Hagerstown Community College, Wilson sign agreement on transfers

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Hagerstown Community College President Jim Klauber and Wilson College President Barbara K. Mistick post at the signing ceremony for a new agreement between the two institutions.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Wilson College and Hagerstown Community College have reached an agreement guaranteeing qualified HCC students admission to Wilson bachelor’s degree programs and allowing them to transfer all credits earned with a grade of C or higher.

The dual admission and articulation agreement, officially signed by college officials at a ceremony on Wilson’s campus, offers HCC associate-degree graduates additional advantages, including receiving full junior status at Wilson if they transfer 60 credits, as well as having Wilson’s admission fee waived. Qualified HCC 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.

The goal is to encourage more HCC graduates to pursue bachelor’s degrees by making the transition as smooth and economical as possible.

To qualify for a Wilson bachelor’s degree pathway under the dual admission agreement, HCC students must graduate with an associate degree with a minimum, cumulative grade-point average of 2.0, and they must have submitted an intent form upon completing 30 credits at HCC. Students may transfer to Wilson a maximum of 72 credits earned at HCC.

Frederick County government solar power project breaks ground

FREDERICK, Md. — Ground was recently broken for Frederick County government’s first solar project.

The project will involve the construction of a nearly 2-million-kilowatt-hour photovoltaic solar array on 4.9 acres of vacant land to provide low-cost renewable energy to the Ballenger-McKinney wastewater treatment plant.

The project is a step toward meeting the county’s goal of
4 million kilowatt hours generated from renewable energy sources, a goal the county set as part of the Maryland Energy Administration’s Smart Energy Communities program. Frederick County government’s goal is to have 20 percent of its electricity consumed come from renewable energy sources by the year 2022.

The solar project is made possible through a $2.4 million grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment from the Energy Water Infrastructure Program. The county is using engineering and project-management resources via the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority for the design, construction and long-term operation of the facility.

Allstate agents earn grant for American Red Cross

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Seventy-six Allstate exclusive agents, exclusive financial specialists and licensed sales professionals from the greater Washington, D.C., area, including several from the Crossroads Business Journal area, recently came together to volunteer and secure a $45,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant to benefit the American Red Cross National Capital Chapter.

The grant will support the American Red Cross’ mission to quickly respond to a disaster by providing relief to emergency responders, as well as financial assistance to those affected by a disaster.

The disaster preparedness kit distribution was part of a multi-state Allstate Foundation volunteer effort benefitting the American Red Cross in Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. In all, more than 8,580 Allstate Foundation starter disaster preparedness kits were distributed and $131,000 was donated to the American Red Cross through Allstate Foundation Helping Hands® grants.

Participating Allstate agency owners and licensed sales Professionals from the region include:

Virginia

• Jason Sengpiehl, Purcellville

• Jennifer Smith, Front Royal

• Jennifer Smith, Winchester

Maryland

• Nicholas Cathell, Cumberland

• Jerome Holz, Frederick

• Michelle Turner, Frederick

• Jason Williams, Frederick

Dialysis coming to Fulton County Medical Center

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — Dialysis is coming to Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg.

The service, expected to open midyear, will be housed in the former specialty service area on the FCMC campus. Renovation is underway and will last through the winter.

Costs associated with the project are $85,000, Mike Straley, executive director of the FCMC Foundation, said in a news release.

Dialysis Care Center LLC will run the treatment center. The renovated area, taking in 4,662 square feet, will include:

• An open treatment area that will accommodate chairs for six patients per three shifts for 18 total patients running three days a week, 12 hours per day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

• Rooms for patients in home-based dialysis, equipment, filtration, training and additional clinical/staff/reception space

• Capacity to accommodate an additional 18 patients if volume warrants it, but it would need to be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Bank launches ‘Dollars for Dialysis’ campaign

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — Community State Bank of Orbisonia has started a Dollars for Dialysis matching grant to aid the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation.

The challenge gift program began Dec. 25 and will run through March 15. Community State Bank will match any size gift up to $15,000 to benefit the construction and equipment costs of the new dialysis department that will be housed in the former specialty service area on the FCMC campus.

“As a community bank, we feel giving our time, talent and financial support is extremely important,” Trudy Everhart, president and CEO of Community State Bank of Orbisonia, said in a news release. “Being able to be a part of bringing a service like dialysis to our community is such a joy. It’s like helping family.”

To make a tax-deductible gift to “Dollars for Dialysis,” make checks payable to the FCMC Foundation and designate the gift as dialysis project. Mail it to: FCMC Foundation, 214 Peach Orchard Road, McConnellsburg, PA 17233. A gift by credit card may be made over the phone at 717-485-6322 or online at www.fcmc pa.org.

Green Leaf reports revenue, Series E fundrasing

FREDERICK, Md. — Green Leaf Medical LLC, a multistate operator of medical cannabis facilities, recently announced 2018 revenue and the release of Series E fundraising.

The company holds cultivation, extraction and retail licenses in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia.

The company’s flagship cultivation facility in Frederick generated more than $9 million in sales during its first 11 months of operation, the company reported in a January news release.

