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 […]

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Face Time around the region – October 2019

Shenandoah hires ‘Santa Girl’ director Blayne Weaver WINCHESTER, Va. — Director Blayne Weaver, who directed “Santa Girl” at Shenandoah University, brings Hollywood know-how to the university as the school’s first director in residence. A resident of California, Weaver wrote, directed and starred in the award-winning thriller “Cut to the Chase” (with Lance Henriksen) and the romantic comedy “6 Month Rule” (alongside Martin Starr, Natalie Morales and John Michael Higgins). Previous films he’s written and directed include “Weather Girl” (with Mark Harmon, Jon Cryer and Jane Lynch) and “Outside Sales.” He also co-wrote and acted in “Manic” (with Don Cheadle, Joseph […]

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Cybersecurity courses changing with times

Businesses in the Crossroads area looking to find cybersecurity expertise have several options By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Cybersecurity threats keep evolving, and cybersecurity training keeps changing, too. “I tell students it’s a really good job, because it’s different each day,” said Brad Rinard, chairman of the department of computer science and information technology at Frostburg State University in Maryland. Businesses looking to find or develop cybersecurity expertise have several options. Some cybersecurity companies offer training programs as part of their services. And colleges and universities throughout the Crossroads Business Journal region offer various cybersecurity courses and programs. Those range from Blue […]

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Notes and quotes

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis: ‘Dropped 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 […]

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Maryland honors Frederick entrepreneur

FREDERICK, MD — The Maryland and Frederick County departments of social services recently honored a Frederick, Md., entrepreneur for her business achievements nine months after completing the Public Assistance to Entrepreneurship Program. The program provides public assistance customers with resources and training to pursue their dreams of owning a small business. Alice Mbuyi, the owner of Passion Events Design, participated in the program in Frederick County last October after struggling to establish a clientele and sustain her event planning business since 2012. “I felt discouraged because of my lack of resources to run the business, but I always wanted to […]

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Menno Haven building receives WELL certification

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 […]

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‘Personnel is the biggest challenge’

Laura M. Sherman is a member of the fourth generation to take a leadership role at family-owned Fayetteville Contractors Inc. By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Some years ago, Laura M. Sherman’s plans didn’t include the family business. “It wasn’t my intention to go to school and come back here,” she said during an interview in the offices of Fayetteville Contractors Inc. “It was sort of an opportunity at the time.” That opportunity has worked out pretty well. Sherman has been president of the company since late 2018. FCI is a comprehensive contracting service for commercial and residential asphalt paving; asphalt manufacturing; commercial […]

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‘If you have access to the internet, then you are a target’

David Nathans, founder of SOCSoter, a cybersecurity firm based in Hagerstown By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com David Nathans cracked a big smile, then said his company delivers “champagne-tasting cybersecurity on a beer budget.” The company he founded, SOCSoter, is a managed security services provider. The company recently moved into revamped quarters in downtown Hagerstown, Md. “Good cybersecurity does not have to be expensive,” he said. Basically, Nathans said, the firm takes lessons learned from some of the largest computer breaches at large companies and boils that down to cost-effective cybersecurity protection for smaller companies. Nathans is more than familiar with the subject. […]

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ACDi adds equipment, personnel

FREDERICK, Md. — ACDi has broadened its manufacturing capabilities by investing in new equipment for its Frederick, Md., headquarters. ACDi is a leading electronics manufacturing and printed-circuit-board design company. It has added two Mycronic MY300DX pick-and-place machines to meet increasing demand for electronics manufacturing services and to complement other new equipment purchases previously announced. The new MY300 provides a 40% smaller footprint than previous models. It also achieves higher speeds due to automatic job selection and rolling changeovers, as well as faster board transfer and tool changes. In addition to the new equipment, the company hired six additional personnel to […]

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BCT named a ‘Best Bank To Work For’

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — BCT-Bank of Charles Town has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2019. The Best Banks To Work For program was initiated in 2013 by American Banker and Best Companies Group. It identifies, recognizes and honors U.S. banks for outstanding employee satisfaction. Full results of this year’s program are available at American Banker and in the September issue of American Banker Magazine. Determining the Best Banks To Work For is a two-step process. The first step involves an evaluation of participating companies’ workplace policies, practices, and demographics. In the second step, employee […]

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