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Top Producers Honored

OCEAN CITY – Prudential Carruthers has announced the top producers for the month of June.

Honors by individual offices were West Ocean City, The Moran Team and Wilson Team; Ocean City, Joy Snyder; Ocean Pines, Michael Rutledge; and Salisbury, Bill Babkowski.

Chef Inducted Into Honor Society

OCEAN CITY – The American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the honor society of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), inducted Gary Leach, certified executive chef, during a formal ceremony and dinner at the 2009 ACF National Convention held in Orlando.

Leach is executive chef for Centerplate at Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. He is a 1986 graduate of Baltimore International Culinary College and worked in a variety of restaurants, private clubs and hotels in Philadelphia, Palm Beach, Fla., Baltimore and Pittsburgh before settling in Ocean City. Leach’s current Centerplate role allows him to travel the U.S. to showcase Eastern Shore cuisine, which concurrently feeds his personal belief that “education is essential to the productivity of any community.”

Leach is chairman of the board for Delmarva Chefs & Cooks Association and has served as two-time chapter president, as well as in other leadership roles. He was named his chapter’s Chef of the Year in 2000, 2003 and 2008, and also received the chapter’s Chef Professionalism award in 2005 and 2008. He was the 2008 Maryland Restaurant Association Chef of the Year, and has won numerous ACF competition medals.

PRMC Launches Green Drive

SALISBURY – Peninsula Regional Medical Center is “going green” by putting into action environmentally friendly workplace initiatives in an effort to make a more positive impact on the environment. It has created a “Green Team,” comprised of Peninsula Regional employees, to help identify and implement eco-friendly practices that can be used throughout the facility. Using more efficient ways to conserve energy and natural resources, reducing waste through innovative recycling measures and using smarter, greener purchasing methods, the Medical Center is committed to becoming a leader in good stewardship in the health care industry.

“It is staggering how much impact the health care industry is having on our environment and ultimately the health of our communities in terms of landfill usage and water and energy consumption,” said Cindy Lunsford, Executive Vice President of Peninsula Regional Medical Center. “As a health care facility we are dedicated to improving the health of the communities we serve, but we often inadvertently contribute to health and environmental problems. The time has come for us to extend our concern for the environment and play our part in the green movement.”

The Medical Center has already begun to take steps towards reducing the amount of waste that will end up in a landfill. It has joined forces with Value Carpet One in Salisbury, R.M. Brokerage in Alexandria, Va., a company that recycles carpet and construction materials, and C & A Floor Coverings in Dalton, Ga. to recycle all of the old carpet that is being replaced throughout the second floor of its Avery W. Hall Educational Center. This is 6,831 square feet of old carpet that, instead of being thrown into a landfill, will now be recycled and reused to make the backing for new carpet. This is the first of many green projects where the Medical Center will be recycling and reusing its materials.

Peninsula Regional has also been working to eliminate its electronic waste. It participates in an “e-waste” recycling program, which allows virtually all electronics (computers, hard drives, electronic controls, etc.) to be completely recycled instead of going into the landfill. It also offers its employees a battery recycling service where any employee can drop off old dry-cell batteries, even those from home, into a special bin that gets collected routinely and recycled.

The new parking lot that is currently under construction on campus is also one of Peninsula Regional’s green initiatives. Instead of regular concrete pavement, the parking lot will be constructed with Drain-Crete, a pervious concrete mix that allows rain to flow right through it and into the soil, replenishing groundwater and eliminating runoff into local watersheds.

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