Burlington County's Open Space and Farmland Preservation Program recently received this year's Governor's Environmental Excellence Award for Land Conservation.
"We're delighted to receive recognition for the county's open space and farmland-preservation efforts, which have been so successful, thanks to a combination of leadership, excellent staff and the support of residents, the state and municipalities in cost share," said Freeholder Bill Haines Jr., who has led the county's open-space and farmland preservation program for more than a decade.
The county has saved more than 25,000 acres of farmland and 5,000 acres of open space from development.
The state Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the Organ Donation Medal of Honor to Virtua Memorial Hospital's Gift of Life organ-donor program, which achieved a 75 percent organ-donation conversion rate.
The medal recognizes those hospitals that are helping to match as many organ donors as possible with those waiting for transplants. Through October, there were 5,500 registered people waiting for a transplant in the Gift of Life region, which includes South Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. Nationally, more than 100,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant.
Of the 150 acute-care hospitals in the Gift of Life region, 20 were recognized.
The YMCA of Burlington County has named Tracey Atkinson as senior aquatic director for the Mount Laurel and Burlington City branches.
Atkinson will be responsible for managing all department staff, pool facilities, swim lessons and water-exercise classes.
Before joining the YMCA of Burlington County, Atkinson, who holds a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Rowan University, served as senior program executive for the Cumberland Cape-Atlantic YMCA in Vineland.
Health-care lawyer Linda Hamilton of Moorestown has joined the Voorhees office of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll as counsel in the health-care group, and in the business and finance department.
Hamilton's experience includes serving as assistant general counsel at Virtua Health. During her tenure, she was involved with the legal aspects of that health-care system's day-to-day operations, including areas such as patient care and safety, administrative policies and procedures, and medical records.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society, comprising the 107 living Medal of Honor recipients, has announced it will recognize ordinary Americans who have become extraordinary through acts of selflessness with Above and Beyond Citizen Honors.
After a nationwide nomination process by the American public to identify candidates, through online balloting, the society will select 50 finalists to represent their respective states. The society will announce three recipients at the National Medal of Honor Day ceremony in March. Their remarkable stories of hope and courage will be broadcast nationwide and to the men and women in uniform serving worldwide from Constitution Hall in Washington.
To vote, go to