Berlin, Md. – Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths in women each year. The American Heart Association started Go Red for Women to shine a light on this disease and show the many ways women can be heart healthy.


The TriCounty Go Red Committee (Atlantic General Hospital, McCready Foundation, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Somerset Wellness Center and the Wicomico and Worcester County Health Departments) will be sponsoring their 11th Annual TriCounty Go Red event on Thursday, February 5, 2015.


This free event will be held at the Pocomoke Community Center – 1410 Market Street in Pocomoke, MD from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. There will be various exhibitors, health screenings, a light interactive exercise demonstration, a cooking demonstration by Lynn Matava of The Country Tart LLC, dinner, and door prizes. Motivational speaker Alishia Louis Potter of Empowered Women Ministries, will be the guest speaker.


There is a healthy women photo contest in conjunction with the event and the lucky winner will win a FitBit! Those who are interested in participating in the photo contest, contact Mimi Dean at Worcester County Health Department at or at 4106321100 ext. 1102.


Women attending the event are encouraged to wear red, the official color for raising awareness about heart disease in women.


Register by February 2nd at or by calling 4106419268.

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Flu Season Visitation Changes at PRMC

JANUARY 8, 2015


This flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst on record.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene now classifies the flu as widespread and at a high intensity level. In Delaware, the flu rate is running almost 10 times higher than a year ago.

At Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), there have been 121 positive flu tests this year alone compared to just 80 in all of 2013-2014’s flu season. The 26 confirmed inpatient flu cases are, at this point, already double what they were for all of last year’s flu season. Confirmed flu cases in the Emergency Department are also nearly double what they were last year with at least two months remaining in the traditional flu season here on the Delmarva Peninsula.

PRMC’s number one priority is keeping everyone healthy. Joining many other hospitals in Maryland and across the Delmarva Peninsula, the Medical Center has instituted a modified visitor policy to help prevent exposure this flu season.

Peninsula Regional asks all visitors to keep patients and the community further protected from the flu by following these changes to the PRMC visitation policy, which go into effect today, January 8.

  • Only two adults are allowed to visit patient care areas such as patient rooms, therapy areas, outpatient services and Peninsula Regional Medical Center physician offices.


  • To protect the safety of patients, employees, volunteers, the elderly and those with chronic conditions (asthma, heart disease), people with active cases of upper respiratory illness (cough, fever, etc.) should not visit patients.


  • Children under the age of 18, unless they are a patient or the parent of a patient, are not allowed to visit patient care areas located on the Peninsula Regional campus such as patient rooms, therapy areas, outpatient service areas and Medical Center physician offices. Special accommodations will be made for end-of-life circumstances. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that young people are more at-risk as carriers and transmitters of the seasonal flu virus.
  • People with Peninsula Regional outpatient or physician appointments are asked to come to those appointments without their children under age 18, unless the appointment is for the child.


  • Only two adult visitors are permitted to visit in Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby Units.


  • To reduce the risk of exposure, it is recommended that pregnant women not visit unless seeking medical treatment.


  • Parents of babies in the Special Care Nursery will still be able to visit for breastfeeding and bonding, unless the parents are exhibiting flu-like symptoms.


  • In Pediatrics, parents are allowed to visit around the clock.


  • Mask and hand hygiene stations will continue to be provided throughout the Medical Center and at all key entry points.


  • Unit staff will work with families on an individual basis to accommodate special-needs circumstances.



“We understand the inconvenience this may cause some people, but as a healthcare institution, we need to make sure that we ensure the health of our patients, the visiting public and their families as best we can during this flu season,” said Karen Mihalik, RN, PRMC Infection Preventionist. “It’s also absolutely necessary to protect a healthcare team that needs to be here providing the care others will seek from us this flu season.”

Peninsula Regional will be constantly evaluating the impact of the flu and will continue to make the necessary modifications to its visitation policy over the next few months.

The Medical Center thanks the communities it serves for helping them to stop the spread of the flu, and reminds everyone to get their seasonal flu shot and to participate in good hygiene practices including sneezing or coughing into your sleeve and frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing.


Still Need Your Flu Shot?

Wednesday, January 14
3:00-6:00 p.m.
Avery W. Hall Educational Center Auditorium (PRMC Campus)
Waverly Drive and Vine Street
$10.00 Donation
Age 13 and Above (13-17, please bring a parent)

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Atlantic General Hospital Welcomes New Physician to Women’s Health Practice


Berlin, Md. – Atlantic General Hospital and Health System is pleased to announce that Liezl Irisari, MD, has joined Atlantic General Women’s Health in Ocean Pines.


