Stroke Center Earns Gold Seal

SALISBURY — Following a recent rigorous and extensive on-site evaluation, and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, the Primary Stroke Center at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) has earned The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for certification as a Primary Stroke Center.

PRMC is one of 17 hospitals in the state of Maryland and the only hospital on the Eastern Shore to achieve and maintain this designation since 2006. The service received a “perfect score” from evaluators who indicated no requirements for improvement.

“In stroke care, time is brain,” said Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification of the Joint Commission. “By again achieving this certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Peninsula Regional Medical Center has proven that it has the ability to effectively provide timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

The Stroke Team at Peninsula Regional treats-on average-nearly 40 patients each month who arrive at the Medical Center’s Emergency/Trauma Center with stroke symptoms, volumes that rival centers like Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and others in much larger, urban areas. The prevalence of stroke regionally is clearly linked to public risk factors including tobacco use, diabetes, high cholesterol, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol consumption where the Delmarva Peninsula witnesses an equal or higher percentage of each compared to Maryland’s population as a whole.

New Physicians Announced

BERLIN — Atlantic General Hospital recently appointed the following physicians to the medical staff:

Anita Ketty Pascucci, D.O., M.S., received her D.O. at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA along with a Masters in Biomedical Sciences. She completed her Pediatric Residency at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, PA, which included training at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Pascucci is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Frances Morthole, FNP, received an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences from Delaware Technical and Community College, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Wilmington University. Morthole is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, American Diabetes Association, and Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association.  

Technician Qualification

SNOW HILL — The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has announced Donna Levin of Royal Plus, Inc. recently has qualified by education and examination as a certified Water Restoration Technician. This student has sacrificed many hours and a great deal of time and study to reach this level of certification.

Tom Hill, IICRC Executive Administrator, said Levin is an example of the type of individual who cares about consumers and their belongings as well as her industry. She has demonstrated the desire to provide customers with through, professional, and caring service, according to Hill.

Seminar Attended

OCEAN CITY — Jennifer Izzi, of A Perfect Face Day Spa, recently attended an intimate event with one of Hollywood’s hottest celebrity hair colorists, Kim Vo.

Vo is among the most craved haircolor specialists in the world. Known for his blondes, Britney Spears, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Jessica Biel, and Pamela Anderson are just a few in a wide range of Vo’s celebrity following. Vo has also appeared in hundreds of magazine articles and TV shows, such as Bravo TV’s “Shear Genius”, E! Entertainment’s “Daily 10”, and ABC’s “Extreme Makeover”.

Izzi and friend/fellow colorist, Amy Pyne traveled to Baltimore to meet with Vo and soak up all of his expertise given in his exclusive “Best of Blonding” program. During this program, Vo explained and demonstrated some of the most sought after looks in Hollywood.

“A lot of the color techniques he showed were exactly what we have all been seeing on some of the most popular A-List celebrities lately,” Izzi said.