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Shallene Oliver, Loretta Flynn, Kim Peikert (Wharton Chamber of Commerce & Ag office manager), Michael Limas (WCC&A board chairman), Ben Ferrel, Margie Wilkerson, (Wilkerson’s grandson Dominique), Joe Freudenberger, Abby King, William Hamlyn, Alicen Swift, Traci Knight, Mary Chambless, Autumn Schlitzkus, Leticia Sliva, and Nancy Chapman.


OakBend Medical Center has received Wharton Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year Award.

The award was started in 2009 to recognize excellence in businesses whose practices make a positive impact on the Wharton economy and wellbeing. During the past 11 years, the award has earned respect and admiration among the Wharton community.

“We are honored to receive the Business of the Year Award by the Wharton Chamber of Commerce,” said Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center. “We are proud of the difference we have made in the community and look forward to many more years of partnership with the Wharton and surrounding area residents.”

OakBend will be honored at the Chamber’s 101st Annual Banquet on March 19.

Award recipients are Volunteer of the Year: Makyla Monroe, and Educator of the Year: Stacie Konvicka with Wharton Elementary School.


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