Taylor Bank Promotions

BERLIN – Raymond M. Thompson, President and CEO of Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company, announced this week a new round of promotions.

Lee Chisholm has been promoted to Branch Manager of the Snow Hill Office. He is a graduate of Frostburg State University. He originally started with the bank as a teller in 2004.  

Joy Fink was promoted to branch manager of the East Berlin office. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, she started with the bank as a teller in 2005.

Scott Williams is now a credit analyst with the bank. His most recent position was the Main Office assistant manager. He is a graduate of Salisbury University and started with the bank as a teller in 2006.

Jennifer Figgs is now the teller supervisor and IRA administrator. She will supervise the Main Office in Berlin and oversee the administration of IRA’s. She is a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and originally started with the bank in 1987 as a teller.

Hospital Center Awarded

BERLIN – Atlantic General Hospital’s stroke center was recently awarded the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award, the organization’s highest recognition for stroke care.

To receive the award, Atlantic General needed to achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines–Stroke achievement indicators for at least two consecutive 12-month periods. This is the second year that the hospital has reached these benchmarks. In fact, the hospital achieved between 91 and 100 percent on all indicators.

Achievement indicators are evidence-based treatments known to result in improved patient outcomes. They include appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including clot-busting and anti-clotting medications, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.

The Plus portion of the Gold Plus Award also represents a minimum of 75 percent compliance with other specific quality measures for at least twelve consecutive months

For providers, the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program offers quality-improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines has been shown to improve the quality of care provided to stroke patients. This can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.

For Atlantic General’s patients, Get With The Guidelines–Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.

New Director Named

OCEAN PINES – Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club, owned by the Ocean Pines Association and managed by Billy Casper Golf (BCG), has named Damian Cosby the new director of golf.

At Ocean Pines, Cosby will direct day-to-day operations, including staffing and training, clubhouse food and beverage, golf course maintenance, programs and special events, and golf instruction.

Most recently General Manager of Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville, Cosby has been with BCG since 2007.

“Damian is a strong leader who will train and empower his team to deliver a high level of service,” said Bob Thompson, general manager of the Ocean Pines Association. “Ocean Pines is excited about the energy, experience and fresh perspective Damian brings to the club.”

In November, BCG was selected to manage the semi-private Ocean Pines, overseeing all aspects of operations.

New Certification Achieved

BERLIN – Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care has announced Human Resources Manager Valerie Beckwith was recently certified as a Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resource Certification Institute.

The HR Certification Institute is the credentialing body for HR professionals and is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management the world’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to the human resource profession. Beckwith is a member of the local SHRM Chapter. Certification signifies that the person possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the field.