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New Physician Joins PRMC

SALISBURY – Jafar Sadiq, MD was recently granted active staff membership with clinical and admitting privileges in the Department of Medicine at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Sadiq, an internal medicine specialist, received his medical degree from Tirunelveli Medical College in India. He completed an internship there and then another at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Sadiq then completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Sadiq is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has joined Peninsula Regional’s Hospitalist Service and is providing in-house medical care for patients admitted to the Medical Center.

Downtown Gathering

OCEAN CITY – The Downtown Association will hold its next Downtown After Dark on June 10, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Plim Plaza Pool Bar on 1st Street.

This will be the final After Dark until after the season. Downtown After Dark is free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres are offered. There is a cash bar.

"We have been pleased with the reception these events have received," said Downtown Association President Danelle Amos. "We are working on sites for the fall. Mark your calendars for the Oyster/Bull Roast on Oct. 17 at the American Legion."

New Shopping Center Management

BALTIMORE – Trout Management, the management arm of Trout Daniel & Associates, a full-service commercial real estate company, has signed on to provide management services to the Fenwick Plaza Shopping Center in Fenwick Island, Del. Trout Daniel & Associates is handling leasing services for Fenwick Plaza, with plans to add several new businesses to create a strong tenant mix.

The center opened in fall 2008 and enjoyed a successful first holiday season. Trout Daniel’s leasing and management services will prepare Fenwick Plaza for its first summer tourist season and beyond.

Fenwick Plaza is anchored by a 35,000-square-foot Food Lion store, which offers the latest in the chain’s design, product assortment and shopping advancements. The Fenwick Food Lion is one of five prototype stores, which are the template for new Food Lion locations slated to open throughout the country.

Trout Management is handling day-to-day operations at Fenwick Plaza, including general maintenance and security and will survey the center for potential upgrades in the future as new tenants sign on.

“Fenwick Plaza is in a great location and has strong aesthetic appeal,” said Jerome B. “Jerry” Trout, III, Principal of Trout Management and Trout Daniel. “The efficient layout, brick façade and wrought iron light fixtures make the plaza a convenient and attractive place for tourists and locals to shop and help attract the attention of the local and national retailers we are actively recruiting to lease space here.”

Trout Daniel & Associates is working with its network of retailers to attract additional quality tenants to the center to create an upscale, dynamic tenant mix. Fenwick Plaza features a Happy Harry’s drug store. A Chevy Chase Bank is planned for one of the out parcels. Currently, 8,300-square-feet of space is available.

AGH’s Accomplishes Shore First

BERLIN – On April 30, an Eastern Shore patient suffering from appendicitis, a common condition that has been treated surgically since the late 1800s, was on the receiving end of a very new approach: removal of the infected appendix through a small incision in the belly button. 

Performed by Thuan Dang, M.D., a general surgeon at Atlantic General Hospital, the SILS (Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery) Port appendectomy was the first of its kind in the region. With this new device, Dang was able to make a small incision roughly two centimeters long – smaller than the diameter of a nickel – in the belly button, insert instruments and remove the appendix.

Under the skilled hands of a surgeon such as Dang, the procedure lasted just a few minutes longer than a normal appendectomy, taking minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery that involves three or four small incisions one step further.

Though studies have yet to be conducted on this new device, it is theorized that the single point of entry will mean less pain and an even quicker recovery for patients. A cosmetic benefit, however, is very clear: no scars.

U.S. surgeons have been performing SILS single incision laparascopic surgery through the umbilicus for more than a year now. However, the process was cumbersome with limited means to stabilize the multiple port instruments used. With this new technology, more single incision surgeries are being performed.

“Since the inception of laparoscopic surgery in the 80s, the goals have remained unchanged: to minimize the patient’s post-op pain while achieving equal or superior results as the comparable open procedure,” said Dang. “This must be achieved with unwavering commitment to patient safety.” 

“The SILS technique has developed as the next step toward those goals,” he continued. “Minimally invasive procedures that once required three or four incisions now can be performed through one.”

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