2 from Crossroads area named to Appalachian Leadership Institute


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two people from the Crossroads Business Journal region are among 40 fellows named to the inaugural class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute.

The Appalachian Regional Commission announced the roster in a news release. The class draws on each one of Appalachia’s 13 states and includes public policy, community development, education, investment, and other professionals who live and/or work in the Region.


Fellows from the Crossroads Business Journal region include Andrew Sargent, senior business development representative for the Western Region, Maryland Department of Commerce; and Jennifer Walsh, executive director of The Greater Columbia Committee in Frostburg, Md.

The Appalachian Leadership Institute is an extensive nine-month program focusing on skill-building seminars, best practice reviews, field visits, mentoring and networking. The curriculum will be anchored by six multi-day seminars around the region, followed by a capstone graduation in Washington, D.C. The first session was scheduled for Oct. 21-24 in Morehead, Ky.

“I am honored to represent Maryland and look forward to sharing ideas and best practices as we work to enhance the economic potential of the Appalachian region,” Sargent said in a news release. “Being a part of this Institute will also be important for the counties I work with every day — Washington, Allegany, and Garrett — as we discuss new ways to attract businesses to the area and support our existing ones.”

In a separate statement, Walsh said she was “delighted and honored to be selected.”

“As the leader of a regional economic development organization representing five counties and three states, all within the Appalachian Region, I look forward to the opportunity to create new relationships, learn best practices, and expand and strengthen my ability to lead TGCC and the region toward greater vitality and prosperity,” she said.

Float for a Cure benefits cancer treatment at WMHS

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Ben Kosewski, executive director of the Schwab Family Cancer Center, left, and Karen Johnson, chief development officer for the WMHS Foundation, receive a check from Johnny Bauer and Steve Brill, representing the Stray Cat Alumni’s 2019 Float for a Cure.

Back for a second year, cancer survivors from Keyser raised more than $2,700 this year to aid patients undergoing cancer treatment at Western Maryland Health System.

Corporate and individual sponsors in and around Mineral County, W.Va., supported cancer survivors Johnny Bauer and Steve Brill in 2019, who nearly doubled their contributions over last year.

The six-mile river trip and fundraiser was created in 2018 to honor the late Artie Hartman, founder of the Stray Cat Café, which closed after 30 years when Hartman lost his battle with colorectal cancer in 2016.

Patrons and friends joined the paddlers for a picnic celebration at Riverdale Acres following the float this year in July, complete with food and live entertainment.

Proceeds benefit the WMHS Schwab Family Cancer Center patient assistance fund. The fund benefits area cancer patients experiencing financial challenges for basic needs while fighting a life-threatening illness.

Maryland receives grant to advance forest industry

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The nonprofit Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to advance Maryland’s forest products sector.

The council will use the grant to develop a plan to strengthen Maryland’s forest industry through the next two decades, which will lead to job creation and business growth in designated Opportunity Zones throughout the state.

The federal money will be matched by $150,000 in funds and in-kind contributions by the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Commerce, and Agriculture; the Maryland Agriculture and Resource Based Industries Development Corp.; Association of Forest Industries; Maryland Forests Association; Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission; and the Allegany Soil Conservation District.

Hub Labels goes landfill-free

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Hub Labels has a dedicated team to strategize on how to implement sustainable business practices. In the front row, from left, are Tracey Miller, Fran Nicklas and Janice Baudassi. In the back row, from left, are Jesse Hood, Cory Martin, John Potterfield and Garrett Higgins.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hub Labels Inc., a custom label manufacturer, recently announced that it is 100% landfill free.

Through a partnership with Entsorga of Martinsburg W.Va., Hub Labels converts all of its waste into clean-burning alternative fuel called “solid recovered fuel,” or SRF.

“Being landfill free has been a long, difficult road,” Nink Myers, purchasing manager at Hub Labels, said in a news release. “It was a project that began in 2009 when we introduced linerless labels to the United States market. We love that this revolutionary label has zero liner waste compared to a traditional label. We started to find out more about how we could make Hub Labels an environmentally sustainable business.”

