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  • Garrett Regional Medical Center postpones opening new COVID testing site

    Posted 1/18/21

    Garrett Regional Medical Center’s new National Guard assisted testing site, scheduled to open January 20th at 69 Wolf Acres Drive in Oakland, has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. GRMC will update the community when more information is available.

  • Garrett Regional Medical Center opens new COVID testing site with support from the National Guard 

    Posted 1/14/22

    OAKLAND, MD – In response to the latest COVID-19 surge, Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has opened a new drive-through testing site located at 69 Wolf Acres Drive in Oakland. The clinic has been established to provide coronavirus testing for people throughout the region who may have been exposed to the virus or who are showing symptoms. The site will be managed by the hospital and staffed by recently deployed members of the Maryland National Guard.

    On Jan. 4, Gov. Larry Hogan declared a 30-day state of emergency due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases. Under the new orders, Hogan mobilized 1,000 members of the Maryland National Guard to help state and local health officials. GRMC has been allocated assistance to operate the new testing site, which will expand the community’s access to testing and help alleviate some of the strain the hospital and its emergency room have experienced over the past several weeks.

    People with a physician’s order for testing should continue to come to the hospital lab for their test. People who do not have a physician’s order but think they may have been exposed to COVID or are having symptoms, should use the drive-through clinic. Patients using the drive-through clinic are asked to stay in their vehicle and wait for those performing the test to come to them. 

    Maryland has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases due to the new Omicron variant and the number of people hospitalized in the state has more than tripled over the last month.

    “Anyone who has been exposed to the virus, or is experiencing symptoms, should get tested,” Kendra Thayer, the hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer, stated. “Early detection is an important step to help slow the spread in our community. If you are positive for the virus and your symptoms are mild, or if you are not experiencing any symptoms, you should isolate at home unless you need to seek medical attention.”

    The drive-through testing site, located at 69 Wolf Acres Drive in Oakland, will be open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. -12 p.m. starting January 20th. 

  • First United Bank & Trust Names Kimberly R. Moyers Director of Strategic Initiatives

    Posted 1/11/22

    Carissa L. Rodeheaver, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of First United Bank & Trust is proud to announce Kimberly R. Moyers as Vice President and Director of Strategic Initiatives.  As such, Kimberly will facilitate the alignment of marketing, communication and investor relations with the company’s strategic objectives and long-term goals.

    “Communication is a key component of every strategic plan and the foundation for a successful business.  It is our opportunity to personalize our vision, share our values and to educate and inform our associates, clients, communities and shareholders about the innovative financial services and solutions we offer at First United.  Kimberly’s passion, expertise, education and understanding of our bank made her the perfect person to fill the role of Director of Strategic Initiatives” stated Rodeheaver.

    Kimberly has over 16 years of banking expertise and experience at the bank.  Most recently, she served as the Managing Director of Client Relationships overseeing the company’s north central West Virginia market area and helping both existing and perspective clients of the bank by providing financial guidance and advice.   

    Kimberly is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and minor in Communications.  She continued her education as a graduate of all American Bankers Association Commercial Lending Schools as well as the Maryland Bankers School where she was awarded the Lillian Moffett Award, one of the highest awards from MBA Bankers School.  Kimberly also served as a founding member of the American Bankers Association’s Emerging Leader Council and chaired the American Bankers Association’s Commercial Lending School advisory board.

    Kimberly remains active in the community and supports many non-profits.  Currently, she is a board member and finance chair of Mon Health Medical Center, finance committee member of Mon Health System as well as board member and treasurer of the Monongalia County Development Authority.  She is also past chairman of the Morgantown Area Partnership, former board member for United Way of Monongalia & Preston Counties and the Special Olympics West Virginia Polar Plunge Committee. 

    First United Corporation operates one full-service commercial bank, First United Bank & Trust.  The Bank has a network of community offices in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick Counties in Maryland, as well as Mineral, Berkeley, Harrison, and Monongalia Counties in West Virginia.  First United’s website can be located at MyBank.com.  As of 9/30/2021, the corporation posted assets of $1.8 billion.

     

  • Narrows Hill, LLC launches Its Crowdfunding Campaign for the Ultimate Garrett County Adventure Map

    Posted 1/5/22

    Pre-ordering for the Ultimate Garrett County Adventure map is open through Jan 28th through the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform.  The Adventure map, developed by Narrows Hill LLC,  contains a variety of recreational features such as trails, camping, fishing, overlooks, historic spots, and more. It will be available as a fold up map printed on water/tear resistant paper for as low as $10 shipped for consumers or $5 per copy for retailers, but only if orders are placed in the funding campaign through the end of January.  “This map will allow you to explore and discover Garrett County as you never have before,” said the owner of Narrows Hill LLC Chris Nichols, “Online maps are good for navigating from place to place, but they are often filled with lots of non-curated and inaccurate information, too.  And nothing beats the feel and experience of poring over a paper map.” 

