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Ethan Howard from the Camden County 4-H Shooting Sports Club was selected for the North Carolina National 4-H Shooting Sports Team in Compound Archery.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sentara Albemarle gets ‘A’ for patient safety

Sentara Albemarle Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade.

The designation recognizes the effort of Sentara Albemarle Medical Center to protect patients from harm and meet the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. 

"The team at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center has been committed to our promise of providing the best possible care to our community and this award is the result of that commitment,” said Coleen Santa Ana, President of Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. “We are proud of being recognized as one of America’s safest hospitals, but our patients are the real winners. Our patients benefit most from our rigid processes to keep them safe and positive health outcomes without unnecessary harm or medical errors.”

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.

Sentara Albemarle Medical Center was part of the top 32 percent of hospitals across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades.

Camden 4H shooting club member on national team

Ethan Howard from the Camden County 4-H Shooting Sports Club was selected for the North Carolina National 4-H Shooting Sports Team in Compound Archery. Ethan will compete with the North Carolina team in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament in Grand Island Nebraska, June 24-29.

 In the Eastern District 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament this year Ethan took gold overall in Compound Archery-Match. Then, in North Carolina State 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament, he ranked fourth overall in Compound Archery-Match. Following these tournaments he was invited to try-out for the national team. After making the team, he will now practice each month in Ellerbe with teammates from across the state.

Ethan recently attended training to become a certified 4-H Shooting Sports volunteer to help other members of his team.

Stanhope serves at submarine headquarters 

Elizabeth City resident Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Courtney Stanhope is serving at the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force Headquarters in Norfolk, Va.

Stanhope is an electronics technician responsible for maintaining, repairing and adjusting a huge range of cutting-edge electronic equipment. They are also trained to work with equipment used for everything from communications, detection and tracking, recognition and identification, navigation and electronic countermeasures.

Aydlett, Powell Agents Of The Month 

John Aydlett was named Sales Agent of the Month and Mel Powell was named Listing Agent for the Month in October at Long and Foster real estate firm.

Company leaders Phyllis Bosomworth and Erin Nixon made the announcement.

Aydlett, a native of Camden, graduated from North Carolina State University and has worked in the Albemarle area for over 25 years. His knowledge of the people and the area give him insight into the real estate market.

Powell, a native of North Carolina, moved back to the area after living in Virginia and Florida for many years. Mel has over 25 years of experience in restoration of homes and has developed an insight for the process. He is currently owner of the Foreman House B&B in Elizabeth City.

ECPPS schools share funds in Sonic benefit

Sonic Drive-in, a longtime supporter of public school teachers through its Limeades for Learning® program, completed its 10th annual Fall Voting campaign last month with donations going directly to two schools in the Elizabeth Cty-Pasquotank Public Schools district.

Locally, projects involving four teachers earned funding through the program. The total donation to ECPPS teacher projects was $2,573.27, bringing a variety of essential and enrichment learning materials to local public school classrooms. Teachers from Central and Northside Elementary schools received donations as part of the tenth annual Fall Voting campaign.

“Through Limeades for Learning, teachers from all over the country can submit project requests to philanthropic partner DonorsChoose.org for the classroom resources they need to create an inspiring learning environment for their students," said Christi Woodworth, vice president for public relations for SONIC. “SONIC is proud to support public school teachers like those in the Elizabeth Cty-Pasquotank district, who make a positive impact in their students’ lives and in their communities every day."

Payan receives ad Litem  ‘Be A Voice Advocacy Award’ 

Guardian ad Litem volunteer Mary Payan of Pasquotank County received the “Be a Voice Advocacy Award” in recognition of being super Guardian ad Litem volunteers.

The award was announced as the N.C. Guardian Ad Litem Program celebrated 35 years of equipping volunteers to serve as court advocates for the state’s abused and neglected children on last summer in Winston-Salem.

Mary has been a volunteer since 2009 and has served a total of 27 children in Chowan, Currituck, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

Ovcharuk completes NC Global Distinction Program

With her final presentation this month, Anastasiia Ovcharuk, a College of the Albemarle Dare Campus international student, became the first COA student to complete the North Carolina Global Distinction Program.

A member institution of the NC Global Distinction Program since 2017, COA partners with World View, a public service program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, allowing students to gain a wider knowledge of other countries and cultures.

Dr. Dean Roughton, COA’s Dean of Arts and Sciences and Liaison for the program, said, “Today’s employers are increasingly searching for potential employees who have a globally diverse background and experience with cultures other than their own.” Through this partnership, COA students who complete the program receive “Graduated with Global Distinction” noted on their transcripts, as well as a joint certificate from COA and World View recognizing this achievement.

Hailing from Ukraine, Anastasiia completed an extended study abroad at COA and will graduate in December.

Moyock residents march with JMU band in Macy's Parade

Crystal Dennard and Samuel Dorow, both of Moyock, will be among members of  the James Madison University marching band, the Marching Royal Dukes, who will be marching in the 92nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the band’s fourth appearance in the holiday classic. Marching 535 strong, the Marching Royal Dukes are the largest in the parade and one of only three college bands invited.