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  • NeuBeam Announces Opening of New Garrett County Office

    Posted 1/8/2021

    NeuBeam is pleased to announce the opening of its new Garrett County headquarters office in Oakland, Maryland. NeuBeam delivers affordable, high quality Internet services to Garrett County, helping customers “connect to what matters.” The new office will facilitate the continued growth of its customer base, operations and market expansion throughout the region.

    NeuBeam’s new office is located at 89 Pleasant Hill Drive, Unit 1B in Oakland, and it will create a full-service facility staffed with local sales, service, technical support and operational personnel responsible for the Garrett County market area.

  • Comptroller Franchot Awards R. Clayton Mitchell Award for Garrett County to Peggy Jamison

    Posted 1/6/21

    Comptroller Peter Franchot virtually presented the R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. Awards for Distinguished Public Service on December 21, 2020. The Mitchell Award recognizes past or current elected officials at all levels of government who exemplify Mitchell's spirit of public service, demonstrating strong leadership, humility and compassion for their communities. For Garrett County, this year’s winner is Peggy Jamison, municipal circuit rider and former Oakland mayor and councilwoman.

    Regarding Peggy's service Comptroller Franchot said, "Peggy Jamison’s lifetime of service to Oakland and Garrett County has been exemplary. She worked tirelessly to transform municipal government into an effective agent for its citizens while supporting the small businesses that built Oakland’s Main Street into a tourist destination. The lasting impact of Peggy’s adroit leadership as a dedicated public servant will be felt for decades to come.”

  • Boal & Associates Reaches 20 Year Milestone

    Posted 1/4/21

    Boal & Associates PC is celebrating 20 years in business in Oakland as of Jan. 1. The company was founded in 2001 by Brian R. Boal, a certified public accountant. He purchased the business from another CPA, Willetta W. Mateer, and first called it Brian R. Boal, CPA before changing the name to Boal & Associates. Since then, the business has grown from only one employee to seven associates. The company offers such services as business and individual tax preparation and planning, payroll services, small business accounting and estate tax planning.

  • Town of Oakland to Begin Taking Pavilion Reservations

    Posted 12/21/20

    The Town of Oakland will begin taking phone reservations for calendar year 2021 pavilion rentals beginning at 8:30 am on January 4, 2021. Requests for rentals at Broadford Lake, the Glades Pavilion, and the Mountain Fresh Pavilion will only be taken via phone this year, which is different from prior years. Oakland City Hall is closed to the public so reservations must be made over the phone. Walk-in guests will not be admitted into the building. To make reservations, please call 301-334-2691. For information on our pavilions and updated pricing, please visit http://oaklandmd.com/rentals.html.  

  • GRMC Represented at Marine Corps Golf Tournament

    Posted 10/5/2020

    Jeff Hinebaugh, Director of Emergency Services at Garrett Regional Medical Center, Crystal Sadowski, Dave Sweitzer, and Jeremy Whitacre represented the hospital in the annual Marine Corps Golf Tournament held in late September. The team finished in second place. 


  • Dr. Lynda Dougherty Featured Speaker at National Medical Webinar

    Posted 9/28/2020
    OAKLAND, MD – Lynda Dougherty, MD, FACS, FASCRS, a colorectal specialty surgeon at Garrett Regional Medical Center who also owns and operates Deep Creek Colon and Rectal Surgery in Oakland, recently participated as a presenter in a national webinar produced by the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS). The webinar was attended by surgeons throughout the United States.
    Dr. Dougherty was invited by ASCRS to be a presenter for the webinar, “Should I stay or should I go,” a session focused on career transitions and their impact on personal and professional growth. Dr. Dougherty’s move to Garrett County and the practice of rural medicine came after she spent 20 years working in her specialty at a large hospital in Fairfax, VA, a suburb of Washington, DC.
    The webinar included a diverse group of speakers offering advice on making major career decisions based on their own experiences. Transitions discussed included changing hospitals or surgery centers, changing roles within a hospital or surgery center, changing the type of practice within colorectal surgery, or leaving clinical medicine via retirement or a change in administrative responsibilities.
    Dr. Dougherty’s move from a busy practice in suburban Washington, DC, one of the most congested areas in the country, to Garrett County, MD, one of Maryland’s most rural communities, enabled her to contribute an interesting perspective to the webinar’s content.
    “We had been coming to Garrett County for 10 years before we decided to relocate,” Dr. Dougherty says. “So we knew the community to a certain extent, and we loved it. So when we decided to move, we had a very good idea of what we were getting into. Practicing rural medicine is a different than practicing in suburbia, which is what I had been doing, and while I knew it would be different, I did run across some bumps along the way. As a presenter in the webinar, I was able to use my experience transitioning from suburban to rural as an example of how to handle changes in one’s professional practice, and how to handle the personal challenges that come with that as well.”
    Dr. Dougherty is a colorectal specialist, the only such specialist in the western Maryland region. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and served as president of the Chesapeake Colorectal Society from 2017 to 2018.  
    Upon relocating to Garrett County in 2018, she and her family became involved in the community and are active supporters of Hart for Animals, Garrett College, the Deep Creek Winter Sports Team, and Garrett Regional Medical Center, where she serves as a surgeon.
    “One of the recommendations I made in the webinar is that if you are moving to a new area, especially to a rural area, become involved in the community. That’s how you’re going to be seen as someone who wants to contribute. The community here has welcomed us, and supports me as a local practitioner.”
    The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is an organization for colon and rectal and other surgeons dedicated to assuring high quality patient care. The ASCRS supports advancing science through research and supports education for prevention and management of disorders of the colon, rectum and anus.
    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
  • 9 holes + 9 holes = Thousand Acres Golf Club

