Gillis Gilkerson received a proclamation from Salisbury Mayor James Ireton Jr. this week proclaiming Aug. 25, 2014 as “Gillis Gilkerson Day.” The proclamation was presented to Gillis Gilkerson in recognition and celebration of its Aug. 1 anniversary of 30-plus years in the business community. Pictured, from left, are Gillis Gilkerson CEO Palmer Gillis, Vice President JB Barnes, President Dwight Miller and Ireton. Submitted Photos
Apple Adds Another Sherr
SALISBURY – Apple Discount Drugs owner Jeff Sherr has been joined at the pharmacy by his son, Zack Sherr.
Zack Sherr may be the most recent addition to the pharmacy team at Apple Discount Drugs but this is certainly not the first time he has worked for the family business.
“I started emptying trash cans and filling the soda machines when I was 14,” said Zack Sherr. “I learned at a young age that there really is no such thing as
a free ride – you have to work for what you want. My father taught me that if you want something bad enough you will push yourself to the limit. Even if it is intimidating, you just have to give it your best and never give up.”
Zack Sherr recently put those words of wisdom to work. He graduated in May with a Doctor of Pharmacy from UMES School of Pharmacy. Prior to attending UMES, Sherr majored in Business Information Technology for two years at Virginia Tech and then transferred to Salisbury University where he majored in Biology.
During his time at UMES School of Pharmacy, Sherr completed two years of year-round course work and a third year of advanced pharmacy practice experience, similar to eight, five-week internships. He put in time at the Apple Discount Drugs pharmacy counter, Apple Home Infusion, Ambulatory Care, Advanced Community, Atlantic General Hospital, PRMC Acute Care, Tawes Nursing Home and two sessions at UMES where he did leadership rotations and research projects on compounding practices.
“I pushed myself harder in pharmacy school than I ever have before my entire life,” said Sherr. “From community to hospital to nursing home pharmacy and academia, I had the opportunity to experience it all and decide what I liked best.”
Jeff Sherr added, “As parents we can offer guidance and support, but there comes a time when we have to let go. It has been quite an honor to watch Zack spread his wings, work hard, push himself and find his way. His mother and I couldn’t be happier that ‘his way’ brought him back home to work for the family business. The entire staff has watched Zack grow up and is now welcoming him with open arms to the Apple team.”
For his part, Zack Sherr said he is excited about the new opportunity.
“I am not going anywhere anytime soon. This is my home and Apple is the family business. I look forward to growing the company with my father. I want to continue to be innovative. Change is inevitable. You have to be able to adapt to move on,” Zack Sherr said.
Hospital To Open New Unit
SALISBURY — Peninsula Regional Medical Center will open a Clinical Decision Unit in September to serve patients who require more extensive observation than in the Emergency Department, but who may not require an inpatient stay.
Patients will remain on the Clinical Decision Unit in an outpatient status for an observation period of 20 hours or less, during which they will receive additional evaluation, and diagnostic tests if needed, to determine whether they are well enough to be discharged, or require inpatient admission. This allows patients to quickly receive the most appropriate care.
Congestive heart failure, chest pain, pneumonia and asthma are some of the common conditions that may be addressed in the Clinical Decision Unit. A few examples of patients most likely to benefit are asthma patients who need a few more hours of treatment and observation, or chest pain patients who need a little more labwork and a stress test to see if they are well enough to be discharged.
The unit is located in a pleasant, recently renovated area of Peninsula Regional Medical Center, and will allow patients a much more comfortable atmosphere for their observation stay. Private rooms are available. In addition, guests of the Clinical Decision Unit will benefit from enhanced quality of care and safety and a reduced length of stay.
Many hospitals across the nation are establishing units dedicated to observation. One important reason is to help reduce cost and confusion caused by Medicare’s rules regarding outpatient stays. While most people who go to the emergency room and end up staying in the hospital assume that they’re inpatients, that is not necessarily the case. Medicare uses the “two-midnight rule,” meaning that most patient stays shorter than 48 hours are considered outpatient stays. This affects how the visits are paid for ─ so a quicker, clearer path to either discharge or inpatient admission will help to reduce healthcare costs.
“The opening of our Clinical Decision Unit shows our continued support of providing exceptional care to our community. This unit cares for the patient’s well-being both physically and financially,” said Dr. Alon Davis, Medical Director of the new unit.
Top Associates Announced
BETHANY BEACH — ResortQuest Real Estate® in Coastal Delaware and Maryland recently announced the July top producing sales associates for its southeast Sussex County, Del. offices.
Colleen Windrow of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office won top honors for listings for the month.
Other award top listings winners by office were Jenny Smith of the Edgewater/Sea Colony office, Karla Morgan of the West Fenwick office, Pam Pridgeon of the Bethany Beach office and Marc Grimes of the Bear Trap office.
Bill Hand of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office won top honor for sales for the month.
Top sales volume awards honorees by office were Linda Quasney of the West Fenwick office, Dayna Feher of the Bethany Beach office, Steve Alexander of the Edgewater/Sea Colony office and Valerie Harmke of the Bear Trap office.
New Advisor Named
SALISBURY — Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate Managing Director and Senior Advisor Brent Miller has announced that Tonney Insley has joined the SVN-Miller team as an Associate Advisor.
As a native of Salisbury, Tonney has returned to his roots to explore his career as a commercial real estate advisor and will be working directly with Miller
Tonney graduated from Gettysburg College in 1999 and spent 15 years in Washington D.C. as a marketing professional working for both for-profit and non-profit companies.