WVU Medicine dedicates surgery suite

Celebrating the dedication of the Langlet Family Surgical Suite are, from left, WVU Medicine President and CEO Anthony P. Zelenka, Mary Lou Langlet, Mark Langlet and WVU Medicine Vice President of Operations Neil McLaughlin.

RANSON, W.Va. — WVU Medicine, along with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house recently to dedicate and name the new surgical suite at Jefferson Medical Center.

The suite was officially named the Langlet Family Surgical Suite. The late Dr. Jules F. Langlet was a physician and surgeon on the medical staff at Charles Town General Hospital and Jefferson Medical Center from 1957 until his retirement in 2006.

“We wanted to properly acknowledge Dr. Langlet’s decades of service as a dedicated physician in Jefferson County while also recognizing the support and generosity Jefferson Medical Center has received from the Langlet family for many years,” Dr. Tim Devine, medical staff president, said in a news release.

According to Devine, the naming symbolizes WVU Medicine’s thanks to the Langlet family for the family’s continued support of the hospital and its mission to provide the best in health care services to area residents.

“We were delighted that Mary Lou Langlet and her son, Mark, were able to attend today’s ceremony,” Devine added.

In March 2017, Jefferson Medical Center officials announced plans to expand and update the hospital’s operating rooms and consolidate surgical services into a more efficient suite on the first floor. The final phase of the 5,400-square-foot surgical suite project was completed last month.

The suite includes a new, larger operating room built to accommodate orthopedic surgeries and other complex procedures now being performed at Jefferson Medical Center, as well as a surgical preparation (pre-op) and recovery area, expanded staff support space and a large visitor waiting room.

“Jefferson Medical Center has invested over $2.4 million in this project designed to ease patient flow, enhance staff efficiency, and provide a more collaborative environment for patients, families, physicians and staff to function,” Neil McLaughlin, vice president of operations, said in the release. “As we add physicians, the expanded surgical suite will allow us to offer an even greater variety and number of surgical procedures here in Jefferson County.”

Company donates to breast cancer organization

Posing from left are Rob Lorshbaugh, owner of S & L Water Solutions; Janet Lung, executive director at Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley Inc.; and Christy Lorshbaugh.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — S&L Water Solutions LLC of Hagerstown, Md., recently presented a check to Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley for funds raised during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

S & L committed a portion of its sales of Water Treatment and Solar Salt to give back to the community nonprofit, which is composed of breast cancer survivors and individuals concerned about the disease.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual health campaign every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

Caperton named Shenandoah’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year


WINCHESTER, Va. — Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business has honored Gaston “Gat” Caperton, CEO of Gat Creek, a home furnishing company headquartered in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., as its 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Caperton serves as vice chairman of Shepherd University’s board of governors. He co-founded and serves on the board of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, an eco-friendly furnishing organization, and chairs the board of the Natural Capital Investment Fund, an organization that provides loans and support to small businesses along the East Coast, according to a university news release.

He received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and lives in Berkeley Springs with his wife, Susan, and three daughters, Eliza, Katie and Evie.

The business employs more than 150 artisans and sells its products in more than 200 independent retail stores.

Western Maryland Health System honored for innovation

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Western Maryland Health System was recently recognized as a Health Quality Innovator of the Year for Maryland.

The award was presented by Health Quality Innovators, an independent, nonprofit consulting organization. The awards are HQI’s program for gathering and sharing the best evidence-based, practical methods for enhancing quality of care across physician practices, hospitals and long-term care facilities.

WMHS was selected as a winner in the population health category for its work to improve the health of patients and communities through prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

WMHS provides health care services for residents in Allegany and Garrett counties in Maryland and surrounding counties in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. With a focus on social determinants, WMHS has introduced a number of population health initiatives to the community focused on improving health and reducing the cost of care.

The health system has taken an active role in addressing food insecurity, one of the biggest social determinants of health. WMHS offers a Food Farmacy that ensures diabetic patients are discharged with a 14-day supply of healthy food. It operates seven community gardens and orchards and participates in a summer backpack program to make sure that school children go home in the summer with healthy food when schools are closed.

The health system’s annual pre-Thanksgiving feast involves hundreds of volunteers feeding thousands of the community’s most vulnerable citizens. Beginning this summer, WMHS will begin bringing produce from the gardens to additional food desert hot spots throughout the community through a mobile healthy food delivery service.

Western Maryland Health System was formed in 1996. In November 2009, WMHS opened a new hospital in Cumberland, Md.

The Western Maryland Regional Medical Center has more than 200 beds and offers a range of general and specialty services for medical, surgical and obstetrical patients.

Bakery unveils system to recycle wastewater

FREDERICK, Md. — Bimbo Bakeries USA recently unveiled its latest digester system at the Thomas’ English Muffin bakery in Frederick.

The state-of-the-art anaerobic digester system treats wastewater. It will eventually convert the residual biogas produced by the system into a renewable energy stream, according to a news release from the company.

