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Business briefs - April 14

April 14, 2013

Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed the following new members:

• 28 South, 28 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown

• AT&T, 17622 Garland Groh Blvd., Hagerstown

• Baxter Group Inc., 941 Progress Road, Chambersburg, Pa.

• Amy Huffman, BNI independent agent

• Middletown Valley Bank, 24 W. Main St., Middletown, Md.

• Montessori Academy of Chambersburg, 875 Ragged Edge Road, Chambersburg

• Stacey Nikirk, Keller Williams independent agent, 17301 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown

• Patriot Home Inspection LLC, 11223 Parkwood Drive, Hagerstown

• Scotty’s Plumbing, 18814 Marilew Court, Hagerstown

• Randall Wagner, Mackintosh Realtors independent agent, 1830 Dual Highway, Hagerstown

• Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 101, Hagerstown

• What’s NXT, 10 Public Square, Hagerstown



City Hospital

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia University Hospitals-East’s City Hospital recently received the Get With The Guidelines — Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, and has made the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll.

The recognition signifies that City Hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart-failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the American Stroke Association.

As a Gold Plus recipient, City Hospital achieved 100 percent adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Performance Achievement indicators for 12 consecutive month intervals and 100 percent compliance with at least four Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure quality measures. In addition, City Hospital demonstrated documentation of all three Target: Heart Failure care components for all eligible patients with heart failure discharged from the hospital during one calendar quarter.

Get With The Guidelines — Heart Failure helps City Hospital’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a Web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.

Following Get With The Guidelines — Heart Failure treatment guidelines, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies if needed, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital.

Before discharge, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, including lifestyle modifications and follow-up care. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.



Orchid Cellar Winery

MIDDLETOWN, Md. — Orchid Cellar Winery in Middletown recently received two medals at the 2013 Mazer Cup International Commercial Meadery Competition.

Out of the 10 meads offered at Orchid Cellar Winery, only a few were entered in the 2013 Mazer Cup International Commercial Meadery Competition, which accepts entries from around the world. The two meads that placed for medals were the Archer, which received a silver medal in Category 5A — Metheglin; and the Hunter, which received a silver medal in Category 8C — Specialty (open category) — Sweet.

Archer is traditional spiced mead made with a blend of holiday spices. Hunter is a nontraditional mead made with a hint of chili peppers.

Though almost all of Orchid Cellar Winery’s 12-wine lineup has received regional recognition in Maryland wine competitions, these are the first awards received on a global scale, introducing the local, boutique winery to the world market.

Orchid Cellar Winery was established and began production in October 2006 as Maryland’s first premier meadery by Marzanna and Andrzej Wilk. The family’s Eastern European tradition of home mead and wine making, plus a biochemical background inspired it to continue the ancient tradition of mead and wine production. Since then, Orchid Cellar has expanded production to include 10 varieties of mead and two traditional grape wines.



Mid-Maryland Musculoskeletal Institute

FREDERICK, Md. — The Mid-Maryland Musculoskeletal Institute, or MMI, recently opened The Spine Institute at MMI, a “one-stop-shop” providing various care options for back and neck treatment.

While some practices have back surgeons or pain-management specialists, physical therapists or chiropractors, The Spine Institute at MMI offers all those treatment options under one roof. This idea of having all the current treatment options available in one place is the brain child of MMI President Dr. Mark Chilton, whose personal experiences with back pain led MMI to take such an innovative approach.

For most patients, back and neck pain will respond to nonsurgical treatment.

In many cases a course of physical therapy is all that is needed to decrease back pain and increase function. MMI employs 14 physical therapists available at four locations in Frederick and Hagerstown, and is coming to Urbana, Md., in the fall.

The Spine Institute at MMI also offers patients alternatives to traditional back and neck pain treatments through chiropractic care with Dr. Michael Gibson, as well as dry needling — similar to acupuncture — with several therapists. These treatments can be tried alone or in conjunction with traditional medicine.

The Spine Institute at MMI also has the only fellowship trained orthopaedic spine surgeon in the region performing minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Jocelyn Idema uses small incisions — less than 1 inch — and a microscope, enabling her to spread muscle tissue instead of cutting through it.

The Institute is at 1829 Howell Road, Suite 4, in Hagerstown; 86 Thomas Johnson Court in Frederick; and at the Frederick Memorial Hospital Urbana building at 3430 Worthington Blvd., Suite 101, in Frederick.



Callas Contractors Inc.

Callas Contractors Inc. in Hagerstown recently was awarded a contract for $1,035,300 by the Washington County Board of Education for a general trades package at Bester Elementary School, 30 E. Memorial Boulevard in Hagerstown.

The architect for the project is Grimm + Parker of Calverton, Md., and the construction manager is Lend Lease (US) Construction Inc. of Rockville, Md.

 Callas also was awarded a contract for $157,975 by the board of education for a ceiling and lighting replacement project at Emma K. Doub Elementary School at 1221 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

The architect for that project is Proffit & Associates of Frederick, Md.

 

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