Chambersburg psychiatrist wins statewide Everyday Hero Award

Dr. Irakli Mania

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — For Dr. Irakli Mania, the seeds for becoming an addiction psychiatrist were planted halfway around the world in post-Soviet Georgia.

He said the country’s crumbling economy fostered an environment that led many of his peers to crime and drug abuse.

“I felt helpless,” he said.

Mania has spent the past 10 years helping patients in Franklin County recover from opioid use disorder and other mental health issues.

To acknowledge his efforts, the Pennsylvania Medical Society honored Mania with its January Everyday Hero Award. He is the first physician from Chambersburg, Pa., to receive the honor.

This monthly, statewide award showcases talented physicians who probably don’t view themselves as heroes, but who are to patients and colleagues.

Dr. Jagdeep Kaur, who nominated Mania, described her colleague as “very compassionate about patient care.”

Mania graduated from AIETI Medical School in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he often studied by candlelight because of the lack of electricity. From there, he came to the United States to research electrophysiology at the department of psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. He completed adult psychiatry residency training at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia before landing at Keystone Behavioral Health in Chambersburg.

As medical director for Keystone Behavioral Health, Mania oversees a department that has grown from two to eight psychiatrists during the past 10 years. He was on the forefront of physicians becoming certified to provide medication assisted treatment for those who suffer from opioid use disorder.

Dr. Mania also holds volunteer leadership positions with the Franklin and Fulton County Mental Health Advisory Board and the Central Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society.

“Wanting to make an impact is what made me to choose medicine,” he says. “Seeing somebody getting better, putting a smile on somebody’s face, makes my day.”

On the Books for March 2019

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

Coldwell Banker Premier launches new property management division

WINCHESTER, Va. — Coldwell Banker Premier has started a property management division, providing full-service leasing, financing, preservation and management throughout the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and Western Maryland.

“We’ve evaluated the market and found that there was a critical need,” Steve DuBrueler, Coldwell Banker Premier’s founder and CEO, said in a news release.

The service offer features such as quarterly inspections, electronic funds transfers and an annual financial evaluation that includes financing options to increase returns for property owners.

DuBrueler said the business is identifying investment-grade properties that will help real estate investors grow their portfolios and help bridge the affordable housing gap.

With an average of more than 5,000 residential homes that are not owner-occupied in each county in the region, there is a substantial need for services to assist property owners and tenants, the company stated in the news release.

An average of 19 new rental properties are becoming available each month in the MLS per area. At an average market rent of $1,275 per month, there is a large gap in supply and demand.

Patent law firm hits mark

FREDERICK, Md. — Since its inception in January 2016, an area law firm has helped clients secure a total of 478 patents.

Four founding partners and 12 employees came together to form the patent law firm McBee Moore Woodward & Vanik IP LLC.

Since its formation, MMWV has focused on using technology to streamline workflows and more efficiently organize the processes and infrastructure associated with a predominately transactional patent practice. The result has been improved customer service and an environment that allows employees to flexibly work remotely.

MMWV has grown to 24 employees. Seven of MMWV’s practitioners hold doctoral degrees in a variety of technical specializations, one practitioner holds an medical degree and three practitioners are former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examiners.

MMWV has locations in Frederick, Md., and Tysons Corner, Va.

The number of patents granted to clients has risen each of the past three years, MMWV reported, from 128 in 2016 to 157 in 2017 and 193 last year.

Patriot Federal member wins $1,000 in grand-opening contest

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Mark Cunningham, fourth from left, poses with Patriot Federal Credit Union’s Robinwood Branch team members.

Mark Cunningham of Hagerstown was Patriot Federal Credit Union’s $1,000 “Scan & Win” winner, according to an announcement from the financial institution.

The contest was held an conjunction with the grand opening of Patriot’s new branch on Robinwood Drive near Hagerstown.

“I’ve never really won anything like this before, and when I found out I was the $1,000 winner, I couldn’t believe it,” “ Cunningham said in a news release. “Robinwood is a really nice building and great location. I feel fortunate and I want to thank Patriot. I’m going to deposit the $1,000 into my Patriot account in the new branch.”

The one-story facility has more than 3,800 square feet and is Patriot’s second full-service branch in Washington County. The branch offers auto loans; mortgages; savings, checking and certificates; and  wealth management services.

Cammie Shrewsbury, branch manager, oversees a team of six staff members.

Patriot serves Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania, Washington County in Maryland and the borough of Shippensburg, Pa.

Notes and quotes for February 2019

By Jennifer Fitch
Work continues on the new Jamison Door Co. production facility in the Wharf Road Industrial Park in Franklin County, Pa. The 112-year-old company, based in Hagerstown, Md., makes air doors, insulated doors, and high-speed, roll-up doors, specializing in doors for cold-storage businesses. With the company’s existing space for roll-up doors overflowing in Washington County, Md., Jamison decided to build the new facility. Thirty-five people will work at the new plant. The company also has additional locations in Hagerstown and near Williamsport.

Patent No. 100

FREDERICK, Md. — The United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Immatics Biotechnologies GmBH, a leading immunotherapy company, its 100th U.S. patent.

The announcement was made by McBee, Moore, Woodward and Vanik IP LLC (also known as MMWV Law), which has represented Immatics.

