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Army Corps managed campgrounds to remain closed until further notice in response to COVID 19
BALTIMORE – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District-managed campgrounds will remain closed through at least May 31 due to the concern for public health and safety of its employees and the visiting public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This affects all Corps-managed campgrounds at the following Baltimore District flood-risk management projects: Raystown Lake and Tioga-Hammond and Cowanesque Lakes in Pennsylvania, and Jennings Randolph Lake in West Virginia. Areas managed or leased by other entities on Corps’ lands are required to abide by federal, state and local laws and will follow the terms of their lease/license
agreements and will operate at the discretion of the entities.
An official date for the reopening of campgrounds has not yet been determined. Campers with reservations at campgrounds that remain closed will receive full refunds automatically processed with no cancellation fees. There is no need contact the reservation center to request a refund. If you have a reservation at a campground you know has closed and you have not received a refund, please wait 10 business days after the start date of your reservation for the refund to be received. If you still have not received a refund, please visit www.recreation.gov/contact-us and fill out the “contact us” form at the bottom of the page.
“We are working diligently to develop a responsible reopening plan that prioritizes the health and safety of the visiting public as well as our employees, volunteers, and contractors who manage these campground and day-use facilities,” said Rob Schnell, acting chief of Flood Risk Management, Baltimore District. “We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding during these unprecedented times and look forward to welcoming everyone back as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
The closures also pertain to visitor centers, beaches, special events, volunteer activities, public meetings, interpretive programs and other public gatherings. While most day-use facilities and lake access areas such as boat launches, picnic areas, fishing piers and viewing areas remain open, restrooms that support those facilities are also closed. Certain site-specific closures may vary slightly; we recommend calling your Corps project of choice or visiting their Facebook account for the most upto-date local information. The Corps requests that all visitors recreate responsibly when visiting any Baltimore District recreation site so that we can all continue enjoy their beauty while also remaining safe and courteous. Social distancing and other restrictions required by local, state and federal authorities to include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will be in place.
If these restrictions cannot be followed, recreation areas could be forced to close. Corps lands are also subject to evolving COVID-19 conditions that may cause specific closures in the future. The public is encouraged to monitor the project web pages on Baltimore District’s website for information and/or follow the relevant pages on social media. Baltimore District personnel will continue to operate the dams to execute their essential flood risk management mission.
Garrett County Agencies Collaborate to Fight COVID-19 Food Insecurity
Garrett County Community Action, the Garrett County Health Department, and various local volunteer fire companies as well as Crossroads Church have begun a collaborative initiative in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The new initiative seeks to serve area residents with a stronger volunteer network while increasing the collection and distribution of needed food, face coverings, and other essential resources in response to virus.
In a recent health department survey, nearly 10% of the replies named having enough food and essential items as a major concern. A large number of replies offered to volunteer.
The Garrett County Health Department has created a portal on their website https://garretthealth.org/community/ for the community to participate in this initiative. Site visitors can access a number of portal options to submit their name to volunteer, donate financial resources, and or donate handmade masks which can slow the spread of the virus.
The portal also has a list of approved shelf stable food items that we will be accepting.
“Anyone who is interested in helping is strongly encouraged to submit their name through the portal to volunteer, donate, and or get a list of needed preferred food items,” commented Courtni Helmick, who is the lead coordinator for the project at Community Action.
“The response through the portal has been very encouraging and humbling to be a part of. The involvement of the fire companies is a tremendous help and without their collaboration, we would have a more difficult time,” she added.
The fire halls and rescue squads in the community have offered to be donation centers for people to drop off non-perishable, shelf stable food, and essentials. Designated locations will accept donations and in a clean and sanitized room. Volunteers will be organized to package food boxes and distribute them throughout the county.
Crossroads Church is also involved and has volunteered to store and distribute boxed meals.
Community volunteers will be organized to help package and distribute food boxes. A list of fire company locations and drop off times are posted on the Garrett County Community Action Committee website – https://www.garrettcac.org/
The following are location, days, and times to drop off food and essentials:
Friendsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Saturday, April 25th 9:00AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday, May 2nd 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department
Friday, April 24th 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday, May 1st 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Accident Volunteer Fire Department
Wednesday, April 29th 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday, May 6th 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Southern Rescue Squad
Thursday, April 30th 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 2nd 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire Department
Tuesday, April 28th 1:00PM to 4:00 PM
Tuesday, May 5th 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Daily Record Names Carissa Rodeheaver of First United to “Maryland’s Top 100 Women”
OAKLAND, Md. -- Carissa Rodeheaver, CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of First United Corporation, has been named one of "Maryland's Top 100 Women" by The Daily Record.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Daily Record's Maryland's Top 100 Women, which was founded in 1996 to recognize outstanding achievements by women as demonstrated through professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring. A panel of business professionals and previous Maryland's Top 100 Women honorees from throughout the state reviewed the candidates and selected this year's honorees.