    Posted 9/23/2020

    Thousand Acres Golf Club, at Deep Creek Lake MD, proudly welcomes back Bob Raley as the new club General Manager. Bob launched his career with Thousand Acres in 2007, with the construction of the first nine holes, currently available for play. He returns this month to oversee the completion of the back nine holes and will lead the club to fulfill its 18-hole championship course destiny, anticipated in the summer of 2022.

    Not only is Bob a Garrett County, MD local favorite, he’s an accomplished agronomist and has worked for national turfgrass and fertilizer companies. “This is a dream job for me. I get to finish what I started, do what I love and help develop and manage one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in any resort area.” The course is continually top rated by players on social media and apps like TheGrint, GolfShot, Facebook and Google reviews. The course is housed in the private, luxury wooded lakeside community of Thousand Acres, and is open for play to members, residents and the public.

    For more information on Thousand Acres Golf Club visit https://thousandacresgolf.com/

    For more information on purchasing a future homesite with a golf course or lake view visit https://thousandacresproperties.com/

  • Garrett County Economic Development Update

    Posted 9/22/2020
    September 22, 2020, Oakland, MD – Michael Hough, Garrett County Director of Economic Development, has announced his resignation effective November 10, 2020.
    Mr. Hough joined Garrett County Economic Development after his retirement as the Western Maryland and Pennsylvania Regional President of BB&T Corporation.
    During his tenure, Mr. Hough was instrumental in the management and advancement of several economic development department initiatives to include:
    Keyser’s Ridge Industrial Park
         o Infrastructure development
         o Leadership on broadband expansion projects
    New construction spec building the McHenry Business Park
         o Partnership with MEDCO (Maryland Economic Development Corporation) for 20,000 square feet of leasable space with direct connection to the Garrett County Airport
    Business Development
         o Hired a Business Development Specialist to work with the municipalities and attract development opportunities in our communities
    Workforce Housing Project in Grantsville
         o Acquisition and development of a housing project in Grantsville with County contribution less than 15% of total project costs
    Business Assistance Loan Programs
         o In response to COVID-19, PPE (personal protective equipment) and Operating Cost grant opportunities for local businesses
    “Mike’s perspective was valuable in making headway on several Economic Development Department initiatives,” said Board of Garrett County Commissioners Chair Paul Edwards. “We look forward to seeing these projects to fruition.”
    In the interim, Kim Durst, Manager of Business Development will oversee the day to day operations of the Department.  Kim may be reached at 301-334-1992 or kdurst@garrettcounty.org.
  • Wisp Resort 2020 Winter Plans

    Posted 9/18/2020

    Dear Winter Enthusiast,

    As somebody who has long been committed to an active outdoor lifestyle, particularly as a skier, I can honestly say there has never been a time when I anticipated the arrival of ski season more than this year. The magic of winter - snow silently falling, the sharp bite of winter on the face and the excitement of linking turns on every unique run are always special. This year it’s safe to say “special” could be expanded to include therapeutic. In a sense, we need this ski season for our emotional and physical wellbeing as much as for our enjoyment. We believe recreation is one of the essential food groups - now more than ever.

    I want to share plans for Wisp Resort for the upcoming winter. There has been so much uncertainty since the COVID-19 pandemic first upended our lives. Among the many lessons learned are the importance of clear and consistent communication, setting realistic expectations, and need for tolerance for unexpected changes.

