This Week’s Business Buzz: 7/27/18

July 26, 2018

Park Ridge Health is pleased to announce new grants and staff members. Gardner-Webb University is expanding its transfer process, and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River just opened the doors to its new restaurant.


  • The Park Ridge Health Foundation is excited to announce it has been awarded grants from the Community Foundation of Henderson County and The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to help provide screenings to people in the communities we serve. These grants will allow Park Ridge Health to promote cancer screening awareness through the use of printed materials, as well as increase access to screenings for high-risk populations, including the underinsured or uninsured.
  • Dr. Anna Hamrick, faculty member for the Gardner-Webb University Hunt School of Nursing, has been named a top nurse in the state of North Carolina by a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the best in the nursing profession each year.


  • HomeTrust Bank has announced the appointment of Allen Helms to Senior Vice President/Senior Business Credit Officer. Helms will be responsible for helping to build out the business banking effort across the Bank’s four-state footprint and will serve as the primary credit officer for that line of business.
  • Park Ridge Health is excited to introduce you to new Patient Safety Specialist, Micki Kidd, MSN, RN, C-EFM. Kidd brings more than 15 years of patient care experience to this vital role on the Park Ridge Patient Safety, Risk Management & Quality team. Kidd is an enthusiastic nurse leader with commitment to the facilitation of quality based patient care and education.
  • Gardner-Webb University and Fayetteville Technical Community College (Fayetteville, N.C.) officials have announced a partnership that will further ease the transfer process for students. Representatives for both schools recently signed agreements to create continuous degree tracks for students who complete any associate’s degree program at Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and finish a baccalaureate program at Gardner-Webb. The Transfer Admission Promise (TAP) agreement provides a seamless pathway into any of GWU’s undergraduate programs.


  • The UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River opened its doors to the public this morning. The Landing Cafe, the new 3-meal restaurant, first opened for breakfast this morning at 7am. The UltraStar Multi-tainment Center opens daily at 10am and features 16 lanes, 2 bars, an arcade and 2 meeting rooms. For more information, visit
  • Local hummus company Roots’ kitchen will open a new $3 million, 27,000 sq. ft. production facility near Highland Brewing in early 2019 (that’s 38 times the size of their current kitchen). The new facility will be capable of producing 750 pounds of hummus at a time—10 times their current operation.


  • Friday Staffing is looking for a Prep Shop Tech, Warehouse Worker, General Laborer, Finishing Operator, Inspector, Furnace Operator, Wiring Technician, Machine Operator, Receiving Clerk, and Bottle Assembly Line. For more information, call Angela Paskus at 828-684-8700 or go to