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Health Literacy Program Pre-Testing Underway

BERLIN  Atlantic General Hospital recently held pre-testing for the next roll-out of its health literacy program, a partnership with Worcester County public schools and Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health.

Pre-testing for second, third, fourth and fifth graders throughout the county occurred in January. The roll-out is new to Showell, Buckingham, Snow Hill and Pocomoke elementary and Snow Hill and Pocomoke Middle schools this year. First grade did not receive testing due to the broad range in development at this grade level, but they are being introduced to integrated health literacy curriculum.


Seal Of Approval Awarded

SALISBURY Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with hospice performance standards.

The Joint Commission awards the Gold Seal of Approval, a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care, for a three-year period.

Accreditation is not required of hospice providers.

The accreditation process helps Coastal Hospice remain current with best practices among providers. As a result of this survey, the Coastal Hospice team not only learns from others in the field but also contributes its own best practices to the profession.

Coastal Hospice underwent a rigorous on-site survey in December 2014. A surveyor from The Joint Commission evaluated the organization’s compliance with home care standards reflecting key organization areas, including the provision of care, treatment and services, emergency management, human resources, individual rights and responsibilities and leadership.

“When individuals engage a home care provider, they want to be sure that provider is capable of providing safe, quality care,” Margherita Labson, executive director of the Home Care Accreditation program for The Joint Commission, said. “As the home care setting becomes increasingly popular, it is important that home care providers are able to demonstrate they are capable of providing safe, high quality care. Accreditation by The Joint Commission and the Gold Seal serve as an indication that the organization has demonstrated compliance to these recognized standards of safe and quality care.”

The Joint Commission’s hospice standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, home care providers and researchers, as well as industry experts, purchasers and consumers.

“Coastal Hospice is pleased to once again receive accreditation from The Joint Commission,” Alane Capen, president of Coastal Hospice, said. “Staff from across our organization continue to work together to strengthen the services we offer and deliver excellent hospice care for those in our community.”


Shore Market Update

BERLIN — Inventory decreased in many areas of Maryland’s Eastern Shore region in January, according to The Long & Foster Market Minute reports, which are compiled from data from residential real estate transactions within specific geographic regions, not just Long & Foster sales.

Some areas of the Eastern Shore market, which includes Worcester, Wicomico, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, Talbot and Caroline counties, also saw increases in the number of homes sold.

Though numbers varied around the region, the Eastern Shore real estate market saw some positive trends in the number of homes sold in January. Worcester County, for example, enjoyed a 48-percent increase in the number of units sold. That number rose by 35 percent in Talbot County, while other areas experienced decreases from 3 percent to 29 percent.

Inventory decreased in most of the Eastern Shore region when compared to year-ago levels, according to January data. Wicomico County saw a decrease of 10 percent and Worcester County had a 9 percent drop. Inventory in Caroline and Talbot counties dropped by 8 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Dorchester County saw inventory decrease by 4 percent, while Queen Anne’s County experienced a 6-percent rise in inventory.

The median sale price varied across the Eastern Shore region, with Dorchester County seeing an 11-percent increase and Worcester County seeing no change compared to the same month last year. In Wicomico County. the median sale price dipped by 4 percent, while other areas experienced declines from 6 percent to 34 percent.

“In January, we saw some positive trends happening in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast real estate market, including in the Eastern Shore region, with many areas seeing decreases in active inventory and some areas seeing growing numbers of homes sold,” said Jeffrey S. Detwiler, president and chief operating officer for The Long & Foster Companies. “These are some good developments in the world of real estate, and we’re expecting to see a healthy spring market in 2015.”


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Lennar unveiled its luxury, 63-unit townhome community, Seaside Village overlooking Sinepuxent Bay in West Ocean City last weekend with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The public was invited to tour the community, learn about Lennar and enjoy complimentary refreshments. The community is located at U.S. Route 50 and Inlet Isle Lane, West Ocean City and is open from 10 a.m. to … Continue reading

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The Arby’s in Salisbury on Route 13 across from Salisbury University was recently presented with a “Triple Ace Award,” the highest award a restaurant can receive in the Arby’s system. Less than 1% of the 3,400 Arby’s restaurants achieve that status. Pictured, from left, are Franchise Operations East Coast Director Stephen Crouch, Supervisor Brittany Mason, Delmarby, Inc. President Todd Hershey … Continue reading

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Real Estate Issues Discussed At Session ANNAPOLIS – Nine members of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) traveled to Annapolis this week to meet with local legislators to discuss real estate priorities in the 2015 legislative session of the General Assembly. The Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) hosted a Legislative Breakfast on Jan. 27 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. Members … Continue reading

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Owner Recognized BERLIN — Joni Waldych, president and owner of Innovative Benefit Solutions, has been named in Insurance Business America magazine’s Hot 100 list for 2015. This annual list recognizes 100 people who have made an impact on the insurance industry over the past year and is considered one of the industry’s highest distinctions. “The Hot 100 represents the best … Continue reading

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Contracts Trend Up BERLIN – The local real estate market rounded out the end of 2014 with increasing contract – or pending sales – numbers, continuing a trend that held steady throughout the year. According to the latest figures from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR), single family home contract signings across the Tri-County area saw a 44.3-percent jump in … Continue reading

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New Doctor Announced BERLIN – Atlantic General Hospital and Health System has announced that Liezl Irisari, MD, has joined Atlantic General Women’s Health in Ocean Pines. Irisari’s experience includes a minimally invasive gynecologic surgery fellowship at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Utica, N.Y., and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She is … Continue reading

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New Location Announced BERLIN – Atlantic General Health System announced this week that Dr. Munna Garg and Dr. Danielle Orr will relocate their practices to the new Atlantic General Medical Center opening in West Ocean City on Route on Jan. 12. The physicians will be moving to the new space in an effort to better accommodate the growing patient population. … Continue reading

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Peninsula Regional Medical Center recently celebrated the 42-year career of Dr. Donald M. Wood, a cardiologist who was responsible for a great amount of growth and progress in cardiology on the Eastern Shore. Wood was presented with a plaque and portrait that will hang in PRMC’s Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute in his honor. He earned proclamations from the City … Continue reading

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Hospital’s Gets $850K For Achieving Status BERLIN –Atlantic General Hospital achieved Meaningful Use Stage 2 status this month and received funds for patient portal engagement in the amount of nearly $850,000 from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). AGH is one of only 164 hospitals in the country to achieve Stage 2. Meaningful use, by federal definition, is … Continue reading