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Cindy Feist, Director of Fund Development

410-548-7880, Cindy@womensupportingwomen.org

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Women Supporting Women hosts 14th Annual Benefit

Women Supporting Women will host the 14th Annual Pink Ribbon Bingo at the Salisbury Moose Lodge on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Doors will open at 5:00 PM, and games will begin at 6:30. Come check out the prizes from The Pampered Chef and Thirty-One bags filled with complementary goodies. Bring your old cell phones and iPods to benefit Women Supporting Women and receive a free raffle ticket! Tickets for the event are $20 in advance from the Salisbury WSW office, and $25 at the door. Other activities include a refreshment sale, 50/50 raffle, and two special games. Remember, no one under the age of 16 will be admitted. For more information or tickets, please call WSW at 410-548-7880.

Women Supporting Women is a local, grass-roots non-profit organization dedicated to providing awareness, education and support to all those who are affected by breast cancer. With no national ties or funding, we rely completely on our community to help us provide free services to our neighbors, friends and families right here on Delmarva. To learn more about WSW, visit www.womensupportingwomen.org or www.facebook.com/womensupportingwomen/delmarva , or stop by our Salisbury office located at 1320 Belmont Avenue, next to the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.

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Atlantic General Hospital Receives Echocardiography Accreditation

Berlin, Md. – Atlantic General Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion.

Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of Echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Echocardiography testing. The skill of the Echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.Accreditation by the IAC means that Atlantic General Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

IAC accreditation is a seal of approval that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Echocardiography. When scheduled for an Echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm.

IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to Echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some private insurers.

Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by a number of private insurers; accreditation is not required in the state of Maryland.

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Maryland Chamber of Commerce Legislative Report 2/5/15

Gov. Hogan Proposes Small Business Tax Relief in State of the State
Governor Larry Hogan delivered his first State of the State yesterday, Wednesday February 4, and outlined a number of initiatives he will champion during this year’s General Assembly Session, most notably for the business community, an exemption from the Business Personal Property Tax for businesses with under $10,000 of valued property. This will mean tax relief for over 70,000 businesses in the State who will no longer have to file the business personal property tax forms or pay the county tax levied on those amounts.  The Governor also proposed legislation to exempt retirement pensions for first-responders and retired military from the income tax.  Also outlined were other initiatives which have received support from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, such as removing the CPI indexing from the motor fuel tax and restoring highway user revenues to the Counties.The Governor spoke about his proposed budget for FY 2016 and stated his commitment to eliminate the structural deficit in one year and to continue to make the tough choices needed to bring State spending in line with State revenues without raising taxes.

The Chamber will be examining these proposals as they are filed with the General Assembly through our policy committees and ultimately through our Legislative Committee.

Chamber President Brien Poffenberger attended the State of the State at the invitation of Governor Hogan and met with a number of the administration staff and Secretary-designates.

Maryland Chamber Brings Elected Officials and Business Community Together
The Chamber hosted its annual Maryland Business Reception on January 29 at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. Once again hundreds of business leaders from across Maryland gathered as the state’s top legislative leaders including: House Speaker Michael E. Busch, Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, House Minority Leader Nicholaus R. Kipke and Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings, shared their vision for Maryland’s economy.  The Q&A session included topics such as:

  • What state government can do to make Maryland more competitive
  • Maryland’s AAA bond
  • Workforce readiness.

This was a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with those who work on issues that have great impact on Maryland’s business climate. Thank you to all those who attended and made this year’s Business Reception a success.  Special thanks to our event sponsors.

Leadership Briefing Sponsors:

  • Dominion Resources, Inc.
  • Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
  • MedStar Health
  • Washington Gas

Reception Sponsors:

  • The Law Offices of Alexander & Cleaver
  • Giant Food LLC
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Maryland Association of Relators, Inc.
  • Maryland Petroleum Council
  • Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO)
Bills Introduced Last Week:
To view more detailed information regarding a Bill and the Maryland Chamber’s position click on the bill number.SB0153 - Corporations – Political Expenditures – Stockholder Approval - Oppose

SB0093 / HB0102 - Civil Action – Wrongfully Selling or Furnishing Alcoholic Beverages - Oppose

SB0127 - Health Care Malpractice – Certificate and Report of Qualified Expert – Objection - Oppose

HB0113 - Local Government Tort Claims Act – Limits on Liability - Oppose

HB0164 - Judgments – Appeals – Supersedeas Bond - Support

Bills Scheduled to be Heard:SB0153 - Corporations – Political Expenditures – Stockholder Approval - 2/19 @ 1:00 p.m.

SB0093 - Civil Action – Wrongfully Selling or Furnishing Alcoholic Beverages - 2/10 @ 1:00 p.m.

HB0102 - Civil Action – Wrongfully Selling or Furnishing Alcoholic Beverages - 2/11 @ 2:00 p.m.

SB0127 - Health Care Malpractice – Certificate and Report of Qualified Expert – Objection - 2/10 @ 1:00 p.m.

HB0113 - Local Government Tort Claims Act – Limits on Liability - 2/18 @ 1:00 p.m.

HB0164 - Judgments – Appeals – Supersedeas Bond - 2/18 @ 1:00 p.m.

Upcoming Chamber Events:March 9: Maryland Congressional Delegation Dinner - Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to discuss pressing business issues – at the federal level – like economic competitiveness, transportation, cybersecurity, business and environmental regulation.  It’s also an occasion for conversation, visibility and camaraderie as a business community committed to supporting and improving Maryland’s business climate.

