Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:
Health Care Hero
The Daily Record recently selected Western Maryland Health System to receive a 2019 Health Care Hero Award.
The award honors organizations and individuals who have made an impact on the quality of health care within the state. The winners were selected by The Daily Record along with business and health care leaders.
WMHS’s Population Health program was honored with the Community Outreach and Education Hero award, which honors individuals and organizations that have helped the community they serve by providing support and education. Jo Wilson, vice president of Population Health at WMHS, accepted the award in Baltimore.
“It is very important for us to receive support from the state of Maryland and Washington County. We value the long-term relationship we have with our local and state legislators as they are key partners to build a sustainable business.”
— Pierre Jenny, Volvo Group vice president of powertrain production at the facility near Hagerstown, Md., as the company announced a $43 million investment that could lead to 85 new jobs. To assist with the expansion, Maryland Commerce has approved a $1.4 million conditional loan through Advantage Maryland and Washington County has approved approximately $140,000 for the project.
More than $1 billion
In July, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that the Unclaimed Property section of the agency has surpassed a milestone, processing more than $1 billion in claims since the program began in 1966.
“It’s a testament to the hardworking men and women of our agency that so many Marylanders have reclaimed their money and property,” Franchot said in a news release. “From dormant bank accounts and forgotten security deposits to abandoned insurance claims and property left in safe deposit boxes, we have doggedly worked to identify the rightful owners and return what is theirs.”
In its first year, the Unclaimed Property section paid out 12 claims with a value of $711.48. More than 50 years later, the program disburses more than $60 million annually.