    The embrace of all these lessons is going to be critical to a successful winter season, as is the recognition we are all in this together. A collective effort must be part of the foundation for success as we strive to balance the safety of our guests, employees, and the local communities in which we operate our business.

    In addition to following all Centers for Disease Control and local regulations, Wisp Resort will require face coverings, make the necessary changes to allow for physical distancing, and closely monitor employee health including requiring employees to stay home if they are sick. Similarly, we encourage guests to not visit if they are not feeling well or have any symptoms of COVID-19. We will implement additional precautions related to ski school, rental equipment, food and beverage, and hospitality as further outlined below.

    We plan to open the resort for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing on Friday, November 27. As always, this depends on weather, but our summer and fall work is prioritized to have everything ready for an on time opening.

    As you know, capacity restrictions have been one of the tools used to manage the spread of the novel corona virus. Skiing and snowboarding at Wisp Resort takes place on over 137 acres of terrain to ensure the opportunity to safely recreate. Nevertheless, we will adhere to any limitations imposed by State and local authorities. To what extent requirements may change is still unknown, however, we are confident any restrictions will be limited and guests will have full access on the vast majority of days.

    Season pass holders will be our highest priority in managing any restrictions. It is our intention to allow pass holders to ski any day the resort is open without reservations or other exceptional requirements. Our primary means to control capacity will be done by limiting the sale of daily lift tickets.

    It is possible we may need to control the number of skiers, including pass holders, in the event there is limited terrain open. In such case, we will implement an online advance reservation system and requirements for reservations will be communicated on the website, via email, and on the resort app. Pass holders are strongly encouraged to download the resort app and enable push messaging. This will be the quickest and most certain way to stay abreast of changes of any kind.

    Face coverings will be required to access the mountain, including in the base area, in lift lines and while loading, unloading and riding on chairlifts. Face coverings will be required in every part of our operation including inside all buildings and during all ski and snowboard lessons. We are asking everyone to support these necessary changes and cooperate with resort workers who are in the challenging role of ensuring everyone’s safety. Guests who don’t comply with the guidelines will be asked to leave.

    We will do everything possible and practical to allow for physical distancing throughout the resort to help ensure a safe experience. We will manage the flow of people around the resort and load lifts by maintaining physical distancing guidelines applicable to each individual lift configuration. We will also manage the number of people entering buildings including base lodges and restaurants in accordance with local guidelines. Currently the maximum number of people allowed indoors in a gathering space is at 50% occupancy. This number may change between now and the beginning of ski season or even during the season. We are working to expand areas to comfortably accommodate guests while maintaining distancing requirements and revising menus and service levels that strike a balance between safety, forced capacity limits, and reasonable hospitality. Some of the “new norms” we all have embraced over the summer - online ordering, takeout, grab-and-go and outdoor dining - will be in place for the winter.

    Ski School is an important part of every mountain operation because it introduces people to the sport and helps them improve so the sport is more enjoyable. Our teaching professionals are always committed to safety and enjoyment while learning, and this season that will be highlighted more than ever. Ski and snowboard school formats will be revised to accommodate either small groups or individual self-paced learning options. Children’s programs will be on-snow with small class sizes, whereby further minimizing exposure to larger group settings. Advanced reservations will be required for all lessons and programs.

    Equipment rental will be available exclusively online with advance reservations. Pick up and drop off of equipment may be modified to accommodate social distancing and to limit the number of people in confined spaces.

    There is no avoiding the fact that navigating your way around the resort will be different this winter. Compared to the alternative of no ski season, I hope you’ll agree the changes are manageable and worth any inconvenience.

    Our website, wispresort.com, will be updated regularly with the latest info on restrictions and other important information. The resort app, available for both iOS or Android (downloadable here), will be one of the best ways to stay informed through notifications and current status updates.

    Advance planning and online advance purchases will be more important than ever. Most products will only be available online in advance. Knowing what to expect when you arrive will go a long way toward minimizing confusion and frustration.

    Finally, for those who purchased a season pass for this year but are still uncertain about their preferences this winter, please remember there is the option to defer the use of that pass until next season:

    Anyone who buys a Mission: Affordable season pass for the 2020/2021 season can choose to request to defer the use of the pass until the 2021/2022 season.

    The request must be made by sending an email stating the request between October 1st and November 25th, 2020, and the request must include the pass holder name and the number on the pass.

    This is not an offer of a cash refund or any other credit offer and only applies to the one-time deferral of a 2020/2021 season pass in exchange for a 2021/2022 season pass.

    The pass will be moved to the 2021/2022 winter season at no charge, regardless of a season pass price increase.

