A Week In Business

Company Promotion

OCEAN CITY — Ocean Point, Ltd., an accredited property management firm, has announced the promotion of Connor J. Braniff, CMCA, AMS®, PCAM® to Executive Vice President.

Connor J. Braniff

Connor J. Braniff

In his new role, Braniff will oversee all operations for Ocean Point, Ltd. including properties currently served in the Ocean City area in addition to properties that range from Chincoteague, Va.  and into Delaware extending through Lewes and as far west as Salisbury. In addition, he joins the company’s Executive Leadership Council, which sets the overall company vision and goals for continued growth and excellence in customer service.

“Connor demonstrates an exceptional level of professionalism, knowledge and experience as well as being a natural leader,” said Stephan M. Kenny, Ocean Point, Ltd. President. “Under his leadership during the last six years, our firm has experienced tremendous growth. Connor is an respected professional well deserving of this promotion.”

Braniff holds professional designations with the Community Association Institute, Certified Manager of Community Associations, Association Manager Specialist, and the highest designation — Professional Community Association Manager. He obtained his Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware and currently serves as an officer on the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company’s Board of Directors as their Treasurer.

Ocean Point, Ltd. is a fully accredited property management company, providing financial, administrative and facilities management. The company is licensed, bonded and insured. Ocean Point, Ltd. carries the “Accredited Association Management Company” designation marking the firm as one of the few firms in the area to be nationally recognized by the Community Association Institute.

Medical Director Named

BERLIN Atlantic General Hospital and Health System has announce that board certified anesthesiologist and pain intervention specialist Wadid Zaky, MD, will serve as medical director of the new Atlantic General Pain Center.

Building the center was one of the organization’s strategic plans to address a chronic condition that plagues many residents on the shore. According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. It is a leading cause of disability and accounts for a significant portion of healthcare costs.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Zaky join us,” said Colleen Wareing, vice president of patient care at Atlantic General Hospital. “He brings advanced techniques to the management of pain with a focus on integrating the right interventions for each individual patient. To have him on the Shore for our community is amazing. Dr. Zaky is one of only four pain experts in the United States that was invited to present at the World Institute of Pain International Conference being held in London this month.”

Atlantic General Pain Center provides a comprehensive approach to treatment of chronic pain, with pain blocks and spinal intervention procedures in addition to medical management. Over the next year, the program will expand to include behavioral health as well as complimentary services, providing a holistic approach to the treatment of pain.

“With the therapies that are now available in the field of pain intervention, there is hope for individuals suffering with chronic pain,” said Zaky. “I look forward to working with patients here on Delmarva to help alleviate the pain they may be struggling with.”

In addition to administering pain blocks and performing minimally-invasive procedures, Zaky is the only physician on the Eastern Shore with expertise in advanced neuro modulation, which involves stimulation of the spine to relieve pain in various parts of the body. With one therapy, high-frequency modulation, the patient cannot detect the stimulation and the therapy can relieve pain for some individuals for whom lower frequency therapy was ineffective. Another modality is selective nerve root modulation.

These therapies are used to alleviate pain caused by a number of conditions, including neuropathy and peripheral nerve damage from diabetes, degenerative disc disease, neck and back pain as well as persistent pain after surgery.

Zaky joined Atlantic General Hospital following a stint as assistant professor at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Zaky completed a fellowship in pain management at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in neuromodulation at King’s College, London, as well as a residency in anesthesia at Brookdale University Medical Center. He has worked with numerous healthcare organizations, including Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute and the Cleveland Clinic Pain Center.

Medicare Help Offered

FRUITLAND – Open enrollment for Medicare Part D (prescription plans) runs from now until Dec. 7. The window of opportunity to change plans doesn’t last long and people tend to panic because they don’t know what their options are. What works best with their plan? What will save them money? The process can be confusing especially with people being inundated with television ads and infomercials with misleading information about Medicare plans. Apple Discount Drugs is trying to help with the process.

“We want to help people understand their options so they can make informed decisions about their Medicare plan,” said Jeff Sherr, president of Apple Discount Drugs. “Each person is unique. Medicare does not come in a one size fits all package. Apple can help patients choose the best plan for them depending on the prescriptions they are taking.”

In many cases, a small medication change from a brand name to a generic or switching from one plan to another can save the patient thousands of dollars. An Apple Discount Drugs Clinical Pharmacist is available to meet with individuals one-on-one to review a medication list and make recommendations to the prescriber for the best plan that fits their needs and can also save the patient thousands of dollars annually.

Gynecologist Announced

BERLINAtlantic General Health System has announced that gynecologist Brandi Musselman, MD, will be joining Atlantic General Women’s Health in Selbyville, Del., at 38394 Dupont Highway in the Strawberry Center.

Musselman joins Atlantic General Health System after serving as an instructor in obstetrics and gynecology and completing a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. She obtained her medical degree at Drexel and completed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital.

Musselman is a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She specializes in treating women with pelvic pain, menstrual disorders, post-menopausal bleeding and pelvic masses such as fibroids, and offers the option of office-based procedures for some treatments.

Director Appointed

SALISBURY — Linda Hurley, director of the Peninsula Sleep Waves Sleep Center at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, was recently appointed to the position of treasurer with the Maryland Sleep Society’s (MDSS) Board of Directors. Hurley’s term is for a two-year period.

Linda Hurley

Linda Hurley

MDSS has as its mission to promote education and training among sleep professionals, advance technological standards and increase public awareness about sleep disorders. The Society also works in the interest of patients and the sleep field legislatively and with insurance carriers to ensure the highest standards of care.

An estimated 30 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, which include sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, insomnia and narcolepsy. The majority who suffer are not diagnosed. A simple and painless sleep study can easily diagnose a variety of sleep disorders.

On average, 2,500 sleep studies are performed annually at the center located on the Peninsula Regional campus.

Architectural Designer Added

SALISBURY – Fisher Architecture LLC, a local architectural firm providing functional design and construction solutions to clients, announced the addition of Jason A. Watson Sr. to its team of architectural designers.

Jason Watson

Jason Watson

Watson graduated from Airco Technical Institute and Delaware Technical Community College and has 25 years of work experience in architectural design. He comes to the Fisher team after time spent working for Labinal Power Systems and other local architectural firms. Watson has experience as an architectural/structural designer, CADD Technician and a construction quality control representative.

Watson’s responsibilities at Fisher Architecture include CADD drafting, the development of RFP responses and project manager support. He looks forward to being a part of a forward looking architectural firm.

Leasing Agent Selected

MILLSBORO – John McClellan and Henry Hanna, both Senior Advisors with Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate, have been selected by Harim Millsboro, LLC to lease over 400,000 square feet of their Millsboro facility.

The facility features ceilings up to 27 feet clear, ample loading docks, refrigerated and dry storage, as well as three rail loading doors located on a private rail spur. The facility is located only minutes from Route 113 offering regional access to all of Delaware, Baltimore/Washington, Philadelphia, and Tidewater Virginia.

“This is great economic development news for Sussex County,” said John McClellan. “The configuration offers many possibilities for warehousing, distribution, assembly, light manufacturing and others, and it’s located in business-friendly Delaware.”

Headquartered in Seaford, Del., Allen Harim operates chicken processing facilities in Delaware and Maryland; breeding operations in North Carolina; and hatcheries in Delaware and Maryland.