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.

Sheetz invests $16.8M in store employee wages

ALTOONA, Pa. — Sheetz recently announced an investment of $16.8 million in wages.

The move means an increase for nearly all Sheetz employees. Some already saw higher wages within the past year as a part of this move.

This investment comes on the heels of a $15 million investment in employee wages in 2016. That investment coincided with an effort to shift more store employees from part-time to full-time work.

Sheetz operates 596 convenience stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia and North Carolina, has more than 20,000 employees and nearly 3,000 active open positions.

Gateway Home Care achieves accreditation

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Gateway Home Care, an affiliate of WVU Medicine, has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.

Achieving accreditation shows that a healthcare organization complies with national standards, according to a WVU Medicine news release.

Accreditation is determined based on data submitted by the organization and results of an on-site survey.

Gateway Home Care, which has been ACHC accredited since 2016, provides durable medical equipment products and services to residents of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties. Services include respiratory therapy, home care equipment sales and rentals, home medical supplies, pediatric home care services and rehab and orthopedic products.

“Our commitment to our patients and customers is for Gateway Home Care to be the local choice for products and services that help patients live as independently and actively as possible,” Judy Hockman, Gateway’s director, said in a news release. “I am very proud of our entire team for working together to once again achieve ACHC accreditation.”

Meritus employees donate

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Thirty-three Washington County Public Schools’ students received school bags stuffed with supplies that had been donated by employees of Meritus Medical Center’s human resources department. The Yellow School Bus program bags were stuffed with pencils, crayons, glue sticks, pocket folders, notebooks and more. Pictured with some of the completed supply bags ready for pickup are, from left, Christina Mitchell, Kevin Conn and Becky Crum.

Shepherd U. students win innovation awards

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Shepherd University students Madison White, left, and Johnnie Meredith brought home awards from the European Innovation Academy in Turin, Italy.

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Two Shepherd University students came away winners from the European Innovation Academy in Turin, Italy.

The academy is a three-week extreme entrepreneurship accelerator with 400 participants from 75 countries.

Madison White, an engineering sciences major from Hamilton, Va., and Johnnie Meredith, a computer information and sciences major from Charles Town, W.Va., eah joined different teams to help develop startup businesses.

“We made a fun dating app, SWIVL, that used things like personality quizzes, creative games, unique imaging, and auto messages,” White said in a news release.

White’s team won the Nixon Peabody IP Spark Award, a $15,000 group prize to patent or trademark the app or any other idea.

“I think this experience is going to benefit me because it really opened my eyes to different career paths,” White said. “My original goal was to get a master’s degree in biomedical engineering, but this experience made me aware of other careers in technology.”

Meredith’s group created InnoPhysio, an app for doctors to more securely and legally share patient data. His team was among the top 10 that gave final pitches to investors and won three hours of future mentoring from one of the keynote speakers, Dirk Lehmann.

“My group was from five different countries, Lebanon, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, and the U.S. Just meeting people from around the world and seeing how different they are, but yet the same, was great,” Meredith said.

Meredith said participating in the academy will benefit him in his career.

“It definitely helped me with the process of conceiving an idea and seeing it all the way to fruition, taking every step, making sure you have that done before you move on to the next,” Meredith said.

Berkeley Medical Center earns chest pain recertification

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center has again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its chest pain program.

The certification award recognizes the center’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care and the hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s standards.

Berkeley Medical Center underwent an on-site review in June to achieve recertification, having earned initial certification in 2015. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Berkeley Medical Center for compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with chest pain-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.

“Berkeley Medical Center is pleased to once again receive Chest Pain Certification from The Joint Commission, the nation’s premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body,” Anthony P. Zelenka, president and CEO, said in a news release.

Zelenka attributes the success of the cardiovascular program to the physicians, nurses and staff.

“This certification provides us with the framework to maintain a culture of excellence and continually improve the care we provide for our community,” he said.

Menno Haven building receives WELL certification

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The lobby area of the new Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center in Chambersburg, Pa. The building has been certified to the gold level by the International WELL Building Institute.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center in Chambersburg has been WELL certified to the gold level by the International WELL Building Institute.

This certification is awarded to projects that are built with the framework in mind to help improve health and well-being for everyone who visits, works in or experiences the building.

The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the building that impact human health and wellbeing through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

A few examples of elements included in the building to achieve this certification are UV lamps throughout the HVAC system, whole-building water filters, elimination of pesticides and herbicides, abundant natural light and a lighting system designed to match the human body’s circadian rhythms.

“I am proud to reveal that our project is the first skilled nursing project worldwide to receive this certification,” Menno Haven CEO Hugh Davis said in a news release.

The center, which was completed in 2018, has been built with health in mind.

Davis described the center as being unlike any in the region.

“This building has allowed us to better serve individuals who need short-term care,” he said. “Whether that be someone recovering from a surgery, an illness, or an accident, they will recover here and then return home.”

Menno Haven partnered with RDG Planning and Design on the project.

Deanna Beins, the center’s administrator, said, “We put a lot of thought into the design to provide the best recovery atmosphere possible. It has been great to see how our guests have benefited from our planning efforts.”

The center is part of Menno Haven’s five-year strategic plan known as Project GENESIS which will include replacing the original 1964 nursing home, a Resident Life Center, Memory Care Houses and new independent living cottages.

Notes and quotes

By Mike Lewis
Construction continues on the sprawling Trammell Crow building north of Hagerstown, Md. The Dallas-based company has said it plans to invest more than $75 million to build the almost 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center.

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


the ball’

“Frankly, we have dropped the ball on serving rural America (with high-speed internet).”

— U.S. Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, opening a rural broadband roundtable in Hagerstown, Md.

Cybersecurity stats

Cyber Defense Magazine rounded up some statistics to help people get a handle on cybersecurity threats. A few highlights from a long list:

• 43% of all cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses

• 91% of attacks launch with a phishing email

• 30% of U.S. users open phishing emails

• 85% of all attachments emailed daily are harmful for their intended recipients

• 38% of malicious attachments are masked as one Microsoft Office type of file or another

• 48% of Americans’ credit cards were exploited by cyber criminals back in 2016

• 61% of data breach victims were companies with fewer than 1,000 employees in 2017

• 31% of organizations have experienced cyber attacks on operational infrastructure

In most cases, it takes companies about six months to detect a data breach, the magazine reported.

There were 8,854 recorded breaches between Jan. 1, 2005, and April 18, 2018, accounting for millions of records. The price per record ranged anywhere from $120-$600. If you average those out at $360 per record, then the total price of these breaches is in the billions.

— Source:

‘New partnerships’

“Our next steps involve strengthening our current relationships with partners like our architects and designers, as well as developing new partnerships within the industry that will facilitate our growth and ability to serve our clients even better than before.”

— Chris Rapp, president of Triple Crown Construction of Frederick, Md., after the company was named to the Inc. 5000 list.