The Idaho State University Meridian-Health Science Center has taken the top honor for health-care industry excellence in the Small Business of the Year and Chamber Excellence Awards competition sponsored by the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Retired ISU-Meridian associate vice president, Bessie Katsilometes, and Rex Force, ISU’s vice president for health sciences, accepted the award May 10 during a luncheon at the Boise Centre.

“Being named as one of the top businesses of the year by the Boise Chamber of Commerce is a tremendous honor and testament to the quality of the educational experience produced by our team,” Force stated.

Katsilometes, who retired in September, was instrumental in the growth and development of the Meridian campus, according to a press release from the school.

ISU-Meridian was one of three top honorees in the Healthcare Industry Excellence division, one of six categories in the annual awards competition.

ISU began its presence in the Treasure Valley in 1970 with clinical rotations in pharmacy. The Meridian campus, which opened in 2009, offers more than 25 programs in the health sciences and professions.

ISU-Meridian also houses dental, counseling and speech/language clinics geared toward patients on fixed incomes or without health insurance.

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