    As you can see, we are planning lots of changes with the objective of making us all safer and more comfortable this winter season. While some of the changes will be a little inconvenient, we think it is a small price to accept for safety and the opportunity to have a great season on the slopes. I look forward to seeing you soon.


    Ron Hawkes
    General Manager


    Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present. The resort has implemented protocols to prioritize guest health and safety, but we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit. The risk of being exposed or becoming sick due to COVID-19 cannot be eliminated. Every skier and snowboarder shares the responsibility for a safe and healthy skiing experience. It is your responsibility to read and comply with all instructions and signage posted at the resort and on the resort’s website. Stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Wear a face covering in designated areas and maintain at least 6 feet physical distancing from other guests, including in lift lines. Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.

  • UPMC Western Maryland Opens Center for Hope and Healing

    Posted 9/9/2020

    CUMBERLAND – On Tuesday September 2, 2020, UPMC Western Maryland officially opened its Center for Hope and Healing, a 24-hour residential treatment facility that will house patients with substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

    The center is located on Leslie Lane, adjacent to the UPMC Western Maryland main campus, and was built on land gifted to UPMC Western Maryland from the state. Funding for the project was largely attributed to a $1,000,000 pledge from the WMHS Auxiliary, including an initial gift of $400,000 made in May of 2019. Ground broke on the facility last August.

    At a ribbon cutting ceremony held on August 6, UPMC Western Maryland President Barry Ronan said, “Today we celebrate the opening of this historic behavioral health and substance abuse treatment center. It will benefit so many patients that face these challenges in our region.”

    Auxiliary President Julie Davis, who works as the Fire Administration Officer for the City of Cumberland Fire Department, said at the time of the initial gift, “I see the impact this crisis has on a daily basis. I see how it taxes our emergency service providers. We were all unanimously in favor of facing this challenge and supporting a valuable asset that will effectively address the need.”
    “The community has said loud and clear that there is a tremendous need for behavioral health, which includes both mental health and substance abuse treatment services,” said Jeff O’Neal, Executive Director, Clinics, Practices, and Behavioral Health Services. “This is something special for our community, and I’d like to thank everyone that made this possible. We are now the envy of every other hospital-based program in the state.”

    The center will serve patients who are suffer from chronic mental illnesses and those with opioid addiction. It has 8 beds, a communal area where group and one on one outreach will be provided, and a kitchen, along with a working area for staff. Patients will stay roughly 10 days and the option to extend the stay 10 more days will exist.

    “This residential treatment center will provide a bridge to the gap between patients who present at our emergency department in acute crisis that may not need to be admitted,” O’Neal said. “It will also be used as a step down for those patients coming out of the hospital, so we can provide them stability that will allow them to maintain in the community and not go back into the hospital.
    “This facility provides a safe, residential environment where they will have counseling and physician services. Twenty days in a facility like that can absolutely make a difference between a patient needing to go back to the emergency department and being able to sustain and maintain in the community. While in this facility, individuals will have all of their basic needs met, while receiving treatment and linkage to the additional resources in the community they may need,” O’Neal said.

    Sherry Schmitt, Immediate Past President of the Auxiliary, said the center will be a much-needed resource. “Everyone we talked to finds it to be such a worthwhile and positive thing, she said at the time of the groundbreaking. “We have all had people in our lives who are dealing with addiction or have behavioral health problems. We can connect this with the other programs at UPMC Western Maryland and, as a result, we have a shot at making a real impact. Speaking personally, though I imagine most who work in health care would agree, we all seek to find that one thing that will help just one person.”

    About UPMC

    A $21 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 90,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.8 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.4 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid more than $500 million in federal, state, and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial, and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside among the nation’s best hospitals in many specialties and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to UPMC.com.

  • Garrett Regional Medical Center Commemorates Dr. Barbara L. Leighton

    Posted 9/4/2020

    Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) honored the late Dr. Barbara L. Leighton with the unveiling of her photograph in the hospital’s history hall to commemorate her incredible legacy as the chief of anesthesia. 

    The unveiling was attended by Dr. Leighton's sister, Ann Leighton; Dr. Leighton's husband, Mark Salsgiver; and her husband's daughter, Jennifer Salsgiver. The family is pictured with GRMC President and CEO Mark Boucot, Chief of Medical Staff Dr. Stanley Lambert, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marjorie Fridkin.

  • Mountain Laurel Medical Center is proud to be a recipient of this Quality recognition

    Posted 9/3/2020

    Oakland, MD- Mountain Laurel Medical Center is proud to be a recipient of this Quality recognition.

