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Intellectual Property Attorney Joins Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.

Douglas Panzer has affiliated with the Lehigh Valley law firm of Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. in an "Of Counsel" role. Mr. Panzer specializes in technology transactions and intellectual property strategy, transactions and litigation, with particular focus in the areas of computer software, e-commerce and the Internet.

Mr. Panzer received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Washington & Lee University and his Juris Doctor degree from American University, Washington College of Law. He has worked at the intellectual property law firm of Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd. in Philadelphia Fitzpatrick Lentz and Bubbaand served as Corporate Counsel for The Neat Company.

Joseph A. Bubba, the Firm's Managing Partner, noted: "Hiring Doug allows us to provide a wider array of intellectual property services to our business clients. His unique experience with software and technology companies will be a perfect fit given our proximity to Lehigh University, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and other business incubators."

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C., is a full-service law firm providing quality legal services in real estate, land use, business, commercial litigation, health care, estate planning & taxation, employment, bankruptcy, family law and related areas. The law firm has been named "Who's Who in Business Lehigh Valley" every year since 2008, and was named one of the Best Places to Work in PA for 2010-2012.

Solar Innovations, Inc. Wins 2013 NSA Design Awards

The National Sunroom Association (NSA) announced the winners of the 2013 NSA Design Awards at NSA's annual meeting in New Orleans. The 2013 Design Awards mark the ninth anniversary of the competition. Solar Innovations, Inc. of Pine Grove, Pa. won in the following categories:

Existing or Wood Roof Sunroom Above $50,000 

Glazed Roof Sunroom $35,000 - $50,000

Solar Innovations, Inc. was also the finalist in the Glazed Roof Sunroom Above $50,000 category for a private home.

Award Criteria

The National Sunroom Association Design Awards recognize excellence in the design and installation of sunrooms, solariums, and patio rooms. Over thirty-five entries of sunrooms, solariums, and patio rooms constructed in 2012 were submitted for this competition. All entries were judged on the basis of 1) aesthetic appeal, 2) how well the sunroom, patio room, or solarium enhances the architecture and natural surroundings of the home or commercial setting, and 3) its interior appeal and functionality. To increase the diversity of entries, all sunroom designs were judged by four different cost levels, as well as three different roofing types.

Quandel Enterprises, Inc. Gets Ranked Nationally

Quandel Enterprises, Inc., a local construction firm, was recently named in Engineering
News-Record's current edition of The Top 400 Contractors. ENR is a national construction industry publication
which rated Quandel in comparison to construction firms nationwide compiling Quandel's ranking at No. 236.

Quandel Enterprises, Inc., in business since 1882, has offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Chicago and Minnesota.

Shannon Brennan M.Ed. named new Campus Director for McCann School of Business & Technology in Hazlet

McCann School of Business & Technology named Shannon Brennan the new Campus Director for the Hazleton Campus. Shannon began working for McCann in 1999 as the Regional Director of Career Services. Since 2006, Shannon has been the Campus Director of the Pottsville Campus and recently accepted an expanded role to take over as Campus Director of the Hazleton location. Shannon has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from St. Joseph's University and a Master's of Education in Training and Development from Penn State University. Shannon is also the owner Trio Salon in Pottsville, PA and co-founder of Peace FrogNatural Foods in Pottsville. Shannon was voted the 2011 Business Woman of the Year by the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Schuylkill Chamber
of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Board of Directors for the Schuylkill Alliance for Health Care Access.

About McCann School of Business & Technology

The McCann School of Business and Technology has been committed to excellence in education since 1897. We offer Associate and Diploma programs in fields including: Accounting, Business Administration, Administrative Office Technology, Computer Science and Programming, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Medical Assisting, and Massage Therapy. The mission of McCann is to help students acquire the essential knowledge, career, and interpersonal skills necessary to secure employment in their chosen fields. Please visit us online at www.mccann.edu for more information.

At McCann School of Business & Technology, We Change Futures, We Change Lives!

American Heart Association Gold Plus Awards

Schuylkill Medical Center East Norwegian Street and Schuylkill Medical Center South Jackson Street have
received the Get With the Guidelines® - Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that both Medical Centers have reached an exceptional goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.

This marks the second year that the South Jackson Street Medical Center has been recognized with the Gold Quality
Achievement Award and the first year for the East Norwegian Street Medical Center. In addition to the Gold Plus
Award, the South Jackson Street Medical Center has also been recognized as Target Heart Failure Honor Roll
Hospital. Target Heart Failure focuses on three key areas of patient care: Medication Optimizaiton, Early Follow-up Care Coordination and Enhanced Patient Education.

To qualify for the Target Heart Failure Honor Roll, hospitals must demonstrate 50% or greater compliance on spedific measures within those key areas. The vision set for Target: Heart Failure is to improve quality, care transitions and outcomes for patients with heart failure.

Get With The Guidelines helps Schuylkill Medical Center Staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The quick and efficient use of guidelilne procedures can improve the quality of care for heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks. "Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Assocation's Get With The Guideines-Heart Failure Program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes," said Lee
H. Shwamm, M.D., Chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. The teams at both Schuylkill Medical Centers are to be commended for their commiotment to improving the care of their patients."

"We are very proud of the efforts of our staff in achieving this prestigious and important award from the American Heart Association," noted Cathy Sophy, RN, Administrative Director of Quality. "Schuylkill Health is dedicated to making
care for heart failure patients amont the bst in the country. "The American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Program Helps us to accomplish this goal," she said.