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Witmer Completes Certificate

SEK, CPAs & Advisors is pleased to announce Craig E. Witmer, CPA, CGFM, Member of the Firm, has successfully completed the certification process with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to earn the Advanced Single Audit Certificate.
The Advanced Single Audit Certificate program provides a way for audit practitioners to demonstrate their competencies surrounding single audit engagements and to distinguish themselves in the marketplace. The intensive exam requires the ability to analyze and evaluate key concepts for single audits at an advanced level.

As a Certified Government Financial Manager and head of the firm’s governmental audit practice, Witmer has dedicated his career to the governmental industry. He has 19 years of experience and serves as Member-in-Charge of approximately 80 governmental and nonprofit audits. Witmer also performs peer reviews for other CPA firms and is an instructor of the firm’s in-house training programs on governmental accounting. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting. Witmer joined the firm in 1999 and was admitted as a Member in 2013.

SpiriTrust Lutheran Presents 32nd Annual Karen A. Rohaly Award
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SpiriTrust Lutheran Presents 32nd Annual Karen A. Rohaly Award


SpiriTrust Lutheran recently presented its 2018 Karen A. Rohaly Award to Deborah Giselman, RN, Hospice Nurse in the agency’s Franklin County, PA service area.  

The Karen A. Rohaly Award was established by SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice after the death of the agency’s first administrator, Karen Rohaly.  Leading the agency from its inception in 1978 until her untimely death in 1987, Ms. Rohaly was a visionary who defined the organization’s mission.  This award is presented annually to the employee who best upholds the ideals set by the work of Ms. Rohaly. The nominations are made by co-workers – those who are most familiar with the staff member and his/her work.  An Awards Committee, made up of individuals from throughout the agency’s service areas, evaluates the nominations and a recipient is selected.

Deborah has been with the agency for 3 years.  She was nominated for the award by three fellow team members.  She was chosen because of the nominations’ characterization of her strength, confidence, excellent clinical skills and dedication.   One nominator wrote, “Clinically, Debbie is an excellent nurse. She is a great resource for other nurses and is respected by her coworkers…When in tough situations, she uses critical thinking and often times has to think “outside of the box…”  Another wrote, “Families always feel so supported when she arrives.  She does a lot of the hospice admissions and is the first face that is represented by Spiritrust and always gives a wonderful first and lasting impression.”  A third nominator wrote, “Deb is our hospice on call nurse…a very stressful position: putting out fires, admitting patients emergently…handling sometimes very difficult situations…but she is strong and confident.”

SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice provides home health care, home health telemonitoring, palliative care, hospice, and in-home support services.  The agency serves south central through northeastern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.  SpiriTrust Lutheran LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly) is a creative program designed to enhance the ability of seniors in Franklin, Cumberland & Perry Counties in PA to live safely in their homes and communities with dignity and independence by providing access to the full range of preventative, primary, acute and long-term care services. For further information, or to start care, please call (800) 840-9081 or visit our website at or

Pictured in attached photo: (Left) Nina DelGrande, BSN, MHA, NE-BC, Vice President, Community Health Services of SpiriTrust Lutheran, and (Right) Deborah Giselman, RN, Hospice Nurse and Karen A. Rohaly award recipient.

Summit Health Releases Annual Report
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Summit Health Releases Annual Report

Patrick O’Donnell, president and chief executive officer of Summit Health, and executive vice president for WellSpan Health, presented the fiscal year 2018 annual report at Chambersburg Hospital’s and Waynesboro Hospital’s Board of Directors Annual Meetings on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

O’Donnell addressed the board members and those in attendance, sharing with them highlights of the year, including a glimpse into the future of health care in Franklin County.

“While by virtue, our Annual Report reflects the past year; our accomplishments and accolades, our expansions and evolution of services, this year’s look back, I believe, is truly ore a glimpse into what our future holds,” he explained. “We are starting a new journey of hope as we transition into our affiliation with WellSpan Health.  WellSpan values our culture, organization, employees, community, and the concept of local care. It is a partner that will help take us to the next level.”

O’Donnell explained that Summit Health and WellSpan Health have partnered for stroke services, cancer services, and NICU services for several years ahead of the affiliation.

