Business Briefs - Oct. 28

October 28, 2012

John R. Marsh Cancer Center

The John R. Marsh Cancer Center recently was recognized for excellence in patient care by the American College of Radiology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

The center was awarded a three-year accreditation.

The endorsement demonstrates that radiation treatment received by cancer patients at the center meets stringent safety and quality criteria.

Radiation oncology — radiation therapy — is the use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist might use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.

The John R. Marsh Cancer Center was evaluated by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who conducted on-site inspections and reviewed patient-care plans, patient safety, personnel qualifications, equipment and quality-control procedures.

The John R. Marsh Cancer Center offers advanced radiation technology, including a CT-capable simulator, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy and prostate seed implants.

The center is at Robinwood Professional Center in Hagerstown, Suite 129, near the green and orange entrances.

Coffman Nursing Home

LifeSpan Network recently ranked Coffman Nursing Home ninth among the top 20 nursing facilities in Maryland.

LifeSpan Network is the largest senior-care provider association in the mid-Atlantic, representing more than 300 senior-care provider organizations in Maryland and the District of Columbia. LifeSpan’s members include nonprofit and proprietary independent living, assisted living, continuing care retirement communities, nursing facilities, subsidized senior housing, and community and hospital-based programs.

LifeSpan honored Coffman Nursing Home for its showing in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s ranking of Maryland nursing homes.

The DHMH, in consultation with representatives of Maryland nursing facilities and other stakeholders, developed a plan to measure accountability to indicate quality care to use in a pay-for-performance program.

The primary goal of Maryland Medicaid’s Nursing Home Pay-for-Performance program is to improve the quality of care for nursing home residents. Increasingly, health care payers and insurers are incorporating quality of care as one of the criteria used in reimbursement methodologies, thus, linking pay to performance.

According to LifeSpan, the caring and attentive staff, the emphasis on quality care, the communication with residents and their loved ones, and the attention to all the details of daily life contribute to Coffman Nursing Home’s ongoing success.

Menno Haven

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Menno Haven Retirement Communities has been certified by, the new gold standard for nonprofits seeking to “go green” while making a difference.

Established by a team of leaders in the field of nonprofits, GreenNonprofits is the global leader in promoting, educating and certifying charities wishing to become more green.

The Menno Haven Green Team, organized in 2010 by a group of residents and Menno Haven employees, is focused on initiatives that save Menno Haven energy, resources and money. The team, led by resident John Luetzelschwab, worked for nearly two years toward the stipulations of Examples of these measures include reducing duplicate mail, using paper products with a minimum of 30 percent recycled content, monitor water usage, use eco-friendly cleaning materials and chemical pesticides, regularly discuss environmental efforts at staff meetings, and maximize recycling.

Initially, the team focused on paper and cardboard recycling. During the first year, the Green Team collected about 25 tons of paper. Later, the paper recycling was folded into the regular curbside recycling program, which decreased the volume of trash. Doing so led to a trash collection reduction, resulting in fuel savings.

Menno Haven donates nonfunctional appliances, used furniture and scrap metals to Occupational Services Inc. in Chambersburg, an organization that employs disadvantaged people to break down such items and recycle the material. In addition to direct efforts, they also consider the eco-friendliness of suppliers.

Menno Haven also has sponsored an electronics recycling event, open to residents as well and general public.

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