A Week In Business

Colby Phillips

Colby Phillips

Aquatics Director Named

OCEAN PINES — The Ocean Pines Association has announced the appointment of Colby Phillips as its new Aquatics Director.

As director, she will oversee operations of the Association’s five swimming pools, including four pools open in the summer and one year-round facility.

Phillips brings to the position 20 years of experience with the Ocean City Beach Patrol, is a certified Red Cross lifeguard as well as a certified CPR/AED instructor. She has also served as a water aerobics instructor for the Ocean Pines Aquatics Department since 2007 and spent several years working for the Town of Ocean City in its police and special events departments.

“As a member of the Ocean Pines pools, I am extremely excited to be taking on the position of Aquatics Director. Our pools have so much to offer every age and I look forward to working with the aquatics staff and the community moving forward,” Phillips said.

Michael Dunn

Michael Dunn

SALISBURY — Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care announced three new members have joined the board of directors.

Michael Dunn has personal experience with hospice. Coastal Hospice cared for his mother in 1996 when she was dying of cancer.

“Since that time, I’ve been a fan of all things hospice,” Dunn says. “When I was asked to serve on the board, it was an easy yes.”

Dunn is a graduate of Wi-Hi and Salisbury University and former president of the Salisbury City Council. He’s highly involved with the Wicomico Relay for Life and is the chair of Salisbury’s annual July 4th Red White and Boom.

Edwin Rommel, III joined the board after studying the Coastal Hospice mission statement and wanting to fill a “slight void” his other volunteer efforts have

Edwin Rommel, III

Edwin Rommel, III


Rommel is co-founder of Twilley, Rommel & Stephens, P.A., Certified Public Accountants, of Salisbury. He has served as president of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, and previously concentrated his non-business efforts on civic and professional organizations.

“My hope is that my involvement will be meaningful to the community, the organization and to me,” Rommel says.

Andrea Baeier, M.D. joined the Coastal Hospice board because she has firsthand knowledge of what hospice does.

Andrea Baeier

Andrea Baeier

“I have served as the hospice physician for several patients and been impressed by the level of care that is given, as well as the deep compassion with which the employees provide that care. It’s very motivating to get involved with such an important part of healthcare and our community,” she says.

Baier attended Lafayette College and Hahnemann University School of Medicine. She is board certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative care.

Grant To Fund

Seminar Attendance

FRUITLAND – Apple Discount Drugs, a locally owned Health Mart pharmacy, has announced Certified Diabetes Educators John Motsko and Geoff Twigg have received a grant from Cardinal Health to attend the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Triple Aim: Strategies for Population Management Seminar.

The seminar is designed to address the challenges and methods of helping patients manage chronic diseases. Apple applied for the grant by providing a description of services, accomplishments and an explanation on how the seminar would enable the Apple Drugs Diabetes Center to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs to customers

“We are expected to learn more about how to improve health and lower costs for patients and the communities we serve, including our own employees and accountable care organizations,” said John Motsko, Apple Certified Diabetes Educator. “We will have the opportunity to develop a portfolio of projects tailored to the populations we serve, learn how to apply population-specific ideas to improve health, care and cost and how to activate community partners.”

The grantor also recognized Apple’s participation in the (Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Service Collaborative (PSPC). This initiative was founded by the Delmarva Foundation, a quality improvement organization formed as part of a mandate to improve the quality of medical care on the Shore. During the three years Apple has been a part of the collaborative, the Diabetes Resource Center has been monitoring diabetic patients for adverse drug effects, potential drug effects and efficacy.

“Improving health care while reducing costs is a major challenge for our government and society,” said Motsko. “Apple is one of the ground roots organizations, and one of the few independently owned organizations participating in looking for solutions to these challenges.”