Save the Dates:
May 5, 2015 - Maryland Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Hall of Fame Awards
June 22, 2015 - Maryland Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
October 13 and 14, 2015 - Maryland Chamber of Commerce Business Policy Conference

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Hogan Budget Unveiled
Governor Larry Hogan unveiled his budget proposal on Thursday, January 22. The simple white on black cover was as stark as the budget challenge within. For the current fiscal year ending on June 30, the state has a total shortfall of $423 million. The estimated budget gap for the following fiscal year is $802 million. Thus, according to Hogan’s budget proposal, the cumulative FY 2015 and 2016 budget challenge is $1.25 billion.By all accounts the Governor’s FY 2016 budget is structurally balanced. Proponents praise the bold action necessary to get spending under control while others question whether the proposal is too aggressive given the timeline. The proposed budget does however, reflect promises made during the campaign; there are no new taxes or fees, no layoffs and no furloughs.The largest single contributor to this fiscal year’s shortfall is Medicaid. The Medicaid shortfall is largely attributed to higher than budgeted enrollment due to the Affordable Care Act, higher costs of new Hepatitis C drugs and a decline in the cigarette tax revenue. To help close the FY 2015 budget gap, Hogan proposes cutting in half an increase in the rates paid to Medicaid healthcare providers, using funds from another insurance program to fund Medicaid, as well as, a 2% agency reduction. FY 2016 solutions include reducing healthcare provider rates to the FY 2014 levels, employee compensation adjustments and aid to education. State spending on education would increase in FY 2016 but at a rate less than educators and county leaders would like.Generally speaking economic development programs fared well. The Biotechnology, CyberSecurity, and Research and Development Tax Credits along with the Stem Cell Research Fund were all level funded or received very modest reductions sending a clear message that “Maryland is open for business“. For more information on how the budget could impact Maryland’s business climate contact Mat Palmer atmpalmer@mdchamber.org.The Chamber recognizes the Governor’s budget proposal included some tough choices and the Chamber supports the Governor’s efforts to align state spending with state revenues breaking the cycle of having to deal with midyear cuts and structural deficits. The House Appropriations Committee will act first on the Budget and has already begun to have briefings on the Hogan Administration’s budget actions.

Combined Reporting
For a number of years, progressive groups and legislators have been pushing for Maryland to adopt combined reporting for corporate income tax filings and each year the Maryland Chamber and our members have successfully advocated to defeat this change. Again this year a number of groups have written opinion pieces or open letters advocating for the adoption of combined reporting; including Senator Paul Pinsky, the lead sponsor of combined reporting legislation, and a group of progressive legislators in both the House of Delegates and the Senate.

In the form of an open letter, Maryland Chamber President, Brien Poffenberger, felt it necessary to once again address some of the arguments which these groups have made for moving to combined reporting. This letter serves to inform the new administration and new legislators of the Maryland Chamber’s strong opposition to combined reporting, which is contrary to our mission to grow jobs and make Maryland the most competitive business state in the nation.

Secretary James Fielder Talks Appointments
James A. Fielder, Jr., Ph.D., Secretary of Appointments, Office of Governor, spoke to the Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) on Monday, January 26, giving Chamber executives a better understanding of the Appointment process and the enormity of the task. In his new, cabinet level state position, Secretary Fielder will review, on Governor Hogan’s behalf, appointments to state boards, commissions and other patronage positions that are under the Governor’s control. With appointments required for 580 boards and/or commissions, Sec. Fielder is looking for help reaching out to qualified applicants.

What qualifies an applicant for a board or commission appointment? The new administration answers this in the broadest sense. Those who are interested, committed and have a passion for public service, were characteristics mentioned by Sec. Fielder along with, bi-partisanship and a desire to lean toward the middle. When asked what a typical commitment to serve might look like, Secretary Fielder told the group that few appointments are paid, they range in length but are generally 3 years (some are 4 or 5 years and judicial appointment can be 10 years) and the time commitment is usually about one day a month.

For those interested in learning more please visit: www.hogantransition.comemail:james.fielder@maryland.gov or phone: 410-974-2600. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is ready to assist members who are interested in learning more about the process and/or would like a recommendation and/or letter of support. For additional information please contact Jessica Palmeri at jplameri@mdchamber.org.

Bills Introduced Last Week:
To view more detailed information regarding a Bill and the Maryland Chamber’s position click on the bill number.HB0004 - Maryland Wage and Hour Law – State Minimum Wage - Oppose

HB0042 - Fair Employment Preservation Act of 2015 - Oppose

SB0003 - State Minimum Wage Rate – Exceptions – Social Service Nonprofit Organizations  - Oppose

SB0010 - Motor Fuel Tax Rates – Consumer Price Index Adjustment – Repeal -Support

SB0040 - Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act - Oppose

Bills Scheduled to be Heard:HB0042 - Fair Employment Preservation Act of 2015 - 2/11 @ 1 p.m.

SB0010 – Motor Fuel Tax Rates – Consumer Price Index Adjustment – Repeal - 2/4 @1 p.m.

SB0040 - Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act - 2/3 @ 1 p.m.

Upcoming Chamber Events:March 9: Maryland Congressional Delegation Dinner - Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to discuss pressing business issues – at the federal level – like economic competitiveness, transportation, cybersecurity, business and environmental regulation.  It’s also an occasion for conversation, visibility and camaraderie as a business community committed to supporting and improving Maryland’s business climate.
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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 Mimi.Dean@maryland.gov 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 www.wicomicohealth.org 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 www.atlanticgeneral.org.







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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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