A Week In Business

Hospital Joins Health Initiative

BERLIN – In August, Atlantic General Hospital joined other Eastern Shore employers in signing the Healthiest Maryland commitment board at a ceremony at Salisbury University, one more milestone in the efforts the organization has undertaken in recent years to improve the health of its employees. Healthiest Maryland is a voluntary statewide initiative launched by Governor Martin O’Malley in May to promote health management practices in the workplace.

Through the Associates Getting Healthy Wellness Program formally launched two years ago, Atlantic General provides free annual cholesterol and blood glucose screenings as well as health risk assessments to its employees. Associates also have access to free wellness coaching and smoking cessation programs to receive the support they need to become healthier individuals.

“Our wellness program started small and is slowly growing, but associates are already noticing the benefits. Several members of the program have reported that they have lost weight and some were able to stop taking their blood pressure or cholesterol medication,” said Michelle Clifton, BSN, RN, the employee health nurse at Atlantic General. “We are using the electronic resources provided by Healthiest Maryland to seek new and innovative low cost methods of helping our associates make the best lifestyle decisions.”

Clifton was finally able kick a 20-year pack-a-day smoking habit in January using resources available through the program. “Our goal is to energize and empower our associates and to be there for them when they make up their mind to stop smoking or lose that first 10 pounds,” she said.  

The wellness program is currently considering offering a farmers market on the main campus next spring and is working in collaboration with the director of food services to improve the selection and visibility of low- and reduced-fat items in the cafeteria to make the healthiest choice the easiest choice.   

Associates Getting Healthy will also be participating in the Healthway Drive Block Party scheduled for Oct. 16 to promote the one-mile walking path around the campus.

Top Agent Recognized

BERLIN – Shamrock Realty Group has named Julie Sadler as top producer in listings and sales for July. 

Performance Award Announced

SALISBURY – Walter Lischick, cancer physician liaison to the Commission on Cancer (CoC) for the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, was recently named as a recipient of the Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award by the CoC.  This is the second time in three years that Lischick has been so honored.

Lischick was one of just 39 cancer physician liaisons in the United States to receive the award as a result of their exemplary activities.  

The award is given to recognize liaison physicians’ work in developing and/or implementing ideas that improved the quality of care delivered at their facilities; directly contributing to the accreditation status of their  cancer programs; exceeding the expectations set forth to strengthen cancer programs; and demonstrating leadership and support for cancer control activities in their communities and with the American Cancer Society or serving as role models for other staff and exhibiting characteristics that truly make them physician champions for their  cancer programs.  

Top Producers Named

BERLIN – ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced August’s top producers for its Delaware and Maryland locations.

Nicole Peterdozzi received top honors for listing volume for the month of August. Top listing volume awards for individual agents by office are Peterdozzi for the Marketplace at Sea Colony office; Anne Powell and Jen Hughes for the Bayside office; Gail Phelan for the Edgewater at Sea Colony office; Marc Grimes for the Bear Trap Dunes office; and Barry Grim for the Bethany Beach office.  

Tammy Hadder and Anna Meiklejohn received top honors for sales volume for the month of August. Top sales volume awards for individual agents by office are: Hadder and Meiklejohn for the Marketplace at Sea Colony office; Robert Kauffman for the Bethany Beach office; Phelan for the Edgewater at Sea Colony office; Karla Morgan for the Ocean City office; and Powell and Hughes for the Bayside office.

Certification Announced

BERLIN – Shore Siding, Inc., Berlin, Md., recently received CertainTeed Corporation’s 5-Star Siding Contractor certification. The program provides contractors with high-level training and tools to improve installation skills as well as enhanced product information for CertainTeed’s vinyl and polymer siding and Restoration Millwork(TM) Exterior PVC Trim.

To attain CertainTeed 5-Star status, contractors must have proof of insurance and complete and pass the CertainTeed siding education programs, consisting of the Restoration Millwork Master Craftsman program, the Vinyl Siding Master Craftsman program and the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) Certified Installer Program.