Gold Seal Awarded

SALISBURY — Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), through the work of its Guerrieri Heart and Vascular Institute and Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Center teams, has again been awarded Joint Commission Gold Seal Approval, Disease-Specific Certification in Total Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery and in the Treatment of Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) or heart attack. Both services received a “perfect score” from evaluators who indicated no requirements for improvement.

The recertification of the programs, originally awarded in 2008 and 2009, follows a recent extensive and rigorous on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers. The programs were evaluated for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification again in both AMI and Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery, PRMC has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” said Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, Executive Director, Disease-Specific Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is voluntary, and I commend Peninsula Regional for successfully undertaking this challenge to evaluate its standards of care and for instilling confidence in the people of the Delmarva Peninsula.”

In 2010, 568 people were treated for AMI at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, the regional trauma center for the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Medical Center staff work closely with local EMS to quickly diagnose people who may be experiencing a heart attack.

Survey Rates Bank As Best

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BERLIN — Raymond M. Thompson, president and CEO of Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company, has announced that the bank was rated Maryland’s best performing bank in 2010, according to a survey released Feb. 22.

The survey, conducted by Financial Management Consulting Group of Russell Springs, Ky., measured the performance of 50 commercial and savings banks chartered in Maryland on eight measures. These measures include the performance of the banks’ loans and other assets, their net interest income and non-interest income, return on assets and return on equity.

The ratings were compiled using data from SNL Financial, which uses the call reports banks submit to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Financial Management Consulting Group’s report did not include savings and loans or banks chartered in states other than Maryland which have branches here.

“We are pleased to receive this recognition during a period when our industry continues to recover from the recent economic recession, and the financial pressures it placed on all banks locally and throughout our state”, said Thompson.

Certification Awarded

SALISBURY – Merrill Lynch has announced that Bob Anderson of Merrill Lynch’s Salisbury office has earned the Certified Financial PlannerTM certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) and is allowed to use the CFP® certification mark as educational credential.

“The CFP® designation continues to be one of the most distinguished certifications a financial advisor can earn and is a reflection of Bob Anderson’s deep knowledge of the industry, as well as his dedication to working effectively with clients to help them reach their financial goals,” said Ryan Kirby, Resident Director. “This recognition is well deserved and is a testament to Bob’s commitment to bringing personalized wealth management solutions to his clients.”

A resident of Salisbury, he joined Merrill Lynch in 2004.

Community Event Planned

BERLIN — Loftus Wealth Strategies, a local Wealth Strategy Firm located in Millville, Del., has announced a new monthly community event.

Owner Michael Loftus, said, “being that the majority of our clients are local, conversations always turn to what’s happening in our community. Because of this, I thought it would be a good idea to bring in speakers, not based on our financial business, but rather on our community.”

The first event will be held on March 10 at 9:30 a.m. at the Cottage Café in Bethany Beach. Speaker will be a representative from the Indian River Bridge project Robb Douglas, a timely subject that will affect all locals in the region.

The event is open to the public and a continental breakfast will be available. Due to spacing, the event will be available to the first 40 people who register. For additional information, call Loftus at 302-251-8901, ext. 102.

Technician Qualification

SNOW HILL — The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has announced that Tom Cahall of Royal Plus, Inc. of Delmarva  recently has qualified by education and examination as a certified Fire, Smoke, Odor & Water  Restoration Technician.  

Cahall has sacrificed many hours and a great deal of time and study to reach this level of certification, according to management.