"Being recognized by The Daily Record is an honor," said Ms. Rodeheaver. "I am humbled to be included among the many accomplished women in our community and look forward to continuing to mentor the next generation of female leaders."
"For 25 years The Daily Record has recognized high-achieving women in Maryland who are impacting their communities through leadership, service and mentoring. This year's Maryland's Top 100 Women honorees continue in that tradition, and their tremendous accomplishments distinguish them as outstanding," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. "These women pay it forward, mentor and recognize the accomplishments of other women. The Daily Record is pleased to honor them during this 25th anniversary year."
Award recipients will be honored at a gala event on July 27 in Baltimore. Winners will also be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the April 24 issue of The Daily Record and will be available online at TheDailyRecord.com.
ABOUT FIRST UNITED CORPORATION
First United Corporation is the parent company of First United Bank & Trust, a Maryland trust company with commercial banking powers (the "Bank"), and two statutory trusts that were used as financing vehicles. The Bank has four wholly-owned subsidiaries: OakFirst Loan Center, Inc., a West Virginia finance company; OakFirst Loan Center, LLC, a Maryland finance company; First OREO Trust, a Maryland statutory trust that holds and services real estate acquired by the Bank through foreclosure or by deed in lieu of foreclosure; and FUBT OREO I, LLC, a Maryland company that likewise holds and services real estate acquired by the Bank through foreclosure or by deed in lieu of foreclosure. The Bank also owns 99.9% of the limited partnership interests in Liberty Mews Limited Partnership; a Maryland limited partnership formed for the purpose of acquiring, developing and operating low-income housing units in Garrett County, Maryland. First United Corporation's website is www.mybank.com.
First United Honored by 2020 Women on Boards for Female Board Representation
OAKLAND, Md. -- First United Corporation (NASDAQ: FUNC), a bank holding company and the parent company of First United Bank & Trust, has been recognized as a "Winning (W)" company by 2020 Women on Boards, the premier global education and advocacy campaign committed to increasing the number of women on corporate boards.
"We are proud of having a gender diverse board and are honored by the recognition from 2020 Women on Boards," said Carissa Rodeheaver, CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of First United. "We view empowering women and ensuring representation throughout our Company as an initiative that creates meaningful value for our business, and this remains a key priority for us at First United."
A "Winning (W)" company is selected from among the companies in the Russell 3000 index for having achieved the goal of at least 20% of its board seats being held by women. First United has four female directors out of 11 total members, which means women hold 36% of its Board seats. 2020 Women on Boards annually tracks, analyzes and reports on the progress of numbers of women serving on the Russell 3000 company boards. As a campaign dedicated to education and collaboration, 2020WOB recognizes companies, including First United, that exhibit good corporate governance.
"It's even more critical now, at a time when the business world is transforming a total shift in board governance practices, that we applaud leading companies, including First United, that appreciate having business-savvy women on their boards as a competitive advantage," said Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO of 2020 Women on Boards. "Even with the positive national momentum, U.S. companies are still a long way from gender balance in the boardroom. And First United is paving the way."
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. As of 12/31/19, the Corporation posted assets of $1.4 billion. First United’s website can be located at MyBank.com.
FirstEnergy Committed to Maintaining 24/7 Service to Customers Through Coronavirus Health Emergency
Company will temporarily suspend shutoffs and offer payment options to help ease hardshipsAkron, Ohio – FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is committed to keeping the lights on through the coronavirus emergency.Effective immediately, the company’s ten electric utilities have taken action to maintain reliable service to customers by discontinuing power shutoffs for customers who are past due on their electric bills. This action will also help limit in-person interactions between company employees and the public. FirstEnergy will continue to monitor the coronavirus response situation and adjust the shutoff policy in the future as circumstances develop.In addition, residential customers who are facing a hardship due to the lack of income during this time should contact the company as soon as they are aware that paying their bill might become difficult. Options include budget billing, a program that averages usage over 12 months to offer the same bill amount each month, as well as energy assistance programs or other payment arrangements based on customers’ situations and state of residence.Customers who are facing hardships should call customer service at their utility company at the following numbers:o Ohio Edison 1-800-633-4766o The Illuminating Company 1-800-589-3101o Toledo Edison 1-800-447-3333o Met-Ed 1-800-545-7741o Penelec 1-800-545-7741o Penn Power 1-800-720-3600o West Penn Power 1-800-686-0021o Jersey Central Power & Light 1-800-662-3115o Mon Power 1-800-868-0022o Potomac Edison 1-800-686-0011FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its ten electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company’s transmission subsidiaries operate approximately 24,500 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com. Follow FirstEnergy and its utilities on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp, @ToledoEdison, @IlluminatingCo, @OhioEdison, @MonPowerWV, @JCP_L, @Penn_Power, @Penelec, @Met_Ed, @PotomacEdison, @W_Penn_Power.