As the affiliation speaks to ensuring quality care in Franklin County into the future, O’Donnell emphasized the strengths of Summit Health through the 2018 Fiscal Year. Summit Health reported revenue of $552.5 million for fiscal year 2017-18 in their 2018 annual report, up from $552.3 million reported in 2017. Summit Health invested more than $56.1 million into the community, of that, more than $36 million was put towards charity care.

In the past year, Summit Health has added Franklin County’s only dermatologist and added acupuncture and massage therapy.  Construction began on a new medical office building in Greencastle, aiming to improve access to care by bringing additional specialty practices to that community.

“I’m proud of all we have accomplished in this community; the lives we have touched, the hope we have inspired. I feel honored and privileged that we will continue to be a beacon of hope for the community as we continue to inspire hope for our future,” O’Donnell explained.

To view the complete report, visit

SEK Announces Rebranding
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Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC Announces Rebranding

Regional CPA firm Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC is refreshing its branding. Over the years, the firm’s clients and communities have come to refer to them as the acronym “SEK,” and the firm is proud to incorporate that title into a sleek, new brand redesign. SEK remains the same company and team with a new, bolder presence.

 SEK has launched a new logo as a part of their brand identity. This logo is born out of the need to better communicate what the firm stands for. The compass represents directional values; the firm remains committed to guiding their clients to make wise and well-informed financial decisions. Through the compass, SEK’s pledge to provide clarity and peace of mind is clearly demonstrated. The guidance offered will continue to be precise, just like its sharp points.

 The company’s rebrand will also include new signage, stationery, and a website upgrade over the next few months. With SEK’s rebranding efforts, the firm will continue to offer exceptional service, strong client relationships, and a commitment to clients’ success.

 “We are very excited to execute our rebrand in conjunction with our Hagerstown, Maryland office move,” states Managing Member John R. Schnitzer, CPA. “This rebrand represents a huge step in SEK’s evolution and is not something that we take lightly. We are still the same company with the same team, but with a fresh look.”

About SEK:
SEK, CPAs & Advisors has six regional offices in Hagerstown, Maryland; and Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg, Hanover, and York, Pennsylvania. The firm was founded in 1963 and was recently named a “Top 200 Firm” by Inside Public Accounting. With 26 Members and a staff of 150, SEK services individuals as well as business clients in a variety of industries including construction, employee benefit plans, healthcare, local government, manufacturing, and nonprofit. The firm offers financial statement preparation, auditing and assurance services, small business accounting, payroll services, QuickBooks® and Sage 50® training and consulting, tax return preparation and planning, estate planning and administration, business valuations, retirement plan design consulting, and third-party administration. For more information, visit


Chambersburg Hospital Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety
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Chambersburg Hospital Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Chambersburg Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Chambersburg Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting 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 Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

According to Senior Vice President of Patient Services, Sherri Stahl, a focus on safety and a cultural shift at the hospital contributed to the designation.

“We have always been committed to quality and patient safety. In 2014 our organization embarked on a journey to improve the overall culture of safety in our health system, and we’ve continued to build on that ever since,” she explained. “Part of that cultural shift has meant not only ensuring staff understand that “stopping the line” to call out potential safety issues would not result in a punitive action, but that those efforts would actually be celebrated. The results of this program have meant better care, improved communication, and better processes.”

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Chambersburg Hospital that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and 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.

Chambersburg Hospital was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see Chambersburg Hospital’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.  

Summit Health Officially Joins WellSpan Health
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Summit Health Officially Joins WellSpan Health

Effective today, Nov. 1, Summit Health is officially part of WellSpan Health – a regional nonprofit health care organization that now enhances community-based health care across central Pennsylvania and within Franklin County and its surrounding communities.

With the addition of Summit Health, WellSpan Health is now comprised of more than 19,000 employees, approximately 1,500 physicians and advanced practice clinicians and more than 170 patient care locations – including eight respected hospitals.

The affiliation follows seven months of due diligence by both community boards of directors and senior leaders, as well as approval by local, state and federal regulatory agencies, according to Pat O’Donnell, president and CEO of Summit Health, and Kevin H. Mosser, M.D., president and CEO of WellSpan Health.

They noted that Summit and WellSpan share a vision of transforming health care by improving outcomes and patient experience while managing costs.