With the partnership between Hub Labels and Entsorga, Hub was able to install a monitoring system to trigger a notification when compactors are 75% full so the waste can be hauled away on a full truckload. Each haul weighs between 8.5 and 10 tons.

The waste is taken from the Hub facility to Entsorga, where it is turned into alternative fuels.

The material created is used as a replacement to fossil fuels and powers large co-processing facilities such as cement plants and steel mills.

Partnering with Entsorga to convert waste into fuel is only the latest accomplishment in going green at Hub Labels. In 2010, Hub started an 18-month journey to become TLMI Project L.I.F.E. certified by reviewing and implementing more sustainable business practices. Since then, Hub Labels has been recognized in the community with numerous environmental leadership awards. In 2015, Hub Labels purchased a Chevrolet Volt to use as the company vehicle and installed a charging station at their headquarters in Hagerstown. Earlier in 2019, Hub Labels invested in a corrugated shredder to repurpose cardboard into packing materials and reduce the need for bubble wrap with their shipments.

“Doing the right thing isn’t always the cheapest and easiest way to run a business,” Thomas Dahbura, president of Hub Labels, said in the release. “We didn’t force ourselves to completely transition to be landfill free overnight. It’s been a long-haul, but we never lost sight of our goal to become landfill free. When we learned Entsorga was opening their doors in West Virginia, we began talks with them to see if they could use our waste and turn it into renewable energy at their facility. 

“We finally found a great fit to help us reach our goal and become landfill free.”

Shippensburg, Reading sign agreement

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Shippensburg University President Laurie A. Carter, left, and Reading Area Community College President Susan Looney sign an agreement that ensures the seamless transfer of coursework for RACC students seeking to complete bachelor’s degrees at Shippensburg.

READING, Pa. — Shippensburg University and Reading Area Community College have reached a comprehensive articulation agreement to ensure the seamless transfer of coursework for RACC students seeking to complete bachelor’s degrees at Shippensburg.

The agreement also frames new opportunities to serve the workforce needs of Pennsylvania. With an increase in manufacturing, logistics and professional and business services jobs, students transferring from RACC will have access to the Shippensburg School of Engineering and a premier supply chain management program.

Notes and quotes for November 2019

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:

Holiday spending up

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation expects holiday retail sales during November and December to increase between 3.8% and 4.2% over 2018 to a total of between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion.

The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. They compare with an average holiday sales increase of 3.7 percent over the previous five years.

“The U.S. economy is continuing to grow, and consumer spending is still the primary engine behind that growth,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said in a news release. “Nonetheless, there has clearly been a slowdown brought on by considerable uncertainty around issues including trade, interest rates, global risk factors and political rhetoric. Consumers are in good financial shape and retailers expect a strong holiday season. However, confidence could be eroded by continued deterioration of these and other variables.”

HCC is No. 1

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hagerstown Community College has the No. 1 licensed practical nurse program in Maryland, according to practicalnursing.org.

At HCC, LPN students are trained to work in a variety of settings, such as home health agencies, doctor’s offices, hospitals and long-term care facilities. The curriculum includes a balance of general nursing studies and nursing skills with clinical and laboratory practices. After completing the 16-month program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses.

Enrollment up at Wilson

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Wilson College continues to buck the higher education trend of declining enrollments.

A total of 1,620 students are enrolled for the fall semester, an 8% increase over fall 2018 and another record for the 150-year-old college.

The greatest growth came in the college’s teacher certification programs, where enrollment is up 39% over last year. Officials attribute the increase to Wilson’s expansion of all certification programs to include an online format, as well as a traditional classroom format, and to a shortage of qualified teachers in Pennsylvania.

Enrollment in Wilson’s 10 graduate programs also increased by double digits, with 546 students enrolled this year compared to 455 last fall, a 20% increase.