    Annually, Mountain Laurel Medical Center submits a variety of quality and statistical information to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under a report called the Uniform Data System (UDS). Nationally, all Community Health Centers are required to provide this data. The information is used to track national trends in healthcare delivery, healthcare metrics on targeted improvement initiatives, demographics, and a host of other items.

    Mountain Laurel Medical Center has been a proud recipient of the annual award for the past 7 years based on data displaying the quality and value of service to the communities it serves.

    HRSA accumulates the data into 8 categories and provides an opportunity for a Quality Improvement Award (QIA) to “promote optimization of overall quality, efficiency, and value of the health care services provided by the nation’s health centers and to celebrate their achievements in providing high-quality care.” It’s important to note that these QIA awards “recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide.”

    Mountain Laurel Medical Center is proud to be a recipient of this Quality recognition. In fact, we have received the 2nd highest reward in the State of Maryland and one of only two State recipients receiving this recognition for 6 out of 8 measurements. This recognition is an affirmation of the quality care and outcomes we deliver for our patients at Mountain Laurel through the efforts of our entire team.

    “Thank you for the teamwork to make this happen, the patient-focused care that we clearly deliver, and your commitment to continuous improvement that made this recognition possible. We are Making a Difference.” Says, CEO Brian Bailey.

  • Mountain Laurel Medical Center’s Westernport location receives the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home status

    Posted 9/3/2020

    Shawn Long, Chief Medical Officer, says, “The NCQA PCMH Recognition was developed to identify medical practices that have invested in a model of care that puts the patients at the forefront and where continuous quality improvement is a priority. Mountain Laurel Medical Center adopted this model over 7 years ago and set the stage for all sites to uniformly provide care using policies and procedures that align with this concept and achieve a high standard of care. So, thank you to every employee across the organization who contributes daily to the continuation of this level of care. Thank you to the Westernport team. Since the day of opening that site, the entire staff has displayed team-based care; has placed a value on care management and patient education; has tracked, measured, and continuously improved the quality of care; has prioritized care transitions; and has provided incredible access for the community they serve.”

  • Mountain Laurel Medical Center is Accredited by ADCES to Provide Quality Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support

    Posted 9/3/2020

    Oakland, MD — Mountain Laurel Medical Center has achieved the significant milestone of accreditation by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES). Accreditation represents a high level of quality and service to the community, and the ability to better meet the needs of Medicare recipients and others affected by diabetes in the Western Maryland Region.

    “Congratulations to Emilee Friend and her entire team that creates, improves, supports, and provides services for Mountain Laurel Medical Center’s ADCES DSME Program. Mountain Laurel Medical Center’s program is ‘Glucose to Goal.’ As a provider, I proudly and confidently refer my patients with diabetes to this program.” – Chief Medical Officer Shawn Long

    Diabetes education services utilize a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes work with a diabetes educator to receive individualized care to help them reach their health goals. Diabetes education is a covered Medicare benefit when delivered through an accredited program.

    “Evidence shows diabetes education and support is helping people with diabetes to lower their A1c’s and obtain the knowledge and skills to better self-manage their condition,” said Sacha Uelmen, Director of Accreditation at ADCES.

    ADCES is a National Accredited Organization (NAO) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Accredited programs must meet the 2017 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support; 10 standards that are revised every 5 years by a group of diabetes educators representing both ADCES and the American Diabetes Association and approved by CMS. Programs must maintain compliance with the Standards during the 4-year accreditation cycle.
    About ADCES:

    ADCES, formerly known as the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through innovative education, management, and support. With more than 14,000 professional members, including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise specialists, and others, ADCES has a vast network of practitioners working with people who have, are affected by, or are at risk for diabetes. Learn more at www.diabeteseducator.org, or visit us on Facebook (Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists), Twitter (@ADCESdiabetes), and Instagram (@ADCESdiabetes).

  • GRMC Named a Top Hospital by Becker’s Hospital Review 

    Posted 8/31/2020

    (Oakland, MD)- Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has been named a top hospital for patient experience by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading publication of the health care industry. This distinction recognizes GRMC as being among the top five hospitals for patient experience in the state of Maryland. In addition to GRMC, other Maryland hospitals to make the list include John Hopkins Hospital and Mercy Medical Center, both in Baltimore; Atlantic General Hospital, in Berlin; and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda. 

    “It is our mission at GRMC to treat each patient like a member of our own family,” said Mark Boucot, GRMC president and CEO. “It is that personal level of care that makes a difference to our patients. Being recognized at this level is a testament to our dedicated staff and the incredible work they do every day. Even through these challenging times, we continuously strive to deliver excellent health care to our community.”

