Business Briefs - July 22

July 22, 2012

Big Cork Vineyards

ROHRERSVILLE — Big Cork Vineyards recently opened a farm stand in Rohrersville, five miles south of Boonsboro on Md. 67 and a 20-minute drive from Frederick, Md.    

Dave Collins, farm and winery manager, offers vegetables and flowers grown on the premises. Available are handpicked green beans; yellow and green squash; slicing and pickling cucumbers; canning, slicing and heirloom tomatoes; Big Bertha Bell and Sweet Banana peppers; carrots; and fresh-cut zinnias.

Cantaloupe, honeydew and Crenshaw melons are coming soon, and a large pumpkin patch has been planted for the fall.

Big Cork also meets canning and wholesale demands, selling in bushel and half-bushel quantities at farm prices.

Biodynamic farming methods are used in all aspects of the farming, including vegetables, pumpkins, raspberries and wine grapes.

The farm stand is at 4238 Main St. in Rohrersville. Hours are Friday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., and by appointment.

For more information, call 301-302-8166 or send an email to

Valley Storage

Valley Storage, a locally owned self-storage company, recently purchased two additional storage properties in Hagerstown.

The company now has nine storage facilities in Hagerstown, Williamsport and Martinsburg, W.Va. The two new properties were formerly known as Extra Space Storage, and are on Cole Road, near Valley Mall, and near the intersection of Dual Highway and Interstate 70, on All Star Court.

The first Valley Storage location opened in 1986 in Williamsport. It now has more than 500,000 square feet of rentable space. In 2011, The UPS Store was added to the Valley Storage location on Leitersburg Pike.

For more information, go to

F&M Trust

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A charitable contribution from F&M Trust will enable the Franklin County (Pa.) Library system to increase its e-book offerings.

The bank’s $1,500 contribution helps the library keep up with technology, and meet the needs of patrons.

In the fall of 2011, the Franklin County Library System rolled out e-books via its website. Today, it has more than 1,300 downloads of a limited number of titles. Anyone with a library card can access e-books from the library system’s website at

The system encompasses seven libraries and two bookmobiles, with a collection of nearly 1 million items.

To see its collection of e-books, go to

Winchester Medical Center

WINCHESTER, Va. — Winchester Medical Center placed third in the commonwealth out of 39 hospitals assigned a numeric value in Consumer Reports’ first-ever patient safety report ranking U.S. hospitals for their performance.

Winchester Medical Center received a score of 60 on a 100-point scale in the report released in early July.

The report focuses on six areas of safety concern, including bloodstream infections, readmissions, patient information on medications and use of electronic medical records. Consumer Reports evaluated information from government and independent sources on 1,159 hospitals in 44 states.

The highest performer — Billings Clinic in Montana — received a 72.

City Hospital

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.— West Virginia University Hospitals-East’s City Hospital received the Get With The Guidelines — Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

The recognition signifies that City Hospital has reached a goal of treating heart-failure patients for at least 12 months with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for such patients.

Get With The Guidelines is a quality-improvement initiative that provides hospital staff with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart-failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations. According to the program’s treatment guidelines, heart-failure patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling, as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

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