in our county, and all their appliances are made in America. As many, many other business owners have warned us, Mr. Stokes also said, “If someone is satisfied, they’ll tell their friends. If someone is dissatisfied, they’ll tell everyone.” He explained to us that as someone who is providing something to the customer, you should always do what you say you are going to do, even if in the end it will come out of your pocket.

Also, I never knew that we had a store in Anna that I could use to do extensive interior design with. I felt like I could really make a unique and personal kitchen when I talked with Ms. Brenda Allen, designer. I’ve always been interested in architecture and interior design, so I really enjoyed browsing all the different options for flooring, cabinetry, and countertops because I could just imagine all the combinations I could create in my own home someday.

Erin Dillow

Erin Dillow
Thursday, January 5, 2017Learn More About Erin

Associated Lumber gives a good first impression in my experience. When I shopped there the people were friendly when I walked in and very accommodating. First impressions are more important than some people think. They can define a customer's view of the establishment.

Jessa Bond

Jessa Bond
Thursday, January 5, 2017Learn More About Jessa

If I was ever to run a Lumber Business I would run it like Mr. Stokes runs his. He does a tremendous job with his customers and has an outstanding knowledge in the field of lumber. He is also very lucky because he has some very great employees. The things he does and the ways he runs his business make me want to look up to him.

Aaron Lence

Aaron Lence
Thursday, January 5, 2017Learn More About Aaron

Now, we are going to be focusing on our personal businesses. If there is a frightened emoji it should be inserted right here. We will have to be deciding what our businesses will be and figuring out all the details. The part I’m worried about the most is writing the business plan. Getting visited by two CEO Alumni from last year really helped me to feel more confident and at ease. It helped me see that two girls that are just like me did this and so can I. Even though this week started out rough, it was very interesting and really got me back into the “CEO Spirit.”

Jessa Bond

Jessa Bond
Friday, January 6, 2017Learn More About Jessa


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