Taste of Garrett County 2020
MCHENRY, MD- Garrett Trails’ Taste of Garrett County planning committee held a meet and greet for current and prospective Taste of Garrett restaurant donors. Hosted by Brenda McDonnell at Ace’s Run, local restaurant owners and managers were invited to attend and learn more about the benefits of participating at Taste. This year’s Taste of Garrett County and Race up the Face Trail Building Fundraiser will be held on May 3rd at Wisp Resort. The event is one of Garrett Trails largest fundraisers, with the support of local restaurants and attendees helping to develop and maintain trail systems throughout the county.
“This year we are proud to partner with the Restaurant Association of Maryland,” Said Josh Spiker, Executive Director at Garrett Trails. “We were able to have a representative at our pre-event to discuss the advantages of being a member of the Restaurant Association. One of the many benefits as a donor at Taste is a discount on membership dues. Along with being one of Garrett Trails largest fundraisers, the event provides an opportunity for local restaurants to showcase their delicious food, network, and advertise within the community.”
Each year Taste of Garrett County kicks off with the popular Race up the Face, a family friendly event that challenges participants to climb 400 meters up The Face ski slope, with the first to the top being crowned the Queen and King and claiming bragging rights for the year. Inside, over 20 local food vendors provide a sampling of their best dishes for attendees to enjoy. There are also prizes, raffles, and entertainment throughout the evening.
“Our planning committee has been working hard to ensure this year’s event is once again a hit with the addition of some first-time restaurant donors, a separate beer sampling area and new events,” said Spiker.
This year marks the 18th annual Taste of Garrett County, which has become a popular event in the area with over 350 people attending each year. Presale tickets will be available later this month and can be purchased at www.garretttrails.org/taste-of-garrett.html.
“We have also worked to simplify our advanced sales and will be streamlining our check-in process at the event to get people inside faster this year. We invite everyone to come out in May to sample some amazing food, enjoy live entertainment, and support a great local cause,” continued Spiker.
Garrett Trails is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to the development of a well used network of high-quality, sustainable trails that provide access to Garrett County’s historic, municipal, and environmental treasures. Garrett Trails believes outstanding trails are important to the economic development of the County and will promote good health and wellbeing for County residents.
For more information contact Garrett Trails Executive Director, Josh Spiker, firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-387-3013.
A Taste of Italy Photo Exhibition
Oakland, MD, March 7, 2020 - Smoke N Mirrors Gallery is pleased to announce ‘A Taste of Italy’ Photo Exhibition, in the 3rd Street Gallery on Sunday, March 22, 2020. This exhibition offers a visual taste the north central regions of Italy, and a sample of traditional foods and wines. Travel from Venice to Rome in early November 2019, sample the olives, cheese and prosciutto, the Rosso and Bianco of the Italian vineyards, and feast your eyes on European culture ranging from the Medieval through Early Modern art and architectural periods.
The reception begins at 3 pm with visual presentations every 20 minutes. We will explore the canals and charm of Venice, travel the streets and look at the antiquities and commerce of Florence, marvel at the grandeur of the first great empire of Ancient Rome and tour the State of Vatican City. We will make stops along the way as you enjoy rainbows, hors d'oeuvres and wine (two beverage tickets are included for persons 21 and older), and have the opportunity to share your personal photos of Italy. You are encouraged to bring and share your photos if you have traveled to the area.
Reservations can be made on–line at Smokenphoto.com or by calling (304) 277-7700.
First United Bank & Trust Hosts Blood Drive
First United Bank & Trust will host a community blood drive in partnership with American Red Cross on Tuesday, March 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The drive will be held at the Center City Community Office at 115 W. Harrison Street, Cumberland, MD.