    The funding campaign will allow for a large-volume print run which provides for lower per-unit costs.  If the campaign is successful, Narrows Hill anticipates delivery of the maps by the end of February.

    Interested persons are encouraged to contact Chris Nichols at chris.nichols@dimesy.com or 301 616-7881 or through narrowshill.com. The link for the Kickstarter campaign is: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/narrowshill/the-ultimate-garrett-county-adventure-map

  • Garrett County Commissioners Collaborate Amid Continuing COVID-19 Response 

    Posted 1/4/22

    January 4, 2021, Oakland, MD – Garrett Regional Medical Center, Garrett County Emergency Services, the Garrett County Health Department, and other local health care organizations continue to work with each other to organize response efforts amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

    Garrett County continues to see high COVID positivity testing rates, with 13.1% of those tested receiving a positive result as of January 3rd. The county’s rate of fully vaccinated citizens continues to slowly increase, but only 53.4% of the population over age 12 is fully vaccinated at this point, according to statistics compiled by the Garrett County Health Department. While vaccines do not completely prevent COVID, they do lessen the severity of the illness in breakthrough cases and greatly reduce the need for hospitalization.

    Garrett Regional Medical Center continues to see a large demand for monoclonal antibody infusions for patients testing positive for COVID. The hospital’s Emergency Department is seeing higher volumes of patients for these treatments as well as patients suffering COVID symptoms and illness. In addition, the hospital continues to see higher than normal admission rates due to both COVID and seasonal illnesses and conditions. 

    Hospitals throughout the region are also experiencing higher volumes in both the ED and admissions, including larger medical facilities that offer more specialty services. This situation has created delays in the transfer of patients in need of higher levels of care, because the larger facilities have few available beds.

    “Most of us will agree that we’re tired of talking about COVID but local organizations have been working tirelessly to assemble the most local, state, and federal resources possible to combat this concern,” said Paul Edwards, Chair, Board of Garrett County Commissioners. “As a result of these efforts, COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are readily available in Garrett County."
    The County Commissioners have been and continue to advocate personal responsibility during this unique public health emergency. Also, the County and the County Health Officer continue to communicate the Governor’s Executive Orders and personal responsibility actions to the public.

    “I’d like to remind you that COVID is prevalent in our county and local health organizations continue to share the precautions you can take to prevent sickness,” said Edwards. “Garrett Regional Medical Center continues a fantastic job in meeting our community needs.”

    There also is no anticipated lapse in emergency response capabilities from local rescue squads or fire departments or longer than normal response times to calls for service.

    For community members with medical questions regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please utilize the Garrett County Health Department website https://garretthealth.org/coronavirus or telephone hotline at 301-334-7698.

     

  • Garrett Regional Medical Center Welcomes First Baby of 2022, Kreed Nathaniel Linton

    Posted 1/4/22

    OAKLAND, MD -Garrett Regional Medical Center welcomed Kreed Nathaniel Linton as the first baby of 2022. Kreed was born at 12:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 2nd and was delivered by Jason Van Antwerp, MD of Wellspring Family Medicine. Kreed weighed 7 pounds, 8.3 ounces and measured 20 inches long. He is the son of Tiffany and Chris Linton of Oakland, MD. 

    “We are very appreciative of all the support we have received from the nurses and doctors, as well as the donations from local businesses,” said the mother, Tiffany Linton.

    The nurses and staff of GRMC’s maternity suite celebrate the tradition of welcoming the first baby each year by preparing handmade items and collecting donations for the New Year’s baby.  The team presented a gift basket that included items from Shelia Amato, Book Market, Broken Road Associates, Deep Creek Cinema 8, Deep Creek Pharmacy, Denny’s Restaurant, GRMC and the Family-Centered Maternity Suite, Lohr Auxiliary Gift Shop, Green Acres, Gregg’s Pharmacy, Madalyn Hoffeditz, Shop N Save, Simon Pearce, Smart Style and Uno’s Restaurant.

    Garrett Regional Medical Center congratulates the Linton family and extends warm appreciation to the local businesses and community organizations that donated to the gift basket. 

