A Week In Business

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Employees Of Year Honored

SALISBURY — Rosie Harmon, a patient care technician, and Vance Webster, a telecommunications technician, were recently named the 2012 Employees of the Year at Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s annual employee recognition banquet held in conjunction with National Hospital Week.

While presenting the Employees of the Year award to each, President/CEO Dr. Peggy Naleppa described both as extremely patient and customer oriented, with a dedication to making sure that the needs of the people they care for are consistently met with results above expectations. She applauded each for their kindness and compassion and for their contributions to their communities outside of PRMC.

Harmon and Webster were selected from a field of 16 candidates who had earned Employee of the Quarter honors in Support Services, Nursing Services, Administrative Services and Professional Services. Harmon was chosen to represent the clinical service divisions and Webster the non-clinical divisions.

Honored For Service

SALISBURY — Dr. Peggy Naleppa, President/CEO of Peninsula Regional Medical Center honored three Worcester County residents for 30 or more years of service to the Medical Center at an employee recognition banquet held recently as a part of National Hospital Week activities.

Those recognized were 45-year-honoree Star Richardson of Eden, Maryland and 35-year honorees Marguerite Ensor and Patricia Jackson, both of Snow Hill.

Associate Earns Award

OCEAN CITY – Jack Walter, a sales associate with Long & Foster® Real Estate’s Ocean City office, was presented with the 2011 Platinum Club Award from Premiere Asset Services. This honor was given for exceeding expectations and demonstrating superior performance in the listing and successful negotiating of contracts of sale for Wells Fargo-owned properties through their Premiere Asset Services division.

“We are proud to announce Jack Walter as a recipient of this award,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. “Jack, together with his wife, Joan, are examples of Long & Foster’s highly-trained professionals who go to great lengths to best serve clients seeking the total homeownership experience.”

The Walters are licensed in both Maryland and Delaware.

Center Offers Sleep Clinics

BERLIN — Atlantic General’s Sleep Disorders Diagnostic Center is currently offering a series of mask-fitting clinics for those patients prescribed a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to treat their sleep apnea.

Anyone who is experiencing any difficulty with the fit and comfort of their mask can attend the clinic. An appointment is necessary so that the appropriate amount of time if allotted for the session. Upcoming clinics will be held at the center on May 21, June 11 and July 2 from 1-6 p.m. Call 410-641-9726 to set up your individual appointment

Top Performers

BERLIN — Re/Max Premier Properties and Broker Dr. Carl E. Ortman announced the top performers for April as Marlene Ott, top listing producer, and the team of Bill and Sharon Hunt, tops in volume sold.

Pharmacy, School Partner

FRUITLAND — Apple Discount Drugs, a locally owned Health Mart pharmacy, has announced its participation in a hypertension management pilot program initiated by the University of Maryland. The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy P3 (Patients, Pharmacists, Partnership) Program is a patient-centered collaboration of patients, primary care providers and specially trained P3 pharmacists.

The program incorporates comprehensive medication therapy management, chronic diseases state management and the development of patient self-management skills in order to improve clinical outcomes, increase adherence to current standards of care and reduce overall healthcare costs. The program has been in existence for diabetes management but Apple is the first pharmacy in Maryland to pilot the same initiative for hypertension.

"It made sense to pilot the P3 program with Apple Discount Drugs because the pharmacy reaches such a broad scope of patients across the Eastern Shore of Maryland," said Dawn Shojai, Pharm D, assistant director of the University of Maryland P3 Program. "We also considered the capabilities of the pharmacy we selected in regards to the coverage of management for the program and Apple has gone above and beyond our expectations, growing the number of counseled patients from 40 to more than 56 over a six-month time period."

Apple’s Geoff Twigg, ambulatory care pharmacist, Sara Mae Brown, Pharm D, and Katy Miller, R.Ph. are specially trained pharmacists who provide step-by-step guidance in medication adherence, lifestyle changes, and self-care skills to 65 Apple Discount Drugs customers.

"The end goal of the P3 program is to develop dynamic partnerships between patients, primary care physicians and pharmacists that will ultimately provide a growing number of employers’ assistance in improving their employees’ health management skills," said Geoff Twigg, Apple Discount Drugs ambulatory care pharmacist. "Working with the patients is proving to be very successful. We are identifying healthcare issues they are facing on a daily basis and providing lifestyle solutions to help overcome the challenges."

New Business Opening

WEST OCEAN CITY — Angie Gillis, owner of interior design company “A Change of Space Design Studio, Inc.”, has branched out and has announced the opening of Encore Events, a division of A Change of Space.

Gillis is now focused entirely on event décor and has been working around the clock for months preparing for the launch.

Encore Events is located on Route 611 in West Ocean City in the same place as the original A Change of Space studio. The focus of the business is event décor from corporate to private parties, weddings and baby showers, anniversary parties and specializing in wedding events. Gillis begins the business with 20 years of experience in design with a passionate flare and style.

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