Health-care spotlight

October 01, 2007

Hospital employee receives scholarship

Amber Brown was among 17 recipients of the 2007 Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) Hospital Scholars Award. Each recipient received a $2,500 scholarship award at a reception Sept. 18.

Brown, a unit secretary in critical care at Washington County Hospital, is pursuing an associate degree in radiography from Hagerstown Community College. She plans to graduate in May 2008, after which she will pursue a career as a radiology technologist. Brown has been an employee at the hospital for more than five years.

"We are very proud of Amber that she is following her desire to continue her career in health-care. She is conscientious and hardworking and we know she will do a wonderful job in her new profession," said Julie Blackburn, clinical manager for critical care.

"My coworkers have provided a great deal of support while I've pursued my degree," Brown said. "I was honored to be selected for the MHA scholarship. It will be a tremendous help in my last year of school."


MHA is the advocate for Maryland hospitals, health systems, and their patients at legislative and regulatory bodies. Its membership is comprised of community and teaching hospitals, health systems, specialty hospitals, veterans hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Shook Home names Employee of the Year

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Amy Poe of Chambersburg was selected as Assisted Living Employee of The Year at The Shook Home and The Quarters at The Shook. She was nominated by residents and other staff at The Quarters at The Shook, 55 S. Second St. Poe has been a personal care attendant for a year at the retirement community.

She volunteered at a local nursing home at 16, and she has been working in assisted living facilities for the past eight years. She says she enjoys her time with the residents and enjoys making them smile.

Other nominees were Connie Voss, Gladys Rosenberry, Julie Gossert and Bonnie Armstrong.

Health Department names director

FREDERICK, Md. - George Keller has been appointed Director of Environmental Health at the Frederick County Health Department. Keller brings 29 years of experience with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) where he most recently served as Program Manager of the Water Quality Infrastructure Program.

His accomplishments include making improvements to MDE's capital programs for water pollution control and safe drinking water and streamlining of environmental permitting. Additionally, he developed management teams resulting in improved efficiencies and customer service. He also was responsible for the implementation of a number of funding initiatives, including the Bay Restoration Fund. Keller has a bachelor of science in Biology from Towson University of Maryland. He began his tenure with Frederick County Health Department Sept. 12.

"We are very pleased to have someone with Mr. Keller's well qualified background assume this key role within the Health Department. Mr. Keller's extensive experience with the MDE will be a tremendous benefit to the residents of Frederick County. His expertise will continue to enhance our relationships with the community and promote positive growth within the department," said Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, health officer with FCHD.

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