Hospital Earns High Ranking
SALISBURY – Peninsula Regional Medical Center has announced a new study, for a second consecutive year, has ranked its clinical quality among the top 5% of all hospitals in the nation.
The study by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, analyzed patient outcomes at each of the nation’s 5,000 non-federal hospitals over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 and named hospitals in the top five percent, including Peninsula Regional, as HealthGrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™. Peninsula Regional Medical Center is one of only 269 hospitals that received this distinction from HealthGrades, and the only Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence recipient on the Delmarva Peninsula to earn this award in both 2009 and 2010.
“At Peninsula Regional Medical Center we have an experienced, skilled and dedicated team of physicians, clinicians, volunteers and employees who work extremely hard to provide the continuous exceptional care our patients expect and deserve,” said Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, Dr. M., FACHE, President/CEO. “It is because of their commitment to safety, compassion and successful outcomes that we have been honored with this distinguished award in consecutive years, and are again among the best health care teams in the entire nation.”
According to the eighth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, Peninsula Regional Medical Center and the other hospitals in the top 5% demonstrated patient outcomes that far exceeded those of other hospitals. Patients admitted to these hospitals had risk-adjusted mortality rates that were, on average, 29% lower than all other hospitals. Risk-adjusted complication rates were, on average, 9% lower than all other hospitals.
“Our data show that only a select few hospitals achieve high-quality patient outcomes not just in a few categories of care, but across the board and over time,” said Rick May, MD, a Vice President with HealthGrades and an author of the study. “Patients in communities with a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence, including Peninsula Regional, should feel proud of the hospital’s accomplishments, and confident that the level of care there is among the very best in the nation.”
Bank Earns Superior Rating
BERLIN – Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company, recently accepted its distinguished 5-Star Superior rating from BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Fla.
The 5-Star rating is based on the overall financial condition of the bank and indicates that, for strength and stability, Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company is the perfect place to entrust your deposits. The 5-Star rating is the highest rating attainable from BauerFinancial (the nation’s bank rating firm for over a quarter of a century). Not only has Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company earned a 5-Star rating, it has done so for 78 consecutive quarters. Only 5% of the nation’s banks can claim that distinction.
“Sheila Bair, Chairman of the FDIC, said recently that community banks are the lifeblood of our financial system, and that certainly is true,” said Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. “What she doesn’t say is that not all community banks, or all banks for that matter, are created equal. Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company has passed BauerFinancial’s stringent stress test with flying colors. Not only is it a vital part of its community, it is a prime example of what all community banks should strive for.”
Established in 1890, Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company operates through 10 conveniently located offices, nine in Worcester County, and the other in Ocean View, Del.
Top Agent Announced
WILLARDS – Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley has announced Gary Waldych as top producer for the month of December. He specializes in condominium, transportation and commercial property insurance with a strong attitude for service.
Top Producers Named
BETHANY BEACH – ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced December’s top producers for its Delaware and Maryland locations.
Anne Powell and Jennifer Hughes received top honors for listing volume for the month of December.
Top listing volume awards for individual agents by office are Powell and Hughes for the Bayside office; Marc Grimes for the Bear Trap Dunes office; and Bob Maxwell for the Marketplace at Sea Colony office.
Tammy Hadder and Anna Meiklejohn of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office received top honors for sales volume for the month of December.
Top sales volume awards for individual agents by office are Hadder and Meiklejohn for the Marketplace at Sea Colony office; Powell and Hughes for the Bayside office; and Keith Hartung for the Bethany Beach office.
Team Rob Arlett of the Bethany Beach office received top honors for sales volume for the month of December for a team.
Commissioner To Serve On Board
BERLIN – Commissioner Linda C. Busick has been selected by the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) to serve as the Worcester County representative on the Rural Maryland Council (RMC) Executive Board. As such, Busick will represent the interests of all Maryland counties.
The RMC is a state rural development agency that addresses problems and challenges facing rural communities in Maryland. Since 2003, this council has administered the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund. RMC membership is open to any Maryland citizen who subscribes to the goals of the council and has an interest in rural Maryland. The Executive Board consists of 37 members who are tasked with advising the RMC.
Hospital To Offer Screenings
SALISBURY – The Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center will be offering free blood pressure screenings during American Heart Month in February.
The free blood pressure screenings will be held every Monday in February from 10 a.m.-noon in both the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute lobby and the Frank B. Hanna Outpatient Center lobby on the Peninsula Regional campus. There is no need to make an appointment.
Insurance Company News
OCEAN CITY – Insurance Management Group, Inc. (IMG), an independent insurance agency, recently made a number of personnel announcements.
Gavin Adams has joined the company as a sales producer. He has successfully completed the licensing course and obtained his property and casualty license in December 2009.
Adams graduated from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia in 2009. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He resides in Ocean City.
In other company news, Lisa Levy, IMG’s personal lines account manager, has successfully completed the Certified Insurance Service Representative, Agency Operations Class held in Salisbury.
Additionally, IMG has promoted Cathyrn Carrick to claims service representative. Carrick’s responsibilities include claim reporting and follow up. Carrick joined IMG in August 2007. She has also successfully completed the Certified Insurance Service Representative, Agency Operations Class, held in Salisbury.