     

  • Christmas Tree Recycling Program

    Posted 1/3/22

    December 27, 2021, Oakland, MD – The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling would like to invite Garrett County residents to participate in Christmas tree recycling at the Garrett County landfill location during the months of January and February.

    Trees will be accepted for recycling during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, at the landfill location at 3118 Oakland Sang Run Road, Oakland, Maryland.

    Christmas tree recycling is available to Garrett County residents free of charge and a residential disposal permit is not required to participate in this program or any other recycling program in Garrett County.

    Christmas trees may also be recycled at home by placing cut branches and needles under trees and shrubs as a temporary winter mulch -- or by chopping them up and adding them to your compost pile.

    Note, all tinsel, garland and ornaments should be removed before recycling Christmas trees.

    A refuse permit is not required to recycle at any of the seven refuse & recycling sites, including the landfill. Additionally, Garrett County businesses are encouraged to recycle and use the refuse & recycling sites for the recyclable materials collected. 

    If you have any questions, please contact the office at 301 334 7492 or email the recycling coordinator, Kimberly Madigan at kmadigan@garrettcounty.org.

  • Garrett County Commissioners Collaborate Amid Continuing COVID-19 Response 

    Posted 1/3/22

    December 30, 2021, Oakland, MD – Garrett Regional Medical Center, Garrett County Emergency Services, the Garrett County Health Department, and other local health care organizations continue to work with each other to organize response efforts amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

    The Garrett County COVID positivity rate is 8.7% (of those tested receiving a positive result) as of December 28th. In addition, only 53.6% of the population over age 12 is fully vaccinated, according to statistics compiled by the Garrett County Health Department. 

    While vaccines do not completely prevent COVID, they do lessen the severity of the illness in breakthrough cases and greatly reduce the need for hospitalization.
    “Most of us will agree that we’re tired of talking about COVID but local organizations have been working tirelessly to assemble the most local, state, and federal resources possible to combat this concern,” said Paul Edwards, Chair, Board of Garrett County Commissioners. “As a result of these efforts, COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are readily available in Garrett County."

    The Garrett County Commissioners and the Garrett County Health Officer have been and continue to advocate personal responsibility during this unique public health emergency. 

    “I’d like to remind you to follow the recommendations of the CDC and the Garrett County Health Department said Edwards. “The Health Department and Garrett Regional Medical Center continue to do a fantastic job in meeting our community needs and the residents of Garrett County prove to me time and time again how great we are at working together.”

    For community members with medical questions regarding COVID-19, please utilize the Garrett County Health Department website https://garretthealth.org/coronavirus or the telephone hotline at 301-334-7698.

     

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    HART’S “FUR BALL” ONLINE AUCTION BEGINS JANUARY 1, 2022

    Posted 12/27/21

    More than 40 items will be up for bid from January 1st through 10th during HART for Animals’ “Fur Ball” online auction. This is the second year for the online event.

    “Our annual Fur Ball Casino held on New Year’s Eve may have been canceled, But the auction will continue,” says Paula Yudelevit, Executive Director of HART. “Because of the success of the 2021 online auction, we plan to continue this every year.” Last year with 17 items, the nonprofit raised $3,000.

    Items up for bid range in starting bids from as little as $10 to $250 and include Amazon gift cards, an Oakland Oil account credit, a Firefly Farms Behind the Scenes Experience, a Dine & Dash gift card tree, an IPad, Griswold Cast Iron, Pet accessory gift baskets, and much more. “There’s something for everyone at every price range,” says Ms. Yudelevit.

    The bidding begins at 8 am on January 1, but you can preview the items now at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/308e393a/fshhZkSySEyU1TAXcS96aw?u=http://www.hartforanimals.org/all-events/fur-ball-casino-auction.

    For additional information on HART, the HART Animal Center, or any of its programs, or to donate, visit the HART website at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/77fe1d21/fDtmyLYSlUeJuvfIbiU6yQ?u=http://www.hartforanimals.org/ or become part of the HART for Animals community on Facebook at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/6c0b22f9/KjtOaAoLNE2stPcbf23Www?u=http://www.facebook.com/HARTforAnimals.

  • Great News! Vacasa Lowered Management Fee In Deep Creek Lake!

    Posted 12/23/21

    This is Dave with Vacasa. I live here in Garrett County and I’m the Sales Executive for Vacasa and a licensed real estate agent with 7 years of experience in the Deep Creek Lake area. I have some exciting news to share! Vacasa has just reduced the management fee for owners in Deep Creek Lake that are interested in joining our rental program! This means lower expenses, higher revenue potential, and a greater return on your investment (ROI). 

