WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center certified as a safe sleep hospital

RANSON, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Gold Safe Sleep Champion” for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

The center is among the first hospitals in West Virginia to receive the title.

The program was created by Cribs for Kids, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths because of accidental suffocation. In addition to being Cribs for Kids partners, Jefferson Medical Center was recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and for providing training programs for parents, staff and the community.

“As nurses, we are in a unique position to educate new parents and their families on how to best care for their newborns, and one of the most important aspects of that care involves safe sleep,” Kellie Minney, OB nurse manager, said in a news release. “Jefferson Medical Center’s OB unit is excited to be a part of the Cribs for Kids program that will assist us in helping families make educated decisions regarding safe sleep and in making sure that all of our patients have a safe place for their babies to sleep.”

Meritus makes big software switch

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — In the past month, Meritus Medical Center and the practices of Meritus Medical Group have switched to a comprehensive medical record system called “Epic.”

Epic is the most widely used in the United States. It integrates patient information into one platform for more efficient, quality care.

“Our medical staff and employees have dedicated a significant amount of time during the past two years to evaluate options and select the system that best suits the needs of our patients and providers,” Joseph P. Ross, president and CEO of Meritus Health, said in a news release. “This change will transform the patient’s experience, but with any transition, there are challenges. We ask that for the next month, patients are understanding and come prepared for greater than expected wait times.”

Meritus reports that it has taken several steps to help staff members and practitioners cope with the change.

Since the system went live on Sept. 1, physicians and staff have had access 24/7 to expert technical advisors through a command center on the hospital campus. ATE (for “at-the-elbow” support personnel and “super users” can be found on hospital units and in departments throughout the health system to provide colleagues with on-the-spot help, according to Meritus spokeswoman Joelle Butler.

The dedicated support team includes Meritus Health employees from the information technology department, as well as Epic personnel from across the country. In addition, it includes a team of experts from Mercy Technology Services, part of Mercy Health System, an Epic software-as-a-service or SaaS-accredited provider and Gold Star awardee as a top electronic health records user.

Daily team huddles and electronic messaging have helped celebrate the wins and identify the opportunities with the transition, Butler reported.

More than 1,000 patients have already signed up for MyChart, a free and secure, online portal offering digital access to their health information.

MyChart offers a place for patients to communicate with providers, schedule appointments and pay bills. Meritus is encouraging people to sign up for the service at MyChart.meritushealth.com.

In addition, regional, urban and community hospitals, health systems and physician offices that use the Epic system are able to collaborate and communicate on a single platform to help improve patient care.

“Our patients will be better able to manage their own health care and know that there is improved communication and collaboration among all their health providers,” Ross said. “Our goal is to help individuals pursue optimal wellness while proactively improving the health of our entire community. It’s a true win.”

Notes and quotes for October

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

‘No wrong answer’

“I think there’s no wrong answer. … There’s no one way to be successful at strategic planning.”

Michael D. Boyd, program manager for workforce development and certification and licensure at Hagerstown Community College, on various strategic planning procedures.

Sheetz For The Kidz tops $598,000

ALTOONA, Pa. — The Sheetz employee-driven charity Sheetz For The Kidz raised more than $598,000 during its annual July campaign through customer donations.

It was a new July record for the nonprofit, topping last July’s total by more than $34,000. All of the customer donationsdirectly support Sheetz For The Kidz programs.

“We are grateful for our customers and employees who continue to drive our fundraising campaigns every July and December,” Sarah Piper, executive director of Sheetz For The Kidz, said in a news release. “All donations will support local children during the holidays and grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions living in our communities.”

Throughout the holiday season, Sheetz For The Kidz will support nearly 9,500 children.


“Our patients will be better able to manage their own health care and know that there is improved communication and collaboration among all their health providers.”

Joseph P. Ross, president and CEO of Meritus Health in Hagerstown, Md., on switching to a comprehensive electronic medical records system.

Drinks in a dry township

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — Although Guilford Township remains a “dry” municipality, Penn National’s Black Oak Bar is serving alcoholic beverages.

In a dry municipality, no liquor sales are allowed, including in restaurants. But under a new law, products brewed or produced in Pennsylvania can be sold in “dry” municipalities.

In April, Penn National Golf Club and Inn Founders Grille — which uses Altland House of Abbottsbown, Pa., for its food service — established itself as a satellite location for its brewery and opened the Black Oak Bar.

Last month, the bar added cocktails to the mix.

‘Fully operational’

“I expect we’ll break ground sometime this fall. … Hopefully we’ll be fully operational in the first quarter of 2020.”

