A Week In Business

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Bank Awards Presented

BERLIN – Farmers Bank of Willards recently presented two awards to employees.

The Customer Service Award for the third quarter of 2007 was given to Amy Hoffman, who began her career with the bank in November of 2005. Currently, she is pursuing a degree from the American Banking Institution in Banking and Financing.

The Employee Appreciation Award for the third quarter was presented to Denise Littleon, who began her career with the bank in July of 1997 and is currently the head teller of the Milford Street location.

CBRB Team Walks For Cause

OCEAN CITY – On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Coldwell Banker Retrievers participated in the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Light The Night Walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Light The Night is an annual nationwide event that raises funds for research for better therapies and cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

This is the third consecutive year the team has participated in this event. The team raised a grand total of $3,210.25.

Team members were Susan Lloyd, Patty Jo Moore, Dorothy Childers, Carolyn Welker, Team Captain Cristi Graham, Bill Helmuth, Kim Densa, SuMei Prete and Bernie Flax.

Top Agents

BERLIN – Broker Debbie Hileman recently named Hileman Real Estate’s top agents for October. Sonia Zaffiris, Associate Broker, was named top listing agent for October. Bethany Drew was named top sales agent.

New Medical Staff Named

BERLIN Atlantic General Hospital and Health System has introduced the two newest members of their medical staff to the Pocomoke community.

David Reeder, M.D., is a board certified pulmonologist and internist. Reeder is looking forward to providing the pulmonary care and other related medical services needed by area residents. Joining him is Deborah Conran, D.O., who is board certified in family medicine and specializes in care for the entire family.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer such an outstanding tandem of medical professionals to the Pocomoke community,” said Jonathan Cook, vice president of practice administration at Atlantic General Hospital.

The goal of the practice will be to provide expanded and specialized medical care services to the lower shore community.

“Patients will now enjoy access to medical specialties and primary care without leaving their community,” Cook said.   

Conran has been practicing family medicine in the Berlin area for the past seven years. She is board certified in family medicine and will provide primary care for the entire family.

Prior to joining Atlantic General Health System, Reeder practiced with Peninsula Pulmonary Associates, where he specialized in out patient and inpatient medicine and sleep studies. He is board certified in critical care medicine, pulmonary medicine and internal medicine.

Among Tops In State

OCEAN CITY – Keron Stokes, Regional Executive Vice President of Re/Max Central Atlantic Region, recently named Della Wilson of Re/Max Premier Properties among the top 25 Re/Max Sales Associates in Maryland. This award is based on awardable commissions for January through Sept. 30.

Company Sees Growth

OCEAN CITY – Terry Daly, general manager of Re/Max Premier Properties, has announced that 150-percent more agent commissions were posted for October 2007 than October 2006. It was also reported that Re/Max Premier Properties has noted an increase in year-to-date paid commissions over 2006 as well.

BERLIN Atlantic General Hospital, was recently recognized in the top 10 percent for patient satisfaction among more than 750 hospital and free-standing surgical departments across the country.

This achievement is a collective score from the second quarter of 2007, spanning patient surveys collected by NRC+Picker during April, May and June. A random selection of more than 100 outpatients responded to the survey questions, giving the surgical team outstanding scores for their kindness and availability to answer questions about the procedures as well as for explaining outcomes fully. Every respondent said he or she was satisfied with the service received during the outpatient surgery experience, and 96 percent said they would recommend Atlantic General Hospital’s surgical services to their friends and family.

Shirley Spirk, RN, director of surgical services at Atlantic General Hospital, attributes a portion of the increasingly positive response to changes that have been implemented in the registration process.

“A surgical services staff member will greet patients on arrival to the hospital and escort them directly to the unit to expedite registration and preparation before their scheduled procedure,” said Spirk. “We include family members in this process to help relieve anxiety for patients. And, this provides a good opportunity for questions and concerns to be addressed.”

The department also has a strong network of volunteers from the hospital’s auxiliary who act as escorts for patients and their families and often bring an air of reassurance and even levity to a nervous patient’s day.

New Franchise Opened

BERLIN – Fractured Prune, Inc. has opened a company store in College Park It will be a full service Fractured Prune donut shoppe as well as a training store for new franchisees.

Franchises in Biloxi, Miss., Hershey, Pa. and Silver Spring, Md. are scheduled to open in the next three months.

Seminar Offered

BERLIN – Edward Jones Financial Advisor Carrie Dupuie of Ocean Pines is hosting a seminar about creating a budget and saving money titled “Right on the Money” at 6 p.m. on Nov. 27 at the Ocean Pines Community Hall. The seminar is free. To make a reservation, call Dupuie at 410-208-9083.

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