A Week In Business – October 19, 2018

Biz AThe Harrison Group held its 32nd annual “End of Season” company party and Employee Prize Drawing on Sept. 23 with $15,000 in cash and other prizes awarded. Each group employee received an entry ticket for each week they worked during the summer season for the random prize drawing. This year’s $5,000 prize winner was Richard Hardy from the Seabonay Motel. The second prize, $3,000, was won by Mitch Conte from the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, and the third prize of $2,000 went to Oliver Kostov from the Paul Revere Smorgasbord. Ten other employees won $500 each. They were Lori Beall, James Wilson, Adam Land, Ross Perdue, Madalina Streza, Ashley Smith, Christine Cortazzo, Narayan Poudel, Cynthia Beatty and James Capati. Pictured, back from left, are Hotel Operations Director Jim Luff, Ross Perdue, James Capati and James Wilson; front, from left, are Cynthia Beatty, Christine Cortazzo, Richard Handy, Lori Beall and Marketing & Advertising Director Cheryl Simmons. Submitted Photos


Biz BBruce Ruark was recognized at a recent meeting of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal) Board of Directors for earning REALTOR® Emeritus status. A REALTOR® is eligible for Emeritus status after holding membership in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and in Coastal for a cumulative period of 40 years. Emeritus members must also complete at least one year of volunteer service for an NAR committee. Pictured, from left, are Coastal President-Elect Bernie Flax, Ruark of Kelark Real Estate in Fruitland and Coastal President Joel Maher.


Hospital Offers New Fusion-Guided Biopsy

BERLIN – A first on the Eastern Shore in prostate cancer detection, Atlantic General Urology is now offering UroNav MRI fusion-guided biopsy to more accurately detect and treat prostate cancer sooner in men.

Before the cutting-edge technology came to Atlantic General Hospital, patients had to be referred to healthcare providers as far away as Washington, D.C. or Baltimore to have this type of diagnostic.

Traditionally, men on the Eastern Shore with an elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level or irregular digital rectal exam (DRE) would undergo a segmental prostate biopsy to detect cancerous lesions. A specialist would use ultrasound to guide the biopsy needle, and take random biopsies of the twelve quadrants of the prostate, potentially missing any suspicious tissues that are present.

With the UroNav MRI fusion-guided biopsy, the physician is able to more clearly visualize the prostate and any lesions in real-time, using an MRI overlay of the ultrasound. The MRI image allows the physician to pinpoint the exact tissue to biopsy instead of taking multiple random biopsies. As a result, high risk prostate cancers can be detected sooner, leading to earlier interventions with fewer potential treatment complications.

Research conducted by the American Medical Association shows that targeted biopsy such as the UroNav MRI fusion-guided biopsy diagnosed 30 percent more high-risk cancers versus the traditional biopsy method.

Dr. James Cherry, a urologist at Atlantic General Urology, performed the first UroNav MRI fusion-guided Biopsy on the Eastern Shore in late September.

“Until now it would require going across the bridge to Baltimore or DC to have this kind of a biopsy done. So to now have it available here on the Eastern Shore, it’s great because patients don’t have to travel, they can do it close to home,” said Cherry.

Cherry is a board-certified specialist in urological surgery and medicine. He served as director of urology at DuBois Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania for 14 years before joining the medical staff of Atlantic General Health System in 2013.


Agents Rank High

OCEAN CITY — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Ocean City Offices recently had several agents ranking in the September Top 100 for the Greater Baltimore Region/

Local agents included Nancy Reither, third; Jamie Caine, 10; Marianne Leizure, 20; Terri Moran, 24; Whitney Jarvis, 34; Kim Bounds, 43; Mary Beth Watters, 53; Jennifer Croppe, 56; Nina Littleton, 58; Colleen Deptula, 64; Eric Green, 72; Michael Nolen, 76; and Ed Galyon, 84.

Area teams included on the top 20 team ranking were McNamara & Associates, 12; Rick Meehan/Katy Durham, 14; Cain Team of OC, 20.


Habitat Score Grant

BERLIN — Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County (HFHWC) has received a $1,000 technology grant from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES).

HFHWC recently relocated its affiliate offices to 9026 Worcester Highway. This new location, which shares space with the Habitat ReStore, provides the affiliate with more office space and conference room. This grant from CFES will allow HFHWC to purchase a new projector, laptop and dropdown screen to assist with volunteer and family orientation in its new conference room.


Company Adds Employee

SALISBURY – Gillis Gilkerson announced the addition of assistant project manager and assistant estimator Daniel Ash to the company in September 2018.

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Daniel Ash

“It’s exciting to bring a new and experienced perspective to Gillis Gilkerson,” said Dwight Miller, president, Gillis Gilkerson. “With Daniel’s experience and enthusiasm, he has already proven to be a great addition to the team.”

Ash is responsible for supporting the company’s estimating department, project managers and field personnel. This will include maintaining estimate and project logs, reviewing contracts, generating requests for information, assisting in processing shop drawings and submittals, managing the change order process and providing assistance in project oversight and collaboration.

Six years in the construction industry, Ash has previous experience providing collaborative services between general labor and management, along with product management. He graduated from Wilmington University with a bachelor’s of science psychology in 2016 and certificate in conflict resolution. He is on track to earn his master’s in business administration in May, 2019.