Allegany College adds 16-credit certificate on addiction services

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Allegany College of Maryland received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to add a one-year, 16-credit addictions services certificate to its human service associate coursework.

The certificate will help professionals address the region’s expanding opioid crisis, according to a news release from the college.

The six-course certificate, when combined with other requirements of the Maryland State Addictions Licensing Board, will meet the required addictions-specific courses for the Maryland Addictions Counselor Certification.

The certificate is intended for students enrolled in the college’s human service associate degree program or another state-approved addictions preparation degree.

Certificate courses are open to anyone who would like to enhance their resume or career portfolio or to individuals with an interest in addictions. Certificate courses alone will not enable an individual to sit for the associate level Maryland State Addictions Counselor Certification Exam.

Interested students are encouraged to enroll now for the upcoming fall semester.

Demand for substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors is projected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

WMHS receives gold awards

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WMHS has been Awarded Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award, as well as the Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Pictured from left to right are Crissy Martz, Nurse Manager Critical Care; April Kinser, Interventional Radiology Technologist; Dr. Rameen Shafiei, Emergency Services; Marie Buzzerd, Nurse Manager Progressive Care Unit; Dr. Christopher Haas, Cardiologist; Dwayne Kitis, MIEMSS Region I Administrator; Pam Hetrick, RN Cardiac Program Data Analyst; Diane Clark, RN Cath Lab; Chris Conis, RN Cath Lab; James Karstetter, Chief Nursing Officer; Wendy Helms, Nurse Manager Emergency Services and Christine Ruhl, Director Critical Care Services.

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Western Maryland Health System recently received both the Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award, as well as the Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

WMHS earned these awards by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance, according to a news release.

“It truly is a team effort that requires excellence from multiple services, including our first responders, emergency department, nursing staff, hospitalist service, data collectors, administration, and, of course, the entire cardiology department,” Dr. Christopher Haas, chairman of internal medicine and medical director of cardiology, said in the release. “We review and discuss our processes for every emergency heart attack that comes through our door, and we fine tune even the smallest of details in order to ensure our patients receive top-notch care that meets or exceeds national standards. To have the American Heart Association recognize all of our hard work is humbling, truly an honor and very much appreciated.”

Maryland nursing educators receive awards

The Maryland Higher Education Commission recently announced that 57 faculty across Maryland will receive $5,000 each for completing or renewing their Certified Nurse Educator credential during the academic years of 2017-2019.

The Nurse Support Program II developed a new Academic Nurse Educator Certification Award program at the request, and with the guidance, of the Maryland Council of Deans and Directors of Nursing Programs.

The awards represented faculty across Maryland at eleven community colleges and nine colleges/universities.

The following institutions in the Crossroads region nominated faculty and received awards:

• Frederick Community College

• Frostburg State University

• Hood College

• Salisbury University

• Towson University

Hood cyber partnership wins national award

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Hood Provost Debbie Ricker and Casey W. O’Brien, executive director and principal investigator of the National CyberWatch Center

FREDERICK, Md. — Hood College’s cyber pipeline has won the 2019 National CyberWatch Center’s “Innovations in Cyber Security Education” award in the program development category.

In an effort to support the growing need for trained professionals in the cybersecurity field, Hood has worked to establish a formal cyber pipeline that offers students degrees at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels.

Students who graduate from Frederick Community College with an associate degree in cybersecurity can transfer credits toward a cybersecurity bachelor’s degree at Mount St. Mary’s University. Students in the Mount’s program are eligible to take courses at Hood that will count toward their bachelor’s degrees and have the opportunity to waive foundational courses upon entry into Hood’s master’s program.

The “Innovations in Cyber Security Education” awards program showcases a range of creative and pioneering ideas across four categories: evidence-based strategies, instruction, practice, and program development.

“One goal of this program is to accelerate the adoption and adaptation of new ideas throughout the academic and workforce development communities, while at the same time, recognizing individuals and organizations for their work,” said Casey W. O’Brien, executive director at the National CyberWatch Center. “This cyber pipeline initiated by Hood achieves this goal by providing a single, unified degree pathway toward a career in cybersecurity.”

This three-school partnership saves students tuition money and time, offers seamless sharing of computer lab facilities and software, provides unique cross-mentorship and collaboration opportunities with faculty from multiple institutions, and allows for students to meet privately with experts in the cybersecurity field who speak at Hood’s Cotton Cyber Series.

“This award is a reflection of Hood’s commitment to strategic regional partnerships developed in support of a critical need in the state of Maryland,” said Hood Provost Debbie Ricker, who accepted the award at a summit in Louisiana on July 30. “The cyber pipeline we have built, connecting students at all three institutions, is a one-of-a-kind model. It is innovative in its design and responsive to student demand for an educational option that is both time- and cost-effective.

“Behind this award is an amazingly talented team of Hood College faculty and staff who have brought this partnership to life. It is a true testament to their commitment to the students we serve.”

Western Md. IT center receives Innovation Award

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From left are CCA Chairman Craig Clark; CCA Board Member and ACM President Dr. Cynthia Bambara; Western Maryland IT Center of Excellence Director Autumn Becker; CCA Executive Director Dr. Anne McNutt; and Pearson VP of Strategic Partnerships for East Region Jon Poole.

