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August 01, 2005

Hagerstown nurse re-elected to national association


Linda Altizer of Hagerstown has been re-elected to the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses', national board of directors. She is employed by Summit Health as part-time administrative supervisor of patient services at Chambersburg Hospital and works in the emergency department at Waynesboro Hospital. Altizer is working with NAON to develop patient safety standards for all-terrain vehicle use by children and developing national standards of care for orthopaedic patients. She is an editor of the new edition of the Core Curriculum for Orthopaedic Nurses.




Receptionist named employee of the month


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Keystone Health Center, Chambersburg, named Cynthia Pheil as employee of the month for July. Pheil, who lives in Chambersburg, is a receptionist at Keystone Family Practice, 820 Fifth Ave., Chambersburg.

Pheil is described as the rock in the family practice's reception department. She is said to be dependable, steady and conscientious.




Director of pharmacy named at hospital


RANSON, W.Va. - Gary Matthews has been appointed the director of pharmacy at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, announced John Sherwood, chief executive officer.

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"We are pleased to welcome Gary to our staff. His experience and knowledge will help Jefferson Memorial Hospital enhance pharmacy services for patients as well as assist in the further development of health related educational opportunities for students in the Eastern Panhandle," said Sherwood.

As the director of pharmacy, Matthews will be responsible for managing the hospital's pharmacy; the education of inpatients and outpatients about proper medication use; and working with physicians and staff to ensure that the hospital's pharmacy services keep pace with the needs of the community.

In addition to serving as the hospital's director of pharmacy, Matthews will be working with the West Virginia University Medical School-Eastern Division to assist in the training of residents, medical students and pharmacy students.

Matthews is a native of West Virginia. He holds a doctoral degree in pharmacy from West Virginia University. Upon graduation, he worked in Southern West Virginia and later worked in the Northern Virginia-Winchester area. Prior to joining Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Matthews was the director of pharmacy at a hospital in Hilton Head, N.C.

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