HealthFirst to sponsor seminar for human resource personnel

HealthFirst, a third-party administrator of self-funded health plans, is sponsoring a seminar for human resource personnel, CFOs, CEOs and insurance brokers on Sept. 17 at the UT Health North Campus amphitheater, 11937 U.S. Highway 271.

The theme of this year’s seminar, “Optimizing Your Health Plan,” will include guest presenters Kelly Dempsey, the Phia Group and Jeff Wood, vice president of Point6 Healthcare.

The Phia Group specializes in health care cost containment techniques and compliance issues for companies with self-funded health plans, according to a news release from HealthFirst.

Point6 Healthcare partners with third-party administrators and companies with self-funded health plans to provide outsourcing services, according to the news release.

Cindy Klein, chief operating officer of HealthFirst, said, “This seminar will provide real and innovative ideas for today’s health plan challenges.”

To attend this event, RSVP to by Sept. 9.

RUSK STATE HOSPITAL Hosting express hiring event

Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Rusk State Hospital is hosting an express hiring event with on-site interviews from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the hospital. The event will be in Building 630, 805 N. Dickinson Drive.

Rusk State Hospital is looking to fill a variety of entry-level positions including social workers, security team members, food service workers, nursing team members, psychiatric nursing assistants and housekeeping team members..

“Our greatest priority at Rusk is providing state-of-the-art care to Texans who need it,” said Michelle Foster, superintendent of Rusk State Hospital. “Each position has the potential to make a difference and positively impact the lives of our patients.”

Rusk State Hospital serves 35 counties and provides inpatient psychiatric care for people 18 and older.

Jeske joins First iZ

First iZ has named Walker Jeske as its flight pilot and project leader. He began his duties Aug. 1.

Prior to joining First iZ, Jeske served as pilot in command for Falcon Aerial Data, LLC, in Tyler, a remote-sensing data collection and analysis company that uses small unmanned aircraft systems to assist the private and public sectors.

“I have watched Walker work for about one year as a contractor to our company and have seen a young man that has a passion for our business,” said First iZ co-founder Phil Burks.

Jeske holds a Bachelor of Science degree in history from the University of Texas at Tyler with a minor in biology.

“Working in the public safety sector is a true honor, and I am grateful for the opportunity to expand into this leadership role,” Jeske said.

Jeske volunteers as a worship band sound technician at Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

Gollob Morgan Peddy hire

Gollob Morgan Peddy, PC Certified Public Accountants, announces the addition of Jeffrey Lindenmoyer to the firm. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Lindenmoyer graduated with his BA in accounting from Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida, and will graduate Magna Cum Laude with his Master of Accountancy from The University of Texas at Tyler in December.

Lindenmoyer has recently published a paper in the Journal of Higher Education and Theory titled “Blockchain in Higher Education” and was a two-time All-American football player while attending Ave Maria University.

City of Jacksonville receives award

The city of Jacksonville has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association. This award represents significant achievement and commitment of the City Council and staff to the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

To receive this award, Jacksonville satisfied nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation; guidelines which access how well a budget serves as (a) policy document, (b) financial plan, (c) operations guide, and (d) communications device.

The GFOA will present a certificate of recognition to Finance Director Roxanna Briley. “Each year city staff spends significant time carefully planning and preparing a budget to present to the City Council,” Briley said. “Preparation requires a great deal of thought in how to deliver services to the citizens of Jacksonville that meet the City Council’s goals while at the same time considering financial constraints. Participation in the Government Finance Officers Association distinguished budget presentation awards program is the final step in the budget process. Receiving this award is an honor and reflects City Council’s and City Staff’s commitment to excellence in quality of budgeting and fiscal responsibility.”

“This is an honor to receive this award for the third year in a row,” said City Manager Greg Smith, “Our finance department has worked diligently to earn this honor. Roxanna is dedicated and works tirelessly to provide the public with information on the city’s financial well-being. We earned our first Transparency Star earlier this year from the Texas Comptroller’s Office and, this is another achievement of the highest finance standards.”

According to the GFOA’s website, Jacksonville is the only municipality in Cherokee County, and one of just 45 in the State of Texas, to receive this award since fiscal year 2018.

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