Going up: Pro Aer donates lift to hospital

Professional Aerials Inc. recently donated a vertical lift to the Fulton County Medical Center maintenance department. The equipment will help maintenance staff with everyday projects at the medical center in McConnellsburg, Pa. Posing with the donated lift, from left, are Bruce Puchalo, FCMC maintenance manager; Michael Sites, Pro Aer shop manager; Bill Palmer, Pro Aer owner; and Kevin Fisher of the FCMC maintenance department.
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Community, FirstEnergy donate to FCMC dialysis center drive

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Mike Straley, executive director of the FCMC Foundation, and Trudy Everhart, president and CEO of Community State Bank, stand in front of what will be the main dialysis room at FCMC. CSB donated $15,000 as part of a matching challenge grant for the Dollars for Dialysis project.

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — The community has raised $100,000 toward Fulton County Medical Center’s new dialysis center, which will be in the former Specialty Service area.

“It’s about the cause and what the community has enabled us to provide to the folks on dialysis close to home,” Mike Straley, executive director of the FCMC Foundation, said in a news release. “From the start of the fundraising campaign with a goal of $85,000, this community was in touch with what it meant to their family and friends who need dialysis to have a facility here in Fulton County. And the community responded very generously.”

The three-month Dollars for Dialysis campaign kicked off on Dec. 25 and ran through March 15. The project was given a boost when Community State Bank of Orbisonia offered a $15,000 matching grant. In all, there were 132 gifts ranging from $5 to $15,000 to support the project.

“We are delighted to see that $100,000 was raised and that so many people, businesses and organizations were compelled to give in an effort to meet the $15,000 challenge grant,” Trudy Everhart, CEO and president of CSB, said in the release.

In a separate announcement, the FCMC Foundation announced that the FirstEnergy Foundation has donated $10,000 to the dialysis program.

From left are Chris Boryan, Fulton County Medical Center Foundation grants and donor relations manager; Pennsylvania State Sen. Judy Ward; FCMC CEO and President Mike Makosky; FirstEnergy External Affairs Consultant Jim Crowder and FCMC COO Kim Slee.

“We are pleased that our FirstEnergy Foundation contribution will help bring a dialysis center to the Fulton County Medical Center and positively impact the health of the community,” David W. McDonald, president of West Penn Power, the FirstEnergy electric distribution utility serving the area, said in a news release.

The FirstEnergy Foundation is funded solely by FirstEnergy’s shareholders. It provides support to nonprofit, tax-exempt health and human services agencies; educational organizations; cultural and arts programs and institutions; and civic groups in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.

The Fulton County Medical Center Foundation acts as the fundraising arm of the Medical Center, supporting equipment purchases, funding for additional services and capital projects.

The renovation phase should be completed in April, with equipment and prep work slated for May in anticipation of a June opening.

“Dialysis Care Center has had patients already signed up, and they are anticipating more to sign up,” said Kim Slee, chief  operating officer at FCMC. “They will be busy from the get-go, and we anticipated they would be based on the initial inquiries we received from the community asking when it would be open.”

Chamber hands out awards

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Award winners during the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce annual awards breakfast are, from left, Jesse Whitney, Blake Truman, Patti Nitterhouse, Karen Johnston, Christy Unger and Kira Coy.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce recently honored 11 of its members for outstanding achievements in 2018.

Winners of the property improvement awards are, from left, Ted Zimmerman, Justin Poe, Janet Pollard, Leo Schoenhofen and Jon Baker.

More than 220 people attended the Annual Awards Breakfast.

“We are proud to honor our business and community leaders for their exceptional contributions this past year,” said Stephen Christian, president of the Chamber. “We were blown away by the nearly $26 million of investment in the Chambersburg area and honored to award our members for their contributions that have served to improve the quality of life in our community.”

Karen Johnston, executive director of the Healthy Communities Partnership of Greater Franklin County, accepted the international ATHENA Leadership Award. The award honors an individual who exemplifies professional, community and personal leadership as well as someone who actively assists women in reaching their full leadership potential and/or personal and professional advancement.

