Business People - Aug. 7

August 07, 2013
  • Bowers

Edward Jones

Joan F. Bowers of the financial services firm Edward Jones at 1101 Opal Court in Hagerstown recently won the firm’s Frank Finnegan Award for her achievement in building client relationships.

She also recently received the firm’s Goodknight Plan Completion Recognition Award for her efforts to provide a greater level of service to her clients while helping the firm continue its steady growth.

The Goodknight program enables an incoming financial adviser to work with a veteran financial adviser in a mentoring relationship. Part of that mentoring includes a provision that allows the experienced adviser to transition some of his or her clients to another Edward Jones financial adviser in order to improve client service and grow the Edward Jones branch office network.

The program started in 1978 when then-financial adviser Jim Goodknight gave away part of his business and changed the way Edward Jones does business. The Goodknight program has spread to the firm’s affiliate in Canada, where Edward Jones also has branch offices.


MVB Financial Corp.

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Former West Virginia first lady Gayle C. Manchin recently was appointed to the board of directors of MVB Financial Corp.

Manchin serves as president of the West Virginia Board of Education, which oversees an annual budget of more than $1.4 billion. In this position, she leverages her previous experiences as an educator in the Marion County, W.Va., school system and at Fairmont State University.

An advocate for education and volunteerism to build stronger communities, Manchin has been involved with AmeriCorps projects and America’s Promise for many years. She also worked at the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts, where she implemented the West Virginia Partnerships to Assure Student Success initiative.

Manchin’s board term is subject to the approval of the shareholders of MVB at the 2014 annual meeting.

Meritus Medical Center

Beth Doyle, RN, was named the June DAISY Award winner at Meritus Medical Center.

Her colleague nominated her by saying, “I recently had a terminally ill patient who was moved to hospice/palliative care at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon. Shortly after (receiving the terminal diagnosis), the patient and his family expressed a strong desire for him to go home, so that he could die surrounded by his family and loved ones. I honestly didn’t know if this patient would survive the night, so I considered it imperative that we make every effort to honor his request and get him home that day. When I told Beth (his case manager) the situation, she put down her coat and went straight to work. She even took it upon herself to pick up prescriptions for this family so that they wouldn’t have to stop on their way home. Beth personifies Meritus Health’s vision and values. She continually places the needs of our patients before her own.”

Other nurses nominated for the June DAISY Award included Susan Albert, Evelyn Kloos, Susan Lyons and Sheila Richter.

The DAISY, or Diseases Attacking the Immune System, award was established nationally to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.

Meritus Health’s DAISY nurse-recognition program is sponsored by the family of Jean Toms, RN. 

Meritus Medical Center recently announced the following new members of its leadership:

Dr. Neil Roy recently was selected as the new vice chair of emergency medicine at Meritus Medical Center.

He graduated from the Christiana Care Health System emergency medicine residency program in 2012.

Prior to that, Roy completed medical school at Howard University, College of Medicine. He already has collaborated with others in the organization to use data to achieve results in core clinical initiatives.

Sandra Baker joined Meritus Health as director of nutrition services.

She is a certified dietary manager who received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from Northeastern University.

Before joining Meritus Health, Baker was the general manager of nutrition services at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, Calif.

John Fthenakis recently joined Meritus Health as the director of business decision support.

In this role, Fthenakis will promote data-driven decision making throughout the organization.

The area of business decision support reviews and analyzes data and information needed to support strategy development, and provides project support for strategic and operational decisions.

Wendy Haislip recently took on the role of clinical manager for the renal, oncology and palliative care areas at Meritus Health.

Haislip plays a significant role in administrative and financial planning, directing, staffing and coordinating activities.

She obtained her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Phoenix and then worked for the Washington County Health Department as a registered nurse, coordinating the care of roughly 1,100 students within Washington County Public Schools. From 2005-12, as a registered nurse at Meritus Medical Center, she mentored newly hired employees and student nurses.

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