Business Briefs

November 25, 2002

Washington County Hospital

Washington County Hospital's Home Health Care received a five-star "Best" rating by HealthGrades Inc. on its recent Home Health Report Card.

HealthGrades analyzed home health agency licensing and complaint survey data from 2000 provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, formerly the Health Care Financing Administration.

HealthGrades awarded a five-star "Best" rating to the top 30 percent of home health agencies in Maryland, a three-star "Average" rating to the middle 60 percent and a one-star "Poor" rating to the bottom 10 percent.

Penn State Mont Alto

MONT ALTO, Pa. - The Coalition for the Advancement, Recruitment and Education of Nurses at Penn State Mont Alto was recently awarded a $1,550 grant from The Kellogg Leadership for Institutional Change Initiative.


The grant provided by the LINC Initiative will provide the coalition with the opportunity to bring speakers and workshops to the region in support of the effort to recruit and retain nurses.

The grant money will also be used to improve the transition from school to work, to address issues such as improving the work environment of staff nurses and to provide nurses with best practices in nursing orientation.

Atlantic Security Systems/Dynamark Security

Atlantic Security Systems/Dynamark Security has become an Installation Quality-certified company.

The Installation Quality Board of Directors offers a program to assist alarm companies that are proactively addressing quality, ethics and false alarm issues distinguish themselves from those that are not.


CareComm Inc., a marketing and design firm in Hagerstown, received honors at the sixth annual awards conference held by the Northeastern Economic Developers Association Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Dover, Del.

The awards competition recognizes excellence in literature and promotion of economic and industrial development in 11 northeastern states and the District of Columbia.

CareComm's work, on behalf of its clients the Cambria County Industrial Development Corp. and the Johnstown Area Regional Industries, won a Superior award in the community profile category for an image marketing piece.

In the newsletter category, a Merit award was presented for "Business Matters," a quarterly economic publication.

Champion Industries

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Champion Industries Inc. has announced its board of directors has declared its regular quarterly cash dividend of 5 cents per share payable Dec. 27 to shareholders of record on Dec. 2.

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