Over the past nine years, Johnston has led HCP’s growth and expansion. She has prepared many successful grant applications and most recently led the development of a federally funded Drug-Free Communities Support Program.

Also presented during the ceremony were the following awards:

• Property improvement up to $150,000: To Penn National Golf Course Community, which redesigned its clubhouse and added an addition called the Black Oak Bar.

• Property improvement up to $150,000, honorable mention: To Klenzing’s Garden Center for the renovation of 2922 Molly Pitcher Highway.

• Property improvement $150,000 to $500,000: To SunnyHill Properties for renovations to 405 Wayne Ave., which is the home of The Block Fitness Studio.

• Property improvement $1 million to $5 million: To Grant Street Loft for the transformation of the former Jennings car dealership into a commercial kitchen and modern event center at 227 Grant St.

• Property improvement over $5 million: To Menno Haven for construction of the Rehabilitation Center that is part of its five-year strategic plan known as Project Genesis.

• Property improvement historic preservation: To Franklin County Visitors Bureau for repurposing an 1865 bank building into the 11/30 Visitors Center at 15 S. Main St.

• Environmental sustainability: To David H. Martin Excavating Inc. for continued pursuit of environmental protection for water and soil conservation.

• Innovator of the Year: Jesse Whitney of Summit Health, now part of WellSpan Health. Whitney, of the Information Services Department at Summit Health, brought a life-saving technology to Franklin County that connects caregivers in a hospital to emergency air medical transport.

• Nonprofit of the Year: Healthy Communities Partnership of Greater Franklin County for programs and services that have improved the health and wellness of the communities it serves.

• Young Professional of the Year: Blake Truman, who began his career with VerStandig Media 15 years ago, moved into management and soon became vice president and general manager.

• Spirit of the Community: Patti Nitterhouse, who serves on several boards, including the South Mountain Partnership and the Franklin County Visitors Bureau. She was the driving force for the TK Nitterhouse & Mary Steel nursing scholarship and helps facilitate and host community Healthy Eating Adventures.

Meritus Healthcare foundation, Antietam Broadband partner for Safe Kids

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From left are Jennifer C. Maust, executive director of Meritus Healthcare Foundation; John “Jack” Latimer III, chairman of the Meritus Healthcare Foundation Board; and Brian Lynch, president of Antietam Broadband.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Antietam Broadband has been named the newest corporate roundtable founder through the Meritus Healthcare Foundation.

The partnership will provide support to the Washington County Safe Kids program, a community needs-based initiative coordinated through Meritus Medical Center. The program offers car seat safety checks for families with young children, sports clinics, safety workshops and other projects to help keep kids safe in the community. Meritus Healthcare Foundation corporate roundtable partners show a commitment to the health of the community by ensuring Meritus Medical Center can thrive in the competitive and ever-changing health care market.

Health systems pursue alliance

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Western Maryland Health System’s board has signed a non-binding letter of intent with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to pursue an affiliation to integrate WMHS into the UPMC system.

Throughout the next few months, both parties will engage in additional due diligence, research and discussions to work toward a definitive agreement.

While the process is subject to customary regulatory review, hospital leaders hope to complete the affiliation this year.

According to the release, the affiliation would offer residents access to enhanced healthcare services, leverage UPMC’s clinical expertise and help recruit more top doctors to the area.

A $19 billion health care provider and insurer, UPMC is one of the nation’s largest integrated health systems. As both a provider and insurer, UPMC integrates 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.5 million-member insurance services division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania.

Western Maryland Health System was formed in 1996 to strengthen the healthcare services in Western Maryland and the surrounding communities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In November 2009, WMHS opened a new state-of-the-art hospital on Willowbrook Road in Cumberland, Md.

