A Week In Business

L&F Agent Wins New Car From Centex

OCEAN CITY – Centex Homes recently held a contest to see
which individual realtor could sell the most homes in its Decatur Farm
community in Berlin with a 2007 Pontiac Solstice, a little, red convertible
sports car on the line.

In total, 26 homes were sold and one outstanding realtor,
Leslie Smith, of Long and Foster’s West Ocean City office, sold six homes in
the specified time period, which ran from Jan. 1 to March 15. Smith actually
sold a seventh home just a few days after the contest closed.

Smith marketed five of the homes to several members of the
Ocean City Police Department. Her Long and Foster office sold a total of nine
of the 26 homes sold during the promotion. Smith said she targeted OCPD members
because of the need for quality, affordable housing for public servants such as
police officers and firemen, for example, in the community.

“Centex was offering excellent incentives on their
products making home ownership a definite possibility for these hard-working
public servants who often find themselves priced out of the home buying
market,” she said.

Smith also said it was not the sports car that drove her
to bring her clients to Decatur Farm, but rather being able to fulfill the
American dream of owning your own home for the deserving men and women.

Smith and her partner, Mia McCarthy, are better known as
the Beach Group and can be seen all over town in their matching SUV’s with
their names and logos all over them. Now, thanks to hard work and Centex Homes,
her clients and friends will have to get used to seeing Smith in her little red
sports car.

AGH Unit Earns Award

BERLIN – Atlantic
General Hospital’s Critical Care Unit nursing team recently received an award
from Advance for Nurses magazine for
being a finalist for its 2007 Best Nursing Team Award.

With recognition
typically awarded to major medical centers in larger urban areas, Atlantic
General Hospital is the first healthcare organization of its size to be chosen
as a finalist by the magazine, a leader in its field with a circulation of
nearly 850,000 readers.

Although a
runner-up, Atlantic General’s critical care nurses placed first overall in the
category of initiative. The quality of personalized care given to patients and
their families who are visiting the Ocean City area for vacation was cited as a
determining factor.

“I can’t imagine
what it must be like to be on vacation and have a family member end up in
critical care,” said Monica French, a registered nurse in Atlantic General’s
Critical Care Unit who submitted the application to Advance for Nurses. “A lot of emotional support is required. Often
times, these patients are way from their regular medical care providers,
they’re not at their best, and it’s important to care for all of them –
patients and family members.”

The nurses who win
these awards are from different fields, but they all have a certain kind of
spirit, French said. “I thought, ‘we have that.’ So I applied, thinking what a
moral booster it would be,” she said.

Heart Program Offered

SALISBURY – The Peninsula Heart Center and the Primary
Care Network at Peninsula Regional Medical Center are pleased to jointly offer
the educational program “At the Heart of the Beach: A Healthy Sussex County” on
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Peninsula
Regional Medical Center Ocean View Family Medicine office at 142 Atlantic
Avenue in Millville, Del.

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and
women in the United States. Medical experts agree that the key to reducing the
increasing number of health related illnesses and deaths is to practice heart
healthy habits and to be preventatively heart smart.

At the May 16 event, cardiothoracic surgeon Michael
Buchness, MD, of the Peninsula Heart Center, will speak on the latest in heart
disease treatment options offered at the award winning Peninsula Heart Center
at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He will be joined by Emelou Sagaral, MD
of the Ocean View Family Medicine practice. Dr. Sagaral will discuss heart
disease, including women and heart disease, and preventative measures both men
and women should be considering.

program is open to anyone interested in learning more about heart disease,
prevention and treatment options. The event is free. Light refreshments and
beverages will be served. RSVP’s are not required.