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Area businesses honored at sixth annual banquet

Area businesses honored at sixth annual banquet

March 03, 2005|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Brook Lane Health Services CEO Lynn Rushing said Wednesday night he didn't know how good the chances were of the mental health hospital taking home a business award.

"I was just happy to be at the level of being one of the finalists," Rushing said at the sixth annual Washington County Business Awards banquet at The Clarion Hotel and Conference Center Antietam Creek.

When it was all said and done, the hospital north of Hagerstown won the At Your Service Award, given to a Washington County retail or service business that generates customer loyalty and satisfaction.

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"It's gratifying to be recognized for the efforts that we've done over the past year ... so that we can serve the community better," Rushing said.

Last May, hospital officials dedicated a $4.5 million addition to the facility to provide better care for patients of all ages who require mental health treatment, including illnesses such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and character disorders.

The awards banquet was organized by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

More than 350 tickets were sold for the event, during which six awards were given.

"This was an exciting night for our county," Chamber Chair Ed Lough said in a written statement. "The award recipients represent the very best in our business community."

The other five categories and business award winners were:

· Entrepreneurial Award, for a company with less than 50 employees that has increased employment or production or creates an innovative product or service: BJ's Custom Creations Embroidery.

· Innovation Award, for a business whose use of technology has produced a measurable increase in sales, product quality and profitability: Hub Labels Inc.

· Made In Washington County Award, for producing or assembling in the county: Beachley Furniture Co. Inc.

· Vision Award, for innovative design or creative re-use of a property: University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.

· Work Force Development Award, for training or investment in the workforce: Washington County Health System.

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