Quiet Storm Store Celebrated

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OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Chamber of Commerce hosted a grand opening/ribbon ceremony at the new Quiet Storm on the Boardwalk last Friday. Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan was on hand to present owner Bill Dreibelbis a key to the city and a commendation for his new venture. Pictured, Dreilbelbis is pictured with Meehan, staff members, chamber officials and supporters. Photo by Terri French

100th Façade Project Completed

OCEAN CITY — The Buckingham Hotel is the 100th building renovated under the OCDC’s Façade Improvement Program. Extensive exterior improvements as well as extensive interior improvements have been completed on the 36-unit hotel. The property is owned by Spiro Buas.

Exterior improvements included installing new fiber cement siding and trim. The full building has been painted included all trim. New windows have been installed as well. The owner has also installed new thru wall A/C sleeves replacing the previous window units. The full porch has been rebuilt. New landscaping has been provided.

The OCDC Façade Improvement Program has generated over $4 million of private investment into the downtown area’s older buildings since its inception about nine years ago.

Cardiac Center Designation Achieved

SALISBURY — Peninsula Regional Medical Center has been named a Cardiac Interventional Center by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services (MIEMSS) effective April 1, 2012.

MIEMSS is the state agency responsible for coordinating Maryland’s emergency medical services and has selected 23 hospitals in Maryland who meet the requirements for state standards to receive patients transported by emergency medical services (EMS) who are experiencing the most common type of heart attack.

The most common type of heart attack is called an ST-elevation myocardial infarction or STEMI. A STEMI occurs when an artery that supplies blood to the heart is suddenly blocked. The most common symptoms of a heart attack are discomfort, pressure of pain in the center of the chest, pain or discomfort in one of both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach, shortness of breath, sweating, nausea and lightheadedness. If any of these symptoms are present, EMS should be summoned immediately by calling 9-1-1.

It has been established that the sooner a heart attack patient is treated to relieve the blockage causing the STEMI, the better the heart muscle will recover resulting in fewer complications and better overall outcomes for patients. Because of Peninsula Regional’s advanced cardiac interventional capabilities, MIEMSS now designates that any patient suffering a heart attack in this region and being transported by ambulance must be brought to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for immediate, life-saving care.

“We are extremely pleased by our MIEMSS designation as a Cardiac Interventional Center. We appreciate that the state has chosen to recognize us as a medical center where, the majority of the time, heart attack patients are able to have a clogged artery opened in under 90 minutes from their arrival to PRMC. Knowing we are able to be on the cutting edge of quality medical care and offer heart attack victims in our community expedient and quality care for is both satisfying as well as in alignment with the excellent care paths that we offer for other types of critically ill Emergency Department patients; such as those suffering from trauma or sepsis,” said Susan Patterson RN, MHA, Director of Emergency Department, Trauma and Critical Care Services.

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