A Week In Business

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Conference Attended

SALISBURY — Bradley Gillis of Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury recently attended the Healthcare & Real Estate Conference in New York.

The conference featured important discussion on the state of healthcare in the United States, the implementation of healthcare reform and the various investment and development opportunities in the myriad of medical office buildings, research facilities and seniors’ housing. It was attended by 225 leading healthcare, real estate and capital markets executives from around the nation.

“I came away from this conference with a wealth of information regarding medical real estate and the knowledge I have gained will help me better serve my clients,” Gillis said.

Top Producers Named

BETHANY BEACH – ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced the May top producers for its southeast Sussex County, Del., locations.

Robert Kauffman of the Bethany Beach office received top honors for listing volume for the month of May.

Top listing volume awards for individual agents by office are Kauffman of the Bethany Beach office, Karla Morgan of the West Fenwick office and Tammy Hadder/Anna Meiklejohn of the Marketplace office.

“All our agents are continually attending classes and seminars throughout the year,” said Brigit Taylor, managing broker and broker of record for the firm. “Their commitment to education and professional improvement is an asset to the company and our clients and customers.”

Brendan Garfield Crotty of the Bethany Beach office received top honors for sales volume for the month of May.

Top sales volume awards for individual agents by office are Crotty of the Bethany Beach office, Linda Quasney of the West Fenwick office, Colleen Windrow of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office, Marc Grimes of the Bear Trap Dunes office and Jennifer Smith of the Edgewater/Sea Colony office.

Brewery Changes Hands

DELMAR — Brent Miller, Wesley Cox and Rick Tilghman of Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury has announced the sale of the brewery equipment and real estate of the former Evolution Craft Brewery in Delmar at 501 Bi-State Boulevard to Suellen Vickers and Lori Clough, owners of 3rd Wave Brewing Company.

3rd Wave will initially brew an IPA, a porter and pale ale at the 3,500-square-foot facility. 3rd Wave Brewing Co. is a dream between two friends that has become a reality. Their mission is to produce a quality of tastes that can be shared at the beach and wherever their friends may gather. 3rd Wave Brewing Company is scheduled to open mid-summer.

Women’s Health Award

SALISBURY — A study released this month by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named Peninsula Regional Medical Center among the top five percent in the nation for women’s health for the fourth consecutive year (2009-2012). Additionally, Peninsula Regional Medical Center was named a recipient of the HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award™ for the fourth consecutive year (2009-2012).

Peninsula Regional is the only hospital in Maryland or Washington, DC to receive the distinguished Women’s Health Excellence Award during the past four consecutive years, and in 2012 is just one of six Maryland hospitals and among an elite group of 176 of the nation’s 5,000 hospitals to be presented with it.

The findings are based on an analysis of more than five million Medicare patient records from 2008 to 2010 and focused on 16 procedures and diagnoses. HealthGrades Women’s Health in American Hospitals report identified the top-performing hospitals in the nation for women’s health and compared women’s health outcomes to those of men in two primary areas: cardiac care and bone and joint health. Significant differences in women’s treatment and outcomes were found.

“The significance of the HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award™-and its personal importance to me-is that it recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of our staff in so many different clinical specialties that are essential to the health and well-being of Delmarva women of all ages,” stated Peninsula Regional President/CEO Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, Dr.M, FACHE. “To be ranked among the best in the United States for any type of care you provide-and to do that four years in a row-requires a team effort, and this award clearly acknowledges a total team effort and dedication to women’s health issues at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.”

That team effort includes comprehensive services for women not only in the traditional service lines, but also sub-specialties designed specifically for women in cardiac, orthopaedic and spine care.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center continues to work with area health departments and other healthcare providers in planning the annual Tri-County “Go-Red,” a community health education event held every February that focuses on Women and Heart Disease, risk factor assessments and strategies to reduce the chance of developing heart disease. New last year, was the first fundraiser for the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute. Monies raised were targeted to covering the cost of the Women’s Heart Program and providing the service for those who may not be able to afford this screening by Peninsula Regional clinicians. The key is the early detection of cardiac risk factors, which may lead to the development of coronary artery disease.

“Interestingly, I believe the Women’s Health Excellence Award has been presented to us in large part because our emergency physicians and cardiologists are so attuned to the symptoms of heart disease in women that they don’t pre-judge patients based on gender,” added Jeanne Ruff, Executive Director of the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute. “It’s why we’ve been so successful in educating women on chest pain, treating their symptoms and in building a program that is unmatched regionally for its cardiac options and outcomes, and why more women every year choose to be seen here and cared for here.”

Housing Aid Available

SNOW HILL — Worcester County is currently accepting applications from low to moderate income individuals and families who may be eligible for general home rehabilitation assistance through the Worcester County Housing Rehabilitation Program.

The program is administered through the Worcester County Department of Economic Development and provides grant and loan funding to owner occupied properties for general rehabilitation and lead abatement services.

Eligible homes may be located in either a rural area or in an incorporated township of Worcester County. Priority is given to dwellings having health or safety hazards, disabled homeowners, homeowners over the age of 62 and households of extremely low income.

Eligibility requirements include but are not limited to the following: property owners must be current on property taxes through FY13; family must be of low to moderate income; homeowner must have property insurance; and homeowner must have acceptable credit or be willing to set up payment plans on any non-medical accounts in collections.

Those interested in receiving more information about the Housing Rehabilitation Program or need assistance filling out the application forms, please contact Housing Program Administrator Jo Ellen Bynum at jbynum@co.worcester.md.us or 410-632-3112.

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