About 1 in 5 people entering a hospital need blood, so donors are always in constant demand. Patients with cancer, victims of accidents, and those undergoing surgery are just some of the recipients who benefit from blood donations. By donating just one pint of blood, you have the potential to save up to three lives.
Anyone who is at least 17 years old, weighs a minimum of 110 lbs. and is in generally good health can donate blood. The entire process takes about an hour and all blood types are needed. Donors should bring a photo ID.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood visit www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome at this drive. If you have any questions you may also contact Maureen Brewer at First United at 1-301-533-2430 or email mbrewer@MyBank.com.
Coronavirus Resources & Guidelines for BusinessThe U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to ensure we are all adequately prepared to protect Americans at home and abroad. As a member of the U.S. Chamber, the Garrett County Chamber is sharing this information & useful resources with our members.All employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce from the Coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations. Download these guides created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which are based on information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to learn more about how employers and employees can prepare for and address the impacts of the Coronavirus.Resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:For additional information and resources, visit https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/coronavirus.Posted 3/4/2020
First United Bank & Trust Holds Blanket Drive
First United Bank & Trust, in partnership with the Maryland Bankers Association’s Emerging Leaders Program, will be conducting a FLEECE BLANKET DRIVE beginning now through March 31. All donations will go to the non-profit, London's Legacy. Their mission is to provide handmade fleece blankets to families with children in the pediatric ICU at The University of Maryland Medical Center. These fleece blankets will be given to children both boys and girls up to the age of 18.
London’s Legacy began shortly after the sudden death of two-month-old London Brielle Huber despite the efforts of the talented staff in The University of Maryland Medical Center’s pediatric ICU. While in the hospital, London’s mother, Amy, comforted London by wrapping her in a fleece blanket she had received as a gift. Following London’s death, the blanket helped Amy during her grieving process. Sadly, Amy passed away less than a year later. Before she died, however, she created London’s Legacy to help other families facing dire situations similar to her own.
“Being engaged in my community continues to become a bigger part of my life as I grow older. I try to help others in need whether it is through a non-profit organization, helping a friend with a home project, or stopping to help someone change a flat tire. Giving back and helping others provides me with a feeling of value. Stepping up in a time of need is part is an integral part of leadership both in and out of the workplace,” commented A.J. Tasker, Vice President and Director of Information Technology.
“It has been an honor to be selected to represent First United in this Leadership program. The bond that we have been able to create with the other members of the cohort has been greatly deepened by our working together on our Pay it Forward project for London’s Legacy. The giving nature of banking community in Maryland is certainly something special!”, commented Ashley D. Goldsborough, Wealth Advisor.
All First United community branch locations will be collecting completed fleece blankets, fleece blanket materials to make the blankets and monetary donations though March 31. Thank you for joining us to make a difference in our communities!
About the MBA’s Emerging Leaders Program
Nationally and state recognized, MBA’s Emerging Leaders “Champion” Program, now in its 4th year, provides a structured leadership development program tailored to meet the needs of Maryland banks and bankers. Participating bankers are nominated by their respective banks for the program. Champions cultivate skills in the banking industry by becoming involved in leadership development, peer networking, and learning knowledge sessions with industry, community and advocacy leaders.
About First United
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 12/31/2019, the corporation posted assets of $1.4 billion.
Broadband Internet Expansion - Citizen Input Needed
Oakland, MD, January 18, 2020 - Garrett County Government is committed to helping its citizens and businesses access the services they need, which includes connection to high-speed broadband internet service. Currently, the infrastructure within Garrett County makes broadband internet available to approximately 75% of County occupied-addresses. To better understand where gaps in serviceability remain, Garrett County government is asking citizens to provide feedback on locally available internet.
An easy-to-use online portal has been developed to accept input on where internet service may be lacking or unavailable and can be found at http://www.garrettcounty.org/speedtest. This website-based survey will allow prospective and current customers the opportunity to provide feedback based on two different options:
Option 1 - Report a site with no service: will allow prospective customers to share an address where no broadband coverage exists and if the customer is interested in receiving service. Respondents can report where the nearest internet service provider (ISP) ends its service, if known. This is beneficial in understanding the associated costs of extending nearby services. Multiple submissions are allowed, so citizens can report additional addresses with no service. This option can be completed from anywhere, including local libraries where public computers with internet service are available for use.