“The completion of this affiliation marks the beginning of a bright future for health care in Franklin County,” O’Donnell said. “We are thrilled to join WellSpan Health, and to share with our community enhanced services.”

O’Donnell will be a member of WellSpan Health’s executive management team and will continue to lead services in Franklin County.

Mosser added that the affiliation makes formal a collaborative relationship that has existed between the two organizations for many years.

WellSpan and Summit have worked together to bring radiation oncology, neurology, tele-stroke and perinatology services to Franklin County, in addition to their partnership in a regional reference laboratory and a behavioral health managed care organization.

“By joining together, we now have the ability to leverage the best of both organizations to further enhance care locally and across the entire region,” Mosser said.

Together, WellSpan and Summit Health will pursue the following goals:

Strengthen a model of care that is based on an individual’s relationship with a primary care physician and coordinates all the care an individual requires across the lifespan.

Provide an opportunity to share best practices in quality improvement, care redesign, chronic disease management and patient experience.

Build upon Summit Health’s strong reputation as a provider of high-quality, local clinical care and a trusted nonprofit community partner.

Train and recruit more physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses and other essential care providers to Franklin County and surrounding communities, in order to address a projected shortage of physicians and health care professionals.

Invest in new services, facilities and technology for the long-term health of residents in Franklin County and surrounding communities.

Support Summit Health’s passionate commitment to the physical and economic health of Franklin County and surrounding communities.

Provide enhanced opportunities for effective population health management and value-based contracting to meet the needs of patients and payors.

Charitable Foundation

As part of the affiliation agreement, a new charitable foundation will be established for the purpose of raising funds and using them to provide support for Summit Health and its tax-exempt subsidiaries and their related activities in Franklin County and the surrounding communities. All charitable donations currently held or pledged to Summit Health will be retained by Summit Health or, at Summit Health’s discretion, transferred to the new foundation and used only to provide this support.

WellSpan has established similar community-based philanthropic foundations in Adams, York, Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

Governance Structure

Summit Health will continue to be governed by a local board of directors, which will have a formal relationship with the WellSpan Health board of directors. Four members of the Summit Health board – Philip Fague, R. William Happel, Nancy Meyers and Cheryl Plummer – will join the WellSpan Health board.

For more information, visit For WellSpan services in Franklin County and the surrounding communities, visit

About Summit Health
Summit Health is a nonprofit health system that is dedicated to building a healthier community. As Franklin County’s leading healthcare provider, Summit Health operates two award-winning hospitals in Chambersburg and Waynesboro, 33 outpatient specialty and primary-care practices throughout Franklin County, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, and two walk-in care centers. Visit

About WellSpan Health
WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of approximately 1,500 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 19,000 employees, and more than 170 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. Visit

WORX Graphics Hosts Leadercast Women®
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WORX Graphics Hosts Leadercast Women®

Hagerstown, MD: On October 12, 2018 Worx Graphic Design and Hagerstown Community College teamed up again to host the recent annual Leadercast Women® leadership conference, simulcast to over 30,000 people around the world from its home in Atlanta, Georgia. The event garnered support from local businesses and organizations, including the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Washington County, Hagerstown Community College, Sass Magazine, SCORE, Citi, and First Data.

The Hagerstown event was sold out with 85 attendees. This is one of the largest leadership conferences worldwide, second only to Leadercast Live®, an event held every May. The event featured well-renowned speakers from all over the world, a branded Leadercast Women experience, giveaways, a catered breakfast and lunch, and an opportunity to share ideas and inspiration with Girls Inc. via an interactive envelope wall. Leadercast Women features top female leaders from around the world who, in this live simulcast event, shared their thoughts, ideas, and experiences to inspire attendees to lead themselves. Through stories of triumph and resiliency, speakers inspired attendees to put themselves out there, to take calculated risks, and offered guidance on how to compete with yourself to be better than you were yesterday.

Worx Graphic Design is an official host site for Leadercast Live® 2019, with tickets available now for the May 10, 2019 event that will be held at Hagerstown Community College.
Visit HERE to get early bird pricing.

Worx Graphic Design is a full-service award-winning branding firm ready to get others as pumped about your brand as you are. As your team of experts, brand guardians, and creative interpreters, they bring big ideas to life for growing to mid-sized businesses like yours. Get ready to brand your gutsy.

