WESTMINSTER — Medicare certifies Carroll Hospice
WESTMINSTER -- After a three-day survey last week, Carroll Hospice earned Medicare certification.
A state inspector audited all hospice records and visited patients to assess the agency's services to the terminally ill.
"It has been an exhausting week for us," said Julie Flaherty, executive director of the hospice, at 30 Carroll St.
"It was worth it. The certification will allow us to provide so much more."
Certification will require physical therapists, social workers and more nurses for the patients, which now number 25.
Certification allows the hospice to offer benefits to the terminally ill under Medicare, the federal health insurance program.
"The inspector was complimentary about our nurses and our field work," she said.
"We needed to come up to their stringent regulations in our paper work."
The Carroll County Health Department, Carroll County General pTC Hospital and Home Call helped the staff of hospice with all records needed during the survey, said
Alliance raises $2,350 for school supplies
Six non-profit social service organizations, a business and county government joined to raise about $2,350 during August to provide back-to-school supplies for families in need, Jolene G. Sullivan, county Department of Citizen Services director, told the county commissioners Thursday.
Volunteers distributed 293 vouchers Wednesday to the families for shoes, clothes, classroom equipment and lunch boxes. They are redeemable at Kmart in Carroll County, Mrs. Sullivan said.
About 100 additional families had signed up for assistance from the Caring for Carroll's Kids program, she said.
Masci Restaurants, owner of Roy Rogers Restaurants in Carroll, donated 10 cents for every 44-ounce soft drink purchased.
Commissioners adopt first purchasing policy
The county commissioners adopted the county's first formal policy for purchasing goods and awarding contracts Thursday.
County finance and purchasing officials have been working on developing the policy for several years. Other Baltimore-area jurisdictions have had formal procedures for purchasing in place for decades.
Previously, the only official policy guiding procurement in Carroll was a law requiring the commissioners to advertise for bids for purchases of jobs exceeding $12,000 and to award contracts to the "lowest responsible bidder whose bid is considered 'reasonable.' "
The policy aims to treat all vendors and contractors fairly to ensure that taxpayers' money is used prudently and to establish guidelines for an ethical procurement system, officials said.
Ball field landscaping requires more money
NEW WINDSOR -- Councilman Terry Petry has $6,078 in Project Open Space money from the state to landscape the town ball fields.
The lowest contractor's bid on the job is $10,900.
plan to meet with the contractor on the site," said the councilman at Wednesday's meeting.
"We will pare the list down and plan a partial planting."
He said he hoped more money will be available next year to complete the work.
At the meeting, Steven C. Horn, county planner, told the council he had filed a grant application with the state Department of the Environment to help pay for a compost system in the town.
The town would pay for land and a chipper machine, making its contribution a near match for the money requested.