Medical moves: Satellite health facilities expand area hospitals’ reach

Hospital organizations in the Crossroads area are offering an array of off-site services — from urgent and primary care to X-rays and specialized practices — as one way to adapt to the increasing need for, and expense of, health care. On May 30, Summit Health broke ground on a $15 million, three-story, 45,000-square-foot medical office building in Greencastle, Pa. Meritus Health is working on a $15 million outpatient center north of Hagerstown, Md., anticipating a November or December opening. In early May, WVU Medicine opened a $13.5 million, 40,000-square foot medical building in Spring Mills, W.Va. These additions are just […]

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Notes and quotes for July 2018

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:   ‘We need caring people’ “We don’t need more technological gimmicks to monitor our fitness efforts. We need caring people to help other people, one at a time, to develop an individual program that works for them.” — Joseph “Jake” Jacobs, health and physical education instructor at St. John’s Catholic Prep in Buckeystown, Md., and an adjunct professor at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., and Penn State Mont Alto Independence Day history, by the numbers 27: Different official flags used in U.S. history (only the number […]

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Washington County, Md., business development department vows to listen

The Washington County Department of Business Development has promised to do a lot of listening. Representatives of the department spoke at a Washington County Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues” breakfast recently. Susan Small, the department’s business leader, said the department will work on that team approach moving forward. “Our biggest charge this year, for our department of business development and working with our Economic Development Commission, is going to be partnerships, internally and externally,” she said. Small joined Linda Spence, the business and event coordinator, and Leslie Hart, the agriculture business specialist, in speaking at the breakfast. “You will see […]

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First United Bank & Trust unveils new checking account lineup

OAKLAND, Md. — First United Bank & Trust has launched a new checking account lineup. The accounts are designed to simplify customers’ financial lives while providing additional benefits, savings and protection. Two new membership accounts, YouFirst Checking and YouFirst Plus Checking, are available. The bank will continue to offer a basic, no-minimum-balance requirement account, as well as a simple interest-bearing checking account. For a small monthly or discounted annual membership fee, both of the “YouFirst powered by BaZing” subscription accounts will offer features such as unlimited mobile deposits, person-to-person transfers, stop payments and one free overdraft per year. Additionally, members […]

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WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center lab receives accreditations

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The laboratory at WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center has been accredited by the College of American Pathologists and AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks) based on recent inspections. Berkeley’s laboratory is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide. The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program, according to a news release. Berkeley Medical Center’s laboratory has been CAP accredited since 1983. During the CAP accreditation process, an unannounced team of inspectors examines the laboratory’s […]

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Regional wines take top honors in Md. competition

Several wineries in the Crossroads Business Journal region took home honors from the Maryland Comptroller’s Cup Competition. The top award, best in show, went to Catoctin Breeze Vineyard of Frederick County for its Cabernet Franc 2016. That wine also was named best in class among wineries. Two Washington County wineries took other best in class awards. Knob Hall Winery received that mark among white wines for its Vidal Blanc 2016. And Cool Ridge Vineyard’s Cool White 2017 was named best in white blend class. Twenty judges spent nearly six hours evaluating some of Maryland’s finest wines. There are more than 80 […]

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Face Time for July 2018

Goodrich BCT’s executive VP, chief lending officer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Potomac Bancshares Inc., the one-bank holding company for Bank of Charles Town, named Raymond F. Goodrich as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. Goodrich, formerly executive vice president and chief lending officer with Chain Bridge Bank, N.A., in McLean, Va., and senior vice president at M&T Bank (formerly Provident Bank), brings more than 33 years of financial services experience to his new position. He began his banking career in First Virginia Bank’s management training program. Goodrich has expertise in lending at all levels with a foundation in commercial […]

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Frederick firm wins regional award

FREDERICK, Md. — Octavo Designs received a Regional Gold ADDY Award at the 2018 District 2 American Advertising Awards Show recently in Pittsburgh. “We are thrilled to receive this ADDY award,” Sue Hough, founder and creative director of Octavo Designs, said in a news release. “The opportunity to move on to the national competition is truly humbling and exciting. I know our team does great work, and it’s fantastic to see that recognized by others.” A Gold ADDY Award winner is judged to be superior to the other entries in the competition. Entries competed from agencies and firms from New […]

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‘The past 40-plus years have seen unparalleled growth’

Gregg Thompson director of marketing and business development at Brechbill & Helman Construction Co. Inc.   Gregg Thompson says he’s learned the business from the ground up, literally, at Brechbill & Helman Construction Co. Inc. in Chambersburg, Pa. He started working for the company as a laborer during his days as a student at Shippensburg University. “I’ve swept plenty of floors and shoveled mud off foundations,” he said with a smile. Thompson graduated from Shippensburg in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. But he went to work for Brechbill & Helman. “They were really growing then, and they were […]

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Time off for some means business opportunity for others

Leisure time for some generates millions of dollars for area businesses, according to tourism reports for the Crossroads region. Tourism leaders say that’s because of the area’s mix of historic sites, parks and activities. “History is our hook, but recreation is what people do,” said Janet Pollard, executive director of the Franklin County (Pa.) Visitors Bureau. That sentiment also was expressed, in one way or another, by several other tourism leaders throughout the Crossroads area. They said they market their communities’ ties to history — such as Civil War sites — as well as state and national parks and activities […]

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