Bimbo Bakeries USA teamed with Environmental Management Group International to design and install the system, which removes 300 pounds of waste material per day. It uses the highest achievable organic loading rates in the industry, relative to its small footprint, and is fully automated, allowing for remote monitoring and operation, the company reported.

The system’s technology is capable of handling spikes in waste stream strength and volume, yet maintains low energy usage and operating and maintenance costs compared to conventional treatment systems.

“We are thrilled about the many environmental benefits provided by the new digester,” Leslie Adebayo, corporate sustainability manager at Bimbo Bakeries USA, said in a news release. “Generating renewable energy from Frederick allows us to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuels. We hope it serves as a positive example of our commitment to the environment among our peers, associates, customers and consumers.”

In 2014, Bimbo Bakeries USA’s Frederick bakery became the first commercial bakery to meet the Energy Star Challenge for Industry. It selected EMG’s Anaerobic Fluidized Bed Digester technology for its Frederick bakery because of its track record in treating wastewater for other food and beverage companies, including systems at two additional Bimbo Bakeries USA bakeries.

“Bimbo Bakeries USA is proud to be a part of Grupo Bimbo, an environmental sustainability leader since its beginning more than 70 years ago,” said Chris Wolfe, director, environmental and sustainability at Bimbo Bakeries USA. “We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint in the United States and look for every opportunity to do so.”

Local group attends ACT Work Ready Communities Boot Camp 

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Representatives from Hagerstown Community College and several other Washington County organizations recently attended the ACT Work Ready Communities Bootcamp in Little Rock, Ark.

The local effort started after an informational meeting hosted by HCC President Jim Klauber in September. In that session, Klauber shared his experiences of success with ACT Work Ready Communities. The national program focuses on partnerships and collaboration involving colleges, employers and the community to promote student success, advance a qualified workforce and contribute to a stronger local economy.

“I was extremely pleased that so many members of our community quickly saw the value of working toward this designation,” Klauber said in a news release. “In my experience, I have witnessed the power of broad partnerships, using WorkKeys NCRC and attaining the ACT Work Ready Community designation, to take economic development to the next level.”

As part of a Work Ready Community, career readiness assessments help employers identify employees whose skill levels match their needs. The assessment focuses on three areas applied math, workplace documents and graphic identity. From the assessment, potential employees earn a certificate, based on three levels of achievement, which is used to identify the best match between an employer and employee.

Participants at the boot camp learned about ways to use the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate to measure and close the skills gaps, and build a common framework that links, aligns and matches with workforce development efforts.

To learn more contact Theresa Shank, HCC’s dean of continuing education and workforce development, at tmshank@hagerstowncc.edu or 240-500-2476.

Cope Salt donates to Fulton County Medical Center Foundation

Triad Engineering names CEO


HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Triad Engineering Inc. has promoted Bradley A. Reynolds to chief executive officer.

Reynolds graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and is a registered professional civil engineer.

He has been with the firm for more than 24 years and specializes in the fields of civil, geotechnical and construction engineering. Reynolds has been an instrumental leader at Triad, the company reported in a news release, serving in roles such as field engineering technician, senior geotechnical engineer, geotechnical and quality control practice leader and, most recently, as regional manager in charge of Triad’s Eastern Region operations.

“Triad is an employee-owned company, and we needed a CEO who can reach employees at all levels,” Randy L. Moulton said in a news release announcing the promotion. Moulton is the son of one of Triad’s founders and a past CEO of Triad who has been Brad’s mentor throughout his career.

Triad is a multi-discipline engineering firm that has been serving the Mid-Atlantic region for more 42 years. Triad has offices in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Allegany College reaches transfer agreement with SNHU

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Through a transfer agreement with Southern New Hampshire University, some graduates of Allegany College of Maryland have a new way to earn bachelor’s degrees online.

The collaboration enables ACM graduates to transfer as many as 90 credits toward a corresponding bachelor’s degree at the Manchester, N.H., institution. ACM-SNHU transfers include:

• Associate degree in criminal Justice to online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice;

• Associate degree in business administration to online bachelor’s degree in business administration;

• Associate degree in dental hygiene to online bachelor’s degree in health sciences;

• Associate degree in nursing to online bachelor’s degree in nursing.

For more, visit at snhu.edu or contact ACM’s Student Success Center at 301-784-5553.

ACM’s transfer agreement with Southern New Hampshire University is one of 60 program-to-program official transfer agreements with 18 national colleges and universities held by the Maryland-based community college.

Valley Storage continues expansion

Valley Storage has continued its expansion in the West Virginia market with the purchase of five facilities formerly branded L&H/AAAA in the Martinsburg/Shepherdstown area.

The facilities include 270,000 square feet of rental space and will operate under the Valley Storage brand, the company announced.

With this acquisition, Valley Storage moved up to 50th in the nation as a top operator with 28 locations in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, according to the company’s news release.

The facilities will be professionally managed by Storage Asset Management Inc., a full-service self-storage property management and consulting company based in York, Pa.

Valley Storage, which is based in Washington County, Md., was founded in 1986 by Todd and Tina Snook.