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Paralegal earns

certification

Greevy and Shoemaker recently announced that the firm’s estates and elder law paralegal Donna Missigman has been award the accreditation of certified Medicaid planner, administered by the Certified Medicaid Planner Governing Board. According to a news release, certification is granted based upon the qualified candidate’s demonstration and mastery of the skills and knowledge of the intricate study of Medicaid planning.

The focus of a certified Medicaid planner is planning for Medicaid eligibility for long-term care assistance.  The Medicaid system is one of the most complex government benefits systems ever created and people usually have to try to manage the system while also dealing with the personal hardship of the poor health or disability of a loved one.  The certified Medicaid planner assists families in working through the Medicaid system by staying abreast of the frequent changes in Medicaid rules and has the skills and knowledge to help navigate this complex system, the news release said.

One of only four certified Medicaid planners in Pennsylvania, Missigman can help design and implement a Medicaid eligibility strategy for individuals and loved ones faced with the devastating financial implications of long-term nursing home care.

2 promoted at

personal care firm

Albright Care Services announce David Manton has been promoted to vice president of marketing and John Blessing has been promoted to vice president of finance/treasurer, according to a news release.

Manton formerly served as the manager of sales and admissions for RiverWoods and Normandie Ridge Senior Living Communities, two of Albright’s six communities. He was responsible for overseeing the sales counselors and admission coordinators, maintaining occupancy and working with senior management to develop and market new products. Prior to joining Albright in 2014, Manton was marketing and sales director for Diakon Lutheran Ministries, Allentown, and regional marketing director at Country Meadows of Hershey. His other marketing experience includes several positions as advertising manager.

“I look forward to collaborating with our teams to bring new residents and participants to our campuses, while increasing brand awareness and strengthening community partnerships for Albright Care Services,” Manton said of his new role.

As vice president of marketing, Manton will be responsible for developing and overseeing marketing at Albright’s six sites, including RiverWoods in Lewisburg, Normandie Ridge in York, Warrior Run Manor in Watsontown and LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) adult care centers in Lancaster, Lebanon and Lycoming.

Blessing formerly served as the controller for Albright Care Services. He was responsible for the full cycle finances of the corporation’s six sites, which are RiverWoods in Lewisburg and Normandie Ridge in York; Warrior Run Manor in Watsontown and LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) adult care centers in Lancaster, Lebanon and Lycoming.

Prior to joining Albright in 2011, Blessing was controller and chief financial officer of VNA Health System, Shamokin, where he was responsible for the finances of five home health/hospice agencies. He had also served positions as manager of accounting and controller at Sunbury Community Hospital, as well as senior accountant at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

“I am excited to meet the challenges of the ever-changing healthcare financial landscape and look forward to working as a team to promote the mission and values of Albright Care Services,” Blessing said in regard to his new role.

In his new role as vice president of finance/treasurer, Blessing will be responsible for ensuring the financial vitality of the organization by working the management team to achieve sustained positive financial performance.

Real estate firm

presents awards

Announcement recently was made by Kevin Hodrick, broker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodrick Realty, of those sales associates of the firm who had qualified for the prestigious Diamond Club Quarterly Sales Award for the third quarter of 2016, according to a news release.

The award is presented to those sales associates who have achieved a high level of closed transactions during the quarter. Receiving these awards was:  Jason Hilton, Tom Hartland, Susan Masley, Lance Jensen, Barbara Velez, Amie Penfield, Jim Shaible, and Gail Bair.

“I applaud these sales professionals for this outstanding achievement,” Hodrick said. “It comes as no surprise, as these agents are a customer-centric sales team who are always focused on meeting their customer’s needs.  They exemplify the high level of customer service that our company strives to achieve with each transaction.”

In addition, the monthly awards for the sales associate with top production in listings for the month of September was presented to Gary Moyer while the top sales award was presented to Lance Jensen, the news release said.

“Gary and Lance give us their best every day and we are fortunate to have them representing Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,” Hodrick said.

Attorney earns highest

possible rating

Cliff Rieders, a partner in the law firm of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters and Dohrmann, has been given the grading of “AV” for the “highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards” by Martindale-Hubbell, a news release said.  The rating system has been utilized by the publication based upon peer review recommendations.  Martindale-Hubbell rating is the oldest rating system for lawyers and is not based upon any financial contribution or request by the lawyer rated.  Lawyers, judges and other professionals rely upon the Martindale-Hubbel rating, which conveys national recognition.

Rieders is a board-certified trial advocate, past president of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, now called the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and a current member of Pennsylvania’s Patient Safety Authority. Rieders, the news release said, is the author of numerous legal texts, teaches law to other lawyers, and is admitted in multiple states, including the federal court system.

Jersey Shore native honored in Indiana County

The Indiana County Chamber of Commerce at its annual member luncheon recently announced the 2016 class of inductees for the Indiana County Business Hall of Fame, including Steve Wolfe, president and CEO of the Indiana Regional Medical Center, according to a news release.

Wolfe is a native of Jersey Shore, and earned degrees in pharmacy at Temple University in 1986 and in public administration at Penn State University in 1994. He joined the administration of Clearfield Hospital in 1992 and served as CEO from 1995 to 1999, when he was named to lead IRMC.

Under Wolfe’s 17-plus years of leadership, IRMC has achieved dramatic improvements in its performance as measured in finance, service, quality, growth and people.  The hospital has opened a cancer center, a new surgical center and an urgent care clinic at his direction.  These facilities include the Indiana at Chestnut Ridge Ambulatory Care and Urgent Care Center in Burrell Township, and the Herbert Hanna Oncology Center, the S&T Wellness Center, the Percutaneous Cardiac Intervention (PCI) Program, the Bork Emergency Center, the M. Dorcas Clark Women’s Imaging Center, the Human Motion Institute and the First Commonwealth Cardiac Catheterization Center in Indiana.  His administration and workforce are developing a culture for performance improvement, and IRMC has embarked on the $50 million Centennial Building Project to enhance the operating suite, ambulatory care and intensive care units.

During Wolfe’s tenure, IRMC has become known as a progressive facility, a community asset and a positive feature in Indiana County’s efforts to attract new business to the area.  IRMC has been named several times to the lists of the “Best Places to Work” in Pennsylvania, based on surveys of the hospital’s physicians and other employees.  Under Wolfe’s tenure, the hospital also has been named to Fortune magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in the U.S.

Regionally, Wolfe has served since 1995 as founder, president and chairman of the Pennsylvania Mountains Health Alliance, and is Chair CEO of the new parent entity Pennsylvania Mountains Care Network a new coalition of Indiana, Punxsutawney and Clarion hospitals.

In service to the state, Wolfe was appointed by Gov. Ed Rendell to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council and was a short-list candidate for Secretary of Health under Gov. Tom Corbett.

Wolfe has served as an elder, president and personnel committee chairman at Graystone Presbyterian Church and currently serves as Chair of Finance for Grace United Methodist Church, is a co-founder and board chairman for the Seeds of Faith Christian Academy, and is a founder and chairman of the Indiana Experiment, a Christian men’s group.  Through the Leader’s Circle Program, Wolfe was named the Civic Leader of the Year in 2006.  The Laurel Highlands Council of Boy Scouts of America presented the Distinguished Citizen award to Wolfe in 2009.

Steve is married to his wife, Karen, for 26 years and they are proud parents of five children.

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