Restaurant milestone leads to new additions

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When one of Craig’s newest eateries opened its doors, the shift from fall to winter weather was imminent. Now that the ice and snow of the cold months are fading, the business can make a shift.

This week marks the six-month point of Cool Water Grille, 337 W. Victory Way, which first opened Sept. 23, 2012. After a slow start attracting a customer base, the breakfast/lunch restaurant has become one of the more popular places around town.

“I think once we got our sign out and got some word-of-mouth going around town, business started to get really good,” manager Erin Durham said.

Durham’s father, Dennis Otis, is the owner of Cool Water.

Since opening, the establishment has grown in multiple ways, such as bringing in greater amounts of the early morning and afternoon crowds by expanding to a seven-day week.

“We’ve gotten new stuff on the menu since we started,” Durham said. “We’ve got a Philly steak now, and we’ve started doing salads like the chicken Caesar and the chef’s salad.”

Dishes that have become big hits with regular customers include the biscuits and gravy, build-your-own burgers and the Bloody Mary bar, available Saturdays.

“A lot of people have told us we have the best Bloody Marys around,” she said. “We make them so they look like a salad with a drink inside.”

Durham added the staff will be taking advantage of the upcoming warmer weather by expanding the dining area to outdoors.

“We’ll be putting in some cement in front and taking out the rocks so we can have a patio,” she said. “That way, people will be able to enjoy their lunch outside.”

Durham said she hopes the response the restaurant has received in its first six months is indicative of a long stay in the location.

“We just want to keep having fun with it and create a great atmosphere for people,” she said.

Business hours for Cool Water Grille are 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. For more information, call 824-1764.

Craig medical clinic meets federal mandate

The staff of Kinder Family Clinic, 595 Russell St., is proud to announce its involvement in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ effort to improve medical practices across the country.

In 2011, the federal government approved an incentive program for the “meaningful use” of electronic health records over the course of the next five years. Kinder Family Clinic first met the initial criteria for the EHR program, which emphasizes the phasing out of paper records, in November.

Pamela Kinder said the practice has been employing electronic records since 2001, following the example of Moffat Family Clinic, which first started the transition from paper before that.

“We use an electronic medical record to improve patient care outcome measures and to reduce human error in areas such as prescribing medications,” she said. “The majority of our prescriptions are now done electronically. I believe we are the first in the area to meet the current mandate.”

Kinder said the use of EHRs is only part of the prerequisite for meeting the incentive. Employing the technology in an effective manner — “meaningful use” — for patients is also part of the objective.

Clinics participating in the incentive program are eligible for bonuses, providing completion of the full goals.

“We have chosen smoking cessation, weight loss, improved blood sugar control in diabetic patients and improved blood pressure control in hypertension as our key measures to monitor success over this next year,” Kinder said.

For more information, visit cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms.

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