Bank continues random acts of kindness with food donations

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Sara Wasson, director of marketing and community relations at Jefferson Security Bank, and Jessica Jacot, vice president of retail banking, participate in a food drive.

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Jefferson Security Bank is continuing to spread kindness in celebration of its 150th anniversary.

As part of the bank’s 150 Days of Random Acts of Kindness, JSB donated 150 food items to CCAP Loaves & Fishes and 150 items to Jefferson County Community Ministries. In addition to the bank’s donations, JSB customers also participated in the food drive. In all, more than 700 pounds of food were donated.

“After the holidays are over, food pantries tend to see a significant drop off in donations,” Sara Wasson, the bank’s director of marketing and community relations, said in a news release. “We saw this as an opportunity to partner with our customers to make a difference. It is wonderful to see our customers getting involved in the Random Acts of Kindness campaign. They have helped make a big impact and we appreciate their commitment to making a difference within our communities.”

The Random Acts of Kindness campaign is the bank’s way of giving back to the communities that have supported it through the years, as well as a way to encourage kindness and generosity throughout the community.

The campaign kicked off in December with the donation of 150 toys to local organizations, including Community Networks Inc., Shenandoah Women’s Center and Toys for Tots.

During the past several weeks, JSB has continued to share other Random Acts of Kindness on its Facebook page using the hashtag

Congressman visits health campus

Congressman David Trone, D-Md., visited Western Maryland Health System in February as part of a tour of the two most western counties in his district. The visit to WMHS included a tour of the new Emergency Services Department Behavioral Health Unit which is scheduled to open in early April. The visit also included an overview of the residential crisis facility that WMHS will be opening near the WMHS campus on Leslie Lane, as well as an update on the Regional Opioid Task Force formed by the WMHS in 2016.

Hosting the Congressman for the WMHS visit were Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Nancy Adams; Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer James Karstetter; Jeff O’Neal, Executive Director of Clinics, Practices and Behavioral Health Services; Matt Gilmore, General Counsel; and Kate Donaghy, Director of Community Relations and Marketing.

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Pa. interior design firm wins customer service honors

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Driscoll Interior Design LLC has won the Best of Houzz 2019 Customer Service Award on Houzz,
a platform for home renovation and design.

Driscoll, based in Waynesboro, was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users who comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active homebuilding, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best of Houzz badge is awarded annually in three categories: design, customer service and photography.

Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer service honors are based on several factors, including a professional’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018. Photography awards go to architectural and interior design photographers whose images were most popular.

A “Best of Houzz 2019” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence.

Hood, Army provide path to education for military

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Col. Scott Halter, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick, and Andrea E. Chapdelaine, president of Hood College, signed a memorandum of understanding to better support the professional learning of soldiers.

FREDERICK, Md. — Hood College and the Army Continuing Education System have signed an agreement that will provide graduate degree scholarships for active duty military stationed at Fort Detrick.

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, president of Hood College, and Col. Scott Halter, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick, signed a memorandum of understanding to better support the professional learning of soldiers.

The scholarship will provide all qualified Army personnel a significant reduction per tuition credit of 40 to 60 percent in Hood’s graduate school, depending on the academic program, such that the cost will match the education benefit the Department of Defense awards active duty military during their service.

Staff from the graduate school will further support active duty soldiers by providing degree enrollees on-post advising and academic counseling weekly at Fort Detrick.

According to April Boulton, dean of Hood’s Graduate School, active-duty soldiers oftentimes are unable to afford graduate degrees, but this scholarship program will change that.

“We want to see our soldiers succeed and further their education while relieving them of the financial burden that comes along with it,” she said.

Pa. Coldwell Banker firm named platinum award winner

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Central Pennsylvania has been named a platinum award winner by Cartus Broker Services for outstanding performance during the past year.

Cartus is a worldwide leader in employee relocation solutions. Platinum is the highest level of the excellence awards presented to principal brokers. Excellence Award recognition is based on results related to a variety of metrics including customer service, cost management and effective analysis and marketing of homes.