Business Briefs - Feb. 5

February 05, 2012

Holly Place

Melanie Davis, executive director of Holly Place, a Hagerstown organization that provides housing for frail, elderly clients, recently received $485 from Housing Authority of Washington County employees.

Every Friday, housing authority employees contribute $1 each for the privilege of “going casual,” and at the end of the year, a vote is taken to determine which charity should receive that year’s collection. Holly Place was selected because its mission closely aligns with that of the housing authority — to serve the needs of the families in Washington County.

Davis expressed her appreciation for the donation, especially since Holly Place was recently informed that the lease for its downtown storefront, which sells lightly used clothes in support of the organization, would not be renewed, and finding a new location for its all-volunteer operation is proving to be difficult.

The Housing Authority of Washington County is an independent arm of Washington County government.

Meritus Health

Standard & Poor’s, or S&P, recently affirmed Meritus Health’s “BBB-” long-term rating with an outlook of stable.

S&P based the outlook on Meritus Health’s financial metrics, stating in its report that “Meritus improved across a broad range of financial metrics in fiscal 2011, including operating margin, cash flow, debt-service coverage and days’ cash on hand, bolstering our belief that Meritus is successfully absorbing the large costs of its new replacement facility.”

Factors supporting the rating included an assessment of Meritus Health’s nearly break-even results for the first five months of fiscal 2011; dominant market share in Washington County; successful completion and occupancy of the replacement hospital, Meritus Medical Center, on time and budget; and support from the Maryland rate system.

Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce welcomed these new members in January:

• Admar Custom Homes Inc., Frederick, Md.

• D’Ambrosio Specialty Contractors, 127 Grandview Ave., Chambersburg

• Greencastle Greens Golf Course, Greencastle, Pa.

• Hagerstown Kitchens Inc., 756 S. Main St., Chambersburg

• Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, 446 Stouffer Ave., Chambersburg

• NHS School, 2593 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg

• Superb Media Marketing, 1660 Hamilton Hills Drive, Chambersburg

The Chamber now has 899 members.

Hagerstown Coffee Talk

The inaugural meeting of Hagerstown Coffee Talk was held Jan. 19 at Broadmore Senior Living in Hagerstown.

The group was established so elder-care service providers in Western Maryland could meet, mingle, network and learn new things.

More than 25 professionals gathered to hear guest speaker Bill Phillips, of Genworth Financial, talk about long-term health insurance.

The group’s founder and leader is K.C. Ryerson, community relations director for Broadmore Senior Living, and its public relations leader is Susan Crowson of Family Care Coach.

The networking group, which is open to everyone working in fields related to elder-care service, meets the third Thursday of every month from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at various locations. Breakfast will be provided at every meeting, as will a door prize, time for networking and an educational guest speaker.

For more information, contact Ryerson or Crowson at

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