Trust Co. hires COO
FREDERICK, Md. — The Family Heritage Trust Co. recently appointed J. Randall Thompson as its chief operating officer. Responsible for directing future strategic growth initiatives, Thompson will also oversee day-to-day operations. He is one of the original governing board members of FHTC.
Thompson is the founder and senior adviser of ThompsonGas, the 16th largest propane gas company in the United States. He is also the founder of Big Cork Vineyards in Rohrersville, Md., one of Maryland’s largest wine producers.
Sargent, Freas graduate from Leadership Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Leadership Maryland recently announced that Andrew Sargent, senior business development representative for the Western Region with the Maryland Department of Commerce, and Dustin Freas, chief development officer of Flagship Rehabilitation, have completed the professional development program.
Leadership Maryland honored Sargent, a resident of Hagerstown, Md., Freas, a resident of Cumberland, Md., and the entire Class of 2017 at its 25th annual graduation ceremony held Dec. 5 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. They were among 52 applicants chosen by committee to complete Leadership Maryland’s eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.
Community Foundation of Washington Co. brings on new board member
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. recently elected Mary Ellis Bowman to its board of trustees at its annual board meeting. Bowman retired in 2016 after a long career in health care. Most recently, she worked at Diagnostic Imaging Services for 20 years as an operation specialist. She attended Johns Hopkins School of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and worked for Associated Radiologists, Washington County Hospital and as an adjunct professor for Hagerstown Community College.
Leaving the Community Foundation Board of Trustees this year after six years of dedicated service is Brad Pingrey, M&T Bank administrative vice president.
Pavestone employee attends Versa-Lok conference
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Versa-Lok manufacturers from several states, including James T.J. Haislip from Pavestone in Hagerstown, attended training at the company’s headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., in November.
The group learned about new retaining wall products and accessories from Versa-Lok, as well as design and installation tips that licensed manufacturers can share with their customers, including engineers, landscape architects and designers and landscape contractor firms.
Walker, Riggle to lead Family Healthcare
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Dr. Michelle L. Walker has been appointed medical director of Family Healthcare of Hagerstown. Walker has served as interim medical director for the past six months, in addition to providing primary care services for Family Healthcare patients.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner, both from Penn State University, Walker received a doctorate of nursing practice from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.
She follows Dr. Donald R. Richter, who had served as medical director since June 2013. Richter is no longer seeing patients because of medical complications.
Also, Dr. Martha A. Pendleton-Riggle has been appointed as quality assurance director of Family Healthcare.
Riggle has served as a primary care physician at Family Healthcare for more than 13 years. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in biochemistry from the Medical College of Virginia, Riggle received a medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia.
Hagerstown pharmacist receives national honor
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Dr. Mike Swarner, manager of a specialty Walgreen’s pharmacy in Hagerstown, was honored by Pharmacy Times and Parata Systems in the Next-Generation Pharmacist awards.
Swarner received top honors as a speciality pharmacist. He is credentialed through the American Academy of HIV Medicine as an HIV Pharmacist.
The specialty pharmacist award goes “to a pharmacist whose primary focus is to provide specialty services and disease management for patients with complex or rare diseases who are being treated with high-touch, high-cost specialty medications. This pharmacist’s responsibilities include the efficient delivery of drugs that require special handling and storage, patient education, and promoting adherence,” according to Pharmacy Times.
University prof Counselor Educator of the Year
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Linwood Vereen, associate professor of counseling and college student personnel at Shippensburg University, is the recipient of the 2017 North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES) Marijane Fall Counselor Educator of the Year Award.
Consideration for the award is based on the individual’s contribution in one or more counseling specialty areas and leadership in state, regional or nation organizations. The award honors the memory of Marijane Fall, a counselor educator who specialized in school counseling, clinical supervision and play therapy.
Sales rep joins BWise
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Joe Steinberger has joined BWise Manufacturing LLC, a leading manufacturer of utility, tilt, equipment and dump trailers based in Chambersburg.
Before coming to BWise, Steinberger was sales and marketing manager for a competing light- to medium-duty trailer manufacturer. Prior to that he worked in construction sales, selling to homeowners and contractors in the local community. He has more than a decade of experience in sales, marketing and customer relations. He prides himself on seeing that each customer is treated with respect and that their needs are addressed in a timely manner.
Steinberger attended Wilson College, where he studied business management. He, his wife and daughter live in Chambersburg.
Jefferson Medical Center’s pharmacy residency program accredited
RANSON, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center’s pharmacy residency program has been approved for accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The Postgraduate Year One pharmacy residency program at Jefferson Medical Center was granted accreditation for six years through 2023 by the ASHP Commission on Credentialing.
Dr. Jonathan M. Kline, director of Jefferson Medical Center’s pharmacy residency program, said the residency program is balanced between two practice sites, Jefferson Medical Center and Harpers Ferry Family Medicine. It is designed to provide an intensive, focused and independent practice experience for clinical pharmacists interested in working in a hospital or ambulatory care clinic.
Ward joins Family Medicine, Harpers Ferry
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — WVU Medicine University Healthcare Physicians recently announced that Dr. Richard Ward has joined the staff at Family Medicine, Harpers Ferry.
Ward is board certified in family medicine and a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, N.Y. He completed his family medicine residency and health services management fellowship at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Indiana University of South Bend in Indiana.
Prior to joining UHP, Ward worked as an academic hospitalist for the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. He is a member of the medical staff at Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson, and an assistant professor for the WVU School of Medicine.
Expert Network tabs Shively in real estate
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Adam Shively, founder and lead agent of 4 State Real Estate, has joined The Expert Network, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals.
Shively was chosen as a distinguished real estate professional based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognition, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career.
Shively, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Frostburg State University, was recently featured in Top Agent Magazine and maintains a five-star rating on both Zillow and Trulia.
He focuses on the real estate market of West Virginia’s Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties, as well as nearby urban centers in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.