A Week In Business

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CBRB Names New Vice President

OCEAN CITY – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has named Maryellen Rosenblit vice president of the company’s Ocean City 104th Street office.

Rosenblit has been with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in a sales associate role since 2010 and has extensive knowledge of the Ocean City area.

“We are excited to have Maryellen Rosenblit as the branch vice president of our Ocean City office,” said Dean Cottrill, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Baltimore. “Maryellen’s energy and sales knowledge are going to be great assets to our clients and to our team.”

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a leading residential real estate brokerage company in the Mid-Atlantic, operates more than 40 offices with more than 3,000 sales associates serving the communities of the Greater Washington, D.C. Metro area, Maryland and Delaware. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company.

Apple Scores Education Grant

BERLIN — Apple Discount Drugs, a locally owned Health Mart pharmacy, has announced its participation in an educational initiative focused on improving patient care and reducing patient cost.

Apple recently received a grant from Daiichi Sankyo Inc. to fund an event dedicated to educating local medical professionals about two evolving healthcare delivery models that are receiving attention in today’s healthcare reform.

The two delivery models are called Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Accountable Care Organization (ACO). PCMH emphasizes patient-centered, quality and accessible care in the context of comprehensive primary care function. The ACO model focuses on care coordination across the care continuum, accountability for quality improvement, cost control and payment reform.

"Medical care used to be centered on the disease state," said Jeff Sherr, president of Apple Discount Drugs. "Over time, healthcare has shifted to focus more on a patient-centered approach where an integrated care program is initiated to provide coordinated care for the patient. The coordinator if the care is the patient’s primary care provider. This ultimately improves patient care and reduces patient cost."

Apple recently invited representatives from Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), Three Lower Counties (TLC), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy, the Delmarva Foundation along with several primary care and specialty care physicians from the community to learn more about the integrated helthcare model.

Maria Martins Lopes, MD, MS, the Chief Medical Officer for AMCHealth, an affiliate of Geisinger Health System, spoke about her 15 years of experience in managed care, improving health outcomes through accountable care and reducing medical cost trends.

"Apple is embracing the patient-centered medical home concept because we understand that in order to improve the overall health outcomes of a patient, we must partner with the other health care providers and offer expanded services,” Sherr said. “Services beyond those offered by the traditional pharmacy, such as medication therapy management, IV infusion services, home oxygen therapy, durable medical equipment and diabetes education. Coordination of patient needs must become a part of the healthcare plan. We are ready and focused on becoming the patient-centered pharmacy on the shore."

Urologist To Testify

SALISBURY — Salisbury urologist and one of the surgical founders of the Peninsula Institute of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), Mark Edney, MD, testified last week in Washington, DC before the United States Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Edney spoke at the request of the committee’s chairman, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), in support of a bill she is sponsoring. It requests medical coverage through the Veterans’ Affairs system to provide infertility treatment for soldiers who have suffered genitourinary trauma resulting in infertility.

Edney, who is a member of the US Army Reserve and has served a tour in Iraq/Afghanistan, was asked to testify because of his knowledge of the disorder and for his expertise as a surgeon who has treated these types of injuries in soldiers on the front line.

Edney, the 2012 American Urology Association’s Gallagher Health Policy Scholar, is a partner at Peninsula Urology Associates, PA in Salisbury, and has held privileges at PRMC since 2004.

Commercial Property Sold

DELMAR — Brent Miller, managing director of Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, has announced the sale of 30174 Foskey Lane, formerly known as Diamond Dreams in Delmar. Miller represented the seller, BB&T Bank.

Delmar Properties, LLC purchased the 25,200-square-foot building to accommodate a family sports recreational facility. Delmar Properties, LLC anticipates opening its new facility by the end of this year.

The buyer was represented by Matthew Trader of Rinnier Development.

“Being that I was born and raised in Delmar, it’s always great to have the opportunity to be part of a project that will help the community flourish. I feel this is a sign of many more exciting things to come for the town of Delmar,” Trader said.

Pharmacist’s Work Published

SALISBURY — Scott Johnson of Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Pharmacy Department recently co-authored a paper that was published in the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy.

“Evaluation of a Program to Improve Diabetes Care Through Intensified Care Management Activities and Diabetes Medication Copayment Reduction” appeared in the May issue of the Journal. It analyzed the short-term effectiveness of an incentive program aimed at diabetes medication management.

All articles in the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy must be thoroughly researched and referenced, and undergo a blind peer-review process prior to being accepted for publication.

New AGH Appointments

Berlin, Md. – Atlantic General Hospital recently appointed two individuals to its medical staff.

Patricia Maltagliati, who joins the emergency department staff as a physician assistant, received her physician assistant certificate and master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. Maltagliati is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants.

Sidney Barnes received his medical degree from New York University of Medicine and completed his surgical internship and residency at Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., where he became chief resident. Barnes is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Barnes joins Atlantic General Hospital as a general surgeon.

New Sales Agent Announced

BETHANY BEACH — ResortQuest Real Estate announced Jerry Kappes has joined its sales team at the Hickman Beach Plaza West office on Coastal Highway in Bethany Beach, Del.

Licensed since 1985, Kappes specializes in the listing and sale of Delaware resort real estate in Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and the surrounding coastal areas. Before starting his successful real estate career, Kappes was with the Dupont Company for 27 years.

“We are very happy to add Jerry to our sales team,” said Brigit Taylor, ResortQuest’s managing broker. “With his 27 years of experience, knowledge of the area and professionalism, he will definitely be a plus to our growing sales team

Storm Scam Warning

BERLIN — The Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland is cautioning residents to anticipate a spike in door-to-door storm chasers as severe storms swept through Maryland last week.

BBB and government agencies frequently receive a high-volume of reports of post disaster rip-offs that come and go following violent weather. Better Business Bureau is warning local residents affected by the recent storms to beware of storm chasers and out-of-town contractors soliciting business.

"It is not uncommon for out-of-town storm chasers to solicit business after storms like the one we had Friday," said Angie Barnett, president/ CEO, BBB | Greater Maryland. "Storm chasers may not have the proper license to work in the area and may offer quick fixes and big promises to which they won’t deliver." 

For reliable information, lists of BBB Accredited Businesses by industry and BBB Business Reviews you can trust on local businesses, visit www.bbb.org.

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