    We can now offer you the lowest full-service property management rate than ever before! 

    OUR NEW RATES ARE COMPETITIVE WITH ALL LOCAL PROPERTY MANAGERS. 

    The scope of our local full-service care of your home combined with our marketing and dynamic pricing simply cannot be matched by anyone else in the area. We make owning a rental property simple, easy, and profitable. On average, owners who switch to Vacasa earn 20% more per year! We don’t make money until you do! Because of that we are motivated, accountable and 100% vested in your success. 

    In addition to a lower rate, we are also offering additional incentives to new owners such as a signing bonus or discount on the annual linen fee. Even if you're not ready to open your home for guests right now, you can still sign up now, lock in a low rate and go-live when you are ready. 

    Our local team brings exceptional care to our homes. In fact, Deep Creek has a Vacasa leading 94% owner satisfaction rating, which is higher than the industry average of 50%. Karen here at Deep Creek Lake was reluctant to make the transition. She felt satisfied with her rental income, and—even though her previous manager wasn’t full-service—she enjoyed handling the guest relations. “It gave me a sense of control," she told us. Still, Karen decided to give us a try. “Vacasa doesn't require a long-term commitment. So I told myself, ‘What have I got to lose?'”. Click here to see her full video testimonial. 

    I'm super excited that I get to offer this to you! I would love to connect and talk to you about the goals you have for your home and how you can take advantage of our low rates and new owner incentives! Are you available to talk today? If so, let me know what time works best for you. Feel free to put some time on my calendar

    Happy Holidays! 
    Dave 

    Meet Vacasa 

  • Garrett County Landfill and Waste Collection Sites Holiday Hours

    Posted 12/22/21

    December 21, 2021, Oakland, MD – The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling has announced the holiday schedule for the landfill and six waste collection sites:

    Landfill:
    Christmas Holiday Hours
    -Open Thursday, December 23, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    -Closed Friday, December 24, 2021 and Saturday, December 25, 2021

    New Year’s Holiday Hours
    -Open Thursday, December 30, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    -Closed Friday, December 31, 2021 and Saturday, January 1, 2022


    Collection Sites:

    Christmas Holiday Hours
    -Open on Thursday, December 23, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
    -Closed on Friday, December 24, 2021 and Saturday, December 25, 2021

    New Year’s Holiday Hours
    -Open on Thursday, December 30, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
    -Closed on Friday, December 31, 2021 and Saturday, January 1, 2022

     
    All collection sites will resume regular Sunday hours on December 26, 2021 and January 2, 2022 respectively; open noon to 6:00 p.m.

    The holiday waste collection schedule is also included on the county calendar located on the Garrett County Government website homepage at www.GarrettCounty.org.

    As a reminder, the 2022 residential waste permits are now available. Current permit holders can renew on the county website (https://www.garrettcounty.org/solid-waste-recycling/refuse-site-permits) with no need for a new sticker. A $75 fee applies.

    Also, the Christmas Tree recycling program will resume again this season. More information can be found on our website at https://www.garrettcounty.org/solid-waste-recycling/christmas-tree-recycling

    For any questions or additional information, please contact the Solid Waste & Recycling office at 301-387-0322.

    LANDFILL ADDRESS:
    3118 Oakland Sang Run Road, Oakland, MD 21550


    COLLECTION SITE ADDRESSES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

    Kings Run Site
    1631 Kings Run Road, Oakland, MD 21550
    1/4 mile east of Rt. 219
     
    Garret Highway Site 
    101080 Garrett Highway, Oakland, MD 21550
    US Rt.219, 1 mile South of Oakland

    135 Site
    12091 Maryland Highway, Swanton, MD 21561
    MD Rt 135, 1/2 mile West of Swanton Hill Road
     
    Bumble Bee Site
    1367 Bumble Bee Road, McHenry, MD 21541
    1.5 miles East of Garrett College
     
    Friendsville Site
    8397 Friendsville Road, Friendsville, MD 21531
    MD Rt. 42, 3/4 miles NW of Friendsville
     
    Grantsville Site
    13168 National Pike, Grantsville, MD 21536
    U.S. Rt. 40, 1/4 mile E of MD Rt. 219 N

    About Garrett County Department of Solid Waste and Recycling: We strive to provide an integrated, cost effective, and environmentally sound solid waste disposal system to all county residents, homeowners, and commercial enterprises. The County promotes and encourages recycling efforts and provide as many recycling opportunities as possible where economically feasible and not in conflict with private sector initiatives.

