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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Broadcasters honor Arnow

Key West resident Peter L. Arnow was inducted into the New Jersey Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame during the organization's annual conference in Atlantic City.

Arnow was the founder of WDHA-FM in Dover, N.J., building it while he was a college student. Using home-built equipment, WDHA was the first station in the U.S. to broadcast in F.M. stereo. Later, it was the first to program music on the air using the new compact disc technology.

In 1985, Arnow and his partner, Bob Linder, organized the first New Jersey statewide AIDS Awareness series that was broadcast on every New Jersey radio and TV station.

Arnow was vice president of NJBA for eight years, and served as president for eight years.

He moved the annual convention to Atlantic City the year gambling was approved.

Arnow sold his New Jersey stations in 1992 and retired to Key West, where he operated WEOW-FM.

Kerrick wins nursing award

Steve Kerrick, emergency room nurse at Mariners Hospital, recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Mariners Hospital. The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that recognizes extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care by nurses.

Kerrick's fellow nurses nominated him for the honor, calling Kerrick, "the epitome of what a nurse should be. He is a true professional with the patience of a saint."

They also cited Kerrick's willingness to go above and beyond what is called for in his job description. When a woman arrived at the Upper Keys hospital and needed help getting her husband out of the car, Kerrick didn't hesitate to help. When he got to the car, he realized the man was having a heart attack and immediately started administering CPR. His swift actions saved the man's life.

Mariners staff elects leaders

The medical staff at Mariners Hospital has selected its slate of leaders for the next two years.

Emergency physician Dr. Kenneth Ahonen will serve as president, and family practitioner Dr. Brian Magrane will fill the seat of vice president.

Internist Dr. Joanne Mahoney remains as section-of-medicine chief; and general surgeon Dr. Alan Netzman remains as section-of-surgery chief. Radiologist Dr. Ashley Smith was elected member-at-large. Neurologist Dr. Elisa Brown-Soltero will serve as past president.

The new officers serve as the Medical Executive Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the organized medical staff of almost 128 physicians at Mariners Hospital as well as the overall quality of care provided to patients and patient safety.

Setzer takes Rotary helm

Jim Wilson, outgoing president of Key West's Sunset Rotary, recently passed the presidential gavel to incoming President Cynthia Setzer.

Sunset Rotary meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Rusty Anchor restaurant on Stock Island.