    Becker’s Hospital Review used data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAPS) scores and other information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to find the top hospitals in each state. HCAHPS is a nationally conducted survey that hospitals in the United States use to assess how patients perceive a recent hospital stay. Patients are polled on several topics, including nurse and doctor communication, responsiveness of hospital staff, and communication about medicine, discharge information, and care transition. 

    While some states had as many as 15 hospitals listed, Maryland had only five. Of the five, only Garrett Regional Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center received five-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2020.
    Recognition for its excellent patient experience is one of several top honors Garrett Regional Medical Center has received this year. In addition to its coveted 5-star rating by the CMS, GRMC was named a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital by the Chartis Group for the second year in a row, and received an ‘A’ grade for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, which grades patient safety at hospitals throughout the country.

    Mr. Boucot says much credit for GRMC’s excellent care goes to the hospital’s staff and the frontline councils through which they bring ideas, suggestions, and concerns to management.

    “All of the statistics that reflect the excellent care we provide here at Garrett Regional Medical Center - the lowest readmission rate in the state, the top rated hospital in the state for reducing hospital-acquired conditions, a surgical site infection rate far lower than the national average –stem in part from the input our frontline staff provides on issues they see on a daily basis. We’ve changed processes and policies based on input received through our Patient Safety, Patient Experience, and Employee Engagement councils, which are open to any employee to attend. We listen to our staff, and I think the quality care our patients receive is a direct result of that,” continued Mr. Boucot. 

    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/ 

  • Trone Earns ‘Spirit of the Enterprise’ Award from U.S. Chamber of Commerce for Supporting American Businesses, Only Representative from Maryland to Receive the Award

    Posted 8/26/2020

    WASHINGTON -- Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized U.S. Representative David Trone as a recipient of the prestigious “Spirit of Enterprise” Award. The award recognizes Members of Congress who promote pro-economic growth policies and who work in a bipartisan fashion to get real results for American workers and businesses. Trone was the only member of the Maryland Congressional Delegation and one of only 32 Democrats nationally to receive the award.

    “From my time working on my father’s chicken and hog farm to my experience opening my first store and growing that to a large organization, I know the hard work and grit it takes to own a business in this country,” said Congressman David Trone. “When I came to Congress, the lessons I learned from business came with me, and I’ve been able to introduce legislation and vote with a business owners’ perspective in mind. I’m honored to receive this award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and will continue working hard to promote policies that support business owners all across America.”

    “In these uncertain times with daunting economic and social challenges facing our nation, it is imperative that leaders in Washington are focused on propelling American businesses forward to create jobs and economic growth from California to Maine,” said Thomas J. Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “As we rebuild our economy, legislators must lead by pursuing bipartisan solutions that create jobs and promote a free enterprise system. I’m proud to recognize these 259 Members of Congress for their commitment to driving opportunity and prosperity in America’s workforce and on Main Streets across the nation.”

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Congressional Scorecard can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Qp4W2d

    A breakdown of the Congressional Scorecard can be found here: https://bit.ly/2G1EwSb

    Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees, where he is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

  • Little Yough Family Flicks Schedule

    Posted 8/25/2020

    Little Yough Family Flicks is a free event offered by The Mayor and Town Council of Oakland, MD, The Oakland Heritage Community Foundation, Inc., and the Greater Oakland Business Association. The event is a showcase of four family-friendly movies on Friday evenings in the Oakland Town Parking Lot. The Little Yough Family Flicks is a rebranding of the formerly known Oakland Pocket Park Movies. 

    The event kicked off last Friday with a showing of Playing with Fire sponsored by Mountain Laurel Medical Center. The schedule for the rest of the event is as follows:

    08/28/2020- Onward sponsored by Club 21550

    09/11/2020- Aladdin sponsored by First People’s Community Federal Credit Union

    09/18/2020- Frozen II sponsored by GCC Technologies, LLC

    All showings begin at 8:30pm, weather permitting. 

    The movies will be shown on a large inflatable screen and the sound will be transmitted via FM radio so guests are invited to watch from their vehicles. 

    It is recommended that guests follow the COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines set by the CDC and Governor Hogan.  

    For additional information, upcoming scheduled movies, or questions, Like and Follow Oakland Little Yough Family Flicks on Facebook or contact Nicole McCullough at Oakland City Hall, 301-334-2691. 

  • GRMC Welcomes New General Surgeon, Jonathan E. Tannebaum, MD

    Posted 8/17/2020

    (Oakland, MD)- Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) welcomes new board-certified general surgeon to Garrett Surgical Group, Jonathan E. Tannebaum. Dr. Tannebaum graduated from Jefferson Medical College and completed his surgical residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. He has worked as a general surgeon for eleven years at several hospitals, including Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, Warren General Hospital in Warren, PA, and most recently at Olean General Hospital in Olean, NY.