Irisari’s experience includes a minimally invasive gynecologic surgery fellowship at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Utica, NY, and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She is Board Certified in Urogynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and completed her medical degree at West Virginia University School of Medicine.


Irisari will be providing general gynecology care as well as urogynecology, which focuses on disorders of the female pelvic floor including pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic reconstruction surgery. She joins gynecologist Dr. Christine Neto and women’s health nurse practitioner Nicki Akstinas in practice. Appointments can be made by calling 410-208-9761.

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Atlantic General Health System Announces New Location

Berlin, Md. – Atlantic General Health System announced today that Dr. Munna Garg and Dr. Danielle Orr will relocate their practices to the new Atlantic General Medical Center opening in West Ocean City on January 12, 2015. 

The physicians will be moving to the new space in an effort to better accommodate the growing patient population. Atlantic General Medical Center is located at 12308 Ocean Gateway, Unit 1in Ocean City.

Garg is Board Certified and specializes in pediatrics and internal medicine. He completed his residency at West Virginia University. Orr completed her residency at Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, PA and specializes in family medicine. She is a member of the American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians.

Appointments at this location can be made by calling 410-390-3341.



Primary care services will continue to be available at Atlantic General Health System’s Ocean Pines office with Dr. Lei Gong, who has been a family practitioner in Worcester County for the past five years. To make an appointment for the Ocean Pines location, please call 410-208-9761.




About Atlantic General Hospital

Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) Counties since May 1993.  Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin, Md. combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology and services. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 25 primary care provider and specialist offices, care for residents and visitors throughout the region. For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit







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Atlantic General Hospital Welcomes New Medical Oncologist/Hematologist

For Immediate Release…


Berlin, Md. – Atlantic General Hospital and Health System is pleased to announce that Roopa Gupta, MD, has joined Atlantic General Health System to provide medical oncology and hematology services along with Dr. Rabindra Paul at their practice located in Berlin. She will practice at Atlantic General Medical Oncology and oversee cancer and hematology care at the Outpatient Infusion Center at Atlantic General Hospital.

Dr. Gupta’s experience includes a geriatric fellowship at Harvard Medical School Division on Aging and a hematology/oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute at NIH, where she conducted research on lung and other rare cancers. Gupta obtained her medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine; she is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology. She is well respected by her past patients, receiving high praise in online healthcare ranking services.

Dr. Gupta is now accepting new patients in the Atlantic General Medical Oncology office located within the James G. Barrett Medical Office Building at the entrance of Healthway Drive in Berlin. To make an appointment, please call 410-629-6888.











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Delmarva Power Alerts Customers to “Green Dot” Scam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Dec. 9, 2014                                                                         2530 N. Salisbury Blvd.

Media Contact: Matt Likovich                                                                                                                               Salisbury, MD 21801

Office 410-860-6203 | 24/7 Media Hotline 866-655-2237 |   


Delmarva Power Advises Customers to Beware of

“Green Dot” Phone Scam

SALISBURY, Md. — Delmarva Power reminds customers to practice safety when someone claiming to represent the utility company contacts them either in person or by telephone.

Delmarva Power has been alerted to a resurgence of the “Green Dot” scam. Scammers are telling customers that their electric service account is delinquent and they will be shut off for non-payment unless customers purchase “Green Dot Money Pack” prepaid cards for a specific amount from stores such as CVS, Rite Aid and Wawa.

Scammers will often use a “shadow” or “800” call-back phone number. In some instances, the scammers are using technology to have the Delmarva Power “800” customer service number appear on the telephone’s caller ID feature. When customers call the shadow number, the scammers answer claiming to be affiliated with Delmarva Power.

Victims are given instructions to call a phony scammer phone number with the cards’ account and personal identification numbers. Once the scammer obtains the cards’ information, the value is downloaded, swept and stolen. These transactions are untraceable.

Delmarva Power will contact customers in person or via phone for various reasons. If someone claims to represent Delmarva Power, it is important that customers take precautions to verify the person is affiliated with the company, especially if that person is requesting an immediate monetary payment.

If customers have any doubt about the validity of a person’s claim to represent Delmarva Power, they should hang up, call the company immediately at 1-800-375-7117 and an official company representative will assist them.

When addressing past due accounts, Delmarva Power never endorses a specific form of payment. Instead, multiple payment options are always given to customers.

Delmarva Power advises customers to ask for official photo identification from any person who shows up at their door. Delmarva Power employees carry official company identification cards. If proper identification cannot be produced, customers should notify police and Delmarva Power.

