A Week in Business

A Week in Business

Quarterly Awards

BERLIN – The Farmers
Bank of Willards recently presented first quarter awards.

Carolina Foskey was
named the Customer Service Award winner. She is an assistant head teller.

The Employee
Appreciation Award was presented to Jennifer LeCurts, who has been with the
bank for eight years and works presented in the computer room department.

Bank Announces Promotion

BERLIN – Raymond M.
Thompson, CEO/President of Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company, announced David
Kenneth Bates was recently promoted to senior vice president. 

Bates joined Taylor Bank
in November of 1991. He has assumed responsibilities in various positions that
include branch management, business development and loan authority. He also
serves the role of senior loan officer and corporate secretary.

Cardiac Center Honored

BlueCross BlueShield recently designated Peninsula
Regional Medical Center of Salisbury as a Blue Distinction Center for
Cardiac Care.

This most recent
designation now creates Blue Distinction Centers at Peninsula Regional for
Cardiac Care, Bariatric Surgery, Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery and Spine
Surgery. Peninsula Regional is currently the only hospital or medical center on
the Delmarva Peninsula to hold Blue Distinction Center recognition in each of
those specialties.

Peninsula Regional joins
an elite group of just nine of Maryland’s 59 hospitals to earn the distinction
in Cardiac Care, and becomes the first hospital or medical center on the
Delmarva Peninsula to be named a Cardiac Care Blue Distinction Center.

Blue Distinction is a
designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield to medical facilities
that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality, safe health care with
low complication and mortality rates, and a comprehensive quality management

Procedure Now Available

BERLIN – His patients have beenasking if he would perform the
procedure for the past year, but glaucoma specialist Dr. Jason Yonker, an
ophthalmologist at Chesapeake Eye Center and a member of the medical staff at
Atlantic General Hospital, wanted to wait until more research was complete on
canaloplasty, the new alternative to traditional glaucoma surgery. Now, their
wait is over.

Glaucoma, the second
leading cause of blindness, is most commonly caused by increased pressure in
the eye resulting from improper drainage of fluid from the eyeball. Those with
the disease first experience a loss of peripheral vision and, if left
untreated, eventual loss of all eyesight as pressure is placed on the optic
nerve. This form of glaucoma, called open angle glaucoma, is controlled with
medication and laser treatments.

Only if and when the
disease progresses to a more dire state is it treated surgically with a
trabeculectomy because of the risk and discomfort involved with the procedure.

Earlier results
indicated – and the three-year study completed in April has confirmed – that
canaloplasty can be a more desirable alternative, with quicker healing rates,
greater success, less risk of infection, and a reduced need for intraocular eye
pressure-reducing medication. As a result, it can also be offered at an earlier
point in the disease process.

“With less potential
risk, I am hoping that this procedure will help preserve vision while limiting
potential complications for my patients,” Yonker said.