    Garrett County Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling Facility, also known as the County Landfill, is located off Oakland Sang Run Road available for use by all county residents, businesses, municipalities, visitors and private haulers collecting waste generated within the county. The county also maintains six refuse & recycling sites throughout the county. These sites are available for use by homeowners to dispose of household waste, certain bulk items and recyclables.

  • Inaugural Launch of Garrett County Seniors on the Move is a Success

    Posted 12/22/21

    OAKLAND, Md.—December 21, 2021— With the help of Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. and Garrett Transit Service, the Garrett County Democratic Club is celebrating the successful launch of a fundraising campaign to provide resources for local seniors. Established to support local seniors' physical and emotional well-being, Seniors on the Move (SOTM) provides transportation to area senior centers, congregate meal sites, and the Senior Health & Fitness Club at the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) in McHenry.

    The Garrett County Democratic Club seeded the new initiative with a $1,000 donation and set out with the goal of raising $6,000, enough funds to provide transit services for an entire year. Since June, the funds raised reached well over $6,500, and the SOTM program provided more than 700 rides to seniors from throughout the county.

    "Thank you to all who had a part in the success of the Seniors on the Move program," said Garrett County Democratic Club President Charlene Pullias. "Alongside GCCAC and Garrett Transit Service, we exceeded our targeted amount for the program! The Garrett County Democratic Club is already looking forward to 2022 and keeping SOTM going."

    GCCAC operates senior centers that provide meals, socialization, and activities in Oakland, Grantsville, Crellin, Friendsville, Kitzmiller, and Swanton. The Senior Health & Fitness Center at the CARC in McHenry offers opportunities for seniors to engage in recreation, exercise, and activities, including swimming and group fitness programs.

    Community members interested in making a monetary donation to the mission of GCCAC in support of Seniors on the Move can contact Garrett County CAC at (301) 334-9431.

    About the Garrett County Democratic Club 
    The Garrett County Democratic Club has proudly been a part of the community and the voice of County Democrats for several decades. Club members volunteer and contribute to dozens of non-partisan efforts focused on building a stronger, more prosperous County.  The Club has helped to initiate and stimulate civil dialogue on issues of concern to all of our neighbors.  For more information, please visit https://link.edgepilot.com/s/932ff7ac/Xpv7VWBBYESc_gdXeyGmTg?u=https://www.gcdems.com/garrett-county-democratic-club
     
    The Democratic Women is a group of active and engaged women who meet weekly to discuss local, state and national issues of concern, and to identify ways to work together to support the community and Democratic causes and initiatives.

    About Garrett County Community Action Committee
    Garrett County Community Action Committee, founded in 1965, is a private, nonprofit corporation operating in Garrett County, Maryland. GCCAC works with partners to build a stronger community and provide services that improve the quality of life for residents in Garrett County. Activities and projects are focused on strategies that assist low-income persons to become more self-sufficient. The agency provides a variety of services for individuals, families and seniors. More information regarding programs and services offered by GCCAC can be found at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/404e9c18/VjCT9xSrCkm2SSbY_mnZQg?u=http://www.garrettcac.org/ or by dialing (301) 334.9431.

  • GCCAC Responds to Office of Head Start Vaccination Mandate and Universal Masking

    Posted 12/16/21

    OAKLAND, Md.—December 16, 2021—In response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announcement regarding new Head Start grantee Program Performance Standards, Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. has announced it will be mandating agency-wide COVID-19 vaccinations and universal masking for all Head Start staff, contractors, volunteers, and individuals aged two and older. 

    In a communication issued by Office of Head Start (OHS) Director Dr. Bernadine Futrell, OHS is dedicated to supporting programs, “as the Head Start community navigates implementation of this rule… a fully vaccinated workforce brings hope of reaching more children and families.” 

    Garrett County CAC began planning a course of action following the OHS announcement of November 29, 2021. The use of face masks for everyone in Head Start, Early Head Start, and Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships programs two years of age and older took effect immediately. At the same time, the agency-wide mandated vaccination policy requires individuals to be vaccinated by January 31, 2022. 

    “Garrett County CAC has a duty to put the health and well-being of the individuals and families we serve first,” explained GCCAC President Duane Yoder. “The Garrett County community should not have to worry that they or their children could become affected by their participation in one of our Head Start, Early Head Start, and Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships programs, and beyond. Our goal is to continue providing services, to continue to keep the doors of our classrooms, senior centers, and various supporting locations open.” 

    GCCAC’s endorsement of the OHS mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and universal masking policies aims to protect the safety of its employees, volunteers, contractors, and the Garrett County community members the committee serves. 

