News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 30, 2013

Newsmakers: June 30, 2013

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Thompson Thrift has been included on the Indianapolis Business Journal’s list of the 50 “Largest Indiana Private Companies.”

The ratings were based on 2012 revenues.

The company was founded in 1986 and includes Thompson Thrift Construction and Thompson Thrift Development. It currently has 142 employees, according to the IBJ.

Thompson Thrift is a full-service real estate development and construction company with offices in Terre Haute, Indianapolis and Carmel. For more information, visit www.

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Jim Mann, clerk-treasurer of West Terre Haute, attended the 77th Annual Conference and State Board of Accounts School from June 9 to 13 in Fort Wayne, offered by the Indiana League of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers.

The conference offered one-day of workshops for continuing education credit. The topics included tax increment financing, managing the risks of investing and social media. State Board of Accounts School offered two days of sessions presented by various state agencies. The conference and school focus on the various roles a clerk-treasurer plays in the management of town services, economic development, government efficiency and community leadership.

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Dr. Duane Haskell, general surgeon, recently retired from Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center after nearly four decades of dedicated service to the community.

Haskell spent his professional medical career at PCH/FMC, performing everything from gallbladder and hernia surgeries to colonoscopies. He joined PCH/FMC in 1975 and was one of three full-time surgeons at the time.

Haskell and his wife, Carolyn, are retiring to Franklin, N.C. The area is the known as the “Gem Capitol of the World” for its mining of stones. Haskell enjoys mining and is an avid jewelry maker. He also is known for his fine needle works. While at PCH/FMC, Haskell was present for the introduction of endoscopy, the advancement of X-rays, and CAT scans becoming a new technology. He is credited as the first general surgeon to perform laparoscopic gallbladder surgery at the hospital.

Haskell began working on a semi-retired basis five years ago, with a reduced schedule in the Paris FMC. At one time, he remembers being the only general surgeon in Edgar and Clark counties. As such, he worked 13 years as the only on-call surgeon at the hospital.

“If he was in town, he was here in a heartbeat,” said Janice Mitchell, his clinic nurse at PCH/FMC for the past seven years. Haskell was born in Atchison, Kan. He attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois-Chicago. During the following six years, he trained in general surgery at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis before moving to PCH/FMC.

“I wanted a semi-rural environment,” Haskell said about coming to Paris. “I wanted to be a true general surgeon and not sub-specialize.” Haskell was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps and received the Nat Koplar Award for Surgical Research in 1974. He was a general surgery instructor at Washington University College of Medicine in St. Louis from 1969 to 1975. At PCH/FMC, Haskell served as medical director for the local ambulance service and the hospital’s Occupational Health and Pain Management clinics.