 John Luciani, chief operating officer to LTL services at A. Duie Pyle, on the company’s plans for a new integrated logistics center in Franklin County, Pa.

Regional firms make Inc. 5000 list

Several companies in the Crossroads Business Journal area have been named to the Inc. 5000 ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

Here’s a look at the area firms on that list, with information from Inc.: 

• No. 73 Mountain State Software Solutions, Ranson, W.Va.

Business: Provides software integration, portal, cloud, and big data services for commercial and federal customers.

Leadership: Aaron Weikle

2017 revenue: $7.7 million

Employees: 42 

• No. 843 B&D Consulting, Hagerstown, Md.

Business: Offers technology engineering, cybersecurity, cloud computing, mobility, and unified communications.

Leadership: Jeff Bearden

2017 revenue: $14.1 million

Employees: 105

• No. 2,930 STS International, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Business: Offers engineering and technical services, along with enterprise logistics, training and simulation services to agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and Science and Technology Department of the Navy.

Leadership: David Morgan

2017 revenue: $67.9 million

Employees: 104

 • No. 2,958 GRSi, Frederick, Md.

Business: Offers professional and technical services to federal, defense and intelligence clients around the world. Provides IT infrastructure modernization, software engineering and technology assessment services.

Leadership: David Affeldt

2017 revenue: $39.4 million

Employees: 300

 • No. 3,250 Tapestry Technologies, Chambersburg, Pa.

Business: Works with the Department of Defense in the area of cyber security.

Leadership: Jacquie Sipes

2017 revenue: $22.1 million

Employees: 95

 • No. 3,742 Mid-Atlantic ProTel, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Business: Sells authorized AT&T smartphones retail, operating stores in four states. Offers a full-service call center and answering service, along with other perks to new customers.

Leadership: Bryan Butler

2017 revenue: $39 million

Employees: 240

• No. 3,877 JC Smith, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Business: Manages residential and commercial construction projects, specializing in international residential code, structure design, and build methods used in new and historic era construction.

Leadership: Chrissy Smith

2017 Revenue: $3.8 million

Employees: 28 

• No. 4,047 Orases Frederick, Md.

Business: Develops complex software for business clients; also offers its strategy and alignment sessions for educational and consulting purposes.

Leadership: Nick Damoulakis

2017 revenue: $3.1 million

Employees: 25 

• No. 4,536 PRK Drilling & Blasting, Winchester, Va.

Business: Family-owned company providing drilling and blasting, servicing areas in West Virginia and Virginia. 

Leadership: Nicole Klebieko

2017 revenue: $11.8 million

Employees: 39 

• No. 4,683 StraightLine Direct Marketing, Frederick, Md.

Business: Operates a full-service printing and mailing company that handles all aspects of direct mail marketing.

Leadership: Dennis Hoffman

2017 revenue: $6.7 million

Employees: 46

Advisers from Crossroads area make Forbes’ list

A half-dozen people from the Crossroads Business Journal region have been named to Forbes’ 2018 list of “Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisers.”

In total, the roster includes 1,000 advisers who represent the future of the wealth management industry. Each adviser was nominated by their respective firm, then vetted and ranked by SHOOK Research.

Each adviser was chosen based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative criteria, including: in-person interviews, industry experience, compliance records, revenue produced and assets under management.

The following are the listed advisers from the CBJ region, with each person’s ranking, name, firm and typical size of household assets under management, according to the Forbes list:

• No. 250: Derek McGee, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Frederick Md; $1 million to $5 million.

• No. 266: Ryan Flurie, Wells Fargo Advisors, Hagerstown, Md.; $500,000 to $5 million.

• No. 533: Sid Huguenin, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Frederick, Md.; $1 million to $5 million.

• No. 596: Charles Ellison, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Winchester, Va.; $1 million to $10 million.

• No. 709: Justin Saloom, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Frederick, Md.; $50,000 to $3 million.

• No. 793: Richie Holzapfel, Wells Fargo Advisors, Hagers- town, Md.; $1 million to $5 million.

Mt. St. Mary’s partners with Frederick Regional Health

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Mount St. Mary’s University is partnering with Frederick Regional Health System to better meet the health care needs of the university’s students and expand the health-care-oriented academic program.

The organizations have agreed to discuss building a health and wellness center on or near campus to provide access to primary care, urgent care and lab and other services for students and local residents whose current health care options are limited, according to a news release.

Monocacy Health Partners (Frederick Regional Health System’s physician group) will provide students expanded health care services, including wellness, preventative and primary care, as well as sports medicine, at the university’s health center in McGowan Hall.