Mount St. Mary’s partners with FDA

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Mount St. Mary’s University is the first four-year university to enter into a partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Information Management and Technology, based in Silver Spring, Md.

Under the formal memorandum of understanding, the FDA will offer Mount students internship opportunities, jobs and informational sessions in cybersecurity and information technology. The partnership also allows the FDA to expand its cybersecurity and technological prowess with the assistance of the Mount’s students.

F&M Trust supports Leadership Franklin County

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A photo from the recent Leadership Franklin County weekend retreat. Front row from left: Erica Ragno, Chambersburg YMCA; Gio Carannante, F&M Trust; Brittni Pereschuk, Orrstown Bank; Lynn St. Clair, Occupational Services Inc.; Taylor Rote, SEK CPAs & Advisors; Heather Kline, Cumberland Valley School of Music; and Glenda Cosby, Shippensburg University. Middle tow: Joseph Leonard, Keystone Health; Mark Keck, Folium (faculty); Teresa Beckner, Franklin County government (steering committee); Lisa Eyer, Fiserv; Darby Fritsche, Patriot Federal Credit Union (mentor); Heather McEndree, Cumberland Valley School of Music (mentor); Angie Quigley, SEK CPAs & Advisors (mentor); Kristin Beegle, F&M Trust; Andi Finch, The Foundry Artist Cooperative; and Fallon Finnegan, F&M Trust. Back row: Randy Wilson, REEL PD (faculty); Bill Coy, Orrstown Bank (mentor); Greg Figueroa, Patriot Federal Credit Union; Will Barnum, F&M Trust; Donna Scherer, Penn State University Extension; Tracy Casey, Menno Haven CCRC; Liz Denlea, Fiserv; and Lisa Hogue, F&M Trust.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation recently announced that F&M Trust has committed $5,000 for the 2019-2020 Leadership Franklin County Community Program.

The sponsorship will be used for transportation costs, classroom supplies and other expenses. This also enables the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation to offer the course at a rate of $1,300 per student.

The 2019-2020 class of 18 students kicked off the program recently with a weekend retreat at Folium Inc.

“The LFC Community is thrilled to have F&M Trust as our program sponsor,” Virginia Harriger, executive director of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, said in a news release. “F&M Trust has been a wonderful part of our community for decades and, like LFC Community, is dedicated to making Franklin County a better place to live and work. We appreciate their support and look forward to this partnership with them as our sponsor.”

The LFC Community program is a nine-month leadership training course designed to arm professionals with the leadership skills and community knowledge they need to give back to the community. Leadership Franklin County is an initiative of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation and has graduated more than 600 students since its founding in 1985.

“F&M Trust is proud to sponsor Leadership Franklin County (LFC), a program that inspires many to greater personal and professional achievements. We believe strongly in the mission of LFC and how it is shaping our future business leaders. In fact, we regularly enroll our employees in the program and have five individuals participating in the 2019-2020 class,” Timothy G. Henry, president and CEO of F&M Trust, said in the release. “This partnership embodies our commitment to building lasting relationships and giving back to the communities we serve.”

ABC honors Cochran & Mann

FREDERICK, Md.​ — ​Cochran & Mann​, a commercial painting and wallcovering subcontractor based in Frederick, Md., has been voted the Painting & Wallcoverings Subcontractor of the Year by its peers.

Cochran & Mann was recognized for this accomplishment at the Metro Washington and Virginia chapters Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Excellence in Construction Awards​ ceremony, which took place at ​The Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner​.

Each year, ABC contractors are asked to cast a vote for the subcontractor they find most outstanding and deserving of recognition. Cochran & Mann was honored this year, along with other ABC Contractors across 14 other categories.

The winners from each category were presented with their award at a ceremony that included an elegant dinner, open bar, and great networking with more than 600 individuals within the industry in attendance.

