A Week In Business

Construction on the new Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines on Route 589 is expected to begin next week. Submitted Rending

Construction on the new Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines on Route 589 is expected to begin next week. Submitted Rending

Health Pavilion Planned

OCEAN PINES — Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), in cooperation with Gillis Gilkerson, a Delmarva development firm, announced this week it will continue to expand and advance regional healthcare services in the Ocean Pines area.

Gillis Gilkerson will break ground for a new medical complex, the Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines, on Route 589 near the North Gate of the Ocean Pines residential community on Thursday, Sept. 25. Peninsula Regional Medical Center, in a 20,000-square-foot building, will anchor the complex and be its initial tenant. PRMC will consolidate its Ocean Pines and Berlin Family Practices at the new Ocean Pines medical complex, bringing along the laboratory services currently available at the existing Berlin location. Peninsula Regional will also provide cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation from its Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute team, home health services through Peninsula Home Care, and a full service community pharmacy to be called Peninsula Home Scripts Ocean Pines.

“This is a continuation of Peninsula Regional’s commitment to population health management and to offer services for the entire Delmarva Peninsula in the locations that provide our communities exceptional healthcare options that are close to their homes, the greatest value for that care and the delivery of those services in the most appropriate setting,” said Christopher C. Hall, PRMC’s Vice President for Strategy and Business Development and Ambulatory Services.

The new Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines is being designed, conceptually, to complement the Gillis Gilkerson/PRMC Delmarva Health Pavilion collaboration in Millsboro, Del. The Maryland complex will offer Ocean Pines and Worcester County residents a similar “one stop” location for a majority of their healthcare needs.

“As medical center builders and developers, we have constructed over one million square feet of medical facilities on Delmarva and we’ve enjoyed a strong working relationship with PRMC for over 20 years,” said Palmer Gillis, Partner. “The Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines will provide convenient access for Ocean Pines residents as well as all of Worcester County. This medical complex will be an important asset providing construction jobs as well as employment opportunities in a convenient location for this community.”

Peninsula Regional expects to have its new Ocean Pines family practice office, lab, cardiac rehab, home health and pharmacy services open by the spring of next year.

“We continue to refine our focus more in local neighborhoods where we can best and most conveniently provide these types of healthcare services that help people to become healthy, discover how to stay healthy and live well,” added Hall. “You can expect to see PRMC working with contractors to develop similar health pavilions and medical complexes in growing population areas across Delmarva and also in underserved communities where healthcare services are needed.”

 

Heidi Gilmore

Heidi Gilmore

New Board Member

SALISBURY — Edward M. Thomas, President and CEO of The Bank of Delmarva, announced the addition of Heidi J.A. Gilmore, Esq. to the Board of Directors of the Bank and its holding company, Delmar Bancorp.

Gilmore joined the law firm of Baird Mandalas Brockstedt in April of 2014. Her practice focuses on real estate, business planning and simple estate planning. She has offices in Lewes, Georgetown and Dover. Prior to joining Baird Mandalas Brockstedt, Heidi was a managing partner at a law firm in Southern Delaware.

 

 

Top Producer Named

OCEAN CITY — Stan Zaremba, manager of the Long and Foster Real Estate Sales Office at 118th Street in Ocean City, announced that Karen Oass was the top producer for the month of August with a volume exceeding $1.4 million.

In addition, Oass was named the agent with the highest total units for the month to include contracts written and listings sold. She is a member of the National & Coastal Association of Realtors, a Gold Team Member, Honorable Chairman’s Club Member and is a former Ocean City Ambassador. Oass is ranked among the Top 5% of all Realtors in America.

 

Company Leaders Announced

OCEAN CITY — Mark & Lora Fritschle and Ed Wehnert of the Mark Fritschle Group-Condominium Realty have recently announced their listing, sales and settlement leaders for August.

Top listing by units leaders were Sheri Smith, Mitchell David, Joel Feldman, Joy Snyder and Grant Fritschle.

Top listings by dollars were Grant Fritschle, Joy Snyder and Troy Doyle.

Top new sales by units were Sheri Smith, Wayne Phillips, Christina Ager and Tina Dorsey.

Top settled by units were Sheri Smith

Wayne Phillips, Kevin Decker, Jon Barker, Joy Snyder, Kim Lucido-McCabe, Troy Doyle, Billy Barr and Tina Dorsey.

Top settled by dollars were Grant Fritschle, Troy Doyle and Sheri Smith.

