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UPMC Pinnacle hospitals ranked

UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle, Community Osteopathic, Harrisburg, Lititz, and West Shore hospitals were awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade.

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit committed to improving health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections, and other harms among patients in their care.

“UPMC Pinnacle is committed to continuous improvement and creating the safest environment for our patients,” said Philip Guarneschelli, FACHE, president and CEO, UPMC Pinnacle. “These ratings are a direct result of the hard work and compassionate care of our doctors, nurses, and staff who have all dedicated themselves to putting quality and patient safety above all other concerns.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

UPMC Pinnacle was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see UPMC Pinnacle’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

County promotes Best

The Cumberland County Commissioners announced the promotion of Dana Best, director of finance, to the post of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), as part of a reorganization of the county’s finance department.

With this move, duties will be re-aligned to build upon the employees’ strengths. Currently, there are 10 finance employees, and an additional accounting position has been created to support the transition.

Best, who has worked for the county for 23 years, began her career as an accountant in the controller’s office. She transferred to finance and served the county for 17 years as finance manager/director.

“I am happy to continue my service with the county as chief financial officer,” said Best. “I believe that my experience in previous roles in the county has prepared me for a successful transition.”

The CFO, a key member of the senior management team, leads the county in the strategic direction of the county commissioners. Best is charged with strategic planning, performance management, financial forecasting and management, budget administration, cash management, debt management, and procurement.

Best, a Mechanicsburg resident, received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Shippensburg University. Best is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Charted Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Giant acquires stores

Giant Food Stores has entered into an agreement with Supervalu, a recently-acquired subsidiary of United Natural Foods, to acquire five of Supervalu’s corporately-owned Shop ‘n Save locations.

Upon completion of the sale, Giant plans to convert the Shop ‘n Save stores into Martin’s Food Markets stores. The locations are in Smithsburg, Maryland; Greencastle, Pennsylvania; Berryville, Virginia; and Hedgesville and Martinsburg, West Virginia.

“This acquisition demonstrates our continued commitment to the long-term growth strategy we announced earlier this year,” said Nicholas Bertram, President of Giant Food Stores. “Our Martin’s associates have proudly served many of these communities for years, and we look forward to expanding the Martin’s brand along the Interstate 81 Corridor and within the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.”

Current Shop ‘n Save employees at these stores will have the opportunity to interview with Martin’s.

This acquisition announcement follows a series of strategic investments that the company has recently made in its store fleet and family of brands within Pennsylvania, including the introduction of the new Giant Heirloom Market in Philadelphia, the acquisition of Darrenkamp’s Willow Valley Square location and a new e-commerce hub, both in Lancaster, plus new stores planned for the East Stroudsburg and Walnutport communities.

Headquartered in Carlisle, Giant maintains 171 stores in four states. The company celebrates its 95th anniversary this year.

Association hires director

The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, announced today that Clayton Jacobs has been named Executive Director effective immediately. Jacobs was previously the Chapter’s Vice President of Programs and Services.

The Greater Pennsylvania Chapter has 6 offices that cover 59 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, offering patient support services and research toward the elimination of Alzheimer’s disease.

“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to benefit from Clay’s vast experience while working with those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia,” said John Rudy, the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter’s Board Chairman. “The Chapter has created many new initiatives to deepen our impact within our service area. With Clay’s leadership, the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter is poised for even greater growth and an enhanced ability to serve those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.”

Jacobs joined the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter in 2008, and in 2012 was named Vice President of Programs and Services. In this leadership role, he was responsible for all programs, services and public policy outreach for the Chapter. Those direct efforts have led to an increase in direct services provided to over 285,000 Pennsylvanians annually.

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