A Week In Business

Biz AAtlantic Physical Therapy (APT) was honored by the Worcester County NAACP this month for “Outstanding Service to the Community.” At the awards banquet, CEO Robert Hammond said it was the most prestigious honor he’s ever received. Pictured, from left, are Hammond, NAACP President Ivory Smith, APT Vice President Bobby Hammond and US Rep. Donna Edwards. Submitted Photos

Biz BThe Harrison Group held its 29th Annual Employee Prize Drawing on Sept. 27 with $15,000 in cash and other prizes that were awarded. Each group employee received an entry ticket for each week they worked during the three-month summer season period for the random prize drawing. This year’s $5,000 winner was Tedy Sopron of the Coral Reef Café; the second prize of $3,000 was won by Jason Guisti, of the Holiday Inn Oceanfront Pool Bar; and third prize of $2,000 went to Patricia Galvan of the Hilton Suites. Ten other employees won $500 each. They were Brandon Durden, Ilia Surgov, Katrice Spates, Debbie Davis, Thomas Brantley, Zachariah Bowden, Summer Selby, Kim Mueller, Jason Bullock and Teresa Arreguin Juarez. Pictured, standing from left, are Zachariah Bowden, Jason Guisti, Jason Bullock, Hotel Operations Director Jim Luff and Thomas Brantley; seated, Brandon Durden, Patricia Galvan, Debbie Davis and Summer Selby.

Biz CRommel’s Ace in Ocean City donated $1,465.15 to Believe in Tomorrow‘s House by the Sea, representing funds raised at the recent Delmarva Bike Week in Ocean City. Pictured, from left, are Rommel’s Ace Ocean City Assistant Sales Manager Kristen Dinkins, Believe in Tomorrow Program Director Wayne Littleton and Rommel’s Ace Ocean City Store Leader Jeremy Thomas.

Health Network Earns Significant Grant

SALISBURY — HealthVisions Delmarva, LLC, a partnership between Bayhealth and the Peninsula Regional Health System to improve the overall health care experience for all Delmarva residents, is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. The initiative was announced on Sept. 29 by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.

HealthVisions Delmarva will receive up to $1,299,206 annually for four years ($5,196,824 total award) to provide technical assistance support to equip clinicians on the Delmarva Peninsula with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely.

“Supporting doctors and other health care professionals change the way they work is critical to improving quality and spending our health care dollars more wisely,” said Burwell. “These awards will give patients more of the information they need to make informed decisions about their care and give clinicians access to information and support to improve care coordination and quality outcomes.”

As a Practice Transformation Network, HealthVisions Delmarva can, geographically, support as many as 1,600 participating regional clinicians to expand their quality improvement capacity, learn from one another, and achieve common goals of improved care, better health, and reduced cost. The team will help participating clinicians meet the initiative’s phases of transformation and associated milestones, clinical and operational results.

“Using this grant, HealthVisions Delmarva will engage clinicians to increase physician alignment, improve quality, and share health information technology. The network will provide participating clinicians direct technical support to make the required transformation,” said Karen Poisker, MSN, MBA, vice president of Population Health at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

These awards are part of a comprehensive strategy advanced by the Affordable Care Act that enable new levels of coordination, continuity, and integration of care, while transitioning volume-driven systems to value-based, patient-centered, health care services. It builds upon successful models and programs such as the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Organization Program, Partnership for Patients with Hospital Engagement Networks, and Accountable Care Organizations.

“The network will also provide clinicians with access to problem-solving, peer-directed groups to share in and learn about quality improvement and cost reduction; access to nationally-recognized faculty; and access to robust data, analytic, and care management,” said Evan Polansky, executive director of the Bayhealth Physician Alliance.

Officer Leaders Recognized

OCEN CITY — Ed Wehnert and Mark and Lora Fritschle of the Mark Fritschle Group – Condominium Realty have announced their listing, sales and settlement leaders for September, a great month in what has been a record breaking year for the company.

