On the Books for September 2019

Several large commercial real estate transactions have been closed in the Crossroads Business Journal area in recent weeks. The map shows some of the details about those deals. The information was taken from records maintained by the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation as well as deed records held by county clerk’s offices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The available details about property transactions vary from state to state. ­— Compiled by Mike Lewis […]

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‘I’m wearing several hats here’

Stephen Christian, president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and the Chambersburg Area Development Corp. By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Stephen Christian’s fingerprints are all over a host of economic development moves throughout the Crossroads Business Journal region. He’s worked on projects large and small in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. One of the feathers in his economic development cap is helping recruit the $500 million Procter & Gamble plant to Berkeley County, W.Va. That facility is up and running and employing hundreds from throughout the region. For the past couple of years, Christian has been “wearing several […]

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HCC, Shepherd sign agreement for graphic design technology

Hagerstown Community College and Shepherd University signed a new two-plus-two articulation agreement. The pact applies to students who earn an associate degree in graphic design technology from HCC and want to transfer to Shepherd University to complete a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. “We are excited to add yet another articulation agreement for our students who want to transfer to Shepherd University,” HCC President Jim Klauber said in a news release. “We know from experience that our students leave HCC well prepared to continue their studies at Shepherd University, and now those with an interest in graphic design will be […]

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Notes and quotes

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis: Martin’s hits Canadian shelves CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread, based in Chambersburg, has expanded its retail footprint into Canada. Martin’s started servicing international food service customers in 2011. But Martin’s retail distribution remained focused mainly on the domestic market, specifically on the East Coast of the United States and Chicago. But that changed recently when Canada became the first international market where significant retail sales distribution has been established, according to a news release from the company. Martin’s retail sales have expanded […]

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WMRMC receives cardiac intervention center designation

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Western Maryland Regional Medical Center received the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems full designation as a Cardiac Intervention Center for a period of the next five years. WMRMC first received this designation in 2011. “We are a very innovative program and are very proud of the success shared with our EMS for our Field Activation STEMIs (ST elevation myocardial infarction),” said Tim Abrell, director of perioperative services and interventional labs. “Our EMS have a field activation success rate of 94 percent, which is very crucial in a rural setting as we strive to achieve a […]

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WVU Berkeley offers less painful method for diagnosing lung cancer, other diseases

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center can now perform Endobronchial Ultrasound, a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose lung cancer, infections and other diseases that cause enlarged lymph nodes in the chest. Until recently, the standard for lung-cancer screening included mediastinoscopy, a surgical procedure where a biopsy is performed through an incision in the neck. The new ultrasound procedure, on the other hand, allows a pulmonologist to perform a technique called “transbronchial needle aspiration,” which provides real-time imaging of the airways, lung tissue, vessels and lymph nodes. Because no incisions are necessary, it can be performed on an […]

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U.S. News & World Report rates region’s hospitals

Several area hospitals were recognized in the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their fifth year, are designed to help patients and their doctors make informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. Some hospitals in the Crossroads Business Journal region received “high performing” ratings for their handling of some specific procedures and medical conditions. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care […]

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Hood College’s counseling program receives accreditation

FREDERICK, Md. — Hood College’s master’s in counseling program has received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. “Receiving accreditation only four years after the program’s inception is a testimony to the quality of the program and the commitment of our excellent faculty,” Hood President Andrea E. Chapdelaine said in a news release. “I am so very proud that we are able to offer this educational opportunity, given the need for highly qualified counselors in today’s society.” Hood’s program has two specializations. The school counseling specialization offers a path to certification as a pre-K through […]

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Jefferson Medical Center receives Level IV trauma center designation

RANSON, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center has been granted recertification of permanent designation as a Level IV trauma center by the Office of Emergency Medical Services of the Department of Health and Human Resources. To be a designated trauma center, a facility must have resources immediately available to provide efficient surgical and medical intervention. The Office of Emergency Medical Services assigns trauma center designations ranging from Level I to Level IV based on the results of an application process and site visit. Currently, 34 facilities in West Virginia are designated. As a Level IV Trauma Center, Jefferson Medical […]

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