A Week in Business

A Week in Business

AGH Launches eICU

BERLIN – On July 27,
Atlantic General Hospital joined four other Maryland eCare hospitals who have
implemented the VISICU eICU® technology, which allows for remote
monitoring of its most critically ill patients.

Complementing the

intensive care provided by Atlantic General’s clinical staff and intensivists, eICU critical care physicians and nurses

– based at Christiana Care’s eICU
monitoring center – closely watch patient conditions 24/7 remotely, through
video and audio technology combined with intelligent monitoring, sensors and
alarm systems.

While maintaining
patient privacy, the eICU’s remote
center closely monitors patients for any physical change, immediately alerting
local caregivers and recommending corrective action. This additional monitoring
will be especially important during the evenings or when Atlantic General’s
intensivists are otherwise on call.

“eCARE will provide an
additional line of safety and monitoring for all ICU patients,” said Scott
Rose, director of the ICU at Atlantic General. “It does not replace the bedside
nurse or our intensivist physicians. The cameras installed in each room are an
added feature and will only be activated by the ICU staff at Atlantic General,
or if the eCARE team in Christiana notices a potential problem or emergency.”

Studies have shown
improved patient outcomes and decreased lengths of stay in ICUs that have
around-the-clock intensivist coverage. The eICU
program will allow for that, making the road to recovery much shorter for
Atlantic General’s patients, according to a hospital press release.

Hospital Acquisition

Peninsula Regional Health System in Salisbury, Maryland announced the
acquisition of Peninsula Neurosurgical Associates, P.A., also of Salisbury.

The new practice, to be
called Peninsula Regional Neurosurgery, will remain at its current location at
540 Snow Hill Road in Salisbury.

“Peninsula Neurosurgery
has been the recognized leader in neurosurgical services on Delmarva for many
years, and we are very pleased and proud to announce their addition to the
Peninsula Regional Medical Group,” said Thomas Lawrence, MD, Chief Medical Officer
and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.
“Their addition will ensure the continuation of high quality neurosurgical
services for our community for the foreseeable future.”

The practice, its
physicians and staff will become part of the Peninsula Regional Medical Group,
which currently employs physicians and mid level providers in Family Practice,
Hematology and Oncology, Gastroenterology, Occupational Medicine & Urgent Care,
Cardiovascular Surgery and Hospitalists at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.


BERLIN – Prudential
Financial, Inc. announced recently that Grover Collins, a sales professional
with the Prudential Insurance Company of America’s Penn-Delmar Agency, located
in Berlin, has qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Round Table
(MDRT), one of the life insurance industry’s most prestigious organizations.

“Grover exemplifies
everything that MDRT stands for – the highest standards of professionalism,
competence, integrity and putting the needs of our customers first,” said John
Greene, president of Agency Distribution at Prudential. “We are very proud of
Grover and congratulate him on an outstanding year.”

Employee Wins Award

Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley has announced Deborah Long recently was
named the winner of the 2010 Outstanding Customer Service Representative of the
Year State Award for Maryland.

The National Alliance
for Insurance Education & Research coordinates the annual award, which
recognizes customer service representatives who consistently provide quality
service, exhibit strong leadership capabilities and have made valuable
contributions to their agencies and communities.

She submitted her
winning essay on the topic, “Many people come to the insurance business by
chance and stay by choice.”  She is now
eligible to compete for the National Honor of Outstanding CSR of the Year.

Top Monthly Producers

OCEAN CITY – ResortQuest
Real Estate recently announced June’s top producers for its Delaware and
Maryland locations.

Bill Hand received top
honors for listing volume for the month of June.

Top listing volume
awards for individual agents by office are Hand for the Marketplace at Sea
Colony office; Robert Kauffman for the Bethany Beach office; Gail Phelan for
the Edgewater Lobby/Sea Colony office; Linda Quasney for the Bayside office;
and Karla Morgan for the Ocean City office.

Despina Kaneles received
top honors for sales volume for the month of June. Top sales volume awards for
individual agents by office are Kaneles for the Marketplace at Sea Colony
office; Kauffman for the Bethany Beach office; and Anne Powell and Jennifer
Hughes for the Bayside office.

Team Dayna Feher
received top honors for listing and sales volume for teams for the month of
June.  Top listing volume awards for
teams by office are Team Dayna Feher (consisting of Dayna Feher, Jeff
Wolfenbarger, Kae Quillen and Tammy Hitchens) for the Bethany Beach office; and
Team Winwaik (consisting of Colleen Windrow and Missy Nalewaik) for the
Marketplace at Sea Colony office.

Top sales volume awards
for teams by office are Team Dayna Feher for the Bethany Beach office and Team
Winwaik for the Marketplace at Sea Colony office.

Illustration Recognized

Williams of Becker Morgan Group was recently awarded the American Society of
Architectural Illustrators (ASAI) Bob Greenstreet Juror Award for his 3D
illustration titled “Hopper Remix.” This award places him within a prestigious
group of professionals from around the world with a dedication to architectural
illustration. Williams’ piece will be showcased during the 25th
annual Architecture in Perspective exhibition in October in Spring Green, WI.

As an associate at
Becker Morgan Group, Williams combines over 15 years of architectural rendering
and 3D modeling experience with the firm’s in-house graphic design department
to provide clients with state-of-the-art presentation materials. Virtual design
and presentations provide effective visualization of a project and have proven
beneficial as a discussion tool for clients during design team, committee, and
community presentations.

Non-Profit Breaks Record

SALISBURY – The United
Way of the Lower Eastern Shore announced this week the organization will
provide a record breaking $1,305,450 for local programs and services, an
astounding 15% increase over last year’s funding levels despite difficult
economic times.

Outside of government,
the United Way is the largest direct funder of local non-profit programs
touching the lives of over 100,000 people in need each year on the Lower Shore.
This increase in funding will help to support 57 health and human service
programs for 24 non-profit agencies in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and
Dorchester counties.

The United Way Community
Investment process involves a four-month intensive review of local agency
program needs, efficiency and effectiveness. The 2010 Community Investment
Committee, led by Chairman Bruce Bright of Ayres, Jenkins Gordy & Almand,
was comprised of 20 trained volunteers representing business and community
leaders in all four Lower Shore counties.

“Annually the Community
Investment Committee spends over 600 volunteer hours to ensure donations are
being distributed to agencies who demonstrate measurable results and are
improving the lives of those who need it the most. The unmatched local
stewardship and accountability for every dollar contributed is what our donors
value and trust most about our United Way,” said Bright.

United Way Executive
Director Kathleen Momme applauded the generous community.

“The tremendous amount
of support of so many caring individuals who give so much of their time to volunteer
and sacrifice financially is   a great
commentary on the caring community we live in. The United Way motto to ‘Live
United’ through giving, advocating and volunteering is alive and well on the
Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland,” said Mommé.