Surprise gift among largest in FSU’s history

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 […]

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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 […]

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WMHS receives gold awards

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 • […]

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Hood cyber partnership wins national award

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 […]

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Western Md. IT center receives Innovation Award

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 […]

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Doors opening for some area manufacturers

Jamison Door, Procter & Gamble, Volvo all have expansion plans in the works By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com John Williams said he sees a lot of doors opening for his company — literally. Williams is chairman and CEO of Jamison Door Co., which is based in Hagerstown, Md. The company recently expanded into a new manufacturing facility across the state line in Franklin County, Pa., to increase its production and grow its product line. “We think we’re really well-positioned in the industry,” he said. “We have a great sales team.” Jamison is not the only regional manufacturer to be making news. The […]

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Bank supports cancer center patients

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 […]

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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 […]

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