1st Bank Yuma receives national awards

1st Bank Yuma received an honorable mention in the Independent Community Bankers of America’s 2019 National Community Bank Service Awards, which celebrate the outstanding and innovative volunteer efforts of the nation’s community banks.

The $343 million-asset bank was recognized for its Kinder to College Financial Initiative, which promotes multi-generational financial literacy. 

Terry Frydenlund, president and CEO at 1st Bank Yuma stated, “We created the Kinder to College Financial Literacy program with the primary goal; to bridge the gap between traditional financial management principles and their application in the real world, assisting students and their families navigate an increasingly complex financial world.

“The bank is thankful for this recognition by ICBA and remain dedicated to finding innovative ways to serve the citizens in our communities and put them on the path to financial security and wealth creation,” he added. 

The initiative has four distinct components: bank-sponsored field trips and basic economic principle instruction for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, web-based instructions and lectures for high school students, credit score fundamentals for college students, and overall financial education for the elderly, nonprofits and church groups. More than 13,000 individuals have benefitted from the training, which draws roughly 500 volunteer hours annually by bank employees. 

“ICBA is proud to recognize the extraordinary contributions of 1st Bank Yuma and its employees, which demonstrate the vital role community banks serve in helping local communities prosper,” said ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey. “The bank’s dedication to community banking principles, and unwavering support for their customers and communities, serves as a shining example for our industry.” 

Yuma attorneys earn ‘Best Lawyers in America’ recognition 

Bankruptcy attorneys Thomas H. Allen, Hilary L. Barnes and Michael A. Jones of Allen Barnes and Jones PLC have been listed in the 2020 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.”

Allen was selected for the 11th consecutive year, while this year’s selection is the first for Barnes and Jones.

Allen is a certified specialist in bankruptcy law and is a five-time Super Lawyers selectee, including Super Lawyers’ “Top 50 Arizona” attorneys for 2019.

For three straight years Super Lawyers has ranked Barnes among its “Top 50 Arizona” lawyers and is included among Super Lawyers’ “Top 25 Arizona Women.”

Jones is a state and nationally certified bankruptcy specialist and has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent peer review rating.

A “Best Law Firms” honoree, Allen Barnes and Jones is a six-attorney bankruptcy firm with offices in Yuma, Phoenix and Prescott. The firm represents debtors and creditors in all phases of loan workouts, restructuring, and all chapters of bankruptcy, including bankruptcy litigation and appeals.

Chretin’s adds Kammann Sausage to menu

Two longtime Yuma traditions have come together in one place. Chretin’s Restaurant and Cantina, 505 E. 16th St., has added Kammann Sausage to its  breakfast menu.

Kammann Sausage with a meal and as a side on the menu, announced Carol Underhill of Olsen Specialty Meats, which has a business office at 1290 W. 8th Place. The longtime company makes the sausage.

Olsen’s specialty meats division recently debuted a new name and logo. It’s now called Sonoran Specialty Meats to emphasize the Southwest flavor found in its meat.

Chretin’s serves breakfast from 7-11 a.m. every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Gila Ridge Dental now offers in-house dental plan

Gila Ridge Dental now has an in-house dental plan which would allow small businesses to offer an affordable dental care plan to their employees.

For details, call 928-317-1900.

BCBSAZ donates to mental health provider loan program

Arizona has a severe shortage of mental health providers. In fact, Arizona ranks 47th in the nation for access to mental healthcare. Yet, many Arizona’s are struggling with their mental health, and the number of adults experiencing frequent mental distress in the state increased 5% from 2017 to 2018.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is stepping up to address this shortage, awarding more than half a million dollars to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ State Loan Repayment Program, and is the first company to make a private donation to this government funded program.

BCBSAZ, through its Mobilize AZ initiative, is awarding $560,000 in funding to the state program, which helps to recruit and retain healthcare professionals in areas with the greatest need, such as rural communities, which have a large shortage of mental health professionals.

The program works by repaying a healthcare provider’s qualifying educational loans in exchange for their two-year commitment to providing services in federally designated Health Profession Shortage Areas or Arizona Medically Underserved Areas.

In a two-year period, BCBSAZ’s funds will help support five additional mental health providers and ensures the providers remain practicing in any of Arizona’s 176 mental HPSAs. Arizona’s HPSAs are spread throughout the state, including Yuma.

This program will help bring more psychiatrists, psychologists, family therapists, and other mental healthcare professionals to serve communities.

“More needs to be done in our state to provide Arizonans with the support and resources they need for their mental health,” said Dr. Jim Napoli, BCBSAZ chief medical officer. “We believe it’s our responsibility to play an active role in increasing the number of qualified healthcare providers to not only improve lives, but to inspire health across the state.”

“Since the state loan repayment program expanded in 2015 to include behavioral healthcare professionals, more communities around the state have improved access to critical behavioral health services,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “We sincerely thank Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona for this funding that will help to strengthen Arizona’s behavioral health system and provide more support to our communities.”

BCBSAZ’s Mobilize AZ for mental health initiative promotes positive mental health and saves lives by tackling the inadequacy of treatment resources in Arizona.

To learn more, visit mobilizeaz.com/grant-program and azblue.com.

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