Frederick Health purchases former State Farm campus

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Frederick Health has acquired the former State Farm campus in Frederick, Md.

FREDERICK, Md. — The former State Farm campus in Frederick will soon be home to some aspects of Frederick Health.

The Fitzgerald Realty Group helped the health system acquire the property.

“This is a win-win for Frederick Health and the greater Frederick community,” said Jim Fitzgerald, founder and president of Fitzgerald Realty Group, who was directly involved in the negotiations. “Not only was this a smart business decision, it gives Frederick Health the opportunity to expand and refine its services to meet the growing health care needs of the local community far into the future.”

The site was valued at $38 million in January of 2018. It just closed at $48 per square foot or around $18 million, according to a news release from the realty company.

The newly named Frederick Health Village will allow Frederick Health to move its call center, home health care services and hospice, among other administrative offices, to the site. It also allows room for further expansion.

The hospital will not be moving from its location in downtown Frederick. But the facility will gain some breathing room with the relocation of those units. Next year, the hospital plans to expand its cardiac catheter lab and upgrade both the ER and intensive care unit.

“This was a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Frederick Health to acquire an institutional class asset in the rapidly growing north end of Frederick,” Seamus Fitzgerald, executive vice president of Fitzgerald Realty Group, said in the release announcing the sale.

WVU medical centers honored by hospital group

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The West Virginia Hospital Association recently recognized WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center and WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center for outstanding work in the Commitment to Excellence Honors Program.

The hospitals were honored for their commitment to the following topics:

• Antibiotic Stewardship

• A Breastfeeding Initiative

• Care Transitions

• Emergency Department Information Exchange

• The Hospital Improvement Innovation Network

• Influenza Vaccination

• Opioid Stewardship

• Tobacco Cessation Assistance

• WVHA Discharge Data Program

The WVHA is a not-for-profit statewide organization representing 63 hospitals and health systems across the continuum of care.

Shippensburg U. gifted $2M to improve athletic facilities

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Shippensburg University President Laurie A. Carter recently announced a gift of $2 million to build a new Shippensburg University football locker room.

The gift is part of a larger project that will culminate in improvements to facilities for student-athletes and faculty coaches from seven teams, according to a news release.

The new football facility, to be built at the rear of Seth Grove Stadium, will also include upgrades to the stadium tunnel. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, made the investment specifying it be used to build the locker rooms.

The new locker rooms will be connected to the stadium by extending the tunnel currently adjoining Student Association Field. The new construction will provide additional space and much needed improvements including new larger lockers, 20 showers and additional restroom facilities.

The $2 million gift is in addition to a $3.6 million new locker room facility to be built in the rear of Henderson Gymnasium. The 7,688-square-foot addition will provide state-of-the-art facilities for women student-athletes playing field hockey, lacrosse, tennis, and softball, as well as the men’s and women’s soccer teams. The project is currently in the planning phase.

The projects were developed based upon the findings of a comprehensive study of university athletics locker rooms. The combined estimated cost of the project is $5.6 million.

Partnership to aid FCC, Wilson students

FREDERICK, Md. — Wilson College and Frederick Community College have finalized an agreement that guarantees qualified FCC students admission to Wilson bachelor’s degree programs and allows them to transfer all credits earned with a grade of C or better.

The articulation agreement, signed by college officials at FCC in Frederick, Md., gives FCC associate degree graduates with a grade-point average of at least 2.0 benefits that will make continuing their education at Wilson in Chambersburg Pa., as smooth as possible, including being granted full junior status at Wilson if they transfer 60 credits. Students will have Wilson’s admission fee waived and qualified FCC students will also receive coordinated academic advising by both colleges to ensure that they take courses that can be applied to their bachelor’s degree.

In addition, high-achieving students will receive monetary benefits: FCC graduates who are members of Phi Theta Kappa — the largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students will be awarded a Wilson Presidential Scholarship of $12,000 if the student enrolls as a full-time residential student taking 15 credits or more per semester.

The agreement was signed by Heil and Tony D. Hawkins, FCC provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, continuing education and workforce development.

Oliver Homes receives ‘Builder of Integrity’ honor

Oliver Homes, a regional residential builder headquartered near Hagerstown, Md., recently received the 2019 Builder of Integrity award from the Quality Builders Warranty Corp.

Recipients of the award demonstrate a commitment to excellence in customer service and quality construction.

Oliver is a member of the Quality Builders Warranty program. All members of the program are screened on a regular basis to ensure their continued dedication to quality. From that group, a small number of builders across the nation are chosen for the Builder of Integrity award.

Oliver “has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in customer service that has gone above and beyond the industry norm,” according to a news release announcing the award.

Quality Builders Warranty Corp. is a national 10-year new-home warranty program. Members of the program provide a 10-year warranty insured by Liberty Mutual on all of their homes.

Online recruiting company turns 20

iHire, started in Indiana and now based in Frederick, Md., has helped more than 64,600 organizations.

FREDERICK, Md. — iHire recently celebrated its 20th business anniversary, marking two decades of connecting employers with qualified job seekers.

Since 1999, the company, based in Frederick, Md., has helped more than 64,600 organizations across the U.S. recruit more efficiently through an industry-focused approach to talent acquisition, according to a news release from the company.

