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.

Maryland honors Frederick entrepreneur

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From left are Martha Sprow, director of the Frederick County Department of Social Services; Steve Benden, director of the Office of Strategy and Performance at the Maryland Department of Human Services; and Alice Mbuyi, honoree and 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 pursue my happiness,” Mbuyi said in a news release. “I had forgotten the fundamental skills. From the classes that I attended … I was able to gather all the missing pieces that I needed for the business to take off, and I am so grateful today.”

The program offers participants eight business courses over a six-week period, ongoing consulting and other support by the Maryland Department of Human Services in partnership with the Maryland Small Business Development Center. Courses include topics ranging from the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, creating a business plan, marketing research, social media engagement and applying for a business loan.

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 support the increased capacity.

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 surveys are conducted to directly assess the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace. The combined scores determine the top banks and the final ranking.

Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final ranking.

The program is open to commercial banks, thrifts, savings banks and other chartered retail financial institutions with at least 50 employees in the United States.

Manufacturing conference set for Oct. 4

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hagerstown Community College will host a one-day conference, “Manufacturing 4.0: Celebrating a Skilled Workforce,” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 4.

The session will be in the Career Programs Building on the HCC campus east of Hagerstown.

The conference, an outreach of the Regional Manufacturing Roundtable, is intended for regional industry professionals, educators and students, according to a news release from HCC.

Speakers, panel discussions and vendors will address trends and opportunities in manufacturing.

The registration fee is $48 per person. The fee for students and educators is $8 (with valid ID), supported by conference sponsorships.

To register for more information, contact HCC’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division at 240-500-2236 or visit turing.

WMHS breaks ground on Center for Hope and Healing

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Western Maryland Health System recently broke ground on the Center for Hope and Healing, a 24-hour residential treatment facility that will house patients with substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

Approximately 40 guests attended the groundbreaking, including State Sen. George Edwards; Mark Widmyer representing Gov. Larry Hogan; Cumberland Mayor Ray Morriss and James Pyles, Allegany County Emergency Services director.

Several of the dignitaries and partners joined WMHS President and CEO Barry Ronan to ceremoniously lift the first shovel of dirt on the project.

The center will be adjacent to the WMHS main campus, and will be built on land gifted to WMHS from the state.

Funding for the project is largely attributed to a $1 million pledge from the WMHS Auxiliary, including an initial gift of $400,000 made in May.

Auxiliary President Julie Davis, who works as the fire administration officer for the Cumberland Fire Department, said at the time of the initial gift, “I see the impact this crisis has on a daily basis. I see how it taxes our emergency service providers. We were all unanimously in favor of facing this challenge and supporting a valuable asset that will effectively address the need.”

Speaking at the groundbreaking, Ronan told guests how appreciative WMHS is of the contributions that were made, and Foundation Executive Director Karen Johnson called the center a huge gift to the community that will make an impact well worth the investment.

Ronan said he anticipates the project to be completed in late spring 2020. Patients will stay roughly 10 days, and approximately 10 employees will staff the center.

Illumine8 wins gold, silver creative awards

FREDERICK, Md.​ — ​Illumine8 Marketing & PR, a marketing consultancy in Frederick, recently received gold and silver 2019 Summit Creative Awards for its social media and package design submissions.

Illumine8 received a gold SCA for its ​holiday prep social media campaign​ for Warner Service, a Frederick HVAC and plumbing company.

The company also won a ​silver SCA in the package design category for its Lion & Dove wine label design.

The 2019 SCA competition received more than 4,500 project submissions from companies across 27 countries.

The Summit Awards recognize outstanding work in the communications and marketing fields. The annual Summit Awards, which is comprised of three categories — the Summit Creative Award (SCA), the Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award, and the Summit Emerging Media Award — is administered by the Summit International Awards. The program is focused on companies with less than $30 million in annual billings.

On the Books for September 2019

By Chad Trovinger/Graphic designer

Several large commercial real estate transactions have been closed in the Crossroads Business Journal area in recent weeks.

The map shows some of the details about those deals.

The information was taken from records maintained by the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation as well as deed records held by county clerk’s offices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The available details about property transactions vary from state to state.

­— Compiled by Mike Lewis