Top listing by unit winners were Dave Whittington, Kevin Decker, Rusty Molnar, Sheri Smith, Wayne Phillips, Clint Bickford and Dan Bunting.

Top listing by dollars winners were Katherine Wright, Kevin Decker and Wayne Phillips.

Top pending agents were Sheri Smith, Joe Wilson and Kevin Decker.

Top settled by units honors went to Joy Snyder, Sheri Smith, Joe Wilson and Christina Ager.

Top settled by dollars winners were Joe Wilson, Joy Snyder, Annie Buxbaum, Grant Fritschle, Wayne Phillips and Rich DiFilippo.

Bank Dividend Announced

BERLIN — The Board of Directors of Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc. have declared an annual cash dividend of $0.96 per share. This dividend is payable on Dec. 31, 2015 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Nov. 10, 2015.

Firm Recognized

OCEAN CITY — Engineering News Record (ENR) recently named Becker Morgan Group’s Performing Arts Center at the Ocean City Convention Center a Merit Award winner in the Mid-Atlantic Best Cultural Projects category.

This awards competition recognizes the region’s best achievements in design and construction. The jury focused on projects that overcame significant challenges; adopted innovative approaches; executed exceptional design and craftsmanship; and maintained safe sites. Winning projects will be featured in a special Mid-Atlantic edition of ENR in October and an awards ceremony will be held on Nov. 6, in Baltimore.

The Performing Arts Center transformed two stories of underutilized exhibit space within the Ocean City Convention Center. The 1,200-seat performance venue offers tiered seating, state-of-the-art lighting, audio, video, and stage equipment, for a wide variety of events. The adaptive reuse of an existing, occupied facility, required intensive coordination by the entire design team to successfully retrofit multiple levels of existing structure into a seamless theater environment. Becker Morgan Group provided Architectural, Civil Engineering, and Interior Design services with consulting architects GWWO, Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland.

Company Hired For Florida Job

SALISBURY – Fisher Architecture LLC, a locally owned, experienced architectural firm providing functional design and construction solutions to clients, announced it has been hired to design Mariner Cove Apartments in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Mariner Cove will become a 216-unit apartment complex in what’s called Sunrise City, the hub of St. Lucie County and one of the oldest communities on the east coast of Florida.

The project consists of 216 units, a new club house, pool, fitness and meeting space and playground. Mariner Cove Apartments will be a gated community with 2-3 bedroom townhouse style units within four unique building types, totaling thirty buildings on site.

“Fisher Architecture takes pride in meeting every client’s needs with superior design, customer service and project management expertise,” said Keith Fisher, Fisher Architecture LLC. “A returning customer is evidence of a satisfied customer and a confirmation of the quality of service our team provides from concept to completion.”

“Fisher Architecture came very highly recommended,” said Mark Ackerman, Mariner Cove Builders, LLC. “When I saw Keith’s work I knew I made the right decision. He was a pleasure to work with as he had all the right answers and just the right amount of energy.”

Fisher Architecture was originally hired by the same developer to design Aydellotte Farm in Salisbury, a pedestrian friendly community with residential units, single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums units.

Job Fair Planned

SALISBURY — There will be hundreds of job openings available at the 10th Annual Fall Job Fair, hosted by the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and the One-Stop Job Market on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Centre at Salisbury mall from 3:30-7 p.m. This year’s Job Fair is sponsored by Quality Staffing Services.

Over 40 employers are expected to attend and are hiring for a wide range of positions. For a full listing of participating employers and open positions visit www.salisburyarea.com.

Those attending the job fair should bring plenty of resumes and dress professionally. Again this year, the Resume Doctor will be on hand to offer free advice and suggestions to applicants and evaluate their resumes.

Employers who would like to have a table should contact the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce at 410-749-0144 or visit www.salisburyarea.com. Booths are only $125 for a 10-foot space.