 

SU Lauded For Recycling

SALISBURY — Salisbury University is a leader in food waste recycling among University System of Maryland campuses, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).

In a recent article, the MDE noted that in 2013, SU recycled some 53.2 pounds of food waste per student — more than the University of Maryland College Park, Frostburg State University, Towson University, the University of Maryland Baltimore County or the Universities at Shady Grove.

That number represents food waste originating from preparation (such as vegetable peelings) and scraped from returned dining trays, as well as waxed paper and boxes, food-contaminated cardboard, coffee grounds, used napkins, paper cups and compostable serving ware. Waste is gathered not only from SU’s Commons dining hall, but from satellite and grab-and-go dining locations, catering and other campus food sales areas, such as the Cool Beans cybercafé and Gull’s Nest eatery.

“Essentially, anything that was once growing is suitable for composting,” said Wayne Shelton, SU sustainability and safety director.

The University owes its success to a partnership with Delaware-based Blue Hen Organics, which turns the waste into a soil enhancer, used to add nutrients to plants at area farms and agricultural operations including SU’s own greenhouses. This allows the campus to divert roughly one-third of its annual waste production from local landfills each year.

 

Health Department

Communication Awarded

SNOW HILL – The National Public Health Information Coalition announced the Worcester County Health department has been recognized in a national competition honoring excellence in public health communication.

“We are extremely pleased that the top nationwide voice of public health communication has recognized our work,” said Health Officer Debbie Goeller. “A key component of public health is communicating with our communities to help people understand how to reduce their individual health risks.”

Worcester County Health Department received the Bronze Award in Op/Ed Category for a column written by program coordinator Katherine Gunby about the Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program and the new state health insurance exchange. The column was published in The Daily Times in September 2013.

NPHIC is the leading national organization for public health communication professionals. NPHIC’s ranks include public information officers, risk communicators and health educators at state, tribal and local health departments across the country. As the recognized voice of public health communication, NPHIC’s award program offers gold, silver and bronze awards in 17 public health communication categories.

As a recipient of the NPHIC award the Worcester County Health Department has been designated by an independent panel of judges as among the year’s best in public health communication.

 

Nurse Joins Office

BERLIN –Atlantic General Hospital has announced that nurse practitioner Amanda Wainwright has joined joining Barbara Socha, MD, in her Ocean View, Del., office to provide internal medicine care.

Wainwright brings more than seven years’ experience as a registered nurse in the medical/surgical, telemetry and orthopedic care environments. She earned her bachelor’s in nursing science and master’s in nursing at Wilmington University and has professional experience with women’s health, pediatric and adolescent care.

She has volunteered time as co-chair of the Skin Wound Assessment Taskforce at Atlantic General Hospital and served as an instructor for pre-operative education. To schedule an appointment please contact 302-541-4460.

 

Incubator Certified

POCOMOKE — Worcester County Economic Development (WCED) announced this week the Worcester County Small Business Incubator has been certified as an official Maryland incubator based on criteria established by the Maryland Business Incubation Association (MBIA).

The incubator is a public-private partnership in conjunction with Audey LLC, owned by local business leader David Landsberger. This venue is designed to accelerate job growth and the success of companies in the start-up or early stages of development. The incubator provides a common location and an array of business support and services, including coaching and networking opportunities.

Located in the Pocomoke City Industrial Park, the Incubator currently has three tenants: Planet Found, a poultry biomass energy processing company; Audey, LLC executive offices, a business advisory and manufacturing holding company; and PIPE (Pocomoke Internet Provider Enterprises), a local internet broadband provider. Funding to construct the Incubator was provided by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Economic Development Fund, with support from WCED and Pocomoke City.

Office and industrial space is available in the incubator to emerging growth companies displaying the potential to create quality job opportunities. For further information, visit www.chooseworcester.org or contact Merry Mears at 410-632-3112.

 

Katie Neal

Katie Neal

Office Adds Two

SALISBURY — George, Miles & Buhr, LLC (GMB) has welcomed two team members to the Salisbury office.

Katie Neal recently joined the Salisbury office as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician. She graduated from Salisbury University in May 2014 with a degree in Earth Sciences. While at Salisbury University, she was a Dean’s List student and a member of the Gamma Theta Upsilon Honor Society.

Joey Buckley

Joey Buckley

The Salisbury office has also welcomed Joey Buckley as a marketing intern. He is from Chester, Md. where he went to Kent Island High

School. He is now a graduate student of the Perdue School of business at Salisbury University, where he is pursuing his MBA.

 

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