    “As we continue to expand our communities’ access to quality care, it is an honor to welcome a new general surgeon, Johnathan Tannebaum, MD, to our medical staff” said Kendra Thayer, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Operating Officer. “He will be joining Dr. Walch and Dr. Fridkin at Garrett Surgical Group and will begin seeing patients in September.”

    As a general surgeon, Dr. Tannebaum has a broad range of expertise in surgical procedures including abdomen, breast, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, surgical oncology, trauma, burns, and vascular surgery as well as preoperative, operative and postoperative management. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons. 

    Prior to medical school Dr. Tannebaum studied psychology and art therapy at George Washington University and worked as an Art Therapy Intern at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institution and Charter Behavioral Systems of Maryland. 

    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/

  • Town of Oakland to Host Outdoor Movies in the Town Parking Lot

    Posted 8/14/2020

    A pop-up style movie theater is planned at the Oakland Town Parking Lot. The Mayor and Town Council of Oakland, MD, The Oakland Heritage Community Foundation, Inc., and the Greater Oakland Business Association are gearing up to host ‘Little Yough Family Flicks' a series of outdoor movies. The series will kick off Friday, August 21, 2020 at 8:30 p.m. with the 2019 film ‘Playing with Fire’, sponsored by Mountain Laurel Medical Center, weather permitting.

    The Little Yough Family Flicks is a rebranding of the formerly known Oakland Pocket Park Movies. The name has changed but the fun, family evenings will remain the same.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers were driven to navigate different scenarios to make this an enjoyable yet safe event for the community. This led to the creation of a pop-up style, drive-in theatre. The movies will be shown on a large inflatable screen and the sound will be transmitted via FM radio so guests are invited to watch from their vehicles. 

    It is recommended that guests follow the COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines set by the CDC and Governor Hogan.  

    "So many community events and activities have been postponed or canceled this summer and we wanted to provide a safe, fun, free experience for our Oakland residents and visitors,” said Nicole McCullough, Oakland Business Coordinator. ““Together with key local business sponsors, we’re delighted to bring this series of free movie nights to the community, while prioritizing safety in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.”

    The series will run from every Friday, from August 21, 2020 to September 18, 2020 with a break on Friday, September 4, 2020 for the Labor Day Holiday, weather permitting. The sponsors for the 2020 Little Yough Family Flicks are Mountain Laurel Medical Center, the Garrett County Health Department, First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union, and GCC Technologies. 

    For additional information, upcoming scheduled movies, or questions, Like and Follow Oakland Little Yough Family Flicks on Facebook or contact Nicole McCullough at Oakland City Hall, 301-334-2691.

  • Declaration Networks Named to Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies

    Posted 8/14/2020

    Declaration Networks Group, Inc. (DNG), a leading provider of rural broadband services, announced today that it has made the annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. DNG has had an impressive three-year growth rate of 190% from 2016 to 2019 and joins the Inc. 5000 list, along with the most successful businesses in America, which has previously included the likes of Microsoft, Dell, Pandora, LinkedIn, and others. 

    “The DNG team is delighted and proud to be recognized as an industry leader by being named to the Inc. 5000 list,” said Bob Nichols, CEO of DNG. “Our mission is to close the digital divide and drive all the positive economic, educational, healthcare and social benefits that broadband access energizes in the communities that we serve. Making the Inc. 5000 list reflects our commitment and the success that we have had in deploying our networks in rural America.” 

    Under the NeuBeam™ brand, DNG provides residential and business customers affordable high-speed internet services allowing them to telework, participate in online learning, receive telehealth services, as well as providing digital transformation for rural agriculture and utility industries through increased access to advanced wireless and cloud application technologies. 

    DNG has successfully deployed its cooperative model in Virginia, Maryland and Washington State through private equity, public Federal awards via FCC and USDA broadband programs, as well as through a strategic relationship with Microsoft as a partner in their Airband Initiative.

    Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000. The top 500 companies are also being featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 12.

    About Declaration Networks & NeuBeam 
    Declaration Networks Group is an award-winning company that designs, builds and operates local broadband networks which connect residential and business customers with its NeuBeam™ high-speed internet, voice, and other services.

  • Officers Begin Crackdown on Speeding Motorists & Traffic Violators

    Posted 8/12/2020

    Local law enforcement officers are planning a crackdown on speeding motorists and traffic violators in Oakland soon. 

