Health system receives top ratings

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Western Maryland Health System is five-star rated for coronary bypass surgery, valve surgery, hip-fracture treatment and pneumonia treatment, according to a new study. The report was recently released by Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. WMHS was also recognized for the fifth consecutive year with the Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award for the years 2015-19, which honors the health system for being in the top 10 percent for cardiac surgery among hospitals in the nation. These achievements are part of findings and data featured in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new […]

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Face time for February 2019

Face time around the region: WVU Medicine hires physical medicine, rehab specialist MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center recently announced the opening of the Interventional Spine Care Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., and the addition of Dr. Shoji Ishigami to the medical center staff. The Interventional Spine Care-Procedure Based Management program, a part of WVU Medicine Brain and Spine, focuses on the safe and accurate performance of spine injection procedures to ease acute pain and ensure patient comfort. Some of the conditions treated include degenerated, bulging or herniated discs; stenosis; whiplash; osteoporosis; spinal and pelvic fractures; and facet joint […]

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Menno Haven cuts ribbon for rehab center

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Menno Haven recently announced the near completion of the new Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center at 2055 Scotland Ave. in Chambersburg. A public ribbon cutting took place Dec. 16 with an open house and tours. More than 200 community members attended. Construction of the approximately $21 million project began in September 2017. “I am excited that the building will be completed on time and on budget,” Menno Haven CEO Hugh Davis said in a news release. The public ceremony featured opening remarks by Davis and guest speakers. It also served as the launch of a capital campaign. The […]

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Building a work-ready community

Economic prosperity in the Crossroads region relies on one factor: the strength of the workforce. Any business, to remain competitive and grow, must be able to attract and keep qualified employees. Economic developers, in their quest to attract new business to our area, point to the quality of the local work force as the deciding factor for companies seeking to build new plants. As Hagerstown Community College President Jim Klauber recently pointed out in his address to faculty and staff, “Everyone (i.e. economic development professionals) offers tax incentives and cheap land for site development. That’s a given. The community that […]

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Bottom lines: Our views on recent news

Here are our bottom-line views on a few items of note in the Crossroads Business Journal region: • Congratulations and kudos to Jefferson Security Bank, based in Shepherdstown, W.Va., for reaching its 150th anniversary and for celebrating the milestone by focusing on “random acts of kindness” to help others. • A thumbs up to Casey Kelly, a former youth apprentice and current junior analyst for Washington County-based Beacon Grace, was named the Maryland’s first youth apprenticeship ambassador. • Good luck to William James Renner of Shepherd University and Caroline Thorp of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College as they advance […]

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The Record for February 2019

About this section: Crossroads Business Journal runs public records of interest to the business community in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This includes building permits and deed transfers, as noted. MARYLAND Allegany County Deed transfers of note • Address: 55 Greene St., Cumberland Buyer: ALDL LLC Seller: Michael A. Granet Price: $50,000 Date: Nov. 29, 2018 Structure type: Medical office building   • Address: Md. 36, Westernport Buyer: Georges Creek Railway LLC Seller: Wanda E. Clark Price: $300,000 Date: Nov. 30, 2018 Structure type: Service garage   • Address: 23817 McMullen Highway, McCoole Buyer: Wil Mar Farm Properties LLC Seller: […]

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Washington County man is Md.’s first youth apprenticeship ambassador

Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz recently announced the launch of the Maryland Youth Apprenticeship Ambassador Program. The program raises awareness of and encourages participation in the Apprenticeship Maryland Program, Maryland’s youth apprenticeship effort. Casey Kelly, a former youth apprentice and current junior analyst for Washington County-based Beacon Grace, was named the state’s first youth apprenticeship ambassador. The announcement was made at Frederick County Public Schools’ second annual Youth Apprenticeship Summit, an informational event that introduced FCPS students to apprenticeship employers and provided opportunities for career development. Kelly joined the youth apprenticeship program through Washington County Public Schools in January […]

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Hagerstown Community College, Wilson sign agreement on transfers

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Wilson College and Hagerstown Community College have reached an agreement guaranteeing qualified HCC students admission to Wilson bachelor’s degree programs and allowing them to transfer all credits earned with a grade of C or higher. The dual admission and articulation agreement, officially signed by college officials at a ceremony on Wilson’s campus, offers HCC associate-degree graduates additional advantages, including receiving full junior status at Wilson if they transfer 60 credits, as well as having Wilson’s admission fee waived. Qualified HCC students will also receive coordinated academic advising by both colleges to ensure that they take courses that […]

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Frederick County government solar power project breaks ground

FREDERICK, Md. — Ground was recently broken for Frederick County government’s first solar project. The project will involve the construction of a nearly 2-million-kilowatt-hour photovoltaic solar array on 4.9 acres of vacant land to provide low-cost renewable energy to the Ballenger-McKinney wastewater treatment plant. The project is a step toward meeting the county’s goal of 4 million kilowatt hours generated from renewable energy sources, a goal the county set as part of the Maryland Energy Administration’s Smart Energy Communities program. Frederick County government’s goal is to have 20 percent of its electricity consumed come from renewable energy sources by the […]

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Allstate agents earn grant for American Red Cross

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Seventy-six Allstate exclusive agents, exclusive financial specialists and licensed sales professionals from the greater Washington, D.C., area, including several from the Crossroads Business Journal area, recently came together to volunteer and secure a $45,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant to benefit the American Red Cross National Capital Chapter. The grant will support the American Red Cross’ mission to quickly respond to a disaster by providing relief to emergency responders, as well as financial assistance to those affected by a disaster. The disaster preparedness kit distribution was part of a multi-state Allstate Foundation volunteer effort benefitting the American […]

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