A Week In Business – October 28, 2016

biz-aThe Big Easy on 60 and the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday to celebrate the opening of one of Ocean City’s newest restaurants. The restaurant, located in the former Hall’s Restaurant building, focuses on New Orleans style food with a southern flair and some Eastern Shore traditions. Owner Mark Hall is pictured above with chamber members and city officials. Submitted Photos

biz-bThe Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) welcomed 11 new REALTORS® during New Member Orientation this month. Pictured, from left, are Lauren Smith, Keller Williams Flagship of MD; Heather Arauz, 1st Choice Properties; Melanie Shoff, Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva; Michelle Blanchard, Keller Williams Flagship of MD; Edwin Rommel, SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate; Richard Barr, Long & Foster Real Estate; Joanie Hynes, RE/MAX Advantage Realty; Stella Barbour, NOVA Brokers LLC; Bradley Absher, Whitehead Real Estate Executives; Steven Bray, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty; and Theresa Diefendorf, Coldwell Banker Residential.

New Realtor Added

OCEAN PINES — Nancy Armiger recently joined Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty in Ocean Pines.

Armiger is a member of the Coastal Association of Realtors, Maryland Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. She also has experience is new construction in an over-55 community in Salisbury as well as experience in land development, investment properties and residential real estate.

National Recognition

SALISBURY — The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury as one of 60 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Peninsula Regional is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that directs patient safety and the quality of surgical care improvements.

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a composite meritorious outcome related to patient management in eight clinical areas: mortality, unplanned intubation, ventilator > 48 hours, renal failure, cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction); respiratory (pneumonia); SSI (surgical site infections-superficial and deep incisional and organ-space SSIs); or urinary tract infection. The 60 hospitals commended achieved the distinction based on their outstanding composite quality score across the eight areas listed above. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2016 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2015 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes.

ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. This program measures the actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively as well as risk adjusts patient characteristics to compensate for differences among patient populations and acuity levels. The goal of ACS NSQIP is to reduce surgical morbidity (infection or illness related to a surgical procedure) and surgical mortality (death related to a surgical procedure) and to provide a firm foundation for surgeons to apply what is known as the “best scientific evidence” to the practice of surgery. Furthermore, when adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in health care costs follows. ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in over 770 adult and pediatric hospitals.

New Restaurant Planned

REHOBOTH BEACH, DEL. — Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, recently announced that the hospitality company will open Bluecoast Seafood Grill & Raw Bar in the Rehoboth Gateway on Route 1 in spring 2017.

This is Rehoboth Beach, Del.-based SoDel Concepts’ 10th restaurant and the second Bluecoast concept. The first – the company’s flagship restaurant – is in Bethany Beach. Attaché, US Airways in-flight magazine, named Bluecoast among the top 10 dining destinations in the country.

“Since it opened in Bethany Beach more than 10 years ago, Bluecoast has become a nationally recognized, award-winning restaurant,” Kammerer said. “Now our customers in the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach area don’t need to cross the Indian River Inlet Bridge to experience their favorite restaurant.”

SoDel Concepts took the same successful approach when it opened a second Matt’s Fish Camp in Lewes this year. The first is in Bethany Beach.

Bluecoast has set the bar high for dining along the coast.

“Bluecoast epitomizes what we do best: create and serve beautiful, simple coastal cuisine that allows our chefs’ talents to shine,” said Chef Doug Ruley, vice president of SoDel Concepts.

Ruley, who has been invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York three times, will head up the kitchen with Jason Dietterick, who started his career with SoDel in 2001, and Scott Visselli, who was named “Sussex County Chef of the Year” by Coastal Style Magazine.

The 250-seat, 4,500-square-foot restaurant – located near Fresh Market and Bed, Bath & Beyond – is being built from the ground up. An outdoor area will feature fire pits, corn hole games and an acoustic stage. The restaurant will employ more than 100.