A Week In Business

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Provider Gets Elite Honor

SALISBURY – Peninsula Home Care, a licensed and certified home health service provider headquartered on the Lower Eastern Shore, announced it has been named to the Decision Health “2012 HomeCare Elite™.”

HomeCare Elite is a compilation of the top-performing Medicare-certified home health agencies in the United States. This is the third time in four years the agency has been recognized with the ranking.

“It is an honor to be recognized as one of the best in a nationwide benchmark study of home health agencies,” said Nancy Bagwell, branch director, Peninsula Home Care. “It is even more satisfying to know that we are providing the highest quality care to our local community. This is one more way patients and caregivers can trust that they will receive top care from Peninsula Home Care when they need it.”
Peninsula Home Care has been serving patients in Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties in Maryland, and Sussex County in Delaware for nearly 30 years.

The HomeCare Elite recognizes the top 25 percent of home health agencies based on performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance. It also compares agencies to the overall performance averages in their state. It is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry.

Labs Accredited

SALISBURY — The laboratory and arterial blood gasses (ABG) lab at Peninsula Regional Medical Center have both been awarded accreditation for the “excellence of service provided” by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

Laboratory Administrative Director Robin Mandelson and Medical Director Kimberly H. Cuesta, MD, plus ABG Coordinator Tom Russ, Medical Director Gregory Thompson, MD and Respiratory Services Director John Morcom were all congratulated by the on-site inspection team for being among a select number of laboratories nationwide to meet the rigorous guidelines established to help ensure the highest standards for patient care. Peninsula Regional’s labs are among an elite group of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories in the United States. The CAP designation has been continuously awarded to the Peninsula Regional lab for nearly 40 years. The ABG lab has received that honor for the past twenty years it has been surveyed.

Restaurant Website Unveiled

BERLIN – Locally owned web development company Sprout Creatives has released a new website called Restaurant Website Platform. “We spent the last five years developing Restaurant Website Platform with one clear mission, to help restaurants succeed online,” said CEO/Founder Paul Starkey.

Restaurant Website Platform (RWP) is offered in two formats; a standard format that offers restaurateurs four main built-in components for managing their website — a content management system, E-mail marketing, a customer relations manager, and analytics; or the E-commerce platform, which offers all the aforementioned, with the addition of a shopping cart, an event booking engine and increased usage quotas. Every RWP website is mobile-ready so that potential diners can find restaurants on the go.

RWP’s star feature is the content management system that allows restaurant owners and their staff the ability to edit their website’s content from any computer using their browser. Staying competitive in the restaurant business today requires your business be high tech savvy; and our solution, RWP makes it easy and easier for owners to manage their websites.

Another feature that RWP incorporates is an automatic customer database that is tracks customer interactions with your website. Unlike websites of the past, it tracks real time analytics with a backend dashboard that restaurant owners and managers can access 24 hours a day.

To learn more or to sign up, visit www.RestaurantWebsitePlatform.co,m.

Business Workshop Planned

OCEAN PINES — On Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the Ocean Pines Library at 5 p.m., the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce will hold a Starting Your Small Business workshop, featuring local professionals and state representatives presenting various resources available to small businesses and answering questions on licensing, finance options, insurance, marketing and more.

This free public workshop is specifically designed to help individuals achieve the dream of owning a business. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with other business professionals in related fields.

New Officers Installed

OCEAN CITY — The Coastal Delmarva Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors® (WCR) recently installed its 2013 officers in a ceremony held at Princess Royale on Oct. 10 with special guest speaker Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan.

The Coastal Delmarva Chapter is a 75-member professional real estate group affiliated with the WCR, a national professional development organization with 19,000 members.

Sharon Curtiss with Hileman Real Estate, Inc. will serve a one-year term as president, along with Lynette Catha of Hileman Real Estate, Inc. as president-elect; Nanette Pavier of Holiday Real Estate as treasurer; and Cameron Drew of Hileman Real Estate, Inc. as secretary. The officers will be responsible for planning business resource meetings.

“We are looking forward to reaching out to more realtors in the community so they can benefit from our exchange of value in 2013,” said Curtiss.

In other WCR news, Pam Wadler has been awarded the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the local WCR chapter. This annual award recognizes a member who fully exercises his or her potential as an entrepreneur and real estate industry leader and who shares their time, talent and expertise with others in the profession and in the community.

“Pam has been a mentor for several brokerages and continues to mentor new agents at Shamrock Realty Group. She is currently the Designated Realtor for the firm, and continues to recruit new associates. She has expanded the office size twice in the last five years and opened her own referral company,” said Curtiss, who chaired the award committee.

Course Completed

BERLIN — Avon Products, Inc. recently announced that local Avon Representative Michele Mitchell has completed the Educating Leaders In Transformational Excellence (ELITE) professional development certification hosted by the Direct Selling Woman’s Alliance.

As a reward, Mitchell, an Avon Representative in Berlin, attended a three-day, all-expense-paid graduation celebration along with 75 other representatives who completed the curriculum through Avon’s AUL Academy.

Mitchell is a member of the inaugural class of Avon’s AUL Academy, which is an educational curriculum for intense training in professional leadership skills to enhance their independent businesses, advance title promotion and accelerate earnings levels.

"I’m honored to celebrate Avon representatives who have achieved this distinctive honor in the inaugural class of AUL Academy," said Angelo Rossi, Group Vice President, Avon North America Sales. "Michele embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of the heart of Avon, demonstrating first hand, how Avon representatives can have economic empowerment, financial freedom, and the opportunity to lead a team and mentor others."

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