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The Hayes Center for Practice Excellence at Southern College of Optometry is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2015 Practice of Excellence Award. The award identifies and rewards successful practices, recognizes achievements of SCO graduates and helps foster joint relationships that benefit SCO’s alumni and current optometry students.
Three different $5,000 awards were designated to honor recent alumni at different stages of their optometric careers. All three recipients own their own practices and exemplify the private practice principles embodied in the Hayes Center’s mission encouraging practice success. Recipients include:
Dr. Joe Sugg, Class of 2009, who practices at Heber Springs Eye Care Center in Heber Springs, Arkansas.
Dr. Randall Glass, Class of 2006, who practices at Fowler Eye Care in Texarkana and Ashdown Eye Care in Ashdown, Arkansas.
Dr. James Hertzog, Class of 2006. Dr. Mitchell practices at Hertzog Family Eye Care in Cabot and Jacksonville, Arkansas.
“These alumni demonstrate the qualities and attitudes of successful private practitioners who excel at managing the business side of their practices,” said Dr. Lisa Wade, Director of the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence at SCO. The awards were selected by members of the Hayes Center Advisory Board, made up of alumni private practitioners, and Dr. Wade.
Recipients were judged on their practice’s ability to excel as documented via profit and loss statements, most recent balance sheet, office meeting agendas or minutes, and other key metrics, including gross collected receipts, proper staff management, and a written explanation of how the practice maximizes net income. Recipients shared their private practice experiences with SCO’s graduating class during the college’s Capstone educational program prior to commencement in May.
The Hayes Center’s creation marked one of the first educational centers based at an optometric college dedicated specifically for the purpose of teaching current and future optometrists how to manage the business side of practice. Visit http://www.sco.edu/hayescenter to learn more about the resources offered to SCO’s students and alumni, including reading room materials, podcasts and other information.