    About Garrett County Community Action Committee 
     Garrett County Community Action Committee, founded in 1965, is a private, nonprofit corporation operating in Garrett County, Maryland. GCCAC works with partners to build a stronger community and provide services that improve the quality of life for residents in Garrett County. Activities and projects are focused on strategies that assist low-income persons in becoming more self-sufficient. The agency provides various services for individuals, families, and seniors.

     

  • Garrett Regional Medical Center, Garrett County, and WVU Medicine to hold Virtual Forums

    Posted 12/9/21

    Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) will hold two Virtual Public Forums with West Virginia University Medicine to provide area citizens with information on its proposed full partnership with WVU.

    The forums will be held Tuesday, December 14th, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and then again on Monday, December 20th, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.  The sessions will include a short presentation as well as a question-and-answer period, with members of the public able to submit questions ahead of time.   The panel for the two events will include Mark Boucot, President & CEO at GRMC; Albert Wright, CEO at WVU Medicine; Shane Grady, GRMC Board Chair; and Karl Schwalm, MD, GRMC Board Vice Chair. 

    GRMC first became clinically affiliated with WVU Medicine in 2015.  That affiliation helped GRMC bring cancer care to the community as well as a host of other specialty services, including heart and vascular care, dermatology, nephrology, and urology, among others.

    Through the new arrangement, GRMC would become a full participating member of WVU Medicine, opening the door for the expansion of specialty services to be provided at the GRMC campus in Oakland. The agreement will provide for local autonomy in the governance of the hospital and for local practices to continue to see their patients in the hospital.  The agreement will essentially be a lease the hospital facility to WVU Health System and will guarantee that the hospital will remain in operation for the next 50 years.

    “This is an opportunity to grow the medical services offered in our community while maintaining the culture of excellence and high quality of care standards that Garrett Regional Medical Center is known for,” said Mark Boucot, CEO at GRMC.  “Our original affiliation agreement with WVU Medicine enabled us to provide services at GRMC that are unheard of for most rural hospitals.  Since our initial affiliation, we have been growing toward our vision to become a true regional medical center.  The move to fully partner with WVU Medicine will assure our continued growth and development and service line expansion to best serve our community and throughout our 8-county service area.”

    The first forum, on Tuesday, December 14th starting at 8:30 a.m., can be found at https://zoom.us/j/91297370295

    The second, to be held Monday, December 20th, starting at 3:30 p.m., can be found at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/b25e8632/CV6AwLshFUKD7kuf2pg2tQ?u=https://zoom.us/j/97457478964

    To submit a question for consideration, email jlucas@gcmh.com.

  • Garrett County Kicks-Off Sesquicentennial Celebrations

    Posted 12/1/21

    December 1, 2021, Oakland, MD – The upcoming sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, commemorates the incorporation of Garrett County on December 4, 1872. Garrett County was formed from neighboring Allegany County and was the last county to be created in the state of Maryland. 

    On Monday, December 6, 2021, a sesquicentennial events kick-off will be held at the Garrett County Courthouse in the public meeting room. As part of the scheduled Board of Garrett County Commissioners Public Meeting, this launch event will be a preview of the upcoming celebrations with light refreshments to be served.

    This short program will include a proclamation made by the Board of Garrett County Commissioners and special guest speakers Robert Boal and Albert Feldstein.
    The County will be celebrating throughout the 2022 calendar year with events, displays, commemorative coin souvenirs, and community participation opportunities based on the theme of the event: “Garrett County: Celebrating 150 Years of Connecting Communities”.

    The festivities will culminate with a large, free event scheduled for September 2022. This event will be a tribute to Garrett County and include a walking history tour, a tractor show, performances by local bands, local food and drink, and more.

    For a complete schedule of events and additional information, please visit www.Garrett150.com.

    If you are interested in contacting the planning committee, please reach out to Sarah Myers, County Communications Coordinator at 301-334-7242 or smyers@garrettcounty.org.

  • Garrett Regional Medical Center again Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

    Posted 11/22/21

    Oakland, MD, November 10, 2021 – Garrett Regional Medical Center received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021. This national distinction recognizes GRMC’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and error while in the hospital. 

    “In every department, the staff at GRMC is committed to the community and our patients and managing through the pandemic health crisis.  Each and every day, the demonstrate courage and dedication by coming to work and caring for our patients, despite severe staffing shortages and the dangers of the pandemic,” stated Mark Boucot, GRMC’s President and CEO.  He continued, “It’s an inspiration and I am very grateful for their commitment to treat our patients like family.”
     
    The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as the systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. 