CUMBERLAND, Md. — The Western Maryland IT Center of Excellence was recognized with the 2019 Innovation Award at the 27th annual conference of the Community Colleges of Appalachia in Asheville, N.C.

Autumn Becker, the IT Center’s director, accepted the award on behalf of the IT Center’s team of 23 IT industry and infrastructure partners. Cynthia Bambara, Allegany College of Maryland president and CCA board member, was also in attendance.

The innovation award recognizes programs or activities in Community Colleges of Appalachia member schools that have been designed and successfully implemented to improve culture, efficiency, effectiveness or infrastructure.

Since 2014, the IT Center has trained over 300 incumbent (or currently employed) workers in a variety of industry-recognized training programs. It supports entry-level opportunities for jobseekers by funding and coordinating internships and workplace essential skills training.

Bank supports cancer center patients

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From left are Ben Kosewski, executive director of the Schwab Family Cancer Center; Sally Horn, relationship advisor with First United Bank & Trust; Karen Johnson, chief development officer for the Western Maryland Health System Foundation; and Lisa Hout, senior development officer for the foundation.

CUMBERLAND, Md. — First United Bank & Trust recently supported several fundraising events, all benefiting the Western Maryland Health System Schwab Family Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund.

Sally Horn, relationship adviser at First United, served as fundraising coordinator. Horn, a cancer survivor, was driven by her personal desire to give back and pay forward in gratitude to those who provided quality, compassionate care to her during her own illness, according to a news release.

A total of $2,469 was raised through a bank-wide casual day and a “Love Your Community” event at First United’s Harrison Street branch, featuring hot dogs and beverages for the public. Additionally, a horseshoe tournament was held at Shooters Bar & Grill, which included basket raffles, an auction and a 50/50 drawing.

The fund directly assists area cancer patients who experience financial challenges in paying for their basic needs while fighting a life-threatening illness. Financial support from First United and several other area individuals and businesses was important to the event’s success.

The bank has a network of offices in Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland, as well as Mineral, Berkeley, Harrison and Monongalia counties in West Virginia.

Forbes ranks Bulldog among top Maryland credit unions

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Forbes Magazine ranked Bulldog Federal Credit Union as one of the top credit unions in Maryland.

Bulldog ranks No. 2 in the state, despite being the youngest and the smallest institution on the recently released 2019 list, with half the staff of the next largest credit union in Maryland’s top five.

In a news release, Bulldog President David Barrett said he was honored, but not surprised, by the ranking, which was generated from member surveys.

“We are lean, efficient and focused on delivering the most value that we can for our members’ investment in us. They trust us with their money, and we do our very best to make the most of it for them.”

Forbes Magazine partnered with market research firm Statista to survey more than 25,000 U.S. customers for their opinions on their current and former banking relationships. Financial institutions were scored on overall recommendations and satisfaction as well as on trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services, and financial advice. 

Businesses get federal grants exceeding $6.6M

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy has presented grants totaling more than $6.6 million to six Maryland small businesses, including one in the Crossroads area, for research on innovative technologies.

The work will include research on nuclear energy, renewable energy and advanced manufacturing.

The businesses received the grants through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Those programs award competitive contracts to small businesses to develop innovative technologies that keep the American economy competitive and address national security and public health needs.

The companies and grants are:

• WSC of Frederick, $1 million;

• Accustrata Inc. of Rockville, $1 million;

• Machfu Inc. of Rockville, $993,937;

• Inventwood LLC of College Park, $1 million;

• Technology Assessment & Transfer Inc. of Annapolis, $1,499,734;

• X-wave Innovations Inc. of Gaithersburg, $1,148,500.

Maryland ranks as the No. 1 state in the nation in research and development spending because to the presence of federal and academic research institutions, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, the news release stated.

F&M Trust donates to Quincy Village

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F&M Trust recently donated $2,500 to Quincy Village, a retirement community in Waynesboro. Pictured, from left, is Sarah Stansfield, community office manager for F&M Trust’s Mont Alto office; Bruce Groft, director of dining services of Quincy Village; Jodi Murphy, executive director of Quincy Village; Renee Preso, vice president and regional market manager at F&M Trust.

WVU Medicine East foundation donates AED to free clinic

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The WVU Medicine East Foundation recently purchased an automated external defibrillator for the Good Samaritan Free Health Clinic in Martinsburg.

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WVU Medicine East Vice President of Marketing & Development Teresa McCabe, center, presents an AED to Good Samaritan Free Health Clinic Director Cosby Potter-Davis, left, and Clinic Board Chair Mary Runkles, right.

Clinic officials had been trying for some time to acquire funding for an AED. Then someone suggested reaching out to the hospital foundation. The request was presented to the foundation board of directors in May and approved unanimously, according to a news release.

An AED is a portable, battery-operated device used for cardiac arrest that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. Recent studies found that people are more likely to survive a cardiac arrest if a defibrillator is used while waiting for emergency medical services to arrive, the release states.

The Good Samaritan Free Health Clinic is a Christian faith-based medical clinic that has been providing free medical care, medications and spiritual care to the uninsured or underinsured since 2005. The clinic is funded through donations and grants.