A certified nurse practitioner and a medical office coordinator will staff the center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Services will include such expanded offerings as depression light therapy, nebulizer prescriptions for asthmatics and medical treatment for students needing prescription medications in partnership with Counseling Services.

“I am thrilled that this partnership will allow us to expand and improve our health and wellness services for students, including student-athletes,” Mount St. Mary’s President Timothy E. Trainor said in the news release. “We are more than doubling the number of hours a week that a medical practitioner is on campus to more than 40 and adding services that previously had to be obtained elsewhere.”

Thomas A. Kleinhanzl, president and CEO of Frederick Regional Health System, called the move “a natural next step to expand our partnership with Mount St. Mary’s University.”

“We want to ensure that all students have access to the services and care they need. We are committed to improving the health and well-being of all Frederick County residents,” he said in the release. 

The agreement also renews the health system’s support of NCAA Division I athletic teams and adds medical services for the Mount’s club and premier sport teams.

In addition, annual physical examinations will be provided for returning and incoming student athletes in all sports, and regular clinics will be held for evaluation of Division I athletes with injuries and illnesses based on athletic trainer requests.

Under the agreement, the Mount’s health-care-oriented academic programs will also be enhanced.

The partnership includes internships for undergraduate and MHA Mount students with FRHS, health care and sports medicine courses and appropriate access to FRHS’s online medical databases and educational programming.

Fulton County hospital acquires radiology screener

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa.. — The Fulton County Medical Center Foundation recently purchased a Ferroguard Screener for the medical center’s radiology department.

The Ferroguard Screener helps technicians find small metal objects that the patient may have forgotten about, such as hearing aids, bobby pins and the like.

It is vital that no ferrous magnetic objects are taken into a MRI room. The items can become highly dangerous projectile objects that can harm the patient or staff and damage the equipment.

Additionally, ferrous metal on a patient causes image distortion on the MRI scan resulting in wasted time and costly re-scans. 

“This piece of equipment was made possible through our annual fund gifts — those who are members of the Green Hill Donors Club,” said Mike Straley, executive director of the FCMC Foundation.

WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center receives echocardiography re-accreditation

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center’s cardiovascular lab has been granted an additional three-year accreditation in echocardiography in the area of adult transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.

According to the IAC, this most recent accreditation demonstrates the facility’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography.

Early detection of life-threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography testing.

The IAC grants accreditation to facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process that includes detailed case study review.

Shooting range raises $1,300 for Wounded Warrior Project

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Seth Gordon, general manager of Heritage Training and Shooting Center in Frederick, Md., presents a custom Heritage Sig Sauer P226 Talo Edition to Mark Dahlquist, who won the firearm in a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.

FREDERICK, Md. — Heritage Training and Shooting Center in Frederick, Md., recently donated roughly $1,300 to the Wounded Warrior Project through a firearm raffle.

Participants donated $5 for a raffle ticket and had to complete a target challenge for an additional entry.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization that presents services, events and more for veterans that were wounded from military actions after Sept. 11, 2001. According to the Wounded Warrior Project website, every dollar, hour and action goes toward serving wounded veterans.

The indoor shooting range promotes safe firearm use and a sense of community. Heritage has participated in the Frederick community by providing free firearm safety clinics, training the community and hosting the Well Armed Woman chapters.

Heritage Training and Shooting Center celebrated its third birthday in July. Since opening, Heritage has donating to the Frederick Food bank, Toys for Tots, Pink Ribbon Frederick and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Last year, Heritage Training and Shooting Center donated $1,458 to the Wounded Warrior Project. The business raffled a custom Glock 19 customized by Antietam Firearms and Glock.

This year, the firearm, a custom Heritage Sig Sauer P226 Talo Edition, was won by Mark Dahlquist, a complete member of Heritage.

Hospital foundation funds opioid abuse prevention tool

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — The Fulton County Medical Center recently implemented new software allowing the center’s providers to access the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and a multi-state database of controlled narcotic prescriptions.

Supported by a $10,000 grant from the FCMC Foundation, the software allows practitioners to quickly que up patient history rather than accessing an outside program. The increase in efficiency of the prescription process improves patient experience and decreases the likelihood of providing medication to drug-seeking individuals, according to a news release from the foundation.

“The PDMP is a great management tool, which improves patient care and safety while preventing abuse,” Dr. Douglas Stern, chief of FCMC medical staff, said in the release. “It is a great communication tool between providers to prevent overprescribing controlled medications.”

FCMC is required by state law to submit controlled substance prescription information to the monitoring program and its statewide database. The new software allows for faster access to not only the Pennsylvania database, but a growing list of 17 states and the District of Colombia.