    The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

    “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of Garett Regional Medical Center for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”

    The A grade from Leapfrog marks the third top level achievement in quality care awarded to Garrett Regional Medical Center this year. GRMC was named a Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital by the National Rural Health Association and received a Performance Leadership Award for Outcomes from the National Organization of State offices and Rural Health. 

    To see GRMC’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

    About The Leapfrog Group
    Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

    Garrett Regional Medical Center is an award winning, progressive, Joint Commission accredited acute care facility with 55 inpatient beds in Oakland, Maryland. The hospital serves a population of 46,000 within Garrett County and surrounding communities in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Originally established in 1950, the hospital has continuously evolved to advance the health and wellness needs of the region. Through its clinical affiliation with WVU Medicine, GRMC offers comprehensive health care services unique to a rural location. GRMC is one of the county’s largest employers with more than 450 team members, who are each dedicated to our mission of striving to treat every patient like family.  Learn more at https://www.grmc-wvumedicine.org/ 

  • Garrett Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Rural Health Day 

    Posted 11/15/21

    Oakland, MD, November 9, 2021 – As part of the 2021 National Rural Health Day celebration, Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health with a Performance Leadership Award in Outcomes. 

    The Performance Leadership Awards utilize the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. INDEX data is trusted by rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints, hospital associations and state offices of rural health across the country to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance.

    This is the second national recognition in rural healthcare that GRMC has received this year. In May, GRMC was named a Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital in the United States by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The rankings are based on a rigorous assessment of patient data from hospitals across the country using the Hospital Strength Index.

    “The recent recognitions Garrett Regional Medical Center has received all reflect the hard work and dedication of our incredible staff,” noted Mark Boucot, GRMC’s President and CEO. “I am honored and proud to be part of a team that makes excellent patient care the center of everything we do. We have established certain standards and quality measures that have become a way of life at GRMC. It shows in the distinctions we have won and in our exceptional patient care statistics.”

    The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) sets aside the third Thursday of every November for National Rural Health Day, which provides an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” and honor the selfless, community-minded spirit that prevails in rural America. 

    “We are proud to mark this year’s National Rural Health Day by recognizing rural hospitals’ steadfast commitment to serving their communities and delivering high quality care,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “In the face of tremendous challenges, these top quartile performers continue to exemplify the power of rural and create a blueprint for excellence in quality, outcomes and patient perspectives.”

    National Rural Health Day showcases the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health, and other rural stakeholders to address the unique health care challenges rural communities face and recognize the innovation, quality of care, and dedication rural health care professionals and volunteers provide. 

    For more information about the hospital, visit www.grmc-wvumedicine.org

  • Garrett County Chamber Wins Two Awards at the 2021 Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit

    Posted 11/12/21

    Hanover, MD - The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce won two awards at the 40th Annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit presented by the Maryland Tourism Coalition at Maryland Live Casino in Hanover, Maryland this week. Competing against nominees from other counties and businesses in the state, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce won the Best Small Event award from the Maryland Tourism Coalition for their 2020 Autumn Glory Float Contest and the Maryland Office of Tourism’s Market Expansion award for their Winter 20/21 Garrett County Advertising Campaign. 

    The Best Small Event award is presented to an event, tour, destination, program or experience that is innovative, a model for others and a successful Maryland tourism product with a budget of less than $5,000. During Fall 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing restrictions on crowd sizes, and with concern for the safety of our citizens and visitors, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce decided to cancel the main attraction of their 53rd Annual Autumn Glory Festival, the 2020 Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade. Since one of the most popular aspects of the parade are the autumn-themed floats, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce created the 2020 Autumn Glory Float Contest, sponsored by Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine. The Chamber asked local businesses and organizations to create Autumn-themed floats that would be placed throughout the County to be viewed by visitors and vote for their favorite float at our website. Ten floats were displayed at seven locations throughout the County and the top three vote-getters received cash prizes.

    The Market Expansion award is presented to the entrant who has successfully offered a Maryland tourism product into a wider section of an existing, or new, demographic and geographic market. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce ran a comprehensive winter 20/21 advertising campaign, which included an increase in television flights, geofencing digital ads and specific digital ads running in target markets, resulting in increases in traffic to their website, visitdeepcreek.com; in County lodging collections and in Garrett County’s overall tourism sales tax revenues. 
    “We are so honored to accept the Best Small Event award from the Maryland Tourism Coalition and the Market Expansion award from the Maryland Office of Tourism,” said Sarah Duck, Vice President of Tourism & Marketing at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.  “We want to thank all of our 2020 local businesses, and our title sponsor, Garrett Regional Medical Center, who participated in our 2020 Autumn Glory Float Contest. We are also thrilled to have our winter advertising campaign recognized by the Maryland Office of Tourism; it is always gratifying to be honored by our peers from around the State.” 