 Delmarva Power News Release

Dec. 9, 2014

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             According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, at any given time one in four Americans is grappling with a mental health issue.  No matter whether it is depression, anxiety, panic attacks, or any of a legion of brain disorders, the results can immobilize someone, preventing them from enjoying the things they once enjoyed, and tempting them with self-destructive behaviors.

It’s like a shortstop whose finger is broken by a sliding base runner.  The injury can be traumatic, career-ending.

The ballplayer will go immediately to the doctor, be treated, follow a rehab regimen, and be back on the field.  But fewer than half with mental health issues seek treatment, even though in most cases treatment can return the sufferer to a happy and productive life.

Why do we differentiate between physical health and mental health in such a way that treatment for the former is routinely accepted, but for the latter is discouraged or even forbidden?  Because stigma, based on lack of knowledge, misguided tradition, and outright discrimination, often casts shame on those who seek psychiatric or psychological help.

Let’s begin with a real-life example that by itself should shed enough light on the injustice of mental health stigma. In 2011, a patient came to a Philadelphia hospital, agitated and depressed. She was admitted and immediately wandering hospital corridors, rambling incoherently, responding to internal voices.  The initial diagnosis was agitated depression.

A member of the medical staff was alerted to a possible underlying medical condition by lab results.  A final diagnosis of chronic meningitis, a disorder caused by bacteria or parasitic infection, resulted in a dramatic change in the treatment. Within the next few days her mental condition improved rapidly, and shortly she was fully oriented and free from symptoms.

The woman had “caught” what appeared to be a mental illness, just as one might catch the mumps or the flu.  Fortunately, she found herself in a top flight medical institution where the cause, and cure, were eventually found. Suppose she had ignored her symptoms because like many who share her problem she was afraid her family would think she was “crazy,” “whacko?” Suppose she had allowed the stigma to prevent her from walking into that ER?  The result might have been suicide. It happens often, as headlines too frequently report.

The words that we use every day serve can strengthen negative connotations and further alienate sufferers from society and treatment.  Mental illness is not a character flaw, not a personal weakness, but rather a disease not unlike other chronic diseases like diabetes or heart disease, diagnosable and treatable.  Untreated mental illness exacts huge costs on our economy and our society

MENTAL HEALTH: KNOW THE FACTS, NO STIGMA is a year-long campaign sponsored by a dedicated group of partners on Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore:

The Worcester County Health Department

The Wicomico County Health Department

Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services

The Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, Inc.

Atlantic General Hospital

Salisbury University

Worcester County Department of Social Services

The Life Crisis Center

Go-Getters, Inc.

The Maryland Association of CORE Services Agencies

The Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Council

MENTAL HEALTH: KNOW THE FACTS, NO STIGMA culminates with a March 19, 2015 conference in Ocean City, Maryland..  For more information about the campaign and conference, and t register for conference attendance, visit

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Delmarva Discovery Center Names Stacey Weisner as Executive Director

The Delmarva Discovery Center Board of Directors is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Stacey Weisner of Salisbury as their new Executive Director.  “Stacey’s experience is a perfect fit for us and under her leadership I know the future of the Delmarva Discovery Center is very bright” according to Susan B. Pusey, DDC Board Chair.

Stacey brings years of non-profit and management know-how to the job including extensive community involvement.  She most recently was at the Delmarva Zoological Society, where she led the new organization in exceeding the $3 million capital campaign to renew the Salisbury Zoo.

“I’m honored and excited to have an opportunity to make a contribution and am looking forward to showing the Center off and creating local and regional pride.  It is well worth the drive and you will be amazed at what is inside the 16,000 square foot building.”

“What really attracted me to the job was evident from the moment you walk into the Center and see the sailboat in the hallway.  Children can climb into the 14’ cat boat and are transformed into sailors.  They have the opportunity to move the rudder as wind fills the sail of the cat boat.  As you continue to walk through the museum you can explore a life size two-story steamship that takes you back in time. The 6,000 gallon aquarium allows you to see what lives within the murky wonders of the Pocomoke River, including our prehistoric fish Long Nose Gar and Sturgeon. Visitors can experience various dive programs. Learn how divers communicate underwater, and visit with our resident mermaid. The DDC captures the cultural and natural beauties of the Delmarva region” she said.

Stacey invites everyone to attend the free Winter Watermen’s Festival at DDC on Dec 13, from 11 am – 3 pm.

Stacey will serve as the main public contact and spokesperson for the Delmarva Discovery Center. She invites everyone to visit the Center located at 2 Market Street, Pocomoke City, or contact at 410-957-9933,, or visit the website at,


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