A Week In Business

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Top Producers Named

BERLIN — Re/Max Premier Properties and Broker Dr. Carl E. Ortman have announced the top producers for the month of July.

The top listing producer is Marlene Ott of the Ocean Pines office. Top in sales with over $1 million last month are Ott of Ocean Pines, Pam Price of Salisbury, Holly Campbell of Salisbury and Edie Brennan of Ocean Pines.

Re-Accreditation Earned

SALISBURY — The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

New Officer Appointed

SALISBURY — Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) President/CEO Peggy Naleppa this week announced Christopher C. Hall has joined the Salisbury hospital as its Vice President of Strategy and Business Development/Chief Business Officer.

Hall will be responsible for leading PRMC’s strategic planning and business development operations including organizing and directing the activities related to planning and market development, assuring compliance with state and federal planning laws, the maintenance of effective relationships between the Medical Center and designated external regulatory and planning bodies, monitoring and forecasting hospital utilization, creating and evaluating new service opportunities, and working closely with clinical leaders to expand Medical Center programs. He will also provide direct supervision for PRMC’s Community Relations and Marketing, Planning and Business Development, Creative Services and Lifeline departments.

Hall was most recently the Executive Director of Strategic Planning for Adventist Healthcare and has also served the Rockville-based healthcare system as its Director of Decision Support and its Director of Strategic Planning and Market Research. 


New Staff Member

OCEAN CITY — Marie Stezzi has joined the staff of Insurance Management Group, Inc. an independent insurance agency located at 77th Street in Ocean City.

She joined Insurance Management Group on July 16 as a personal lines insurance advisor. She started her insurance career in 1995. Her career includes experience in property and casualty insurance.

Utility To Raise Rates

SALISBURY – The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has authorized Delmarva Power to increase delivery rates for its Maryland customers, effective for electric service rendered on and after July 20.

The change will add 3.11 percent to monthly residential electric bills. A typical bill for a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month would increase by approximately $4.00, moving the average monthly bill from $129.26 to $133.26. The bill impact on commercial and industrial customers would vary according to usage.

The approval of the $11.25 million revenue increase is less than the company’s request for a $25.1 million increase. The company’s full request would have meant a 5.6 percent increase, raising the typical customer’s bill by $7.29 per month.

“While we believe the entire amount of our rate increase request was fully justified, the Public Service Commission’s decision attempts to balance our need for additional revenues to maintain the reliability of our electric system while having a fairly modest impact on our customers,” said Gary Stockbridge, President, Delmarva Power Region. “We will continue investing in our electric system to meet customers’ needs and regulatory requirements.”

The company invested approximately $200 million in infrastructure enhancements from 2007 through 2011 and plans to spend an additional $344 million through 2016 in order to meet customer growth and maintain a reliable electric system.

Delivery rates cover the cost of the poles and wires that carry electricity to customers’ homes and businesses and are separate from supply rates. Supply rates are determined by the wholesale energy markets and reflect the cost of power that Delmarva Power purchases on behalf of its Maryland customers who do not buy power from an alternate supplier.

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