Open house

Atlantic General Hospital and Health System has announced that an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Wednesday, Jan. 16 to celebrate the opening of Atlantic General Orthopedic Surgery, the practice of orthopedic surgeon Sean Hooker, MD.

Hooker joined Atlantic General Health System in July to perform joint replacement procedures at Atlantic General Hospital’s Center for Joint Surgery as well as provide general orthopedic and sports medicine services in the community. He specializes in shoulder, hip and knee replacements, rotator cuff repairs and sports medicine procedures.

The event will take place from 4-6 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. The office is located at 314 Franklin Avenue, Suite 201 in Berlin.

Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties in Maryland and Sussex County, Delaware, since May 1993. For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.

Pancos welcomed

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty announced that award-winning Realtor Kathy Panco has affiliated with the company. Joining her in the Ocean City office is fellow real estate professional and daughter-in-law, Lola Panco.

Since the start of her real estate career in 1981, Kathy Panco has been surpassing sales records and has consistently placed at the top of the rankings year after year.

Her success and reputation have earned her numerous industry accolades, including the Realtor of the Year Award, Distinguished Sales Associate Award and Multi-Million Dollar Award.

Licensed in Maryland and Delaware, Panco’s resume includes a long list of real estate certifications such as the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Recreation and Resort Specialist (RRS).

She also has a long track record of giving back to the industry through her service on the board of directors of the Coastal Association of Realtors, and as president of the Coastal Association of Realtors 1999.

Panco is also a dedicated community volunteer, where her service has garnered awards from the town of Ocean City, including a “Key to Ocean City” from the mayor’s office and a commendation from the county commissioners.

She has served as a director for the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and president in 2006. She also received the Realtor Community Service award in 1997 and the Ocean City Citizen of the Year award in 2009.

Panco was born and raised in Riviera Beach, Maryland, and graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Towson University. She has received statewide and national accolades as a physical education teacher, including Outstanding Physical Education Teacher of the Year in Harford County, Maryland.

Lola Panco is a native of Minsk, Belarus, and is a trained interior designer. A graduate of the Belarus Academy of Arts, she has been selling real estate for six years and has drawn attention for her superb design and photography skills. She is also pursuing her bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University and is a 4.0 student.

For more information, visit www.kathypanco.com.

New staff

Peninsula Home Care, a locally owned and operated home health care agency providing award-winning skilled care to patients on the Lower Shore since 1985, announces the addition of three new staff members.

Peninsula Home Care welcomes two new hospital liaisons, Denise Fields to the Maryland team and Tisha Donovan to Delaware. Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke also welcomes Jenna Hare as the newest community account manager to the Delaware team.

Fields joined Peninsula Home Care in 2018 with a diverse healthcare background. She most recently served as a case manager at a local hospital where she handled care coordination and transitions of care for all patients.

For 11 years she worked as a case transition nurse and developed strong relationships with hospital and health system providers, hospitalists and physicians.

As a Peninsula Home Care hospital liaison she is responsible for managing referrals from hospitals, collaborating with care coordinators and educating patients on requirements for home care. She works closely with the patient and their family to help them better understand the hospital to home process, answer questions and work with the plan of care to help patients achieve their outcomes.

In 1973, Fields graduated from North Technical Education Center in Riviera Beach, Florida, with a degree in practical nursing.

In 1976 she graduated with an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Palm Beach Junior College in Lake Worth, Florida. She graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1983.

Donovan, LPN, started working for Peninsula Home Care in October 2018 after working as a nurse for 11 years. She has 23 years of experience in the medical field with roles as a medical assistant, medical office manager and sales.

In her role as hospital liaison, Donovan serves as the connector between Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke, the hospitals and patients. She works closely with patients, family members and caregivers through the hospital to home navigation process.

She offers support through her collaboration with care coordinators and clinical managers to customize and implement a plan of care that best fits the needs and goals of each individual patient.

She graduated from Delaware Technical Community College with degrees for medical assistance and licensed practical nursing.

Hare joined the Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke team in August 2018 as a community account manager. She collaborates with individuals, organizations and businesses to establish partnerships to better serve the community’s healthcare needs.

Hare is the face of Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke at community events and has launched a schedule to take the OWLs Club on the road to different locations promoting health related topics, conditions and available resources each month.

Her work experience includes time in pediatrics as a certified medical assistant working with both the clinical and clerical teams to help patients and build trust with families to better serve their needs. She has also been a certified personal trainer for three years and enjoys helping others reach their personal health goals.

Hare graduated from the Certified Medical Assistant program at Harris School of Business in Dover Delaware. She received her certified personal training credentials from American Fitness Professionals & Associates. She has enrolled to study business management at Wilmington University in 2019.

The agency has served more than 39,000 patients in Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties in Maryland and Sussex and Kent counties in Delaware.

In 2017, PHC and PHCN were designated as Preferred Home Care Provider by Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Nanticoke Health Services. For more information, visit www.peninsulahomecare.com.

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