A Week In Business

L&F Presents Awards

OCEAN CITY — Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc., the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States, recently honored 17 sales associates from the Ocean City office, located at 11701 Coastal Highway.

At a breakfast held on April 10 at the Dunes Manor Hotel, agents recognized for outstanding sales achievement in 2011 were Tim Meadowcroft, top producer of the office, top salesperson and recipient of the Office Outstanding Service Award, and Mary McCracken, top listing agent.

Meadowcroft and McCracken were also honored for achieving Chairman’s Club status (annual volume of $5-10 million). Achieving President’s Club status (annual volume $3-5 million) were “Mr. Bill” Nielander, Jack Walter and Mary Abell. Achieving Director’s Club status (annual volume $2-3 million) was Karen Oass. Executive’s Club status ($1-2 million) was awarded to Bonnie Stevens, Imad Elali, Joe Myles, Margaret Holloway, Shellie Leveton, Stephen Cain, Steve Mastbrook, Tina Gugliotta and Tom Niemkiewicz. Top Transfer Agent was awarded to Barbara Reese and the honorary title of Floor Duty Queen was bestowed upon Joan Walter.

“Long & Foster prides itself on the accomplishments of our team of highly-trained professionals,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. “Our family of companies has a reputation of honesty, integrity and best-in-class customer service that spans more than 40 years. This year’s award winners are an integral part of why Long & Foster is the top real estate company in the Mid-Atlantic.”

AGH Gynecologist

BERLIN – Atlantic General Hospital announced this week that gynecologist Dolores Rhymer-Anderson will join Atlantic General Health System’s Ocean Pines Primary Care and Women’s Health practice on May 1.

Rhymer-Anderson is the fifth women’s health provider to join the medical staff for the health system physician offices and comes to Atlantic General with 24 years of gynecology experience. She will provide general women’s health services, gynecologic and minimally invasive surgery, as well as aesthetic and laser cosmetic surgery procedures to patients in Worcester County and the surrounding area.

Rhymer-Anderson completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. She received her medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse and earned a master’s in business administration through the Physician Executive MBA Program at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.

She also completed an internship and residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York, N.Y. Rhymer-Anderson is board certified and a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a fellow of the American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery.

Designation Earned

SALISBURY — Bruce Ritchie, Vice President of Finance/CFO of Peninsula Regional Medical Center, has become certified in Healthcare Compliance, earning a CHC designation from the Health Care Compliance Association.

Earning this certification requires that candidates obtain 20 continuing education units, as well as the passage of a rigorous exam. The exam provides a national standard of requisite knowledge required for certification, thereby assisting employers, the public and members of the healthcare professions in the assessment of a healthcare compliance professional.

Compliance and ethics professionals who have taken the time to obtain certification show a high level of knowledge in the field and dedication to the profession. Having a credentialed staff demonstrates that both the individual and the organization are committed to ensuring that they will meet required standards.

Institute Receives Award

SALISBURY — Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute Earns Outstanding Achievement Award from Commission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland, as a result of surveys performed during 2011. Peninsula Regional is one of a select group of 106 accredited cancer programs across the United States.

Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.

The level of compliance with the seven standards is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards. Peninsula Regional and the other 105 hospitals earning the accreditation represent approximately 22 percent of programs surveyed during 2011.

The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

Advisor Earns Designation

OCEAN CITY — The designation of Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) has been conferred upon Trish Walsh, an Insurance Advisor at Insurance Management Group, Inc. located in Ocean City. The designation follows her successful completion of a professional insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.

The CISR designation represents a comprehensive understanding of risks and exposures by the professional who has earned it. This achievement confirms that Walsh has passed a series of written exams and has made a commitment to continuing education in the insurance industry.