In a press release, Immatics indicated that its 100th patent (No. 10,143,731) demonstrates a significant achievement in innovation in the Life Sciences industry. Using the company’s XPRESIDENT technology, Immatics identified a peptide presented on the human leucocyte antigen, a key piece to the development of cancer immunotherapies.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be on Immatics’ IP team for over 10 years,” said Susan McBee, managing partner of McBee, Moore, Woodward & Vanik IP LLC. “This is an exciting time, given all the developments in this technology space. We have developed an approach to sufficiently cover Immatics’ products and methods while still meeting the patentability requirements in the USA in an ever-changing field.”

Md. ranks high in tech economy preparedness

BALTIMORE — Maryland ranks among the top states for technology economy preparedness in a report recently released by the Milken Institute, according to a news release from the Maryland Department of Commerce.

The 2018 State Technology and Science Index, which is conducted every other year, ranked Maryland third in the nation for its ability to foster and sustain a technology sector, which is considered a major indicator in determining a state’s economic health. Overall, Maryland ranked in the top 10 in four out of five of the report’s key indexes, coming in first in the technology and science workforce category, and second in human capital investment and research and development inputs.

College degrees

Percentage of residents in 2017 who have at least a bachelor’s degree in the Crossroads Business Journal area:

• Frederick County, Md.: 40.5 percent

• Maryland average: 39.7 percent

• United States average: 32.0 percent

• Pennsylvania average: 31.4 percent

• Jefferson County, W.Va.: 30.5 percent

• Washington County, Md.: 21.5 percent

• Berkeley County, W.Va.: 20.7 percent

• Franklin County, Pa.: 20.6 percent

• West Virginia average: 20.2 percent

• Allegany County, Md.: 18.2 percent

• Morgan County, W.Va.: 18.0 percent

• Fulton County, Pa.: 13.5 percent

— StatsAmerica

Bowen closes two real estate deals in Washington County

Taylor Bowen

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Two separate real estate deals totaling more than $4 million have closed recently in Hagerstown, Md.

The sales were announced by Taylor Bowen, broker and owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bowen Realty.

An industrial building at 560 Western Maryland Parkway was sold for $3.1 million in a deal completed on Dec. 7, Bowen reported in a news release.

The 36,000-square-foot industrial building has rail access and sits on more than 11 acres

The new owner, Beaver Creek Farming LLC, has a North Bethesda mailing address.

The firm will complete some renovations before taking occupancy, according to the news release.

Bowen Realty’s Commercial Division represented the seller, Cosmo Films Inc.

And a $1,075,000 deal to sell property at 1115 Professional Court closed on Dec. 14, Bowen announced.

The property, which formerly housed First Look Photo, was sold to 1115 Professional Court LLC, an entity based in Walkersville. The new owner plans to renovate the 7,800-square-foot building, which includes subdividing the structure to house multiple businesses, according to the news release. The building sits on a one-acre lot.

The purchase comes as plans are progressing to extend Professional Court, according to the news release. The extension will create access to a proposed technology business site along with access to Meritus Medical Center and Robinwood Drive.

Berkshire Hathaway Bowen Realty is a full-service real estate firm servicing the Tri-State area. Its commercial division specializes in all types of commercial real estate sales, investment properties and commercial leasing, including retail, office, medical, industrial, multifamily, single lots and development land.

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 report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally.

A five-star rating indicates that WMHS’ clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Western Maryland Health System was formed in 1996 to strengthen the health care services in Western Maryland and the surrounding communities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In November 2009, WMHS opened a new hospital in Cumberland.

Menno Haven cuts ribbon for rehab center

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Menno Haven held a public ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new rehabilitation center in Chambersburg, Pa. More than 200 community members attended.

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 ribbon was symbolically cut by founding board members Charlie Diller and Charles Hunsecker.

Menno Haven expected to begin operating the building with patients in January after final regulatory inspections.

Davis described the rehabilitation center as “unlike any in the region.”

“This building will allow us to better serve individuals who need short-term care. Whether that be someone recovering from a surgery, an illness or an accident, they will recover here and then return home,” he said.

Deanna Beins has been named the administrator of the new center.

“Our team is really eager to start serving guests in this wonderful building,” Beins said in the release. “We put a lot of thought into the design to provide the best recovery environment possible.”

Some details:

• The center has 44 private rooms that Menno Haven calls “suites,” each with a private bathroom.

• The state-of-the-art therapy gym has the newest technology to aid in recovery. The gym overlooks a courtyard that serves as an outdoor gathering space and an extension of the therapy gym. Walking paths of varying materials, textures and inclines provide guests with passive therapy opportunities.

• The building includes amenities such as a salon and spa and café.

• There will be an on-site Summit Health Clinic that serves Menno Haven residents and the public.

• The building will employ about 80 team members.

The building is built to WELL Building standards, a standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health and wellness.

“From the moment you enter the front door, you will see this place is different. WELL design incorporates research-based elements intended to promote the physical, emotional and spiritual health of guests,” Davis said.

A few examples of elements included in the building to achieve this standard are UV lamps in the HVAC cooling coils to ensure the best air quality, whole-building water filters, abundant natural light and a light system designed to match circadian rhythms.

“To our knowledge, this is one of the first senior-living projects built to WELL standards in the nation,” Davis said.

The Rehabilitation 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.             

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

Casey Kelly

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 2018. While finishing his senior year at Washington County Technical High School, Kelly was hired by Beacon Grace as a junior analyst apprentice.