A Week In Business

Biz AThe Coastal Delaware Running Festival was a fundraiser for many local charities including Autism Delaware. Most recently John Wiley II, president of Peninsula Oil, made a donation of $5,000 to Autism Delaware. “At Peninsula, we know our neighbors and our neighbors know us. We have been serving Delmarva for over 80 years and it is our privilege and pleasure to give back to the community who has supported us in our business,” said Wiley. Above, from left, are Ernie Felici, race director with Focus Multisports; Frank Shade, director with Autism Delaware; Willey; and Rick Hundley, race director with Focus Multisports. Submitted Photos

New Surgeon Announced

Dr. Meshach Heenatigla

Dr. Meshach Heenatigla

BERLINAtlantic General Hospital and Health System has announced that Dr. Meshach Heenatigala will be joining Atlantic General Surgical Associates in Berlin at 10231 Old Ocean City Blvd., Suite 207 in the James G. Barrett Medical Office Building.

Heenatigala joins Atlantic General Surgical Associates from York Hospital in York, Pa., where he completed a rural track surgical residency. He completed his medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his bachelor’s in chemical engineering at Columbia University. Heenatigala is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and is an associate member of the American College of Surgeons. His passion lies in serving the local community, providing up-to-date care and using minimally invasive techniques. He will begin seeing patients at Atlantic General Surgical Associates in Berlin on Aug. 8.

Top Producers Named

FENWICK ISLAND — ResortQuest Real Estate® recently announced the June top producers for its southeast Sussex County, Del., offices.

Bill Hand at the Marketplace at Sea Colony office earned top listing and top selling honors for June.

Top listing agents by office were Jen Hughes at the West Fenwick office, Anne Powell of the Anne Powell Group at the Bethany Beach office, Jenny Smith at the Edgewater/Sea Colony Oceanfront office and Valerie Harmke of The Beach Home Group at the Bear Trap Dunes/Ocean View office.

Top selling agents by office were Shannon Smith of The Beach Home Group at the West Fenwick office, Ann Baker at the Edgewater/Sea Colony Oceanfront office, Sandy Greene at the Bethany Beach office and Harmke at the Bear Trap Dunes/Ocean View office.

Habitat Board Change

GEORGETOWN, Del. — Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors President Scott Lanham stepped down on June 30 having completed his second term as a director of the Georgetown-based affordable home builder.

Scott Lanham

Scott Lanham

Kathy Goodman of Ocean View, Del. succeeds Lanham. Sussex Habitat directors are limited to two consecutive terms of service allowing for smooth transitions of leadership, cultivation of new directors and infusion of fresh ideas to guide the organization.

Executive Director Kevin Gilmore said it was a privilege to work directly with Lanham.

“His solid, steady, faithful, intentional, and compassionate leadership did so much to advance Habitat’s ministry here in Sussex County,” Gilmore said.

Lanham was always proud of that “hand-up, not a hand-out” mentality that drives Habitat’s work.

Kathy Goodman

Kathy Goodman

“I have experienced many instances in my life where I needed a hand up to get past an obstacle. Then someone would step in with that hand up and it made all the difference,” he said. “If I have achieved any success in life it has been in part due to the multiple times I’ve received a hand up over the years.”

No stranger to the mission of Habitat, Goodman began her new role as president of the Board of Directors on July 1. A local real estate agent with Re/Max by the Sea in Bethany Beach, she has served on the board for several years, most recently as vice president. Her service with Habitat started with a post-Hurricane Katrina trip to the Gulf Coast followed by leading two consecutive Women Build projects here in Sussex County. In 2009, she was awarded the Local and State level Good Neighbor Award for her involvement with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.

“I have served with Kathy for several years and look forward to working with her in this new role,” Gilmore said.

Goodman said, “As I have moved throughout the various involvements with Habitat, I am very excited about this new adventure in leadership. We have a very strong Board compiled of many different individuals with so much knowledge that I look forward to all of their input when making decisions for our affiliate. In my role, I feel I will be one to ‘listen’ and then ‘engage’ when needed.”

Hospital CEO Recognized

SALISBURY — Peninsula Regional Medical Center President/CEO Peggy Naleppa has been named among Maryland’s 26 Most Admired CEOs for 2016 by The Daily Record.

 Peggy Naleppa

Peggy Naleppa

Naleppa was also a recipient of this award in 2014 and 2012 and joins the elite Circle of Leadership as a three-time honoree. She is one of just six Maryland CEOs honored in the category of “Non-profits with More than $10 Million in Annual Revenue.” The Daily Record created the Most Admired CEOs awards program to recognize talented business CEOs and nonprofit executive directors throughout Maryland for their leadership and professionalism. The winners were selected based on their leadership and vision, competitiveness and innovation, community leadership and service, financial performance and growth, corporate leadership and board service and nonprofit involvement.

“Strong decision making, creativity, leadership and commitment to a better Maryland define this year’s Most Admired CEOs,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, Publisher of The Daily Record. “They are leaders who have in-depth knowledge about running a company or organization, yet also inspire and motivate others to achieve their goals. The Daily Record is honored to recognize their outstanding leadership.”

Naleppa, who has served as PRMC’s president since 2008 and named its CEO in January of 2010, is responsible for the leadership of Maryland’s ninth largest hospital, by bed count, with 292 licensed acute care beds and nearly 1,000,000 square feet of space on the Salisbury campus. Its annual system budget is over $500 million.

“Peggy is committed to assuring the preservation of the safest and highest quality healthcare services,” wrote Sheri Matter, PRMC’s Vice President of Patient Care Services/CNO, in her nomination letter. “Thanks to her leadership, chasing zero defects and preventing harm from reaching any patient is more than just a phrase; it is where decisions are grounded. It comes from leadership and transparency within the working operations of the organization.”

Naleppa began her healthcare career, now spanning four decades, as Director of Neurosurgical Services at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC. She has served as a clinical leader or as a senior executive at several hospitals in Maryland including: Anne Arundel Medical Center, Calvert Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital. She has served as President of the Maryland Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and has held several leadership positions with the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA), where she currently chairs the MHA’s Council on Financial Policy. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.