A Week In Business

Timothy Sparta

Timothy Sparta

Physician Assistant Hired

BERLIN — Jerrold S. Canakis, M.D. has announced Timothy Sparta PA-C, MS has joined his practice of gastroenterology.

Sparta obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. He then went on to earn his Master’s in Science from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Rutgers Physician Assistant Program. Sparta has clinical experience as a Hospitalist Physician Assistant at Peninsula Regional Medical Center providing acute inpatient care to local residents.

Distinction Achieved

By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).BERLIN — The Eunice Q. Sorin Women’s Diagnostic Center at Atlantic General Hospital has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that this facility has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

Only 7 percent of centers nationwide have received the distinction of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

Designation Earned

OCEAN PINES — Benjamin Ogle of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Ocean Pines, has achieved the professional designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor®.
Ogle successfully completed the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, or CRPC®, Professional Education Program from the Denver-based College for Financial Planning. Those who complete the program, pass a final exam and sign a code of ethics and disclosure form earn the CRPC® designation.
Accreditation Granted
SALISBURY — Peninsula Regional Medical Center Cardiovascular Laboratory located in Salisbury has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Vascular Testing in the areas of Peripheral Venous Testing, Peripheral Arterial Testing and Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Stroke, a disorder of the blood supply to the brain, is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the country, with nearly 800,000 new strokes occurring annually. According to the American Heart Association, the total direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the U.S. for 2010 was an estimated $503.2 billion.

Accreditation by the IAC means that Peninsula Regional Medical Center Cardiovascular Laboratory has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

Early detection of life threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases is possible through the use of Vascular Testing procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Vascular Testing. The skill of the technologist performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.

Mey-Lie Salimian

Mey-Lie Salimian

Nurse Recognized

SALISBURY — Nurses at Peninsula Regional Medical Center are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national program to recognize the outstanding efforts of nurses in their daily work.

The award recipient for February is Mey-Lie Salimian, RN, a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. The nomination, written by a patient’s family member, described how Salimian provided excellent care not just to her patient, but to his family as well, during a difficult time.

“She addressed every concern and question we had with care and tenderness. She encouraged my daughter and me to rest and to call any time, day or night, for updates. We felt so comforted by her; she explained everything that was happening and why, even when we were too upset and tired to formulate questions. Mey-Lie even called on her day off to see how my husband was doing, and called me at home when he was discharged. Mey-Lie is a nurse who goes above and beyond just doing her job ─ she gives her all to her patients and families.”