Today, iHire provides 56 industry-specific talent communities comprising 12.6 million candidates, along with a host of recruitment marketing solutions and services.

Founded by entrepreneur David MacFadyen in Angola, Ind., iHire began as four websites geared toward recruiting construction, accounting, legal and therapy professionals.

iHire serves employers and recruiters of all sizes with a suite of recruitment advertising, sourcing and employer and talent branding solutions, including a searchable resume database of 3 million active and passive candidates. 

For job seekers, iHire uses advanced matching algorithms to deliver the most relevant career opportunities aggregated from 30,000 online sources by its job curation team. The company also offers job seekers intuitive resume building and scoring tools, customizable job alert emails, and job search management dashboards, as well as professional resume writing services.

In addition to being iHire’s 20th year, 2019 also brought record revenue growth for the company, an array of accolades and awards, and several new and expanded product offerings. For example, iHire recently introduced company profiles to help employers showcase their brands. The company also earned national recognition as a Great Place to Work-Certified employer, garnered two Alliance for Workplace Excellence awards, and was named a Top 10 Recruitment Software Solution Provider by HR Tech Outlook for the second consecutive year.

iHire commemorated its 20th anniversary with a two-day celebration at its Frederick, headquarters, complete with dinner, dancing, a scavenger hunt, guest speakers, and the premiere of a company video. The celebration, which was a surprise to MacFadyen, marked the first time that the Frederick and Angola offices came together under one roof.

Book donation

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Sheehy Subaru of Hagerstown, Md., recently delivered 150 books to Williamsport (Md.) Elementary School as part of the Subaru Loves Learning Program. Pictured is Anthony Schifano, general manager of Sheehy Subaru, along with Rhonda Smith, principal of Williamsport Elementary, and a few students. This year, more than 540 Subaru retailers throughout the United States will donate science books to schools with the goal of engaging K-12 students, according to information from Sheehy. The donated books are selected from the winners and finalists of the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.

Western Md. Regional Medical Center lab accredited

CUMBERLAND, Md. — The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists has awarded accreditation to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center laboratory based on results of a recent on-site inspection.

Dr. Noel Thompson III is director of the lab, which is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

The U.S. government recognized the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, which began in the early 1960s, as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. 

During the CAP accreditation process, which is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. 

CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

Notes and quotes for December 2019

By Joseph Deinlein
A Tru by Hilton hotel is under construction on Walker Road near Interstate 81 in Chambersburg, Pa. The four-story, 85-room hotel is going up near a Ruby Tuesday restaurant. Golden Leaf LLC is the developer. Hilton brands Tru hotels as “energetic and vibrant, but still relaxing and comfortable.”

Company honored for hiring veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded 427 employers from around the nation for recruiting, employing and retaining America’s veterans.

The award recipients attest to hiring more than 52,000 veterans since 2017.

Among the companies on the list was Maveris LLC of Martinsburg, W.Va., an IT and cybersecurity company.

The awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia at the Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“The recipients of the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Awards demonstrated a commitment to hiring veterans and helping them develop meaningful, long-term careers,” Scalia said in a news release. “From small-town businesses to Fortune 500 companies, these employers understand that veterans are uniquely qualified and dedicated employees who make significant contributions in the workplace.”

‘The outlook is pretty good’

“I think Washington County’s outlook is good. … The quality of life here is very high. The Hagerstown economy is really starting to perform. And so I think the outlook is pretty good. I think the really big years for Washington County’s economy are actually a few years away, for demographic reasons, but next year should be a decent one, as long, of course, as the U.S. economy holds its own.”

— Economist Anirban Basu, chairman and CEO of the Sage Policy Group, in an interview before the 17th annual Washington County Economic Summit.

More holiday jobs

The National Retail Federation estimates that retailers will hire between 530,000 and 590,000 temporary workers for this holiday season. Retailers hired 554,000 temporary workers during the 2018 holiday season.

Hoober to carry hemp transplanters

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Hoober Inc., an agricultural equipment dealer with eight locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia recently announced the addition of Checchi & Magli (C&M) hemp transplanters for industrial hemp growers to its lineup of ag equipment.

Growing industrial hemp starts with a good transplant, as quite often seeding results in a higher loss of crop. C&M hemp transplanters plant hemp plug plants straight up, even plants as high as 22 inches tall. The transplanter packs the soil around the hemp plug and there is even an optional electronic water application, which applies water immediately after the hemp plug has been planted.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics named ‘School of Excellence’

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Hagerstown campus of the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics has been named a 2019 School of Excellence by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

The annual awards recognize schools’ efforts in demonstrating a high level of achievement among their students and their commitment to the accreditation process.

Providing a high-quality education for students who are training to become aviation and aerospace technicians is the top priority at each of PIA’s four locations, especially as the need for skilled technicians continues to exceed the available supply of talent, according to a news release from PIA.

According to Boeing’s 2019 Pilot & Technician Outlook, 769,000 new maintenance technicians will be needed to fly and maintain the world fleet in the next 20 years.

PIA Hagerstown was officially recognized at the 2019 Professional Development Conference, where Adams and Director of Education Jason Mongan accepted the award from the commission.