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Office Resources, Cardinal Office Systems merge

Two businesses, one with an office in Frankfort, have merged to form a statewide company for workplace needs.

Office Resources Inc., a platinum Steelcase dealer headquartered in Louisville, bought all of Cardinal Office Systems Assests, also a Steelcase dealer with offices in Frankfort, Lexington and Bowling Green, effective Sept. 4, according a press release announcing the merger.

The deal will allow ORI to provide clients with expanded architectural systems, technology solutions and a comprehensive offering of contract furniture and services, the release says.

“This is truly meaningful for our customers, who depend on us to help them create innovative and harder working spaces that inspire, foster collaboration, optimize their real estate footprint and promote wellbeing,” George R. Bell III, president and CEO of ORI, said in a statement.

Jim Gray, president of Cardinal Office Systems, will become a member of the ORI leadership team, the release said.

“I am confident that our clients will benefit from this strategic change as we intensify and expand the products and services offered and modernize our order management process and infrastructure,” Gray said in a statement.

FRMC receives tissue donation award

Frankfort Regional Medical Center has received the 2011 Tissue Donation Performance Award from Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates. KODA is an organ procurement organization that ensures Kentuckians are aware of the benefits of organ and tissue donation, and that they have the information necessary to make individual, informed choices regarding donation.

The hospital was recently presented the award by LeAnn Barber, client services coordinator of KODA at the hospital’s internal reception, for the phase one opening of its newly renovated Emergency Department.

Frankfort Regional is one of 20 hospitals out of 112 in the KODA service area to receive this recognition. The award was based on a conversion formula which required that a hospital have eight or more suitable cases in 2011, and that of those eight, at least 25 percent be authorized to use for donations. At FRMC in 2011, 25 cases were deemed suitable for tissue donation and eight were authorized for donation.

To become an organ and tissue donor, visit www.donatelifeky.org.

Dollar General gives $1K for literacy

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a Youth Literacy grant in the amount of $1,000 to Kentucky State University.

“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is pleased to support the literacy efforts of Kentucky State University,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO, in a press release.

“The Youth Literacy grants are awarded annually at the start of the school year so that the funds are in place to have an impact on reading education and support.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s Youth Literacy grants are awarded to assist with implementing new or expanding existing youth literacy programs; to purchase new technology or equipment to support youth literacy initiatives; or to purchase books, materials or software for youth literary programs.

In August, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded grants totaling more than $2 million to 564 non-profit organizations, community groups, schools and libraries throughout the United States. It is estimated that approximately 315,000 youth will be served as a result of these grants.

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