The construction projects over the past year that Cochran & Mann participated in and were recognized by the Excellence in Construction Awards include:

• Residential Multi — Mid-Rise Construction (five stories or below): ​Signet, McLean, Va.

• Interiors (more than 100 square feet): ​Nestle USA headquarters, Arlington, VA

• Institutional (more than $30 million): ​International Spy Museum​, Washington, D.C.

• Medical (more than $20 million): ​Inova Schar Cancer Institute, Fairfax, Va.

• Mega Project: ​655 New York Avenue, Washington, D.C.

Honorable Mention​:

• Education: ​Lewinsville Intergenerational Center, McLean, Va.

• Retail/Interiors only: ​Punch Bowl Social, Arlington, Va.

• Interiors (more than 100 square feet): ​Akin, Gump, Strauss, and Feld, Washington, D.C.

• Interiors (more than 100 square feet): ​Hogan Lovells​, Washington, D.C.

Interiors (more than 100 square feet): ​Bell Helicopter Advanced Vertical Lift Center, Arlington, Va.

Restaurant Interior Build-Out: ​Punch Bowl Social, Arlington, Va.

WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center unveils new operating rooms

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WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., is expanding its surgical capacity with the addition of five new operating rooms.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg is expanding its surgical capacity by adding five new operating rooms.

The new rooms range from 600 to 921 square feet, making them much larger than traditional 380-to-450-square-foot operating rooms, according to Anthony P. Zelenka, president and CEO. The larger rooms will be able to accommodate the latest technology.

“Two of our new ORs will support the latest minimally invasive robotic technology, called the ‘da Vinci Intuitive Xi.’” Zelenka said in a news release. “The precision of this advanced Xi system enhances the technical skills of the surgeons, allowing the patient to heal faster with fewer complications. This results in a quicker return to a normal family and work life schedule.”

Zelenka expects to have the da Vinci robot in house and operational by early 2020.

Some of the minimally invasive robotically assisted procedures that will be offered at Berkeley Medical Center with the da Vinci include kidney and bladder surgery, gynecological surgery including no-stich total hysterectomy, hernia repair and other laparoscopic surgical procedures.

The third new operating room will be dedicated to orthopedic surgical procedures including anterior total hip replacement. Since June 2014, Berkeley Medical Center’s orthopedic total hip and total knee program has achieved the highest recognition in health care, including The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and WV Highmark Blue Distinction Center designation.

The fourth operating room is a state-of-the-art integrated vascular thoracic Stryker iSuite, which will provide Berkeley Medical Center’s thoracic surgeon and future vascular surgeon with the latest technology for general minimally invasive surgical procedures. The iSuite is an OR integration of equipment and computerization that brings multifaceted efficiencies and economic benefits to the patient and the hospital.

The fifth new OR is the neurosurgery iSuite that houses the latest neurosurgical technology including the Mazor X robot. Berkeley Medical Center was the first hospital in West Virginia to acquire the Mazor X to perform robotic spine surgery. With the addition of the Medtronic SteathStation Navigator, the neurosurgeons at Berkeley Medical Center have the latest technology for performing spinal and craniotomy minimally invasive surgery.

“These new operating rooms represent one of many investments that WVU Medicine has made in an effort to accommodate the growing needs of our patients and providers here in the Eastern Panhandle,” Zelenka said in the release. “These new ORs, coupled with the expertise of our entire surgical team, will allow us to provide the most advanced and highest-quality surgical procedures in our region.”

Western Maryland Health System earns ‘Most Wired’ recognition

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Western Maryland Health System has earned 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired award as a certified level seven from The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

The Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

A total of 16,168 organizations were represented in the 2019 Most Wired program, which this year included three separate surveys: domestic, ambulatory and international.

The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

Each participating organization received a customized benchmarking report, an overall score and scores for individual levels in eight segments: infrastructure; security; business/disaster recovery; administrative/supply chain; analytics/data management; interoperability/population health; patient engagement; and clinical quality/safety.