Cumberland Valley Business Journal business briefs for December:

Arc names officers

The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties (CPARC) has named Trisha Grace Director of Development. Grace earned a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University and a master’s degree from Shippensburg University.

The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties (CPARC) Foundation, which supports the mission of CPARC, appointed Josh Gouker to its Board of Directors for the 2017-2019term. Gouker is branch manager of the West High Street Members 1st Federal Credit Union in Carlisle.

Ella recognized

Ella Home Care has been selected as a "Caring Star of 2018” for in-home care service excellence by Caring.com.

In ratings and reviews from family caregivers and cognitively healthy older adults, Ella Home Care earned a 5-star consumer rating, the highest possible score, within the last year. Ella Home Care is among 253 home care agencies across the nation who earned the Caring Stars 2018 distinction, and the only in Cumberland County.

"We strive daily to deliver the highest quality in-home care for our clients, and this award helps validate our delivery on that promise,” said Kirk Brechbiel, President and Owner of Ella Home Care. "On behalf of our agency's staff and leadership, thank you to those who shared positive feedback about the services we offer, and to Caring.com for recognizing us as a Caring Star of 2018.”

Based in Lemoyne, Ella Home Care provides in-home personal services to area seniors.

UPMC Pinnacle names CMO

James Raczek, MD has been named UPMC Pinnacle’s new system chief medical officer.

Raczek will lead quality and safety programs, medical education and medical staff relationships, as well as contribute to strategic planning and implementation for UPMC Pinnacle.

With 36 years of medical experience, Raczek most recently served for 14 years as the senior vice president and chief medical officer at Eastern Maine Medical Center, a 411-bed medical center in Bangor, Maine.

“I’m pleased to join a health system nationally recognized for its commitment to quality and safety,” Raczek said. “I look forward to working with the medical and administrative teams at each of the UPMC Pinnacle hospitals to integrate clinical initiatives and innovations that advance personalized patient care for our region.”

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Raczek to our team,” said UPMC Pinnacle President and CEO Philip Guarneschelli. “His proven knowledge and commitment to quality patient care will support our goals to improve the well-being and health of our community.”

Raczek received his bachelor’s degree from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin and his Medical Degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, where he also completed his Family Practice Residency.

A military veteran, Raczek also served in the United States Air Force as a staff family physician in Nebraska.

UPMC Pinnacle hires

UPMC Pinnacle has announced four new hires across the hospital system.

UPMC Pinnacle Supportive Care and Palliative Medicine has hired Melissa Puher, DO and Heather Weddle, MSN, APRN-BC.

Puher is board certified in internal medicine and fellowship trained in palliative care and hospice medicine from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She completed her residency at West Virginia University and earned her medical degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.

Weddle was previously director of clinical services for the mid-Atlantic region at Aspire Healthcare. She completed her Master of Science in nursing at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, and her undergraduate degree at York College of Pennsylvania.

Hematology/Oncology at UPMC Pinnacle has hired Cristina Salabao, MSN, FNP-C. Salabao completed her Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Saint Louis University, and her nursing degree at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. She previously praticed adult oncology and hematology at Saint Louis University Hospital and the Center for Outpatient Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Moira Nester, CRNP, has joined FamilyCare Newport. Nester is a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners Central Region Group and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in nursing, family nurse practitioner, from The Pennsylvania State University.

HACC graduates police cadets

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, celebrated the graduation of 45 police cadets this month from the 112th municipal Police Academy.

Cadets receive their training at the Senator Jeffrey E. Piccola Law Enforcement Complex of the Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center (PSC). HACC’s Police Academy is the second largest in Pennsylvania with two full-time and one part-time basic training programs offered each year. The curriculum will be expanded to 25 weeks in 2018.

The 112th class award winners were Roy James Byler, Most Inspirational Award; Anthony Owen Cummings, Driving Award; Cameron Michael Flore, Academic Award and Physical Fitness Award; and Jesse Hunter Main, Firearms Award.

Since 2000, more than 1,400 cadets have completed police training at HACC. The college’s program meets all requirements from the state Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.

Manufacturers’ Assn. relocates

The Manufacturers' Association is moving, effective December 20, to a new location at 320 Busser Road, 2nd Floor, in Emigsville, PA.

The new location will combine the association’s administrative and support functions with a modern, 5,500 square foot training center for manufacturing careers.

The new office address will also offer expanded and upgraded areas for class instruction as well as space for member meetings. The move will allow for improved accessibility for those visiting the association from I-83 and U.S. Route 30.

The association’s phone number (717) 843-3891 and fax (717) 854-9445 will remain the same, as will all staff email addresses. Any students currently enrolled for training will be personally contacted by staff, should their classroom location change.

