On the Books for September 2019

By Chad Trovinger/Graphic designer

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

HCC, Shepherd sign agreement for graphic design technology

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Pictured at the signing ceremony are, seated from left, HCC President Jim Klauber and Shepherd Provost Scott Beard. Standing, from left, are Chris Coltrin, associate professor and department chair at Shepherd; Carol Rothstein, dean of instruction at HCC; Bradford Hamann, assistant professor at Shepherd; David Warner, vice president of academic affairs and student services at HCC; Rob Tudor, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Shepherd; Kristin Kaineg, associate professor and coordinator of graphic design at Shepherd; Audra Haddock-Martenot, assistant professor at HCC; Nancy Arnone, director of technology and computer studies at HCC; and Virginia Hicks, assistant provost for academic community outreach at Shepherd.

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 able to pursue a quality bachelor’s degree close to home.”

“Shepherd University is grateful for the continued expansion of our relationship with Hagerstown Community College,” Shepherd University Provost Scott Beard said in the release. “The recent articulation pathway in graphic design will allow students to seamlessly progress from their program at HCC to completion of a four-year degree at Shepherd. We look forward to additional collaborative opportunities with students and faculty at both institutions.”

HCC and Shepherd now have 11 different agreements to benefit students who wish to attend both institutions.

The other agreements include degrees in engineering science (with chemical, environmental, electrical, and computer pathways), environmental studies, mathematics, biology (with chemistry and ecological science minors), and human services/social work.

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 to more than 30 independent grocery and specialty stores with over 50 locations in Ontario, as well as a small region of Manitoba.

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. is a family-owned and family -operated consumer goods company.

‘Biggest long-term challenge’

“Everyone agrees our biggest long-term challenge is the expansion of I-81. Hands-down that’s the No. 1 economic development issue for everyone doing business along our section of the I-81 corridor.”

— Stephen Christian, president of the Greater Chambersburg (Pa.) Chamber of Commerce and the Chambersburg Area Development Corp.

Rampf’s new strategic setup

Rampf, an industrial mold-making company, recently announced the layoffs of up to 33 people at its facility in Hagerstown, Md.

At about the same time the German-based company posted a statement to its website saying it was time “to change the strategic set-up” and, with a new management team, focus on “success factors that have made us strong.”

“The markets in North America are of high importance to the Rampf Group,” the statement read.

“In order to better serve our customers, it was decided to change the strategic setup.

“As in the past, our experienced local sales team will take care of all needs and questions related to your mold. In addition, we will build a local Repair Shop and strengthen our Service Team in North America. The production of all new molds has been shifted to our plant in Allmendingen (Germany).”

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 door to balloon/device of less than 90 minutes.”

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 outpatient basis. The procedure typically takes less than an hour and test results are available within 48 to 72 hours.

Company donates money, time to playground

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JLG and JerrDan, the Access Segment companies of Oshkosh Corp., recently donated $25,000 for a new playground at the James Burd Elementary School in Shippensburg, Pa. The donation matched the amount of money raised by the James Burd PTA, making for a total of $50,000. Access team members also volunteered to help build the playground on Aug. 8. The organizers of the build are hopeful to have the playground available to the children by the first day of school. From left are Sarah Thompson, Emily Bryan, Amanda Snider, James Burd Elementary Principal Scott Shapiro, Kevin Wilson, Chad Greenawalt, Joseph “Joe” Pollock, James “Jim” Park, Jonathan Ashley, Angela “Angi” Jackson and Craig Gorzelsky.

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 12th-grade school counselor. Courses can be planned to fulfill requirements for professional counseling licensure. 

The clinical mental health specialization trains students to work in settings such as community mental health programs, hospitals, substance abuse treatment programs, social service agencies and private counseling practices. It provides a path to licensure, required to practice counseling professionally in Maryland and neighboring states.

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 Center provides evaluation, stabilization and diagnostic capabilities for injured patients. The hospital has transfer agreements with other regional trauma centers for patients who require more comprehensive care.

“We are honored to continue to provide trauma care to the people of our community,” Denise Carter, nurse director of emergency and trauma services at Jefferson Medical Center, said in a news release. “Maintaining a Level IV designations requires commitment from our staff and the entire organization. … This designation is the result of the hard work and dedication of numerous members of the emergency department and trauma program. No one expects to need these services, but it is comforting to know expert care is available close to home when you need it most.”

Surprise gift among largest in FSU’s history

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James A. Jeffries in his winter home of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

FROSTBURG, Md. — When James A. Jeffries died on June 6 at age 91, he left one final surprise: a gift to the Frostburg State University Foundation of nearly $1.5 million, one of the largest gifts FSU has ever received.

“The FSU Foundation is honored and sincerely appreciative that Mr. Jeffries entrusted part of his legacy to us,” Kenneth Oldham, Jr., foundation president, said in a news release. “We look forward to putting these funds to great use in support of our beloved FSU, its faculty and its students.”

Jeffries was a private person who divided his time between traveling the world and his Frostburg hometown. Friends say he was a brilliant man, a globetrotter fluent in five languages who grew up and lived blocks from the university.

“For somebody who never finished high school, I’d put his mind up against any college-educated person’s,” said friend, Darlene Frye, with whom Jeffries worked decades before. “He taught himself four languages from old vinyl records.”

He ended his days no less privately or enigmatically than he had lived them. A brief death notice was all that was published. No service was held. He was laid to rest in his family’s burial plot.

And that’s precisely what Jeffries intended, at least according to his closest friends.

Frye, who was employed at FSU from 1981 to 1999, first met Jeffries when they worked for a Cumberland wholesale business that Jeffries’ uncle ran. They remained close friends even after Jeffries took to spending his winters and summers traveling the world. Each time Jeffries returned to town, Frye looked in on her reclusive friend, always marveling at his encyclopedic knowledge of world history and current events.

It was Frye who helped Jeffries handle the details. He named the FSU Foundation the beneficiary of an investment account 10 years ago, ensuring that his wishes to support the university would be carried through, said Jeff Kirk, another friend and Jeffries’ estate administrator.

“Jimmy had good intentions, but she made sure it happened,” Kirk said. “The only thing he said to me was that the university was getting a big chunk. He never told me any more than that, and Jimmy was one of those people — you didn’t ask him questions.”

Jeffries was a regular and generous supporter of WFWM, FSU’s public, NPR-affiliated radio station, but officials from the FSU Foundation had otherwise no contact with Jeffries.

“When we attempted to thank Mr. Jeffries for his gifts to WFWM, we never heard back. So it was therefore a complete surprise when we were informed of his estate gift,” said John Short, vice president for university advancement and executive director of the FSU Foundation.

That’s how he would have wanted it, according to those few close friends who understood how much he prized his privacy.

SpiriTrust rated as a ‘superior performer’

YORK, Pa. — The northern Maryland offices of SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice were recognized recently by Strategic Healthcare Programs as a “superior performer.”

SpiriTrust earned the honor by achieving an overall patient satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20% of all eligible SHP clients for the 2018 calendar year.

The annual SHPBest award program was created to acknowledge home health agencies that consistently provide high quality service to patients. The 2018 award recipients were determined by reviewing and ranking the overall satisfaction score for more than 2,500 home health providers.

This was the fifth consecutive year that SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice has been recognized as a top performer.

SpiriTrust Lutheran provides senior living options in Chambersburg, and elsewhere in south-central Pennsylvania; home health care, hospice care and in-home support; a program designed to enhance the ability of seniors to live safely in their homes; and other life enhancing services.

The SpiriTrust service area includes Franklin, Fulton, and several other counties in Pennsylvania and Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties in Maryland.