FARMINGTON Basin Home Health has been named among the top 500 of the 2012 HomeCare Elite, an honor bestowed by the National Research Corp.

Winners were identified by patient outcomes, quality improvement financial performance and other measures.

"The 2012 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community," Susan L. Henricks, president and chief operating officer of National Research Corp., said in a prepared statement.

"We congratulate Basin Home Health and Hospice on being one of the top 500 home care agencies in the country," she said.

Fran Moffitt, Basin's nurse administrator, credited skilled and caring staff and an investment in training and technology with the agency's ability to achieve recognition.

"lt is nice to have our commitment to quality and service to our community recognized by a group of independent analysts at such a high level," Moffitt said.

Basin Home Health, 200 N. Orchard, has provided home health services in Farmington since 1992.

Farmington's Neville retains Senate Finance Committee seat

FARMINGTON State Sen. Steve Neville, R-Farmington, retained his seat on the Senate Finance committee, an important post in the Legislature.

Neville has served on the Finance committee since 2009. He was recently re-elected Senate Minority Caucus Chairman, a leadership position he has held since 2011.

The Senate Finance committee debates the fate each piece of legislation that requires state financial support.


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Neville is one of 10 Finance committee members. He has served in the Senate since 2005.

Neville is a Farmington real estate appraiser and consultant.

Fort Lewis student joins Region 9

DURANGO Fort Lewis College senior Brent Eastin joined the Region 9 team in December as a student intern. Raised in Mancos where his parents own Integrity Glass, Eastin is majoring in business administration with an economics minor. He has been primarily assisting in the loan program.

"I wanted to gain experience outside the classroom and also learn how to work in a more formal environment," he said. "I have already been able to learn about the procedures around loan documentation, filing and servicing. There is definitely a lot of detail required."

Eastin, who hopes to own his own business one day said even if he leaves the area for a while after graduation, he definitely plans to come back.

"I love this area and have a personal interest in how our region is doing economically, said Eastin.

The Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado is a public-private partnership that provides financing, consultation and other services to promote economic development. The district comprises Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties in the Four Corners region.

Devon makes Fortune's "Best Workplace' list

FARMINGTON Devon Energy Corp. has again been named to Fortune magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For."

Devon made the list for the sixth consecutive year. Devon was ranked no. 27, up from no. 28 last year.

The Oklahoma City-based company is a major natural gas producer and processor with a significant presence in the San Juan Basin. Devon's local office is at 1751 Highway 511, at Navajo Dam.

In a statement, John Richels, Devon's president and CEO, said "It is our fine employees the people who create our corporate culture - who make Devon a great place to work. We are pleased and proud Devon Energy has made the Fortune list again this year. We see this as further affirmation of our values. Working as a team, doing the right thing, being a good neighbor; these are shared commitments that contribute to a tremendously rewarding workplace."

Devon's rank on the Fortune list was based in part on a random, anonymous survey of employees conducted by the Great Place to Work Institute.

"We want to thank our employees for the important part they play in creating a great work environment at Devon," said Robert Jordan, senior production foreman in Devon's Navajo Dam office. "This recognition by Fortune is an important indicator of success for us."