A Week In Business

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Store Grand Opening Set

PITTSVILLE — Shoppers in Pittsville have a new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices, as Dollar General recently opened a new store at 7260 Sixty Foot Rd and is hosting a grand opening celebration Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 a.m.

At the grand opening event, customers will enjoy special deals and free prizes. The first 50 shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways.

The new store features a fresh layout, designed to make shopping simple for customers. Seasonal products are displayed in the center of the store, and departments are easily recognizable with visible signage.

OC Hotel Honored

OCEAN CITY — Hilton Suites Oceanfront has earned recognition as one of the 2012 Best Hotels by U.S. News & World Report.

The 2012 Best Hotels rankings recognize hotels with a record of high customer satisfaction and an exceptional reputation among published travel experts.

U.S. News established Best Hotels to identify the top properties across the country. To create the 2012 rankings, U.S. News evaluated the strength of accolades and ratings that elite hotels received from major travel publications, as well as travelers, to identify hotels that are loved by experts and consumers alike.

“With well over 1,500 four and five-star hotels in the United States, travelers have a wealth of luxury options,” said Chad Smolinski, Vice President of Rankings and Reviews at U.S. News & World Report. “Our Best Hotels rankings are a great resource for travelers who want to know which hotels are favorites of both the experts and travelers like them."

The U.S. News rankings of the 2012 Best Hotels can be found online at http://travel.usnews.com/Hotels

Hospital Wins Eye Bank Award

SALISBURY — Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in Salisbury was recently named the 2011 Hospital of the Year in Maryland by the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland.

In calendar year 2011, 56 transplantable corneas were harvested from donor patients at PRMC, one of 40 hospitals in Maryland working with the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland, the agency that secures the recovery of corneas for transplant. The cornea is a dime size piece of tissue that can restore sight to those blinded as a result of corneal disease or injury.

“The Medical Eye Bank of Maryland is honored to name Peninsula Regional Medical Center as its 2011 Hospital of the Year,” said Donor Development Coordinator Carol Miller. “The outstanding efforts of the nursing staff and those in the nursing supervisor’s office made possible the gift of sight to 56 grateful cornea recipients. Their efforts are what continue to make PRMC a fantastic donor hospital.”

The 56 corneas donated through PRMC in 2011 is an increase, up from 42 in 2010. PRMC’s conversion rate was 27%, also up from 13% in 2010. Conversion rate is the number of potential transplantable corneas divided by the actual number of corneas transplanted.

Bank Again Earns Top Rating

BERLIN — BauerFinancial Inc., the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm, has recognized Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company as a Superior 5-Star rated bank, which denotes that it’s one of the best in the nation in terms of its overall financial performance.

In fact, Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company has earned this 5-Star Superior rating for the last 86 consecutive quarters putting it in an even more elite group of “Sustained Superiority Banks”. Only 6% of the nation’s banks can claim this distinction.

“The recent uproar against big banks has shed a whole new light on community banks, and for good reason,” observes Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. “While the primary focus of the big banks is dividend payments, smaller banks tend to be locals and therefore more in tune with the communities they serve. This community focus has paid off as Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company has earned Bauer’s highest 5-Star rating for strength and stability.”

Established in 1890, Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company operates through 10 offices in Berlin, Ocean City, Ocean View, Pocomoke City and Snow Hill.

Manager Appointed
SALISBURY — Robin Massey, Manager of Service Excellence at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), has been elected by her colleagues to a two-year appointment to the Board of Directors of the Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy (SHCA) of the American Hospital Association. Her term will run from April 2012 to April 2014.

Massey has been in the patient advocacy field for 19 years. For the last 15 years, she has been a member of the national SHCA. During that time, she has served on several committees at the national level and locally, and held the position of chapter president of the Potomac Chapter serving Maryland, Virginia and Delaware from 2006-2008.

“I didn’t choose this career, it chose me, and I’ve never looked back. I’m fortunate to have discovered a passion that was become a wonderful career,” said Massey, who has been at PRMC for eight years.

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