    Oakland City Police, along with the Sherriff’s Department and the Maryland State Police are being asked by the Mayor and Town Council of Oakland, MD to enforce the rules regulations, and laws in place against those violating laws in and through Oakland. 

    The implementation of the enforcement stems from an initiative issued by the Mayor of Oakland, Jay Moyer, due to a rise in complaints and the observation of many drivers not obeying stop signs, traffic lights, parking regulations, and speed limits. 

    “I have personally witnessed drivers that are not yielding to pedestrians, stopping at stop signs, disregarding speed limits, and are violating parking rules,” said Moyer. “The goals of these enforcement efforts are to protect our residents, employees, business owners, and visitors.”

    The enforcement push will begin in the very near future. 

    “Drivers who ignore the traffic laws put themselves, their passengers, and other drivers at risk,” said Oakland Police Chief Bill Thomas. “Higher speeds significantly reduce a driver’s reaction time and ability to safely maneuver around other vehicles, roadway hazards, and construction zones.” 

    For addition information or questions please contact Oakland City Hall at 301-334-2691

  • Garrett Regional Medical Center Summer Nurse Extern Program 

    Posted 8/7/2020

    The Garrett Regional Medical Center Nurse Extern Program welcomed two participants this summer, Maliya Teets and Caitlyn Ogden. The nurse extern program allows nursing students to work in the hospital under the direction of experienced Registered Nurses between their Junior and Senior years of college.  Throughout the program, nurse externs obtain valuable clinical nursing experience and skills. Caitlyn and Maliya currently attend Allegany College of Maryland in Oakland, MD. 
    Program participants spend eight weeks rotating through the Medical/Surgical Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Operating Room, Emergency Department, and the Family Centered Maternity Suite. The extern performs all aspects of nursing duties with the exception of administering medications and starting IVs.  Upon completion of the program, GRMC presented Caitlyn and Maliya each with a $500 scholarship.
    The program accepts two externs each year. Among other requirements, applicants must be currently enrolled in a program approved by a state board of nursing to prepare candidates for registered nurse licensure. For more information on the GRMC Nurse Extern Program, contact Amanda Simmons at 

  • First United Bank & Trust Promotes Blake S. Walker to Vice President

    Posted 8/6/2020

    Oakland, MD – Carissa L. Rodeheaver, CEO, President and Chair of the Board and Josh C. Bosley, Vice President and Director of Lending is proud to announce the promotion of Blake S. Walker to Vice President and Commercial Banking Team Leader.  

    Joshua C. Bosley commented, “This promotion is well-deserved.  It recognizes the important contributions Blake has made to the performance of the bank.  Blake is a great team player and his dedication to the customers and communities he serves can be seen daily, making him a true asset of the Bank.” 

    Blake began his financial services career in 2011 at First United Bank as a Pool Teller.  After graduating from Frostburg State University, he was quickly promoted to Community Office Manager and then to Commercial Relationship Manager.  He is actively involved in and passionate about helping the community.  Currently, he is a member of the Greater Grantsville Business Association and Treasurer for the Grantsville Lions Club.  Blake is a Maryland Banking School’s Lilian T. Moffat Award recipient which is awarded to students that consistently present excellent coursework while serving as an outstanding leader and role model for their fellow students.

    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 6/30/2020, the Corporation posted assets of $1.5 billion.

  • McHenry Spec Building Completed

    Posted 8/4/2020

    The Board of Garrett County Commissioners is happy to announce the completion of a spec building in the McHenry Business Park. Located just off Bumble Bee Road, the business park will have direct access to the Garrett County Airport in McHenry.

    The project is a partnership between the County and the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO). The building, which consists of 20,000 leasable square feet of flexible space, is now available by contacting Garrett County Economic Development.  Tenants may be able to choose to rent all or part of the space (from 5,000 to 20,000 square feet). 

    Building services available include propane gas, broadband, and high-capacity electric.  There is also planned space onsite for additional expansion of the building.

    The building also has an existing 120/208 volt service and a 300 kVA pad-mounted transformer. Upgrades are available for larger uses.

    Garrett County Economic Development may provide interest-free leasehold improvement loans up to $10 per square foot.

    “This spec building is just the start to prove our commitment to critical infrastructure to support businesses and jobs here in the County,” said Michael Hough, Director of Garrett County Economic Development.

    The Commissioners would like to thank our local contractors and Bob Brennan, the Executive Director of MEDCO, and his staff for their help and support for the much-needed project in Garrett County.

    For availability details and additional questions, please call 301-334-1992 or visit www.gconline.com.