Leadership Cumberland names director

The Leadership Cumberland Board of Directors has selected Benjamin Rager as the newest member of the board.

Rager is the Vice President and Business Banking Team Leader at M&T Bank. He is also currently serving as a Board Member at Carlisle Family YMCA.

Rager has past experience on the board of Margaret E. Moul Home (UCP) in York as a board member and Treasurer. He also served as on the board of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School in McSherrystown, PA.

Rager is also a graduate of the Leadership York Program, giving him experience and knowledge to help further develop the Leadership Cumberland Program.

Leadership Cumberland’s fellows program is a 10-month curriculum that focuses on five outcomes: leadership, community service, personal skills, networking and knowledge of the county. The organization also hosts the Executive Connections series to meet the needs of high-level managers new to their position and/or the region.

Realtors donate

The Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors Foundation awarded two grants to charitable organizations at its Annual Holiday Lunch on Dec. 1.

Foundation President Tracy Klinger of RE/MAX Realty Professionals presented the two checks, each for $2,000, on behalf of the Foundation to Jim Ingolio and Janet Jones of Gaudenzia’s Delta Community and to Sue Gebhart of Rebuilding Together of Greater Harrisburg.

In the greater Harrisburg area, Gaudenzia's Delta Community addresses the needs of single-parenting, homeless families in need of safe, clean, affordable housing. The ultimate goal is to transform the families into a life of self-sufficiency.

“This check from our Foundation will help families safely transition from homelessness to supportive community housing. The money would be applied toward the families' security deposit and their first and last month's rent to enable them to get off the street,” Klinger said.

Since 1994, Rebuilding Together Greater Harrisburg has been providing free home repair and modification services to our low-income, elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners. The money will be used to install grab bars, repair toilets and make any other repairs to ensure safety.

“As realtors, we appreciate what you do to keep individuals in their homes,” Klinger said.

The mission of the Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS® Foundation is to financially support non-profit charitable organizations with a housing- and shelter-related focus which enrich the quality of life and support the human need of the Greater Harrisburg community.

Since 1993, the foundation has provided grants totaling $700,000 for a dozen different organizations.

Bybel Rutledge honored

Lemoyne-based Bybel Rutledge LLP has been named a Tier 1 firm in the greater Harrisburg region by the U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for 2018 in the areas of Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Mergers & Acquisition Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Securities Regulation.

No other law firm has been named as a regional Tier 1 firm in Pennsylvania for all of the above identified areas. The firm thanked its clients for the opportunities to provide them with legal services, and its attorneys and staff for their efforts.

Dialysis Center opens

Dialysis Care Center recently celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce.

Dialysis Care Center, parent company of Home Dialysis Services, offers various treatment options including peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis, staff-assisted home hemodialysis, in-center hemodialysis and short-term acute dialysis.

“We are proud to offer the community a new, innovative treatment option with the Tablo dialysis machine. This new technology coupled with our continued dedication to home treatment options allows us to provide our patients with the best care possible. We are looking forward to the continuation of providing people of this community with exceptional dialysis care,” said Dr. Babajide Salako, CEO.

Royer’s collects for libraries

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts' annual book drive collected 1,162 new children's titles for public libraries in the seven counties where the company operates.

Bouquets for Books, which ran Oct. 28 -Nov. 11, has yielded more than 18,000 books in its 12-year history. Anyone who donated a new children’s book was eligible to receive a free bouquet.

Based in Lebanon, Royer’s (royers.com) has 15 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. Sister company Stephenson’s Flowers & Gifts has one store in Harrisburg.

Boyer & Ritter hires

Boyer & Ritter CPAs and Consultants has hired Sherry Ziesenheim, CPA, who brings over 15 years of experience in a wide variety of areas including forensic accounting and business valuations for shareholder disputes and acquisitions.

Ziesenheim, who will be a Senior Manager and work with Boyer & Ritter’s Forensic, Valuation and Litigation Support Services groups, previously worked for firms in western Pennsylvania and Ohio. A member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, she is experienced in helping couples resolve divorce proceedings outside of court, as well as working with clients on gift and estate planning.

“Sherry will play a key role in meeting our clients expanding needs in the areas of business valuations and forensic auditing,’’ said Boyer & Ritter principal and CEO Robert J. Murphy, CPA, CVA/ABV. “She is experienced in helping clients protect against fraud, as well as in determining accurate valuations that are critical to understanding a business’ strengths.’’

Ziesenheim earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University in 1995 and a Masters of Arts in English from Gannon University in 2012. She earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant in 1998, Certified Valuation Analyst in 2013, and Certified in Financial Forensics in April 2015.

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