    For more information about the Maryland Tourism Coalition and the annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit, visit mdtourism.org. For more information about the Maryland Office of Tourism, please log onto visitmaryland.org. For more information about the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, please call 301.387.4386 or log onto visitdeepcreek.com. 

    The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is the largest professional business association in the region with 525 members representing every industry in the community.  The mission of the Chamber is to organize, support and represent Garrett County’s business community in advancing common interests and, additionally, to promote Garrett County’s hospitality and recreation industry by attracting visitors to the county through comprehensive marketing. The Garrett County Chamber also serves as the Destination Marketing Organization and Heritage Area Management entity for the County.

  • Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop Charity Basket Raffle raise over $12,000 for Cindy’s Fund

    Posted 11/5/21

    OAKLAND, MD -Garrett Regional Medical Center’s Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop has helped raise over $12,000 for Cindy’s Fund, the local charity that benefits Garrett County cancer patients and their families. 

    The gift shop, located in the hospital’s lobby, coordinated and sponsored a series of themed basket raffles over the past year. The volunteers who operate the Gift Shop sold chances on each basket to hospital staff. Winners were drawn each month.

    “This was such a wonderful fundraiser because the money stays in our community,” noted Kendra Thayer, Chief Operating Officer at GRMC. “It also involved our staff across departments in both creating the baskets and buying chances to win them. It was a welcome respite from the pressures we’ve experienced in the COVID pandemic.”

    Orchestrated by Sarah Folio, GRMC’s Gift Shop Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, and Darcie Ashby, Emergency Room Technician at GRMC, the raffle originally started as an annual fundraiser. Once each year various departments would provide themed baskets – movie night, pets, camping, etc. – and the Gift Shop would sell chances for winning each basket. 

    In 2021, the decision was made to do multiple baskets every few months. Over the course of the year, 24 baskets were created by the hospital’s various departments and donated to the Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop. Selling chances mostly to hospital staff allowed the Gift Shop to donate over $12,000 to Cindy’s Fund.

    “Hospital staff are completely responsible for the success of this fundraising effort,” said Ms. Folio. “They not only purchased chances on the monthly baskets, they also donated the items for the various baskets. Almost all of the hospital’s departments
    donated baskets in this effort. It’s a really wonderful show of support for cancer patients in our community.” 

    Cindy’s Fund helps Garrett County cancer patients, and their families cover miscellaneous expenses involved in seeking treatment that are not covered by insurance. Items supplied by Cindy’s Fund can include gas cards to cover the cost of travelling for care, hotel stays, medications, nutritional supplements, as well as hospital and physician co-payments.  The charity takes all requests into consideration.  Cindy’s Fund also works very closely with the GRMC Cancer Center to receive referrals of cancer patients in need of assistance.

    The next raffle will be held in December 2021 and will include Christmas trees with gift cards from businesses in the Oakland area.  

    For more information about the basket raffles or Cindy’s Fund, contact Sarah Folio at 301-533-4055 or sdfolio@gcmh.com

  • Serving Those Who Served: Honoring Veteran’s Day

    Posted 11/4/21

    Terra Alta, WV – As the nation honors American heroes for their military service on Veterans Day, Alpine Lake Resort extends that recognition as well. 

    On Thursday, November 11, from 4pm to 9pm, the resort is holding an event in the lodge to remember and honor our local veterans. The resort requests that patrons bring their photos and stories to share. 

    The resort is also collecting food donations for the fourth-grader Izabelle Dimick’s “Food for Vets” project. Izabelle's newly created food pantry is available through a partnership with local AMVETS Post 17. The food is made available to veterans and their families located in Preston County, WV and Garrett County, MD. 

    At Thursday’s event, a feature will be a luminaria walk outside the lodge. For a $10 donation, luminarias can be purchased “in honor of” or “in memory of” any veteran. The proceeds will benefit AMVETs, Disabled Vets, and Wounded Warriors and can be purchased by calling the Alpine Lake Resort front desk at 304-789-2481 or online at www.AlpineLake.com/honoring-veterans-day. 

    Alpine Lake Resort has made a $500 donation to Izabelle's project and is offering a collection box for the public in the lobby of the resort through the month of November. 

    PHOTO: Izabelle Dimick (L) accepts a donation check from Kellie Hardesty (R), Assistant Manager, Alpine Lake Resort.