Option 2 - Test current service: is a method to both test current service levels and convey concerns with that service. By selecting this option, the website will automatically test the download and upload speed of your service. The customer can report the location of the service as well as data that will assist the broadband expansion team in understanding the satisfaction levels of the customer. This option must be completed at the location where the customer wants to share service information. In addition, if you wish to test your home internet connection with a device that also has a cellular connection, you must be sure to turn off the cellular connection first.
The broadband expansion project team, which consists of Garrett County Economic Development (GCED), Garrett County Department of Technology (DoTCom), and CTC Technology & Energy, is asking for this assistance from the citizens of Garrett County to understand current broadband internet coverage and where service is still needed. The team works with existing Internet Service Providers to evaluate opportunities and to pursue funding to expand broadband service.
Once service-level information is gathered at the site above, efforts to expand broadband service can be focused on areas with the most need. The survey will also help new residents and businesses determine what internet options are available at a new address when moving to the county. In addition, this information will be used to help Internet Service Providers to identify sections of their network that are underperforming.
For any questions, please contact Garrett County Economic Development at 301-334-7281. The Garrett County Government greatly appreciates your support in helping build our infrastructure here in Garrett County.
Garrett Regional Medical Center receives CMS 5-star rating
OAKLAND, MD – Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) received the highest rating possible from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently when it received five stars for the quality of care GRMC staff consistently provides the hospital’s patients. The annual rating by the federal agency that administers the national Medicare and Medicaid health care programs rates hospitals throughout the United States on a variety of criteria. According to the American Hospital Association, there are 5,564 hospitals in the US; only 407 achieved this year’s five star rating, and GRMC is one of only eight hospitals in the state of Maryland to do so. The average hospital rating across the country was 3.5 stars.
“Achieving the highest rating possible from CMS can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of the doctors and staff here at GRMC,” said Mark Boucot, the hospital’s President & CEO. “Our rating is a direct reflection of the exceptional care our staff provides to every patient. Receiving this recognition is a testament to how our hospital has focused on meeting the health care needs of the citizens in our region. We are very proud of the exceptional health care we provide our community.”
The mission at GRMC, to treat every patient like family, has helped drive its excellent care statistics. The hard work and dedication of the hospital’s staff has placed it among the best hospitals in Maryland for its surgical site infection rate and rate of hospital acquired conditions, and it has the lowest total cost of care per Medicare beneficiary in the state. Last year, GRMC received a 4-star rating and was also named a top 100 rural hospital nationally by the Chartis Group and the National Rural Health Association.
“GRMC has grown exponentially in the services we provide as well as the level of care our patients receive, which is reflected in our top ratings and outstanding statistics,” continued Mr. Boucot. “Much of the success we have seen is owed to the collective effort by our staff to implement performance improvement initiatives that stem from our frontline councils, where every employee has the opportunity for input that is given careful consideration and discussion.”
The CMS created the five-star rating system in order to help health care consumers find hospitals that provide quality care as well as to inform the public as to how their community hospital is fairing. The ratings range from one to five stars. The more stars, the better a hospital performed on the available quality measures. A hospital achieving four to five stars is of the highest quality. According to www.medicare.gov, the rating summarizes a variety of measures reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat and compares how each hospital performed, on average, to others throughout the U.S.
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/
First United Donates to Habitat for Humanity
First United Bank & Trust recently donated $5,600 to the Garrett County Habitat for Humanity. This donation was collected during the 2019 Christmas Charity Tour of Homes sponsored by First United. The mission of the Garrett County Habitat for Humanity is to build safe, adequate houses for those in need who live or work in Garrett County, Maryland.
“First United Bank & Trust is pleased to continue our long-standing service to the community. Thank you to all those that were able to attend the tour. We would also like to thank all the businesses that donated raffle prizes and sold tickets to the Tour of Homes this Christmas season. A special thanks to those families that donated their time and energy to open their homes to the community and to share their joy of the holiday. We were pleased to select Habit for Humanity as our 2019 Charity and we support their commitment to help others.” commented Julie Peterson.
“The Board and I are so grateful for the outpouring of support from our generous community! We had a wonderful time working in partnership with First United!”, commented Steve Bortz.
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, Hardy, Harrison, Berkeley and Monongalia Counties in West Virginia. First United’s website can be located at MyBank.com.
Western Maryland Health System Joins UPMC, Becoming UPMC Western Maryland
Bringing a new era of patient care for the region in western Maryland, W.Va. and Pa.