Green Leaf has produced and sold nearly 2 million grams of medical cannabis under its “gLeaf” brand.

An expansion of the Frederick facility, which will double capacity, is planned for the first quarter of this year, according to the release.

Maryland’s patient count has increased faster than expected, with more than 70,000 registered patients in the first year. Statewide, retail sales of medical cannabis surpassed $100 million, the company reported.

Green Leaf’s Maryland revenue is expected to exceed
$20 million in 2020.

Green Leaf was awarded one of 25 grower/processor licenses in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania facility will be in Saxton, Pa., and the company is building out 100,000 square feet of its 274,000-square-foot facility. Construction is scheduled for completion in February, with cultivation and manufacturing revenue expected to exceed $40 million in 2020.

Green Leaf’s Virginia operations are based in Richmond, where the company is building an 82,000-square-foot, vertically integrated medical cannabis facility.

The company is currently the exclusive provider of medical cannabis products to approximately 1.5 million residents living in 27 counties and six cities.

The company is currently negotiating to acquire additional dispensary assets to expand its retail footprint.

Green Leaf has raised
$23 million since its inception in 2014, and recently released its Series E round of fundraising. The company plans to raise $20 million, which will be used for construction, operations and acquisitions. The raise will help ensure the company meets its 2020 revenue projections of $111 million.

Green Leaf posted positive net operating income of approximately 22 percent in 2018.

Area students finalists in business plan competition

Two students from the Crossroads Business Journal region are continuing to the final round of the 13th annual Collegiate Student Business Plan Competition, hosted by West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics.

Advancing are:

• William James Renner, a Shepherd University business administration major, with his business, Loudoun Aerial Solutions LLC. The company provides photography, orthomosaic mapping, 3D modeling and inspection services by drone.

• Caroline Thorp, an agribusiness student at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, with her plan for Hydro Sustainable LLC.

The competition is hosted by the College of Business and Economics at WVU.

Students are competing for a grand prize of $10,000, in addition to receiving free legal and accounting advice, and for the opportunity to start a new business in the state.

The finals are scheduled for April 12 at the High Technology Consortium in Fairmont, W.Va.

March of Dimes salutes Meritus

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Meritus Medical Center’s women’s and children’s services department received gifts and praise from the Greater Washington, D.C., market of the March of Dimes during the group’s recent Day of Gratitude. Jennifer Abell, far left, traveled on behalf of the March of Dimes to meet with and celebrate the group of health care professionals who care for premature babies and their families. Premature birth is the largest contributor to infant death worldwide and is on the rise in the United States.

Law firm listed among Md.’s best

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Maryland’s personal injury law firm, Britt-Reed Law Offices, as a 2018
10 Best Personal Injury Law Firm for Client Satisfaction.

The institute is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the top 10 personal injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass the institute’s selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, research and the institute’s independent evaluation.

The annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among clients. The institute places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of personal injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of client satisfaction.

Virginia firm honored for Frederick development

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The Tallyn Ridge development in Frederick, Md., received an award from the Maryland Building Industry Association.

FULTON, Md. — The Land Development Council of the Maryland Building Industry Association recently announced winners of its Excellence in Community Development Awards.

The program recognizes development professionals “who provide superior and creative development projects that are sensitive to the community and make appropriate use of the existing natural elements,” according to the association.

Among the winners was Miller and Smith, based in McLean, Va. The company received an award of excellence for Tallyn Ridge in Frederick, Md. The 441-home subdivision features a mixture of single family homes and townhomes.

“Faced with extremely steep slopes, extensive rock and large cuts and fills, the developer utilized an innovative house design to turn the difficult topography into a community amenity,” the association reported. “With direct access to the neighboring Pinecliff Park, creative open space, a community pool, and beautiful vistas, it is easy to see why this is a popular community to call home.”

The consulting engineer was Bowman Consulting.

The Maryland Building Industry Association is a nonprofit trade organization representing the interests of more than 1,200 member firms and more than 100,000 employees, including homebuilders, remodelers, developers and affiliate professional and service providers.

Fahrney Keedy certified as a Center of Excellence for Wound Management

BOONSBORO, Md. — Fahrney Keedy Senior Living Community has been certified by Vohra Wound Physicians as a Center of Excellence for Wound Management.

Only 10 percent of Vohra’s skilled nursing facility partners have qualified for this annual certification, according to a news release.

Fahrney Keedy has partnered with Vohra Wound Physicians to bring physician-led bedside wound care to its facility. A Vohra wound physician visits the facility weekly to treat residents with wound and skin issues. This reduces the need to send residents to wound care centers or hospitals, the release states.

The wound physician works with the primary care physicians, physical therapists, staff nurses and other specialists.

The Fahrney Keedy team treats all types of wounds, including pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, arterial wounds, diabetic neuropathic wounds, post-surgical wounds and others.

Established in 1905, Fahrney Keedy offers a broad spectrum of health services including independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, in-home care, rehabilitation therapy and other services.

The facility is implementing master plan for growth that will expand the physical site and include new programs. In addition, construction of an additional 18 beds in memory care and new medical adult day services has begun and is expected to be open by the summer.