Business Briefs - July 15

July 15, 2012

Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown

FUNKSTOWN — The Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown has obtained certification by the American Association of Feline Practitioners, or AAFP, as a cat-friendly practice.

This required several changes in the practice to make veterinary care for felines less stressful. Other goals of the AAFP’s cat-friendly practice certification are to reduce pain/fear in cats, improve efficiency, reduce anxiety for clients, detect medical problems early and provide better lifelong care for cats.

The staff has undergone training in understanding cat behaviors and body language, as well as their reactions to stress and fear in hopes of making veterinary visits a pleasant experience.

Among the cat-friendly services the facility offers are limited stimuli that might upset cats; a separate waiting area for cats and dogs; an exam room dedicated for cats; cat-only office hours on Tuesday mornings; cat-only surgery/dental procedures on Wednesdays; and kennel facilities that minimize stressful stimuli when cats are housed there.

The clinic will host a seminar Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m., during which Dr. Maria Ciaravella will discuss its new certification. Refreshments will be offered.

Edward Jones

Katie Schwartz of the financial services firm Edward Jones is hosting a grand opening celebration Aug. 1 at 3 p.m. at her 15 E. Oak Ridge Drive office in Hagerstown.

Various activities are planned, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony, children’s activities, door prizes and refreshments.

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada.


City Hospital

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia University Hospitals-East City Hospital has been granted accreditation by the AABB, formerly the American Association of Blood Banks, for its blood bank transfusion service.

The accreditation follows an intensive on-site survey by trained AABB assessors, and establishes that the level of technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by AABB.

AABB accreditation is voluntary, and City Hospital sought it because the program assists facilities in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to quality performance and patient safety.

AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.

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