Green Designation Awarded

OCEAN CITY – James Bud Church, broker/owner of Coldwell Banker Bud Church Realty, Inc., has been awarded the National Association of Realtors’ Green Designation, the only green real estate professional designation recognized by NAR.

Church achieved the designation after completing 18 hours of course work designed specifically for Realtors. The courses were created in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of industry experts from across the country to give designees comprehensive knowledge of green homes and buildings and issues of sustainability related to real estate.

Church was trained in understanding what makes a property green, helping clients evaluate the cost/benefits of green building features and practices, distinguishing between industry rating and classification systems, listing and marketing green homes and buildings, discussing financial grants and incentives available to homeowners and helping consumers see a property’s green potential.

Record Year Reported

BERLIN – Hileman Real Estate, Inc. reported this week 2010 saw sales volume reach an all-time high for the independent firm.

"We had the highest amount of dollar volume sold out of the seven brokerage firms located in the Berlin/Ocean Pines area for all property types according to the MLS records," said Hileman. "This is the first time since we opened in 1997 that we reached the coveted No. 1 spot. It’s a big accomplishment to pull ahead of the ‘big brokers’ in a market like this.”

The top agent for 2010 was Bethany Drew along with her partner Terri Bradford. Not far behind was Sonia Zaffiris who also had a banner year.

Association Leaders Elected

BERLIN – The Eastern Shore Building Industry Association announced this week the election of its Executive Committee and Directors for 2011 at its recent December meeting.

Elected were President John Kotoski, River Run Development Associates; Vice President Greg Greiser, Messick Inc.; Associate Vice President Jeremy Crawford, Bradco Supply Company; Secretary Greg Sauter, Geo-Technology Associates, Inc.; Treasurer Phillip Cheung, E.S. Gregory & Associates; and Immediate Past President Don Messick, Messick, Inc.

Directors named were Denis Brilliant, GFL Roofing; Steve Campbell, Avon Dixon Insurance; Kate McCloskey, Interior Concept, Inc.; Bill Hays, Handy Hays Service; Colleen Deptula, Beach Construction; Richard Insley, Rinnier Management; Mike Poole, Rakow Homes; Robert Purcell, Beachwood Inc.; and Brian Trego, Stone Tech Crushing.

Medical Centers Partner For
Expanded Pediatric Services

SALISBURY – Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) and Children’s National Medical Center announced this month expanded pediatric services for children and families on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Beginning in February 2011, Children’s National hospitalists (hospital-based pediatricians) will begin their services and later in spring 2011, Children’s National neonatologists (physicians who provide care to premature and sick newborns), will direct and provide care in Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Newborn Nursery, the Pediatric Inpatient Unit, and will be available for consultation in the Emergency Department.

“Our mission challenges us to always look for new opportunities to improve the health of the communities we serve, and to never stop discovering innovative ways to provide better coordinated and more complete care,” said Dr. Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, FACHE, President/CEO, Peninsula Regional Medical Center.  “Teaming with Children’s National guarantees Delmarva parents that we are committed to taking our existing pediatric and NICU programs, which are already outstanding, and making them exceptional through this alliance of clinical staff and services.”

The collaboration, locally, creates an affiliation with one of the nation’s most respected children’s healthcare providers. With nearly a century and a half of experience, Children’s National will help to ensure that PRMC’s pediatric and NICU processes best meet patient needs. Additional benefits include shared clinical knowledge and best practice ideas between the hospitals, possible expansion opportunities based on identified community needs, new research opportunities, physician recruitment improvements, and seamless transfer, when necessary, to the specialized services provided at the main location of Children’s National.

Pediatric hospitalists previously employed by PRMC have joined the medical staff at Children’s National and will continue to provide care at the Medical Center. Children’s National is also providing additional physician coverage. No clinical staff positions at Peninsula Regional were eliminated as a result of the collaboration.

“We applaud the leadership of Peninsula Regional Medical Center for their initiative in considering the needs of children and families on the Delmarva Peninsula,” said Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., President and CEO, Children’s National Medical Center. “It is a pleasure to partner with enterprising healthcare executives who are proactive on behalf of their communities.”