Cumberland, Maryland (February 3, 2020) – Western Maryland Health System officially has become UPMC Western Maryland, merging into the UPMC hospital network to ensure a future of high-quality patient care for communities in western Maryland and the surrounding region for generations to come. “We are extremely pleased that our health system has joined one of the nation’s largest and most successful integrated healthcare providers and insurers,” said Barry P. Ronan, WMHS President and CEO. “Becoming part of UPMC will allow us to further enhance healthcare services, leverage UPMC’s innovation and clinical expertise, advance quality initiatives and continue our long-standing commitment to provide superior, compassionate care to patients throughout our tri-state service region.”
“The integration of Western Maryland Health System and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will provide more resources for Allegany and Garrett Counties and the surrounding region," said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. "As a leader in value-based care delivery, this partnership will strengthen Western Maryland Health System's reputation as a destination for high quality healthcare.”
In 2018, WMHS and UPMC joined together in a clinical affiliation to work cooperatively to enhance healthcare services and to strengthen the delivery of quality care, transform care delivery and reduce the total cost of providing care in the community. In March 2019, the Boards of Directors of both WMHS and UPMC signed a non-binding letter of intent to negotiate an affiliation agreement. Following a nine-month regulatory review and due diligence process by WMHS and UPMC, the Boards co-signed a binding integration and affiliation agreement on January 15, 2020, setting February 1, as the target date for finalizing the affiliation.
“Throughout our research and discussions with UPMC, we became increasingly confident and excited about becoming part of a world-class academic medical center which shares our vision for providing quality patient care,” said Rolf Haarstad, chair of the WMHS Board of Directors. “Our mutual mission is to continue to bring cutting-edge, evidence-based medicine to patients close to home.”
“UPMC has a long, successful track record of affiliations with like-minded hospitals. We know how much this hospital means to the region, and we are thrilled that WMHS has chosen to join UPMC,” said Leslie C. Davis, senior vice president, UPMC, and executive vice president and chief operating officer, UPMC Health Services Division.
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UPMC has committed to make certain capital investments to enhance services and upgrade facilities in the Western Maryland region. These investments by UPMC, along with investments that the WMHS Foundation has made and continues to make, will help ensure that UPMC Western Maryland will continue to provide state-of-the-art, quality healthcare for residents as well as maintaining its position as one of the largest employers in the region for years to come. The new affiliation does not affect patients’ insurance coverage. UPMC Western Maryland will continue to honor the contracts it has in place with regional and national insurers and has reaffirmed its commitment to continue working with multiple payors in the future.
The board of UPMC Western Maryland consists of 12 directors, including 8 appointed by the current WMHS board and 4
designated by the UPMC board.
A $20 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, costeffective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 89,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a nearly 3.6 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.2 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid $587 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 on its annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals 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.
American Bankers Association Recognizes Joyce Flinn, Cybersecurity Expert
Oakland, MD – The American Bankers Association (ABA) recently recognized the efforts of First United Bank & Trust’s Information Security & Disaster Recovery Officer, Joyce Flinn. Over multiple years, Flinn’s contributions assisted the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council, Bank Policy Institute, and ABA in developing the FSSCC Cybersecurity Profile. Flinn was recently invited to speak at the FS-ISAC 2019 Americas Fall Summit which provides the financial industry with actionable information needed to address evolving threats, develop new strategies and meet changing regulations. Flinn has also agreed to serve as co-chair of the 2020 ABA Cyber and Information Security Working Group. Joyce has been a long-time member of this working group as well as an industry advocate for improving information security.
“Even as a community bank, we are still subject to the many security risks and dangers that the big banks face," commented Carissa A. Rodeheaver, President, CEO and Chairman, First United Bank & Trust. “Having such a strong and influential member on our team, helping to shape the industry and protect our customers, is an incredible asset for our organization.”
The Financial Services Coordinating Council Cybersecurity Profile provides a robust method to efficiently meet the requirements of various regulatory agencies for cybersecurity assessment. Based on National Institute of Standards and Technology and International Organization for Standardization works, the profile provides optimization of time, improved Boardroom and Executive reporting, and efficient third-party management. The profile allows for greater cross-sector collaboration and understanding.
“As an outspoken expert in community banking, Joyce’s input and candor led to the effort to craft a banking approach to cybersecurity applicable to banks of all sizes,” commented Rob Nichols, president and CEO of the American Bankers Association. “The strength of her leadership and persuasive power of her counsel lies in her passion for community banking.”
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 09/30/2019, the Corporation posted assets of $1.4 billion.