Orrstown to Acquire Hamilton Bancorp
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Orrstown Financial Services, Inc. to Acquire Hamilton Bancorp, Inc.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA–October 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Orrstown Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORRF) (“Orrstown”) and Hamilton Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: HBK) (“Hamilton”) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Hamilton will merge with and into Orrstown. Hamilton shareholders will receive a combination of stock and cash currently valued at $58.5 million.

Under the terms of the agreement, Hamilton shareholders will receive 0.54 shares of Orrstown common stock and $4.10 per share in cash for each share of Hamilton common stock owned by them. The cash consideration is subject to reduction based on potential losses, write-downs, or reserves related to certain identified loans. The transaction is intended to qualify as a tax-free reorganization for federal income tax purposes.

The combination is expected to create significant value for both Orrstown and Hamilton shareholders. Including the impact of merger-related benefits and charges, the transaction is projected to result in earnings per share accretion of approximately 8% in 2020, with an internal rate of return of approximately 18.6% and a tangible book value earn back period of approximately 1.3 years.

Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company is expected to have approximately $2.5 billion in assets, $1.7 billion in loans and $2.1 billion in deposits. With its combined lending teams, business development officers, and branch network in south central Pennsylvania and Maryland, the combined organization will be better positioned to serve the businesses and consumers in its marketplaces.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019. Following the closing, one of Hamilton’s current directors, to be mutually agreed upon, will be added to the boards of directors of Orrstown and Orrstown Bank. In addition, Ellen R. Fish, Executive Vice President of Hamilton, will join Orrstown as Executive Vice President and Senior Lender for the Greater Baltimore region.

“We are thrilled to welcome Hamilton Bank to the Orrstown family,” said Thomas R. Quinn, Jr., President and CEO of Orrstown. “By joining Hamilton and Orrstown together, our institutions, shareholders, and customers will benefit greatly from our expanded footprint, enhanced products and services, and robust technology offerings. As Orrstown marks its 100th anniversary in 2019, we will continue to remain true to our community banking roots in all of the markets we serve. This merger affords us an immediate presence in one of the most populous regions in the country, and in a market that is strategically situated for Orrstown’s future growth. I would like to personally thank Bob DeAlmeida and his team for their leadership throughout this process and for their continued support during the upcoming transition.”

Bob DeAlmeida, President and CEO of Hamilton, added, “I am proud of the Hamilton team and the many years of service to our customers. We built and grew a great bank. Today, I am excited to announce the partnership with Orrstown that will allow us to better serve our customers through expanded products and services. This merger will result in a stronger competitive bank in the Baltimore area which is focused on providing a great customer experience. Our goal, through the combination of Hamilton and Orrstown, is to build an incredibly strong community bank which has the size and resources to meet the needs of our customers today and well into the future.”

The definitive agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of Orrstown and Hamilton. The completion of the transaction is subject to Hamilton’s stockholder approval and customary regulatory approvals. All Hamilton directors, who own shares of Hamilton’s outstanding common stock, have entered into voting agreements to vote their shares in favor of the transaction.

Hovde Group, LLC served as financial advisor and Goodwin Procter LLP served as legal counsel to Orrstown. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. served as financial advisor and Luse Gorman, P.C. served as legal counsel to Hamilton.

About Orrstown With approximately $1.9 billion in assets following the acquisition of Mercersburg Financial Corporation on October 1, 2018, Orrstown Financial Services, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Orrstown Bank and Wheatland Advisors, Inc., provide a wide range of consumer and business financial services through banking and financial advisory offices in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Perry, and York Counties, Pennsylvania and Washington County, Maryland. Orrstown Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and its deposits are insured up to the legal maximum by the FDIC. Orrstown Financial Services, Inc.’s common stock is traded on NASDAQ (ORRF). For more information about Orrstown Financial Services, Inc. and Orrstown Bank, visit For more information about Wheatland Advisors, Inc., visit

About Hamilton Founded in 1915, Hamilton Bank is a community bank with $525.3 million in assets and $54.9 million in shareholders’ equity. The bank has 72 full-time equivalent employees and operates seven branch locations across Greater Baltimore, serving the communities of Cockeysville, Pasadena, Rosedale, Towson, Ellicott City, and Baltimore in Maryland. Whether online or on the corner, Hamilton Bank is a community bank that cares about its customers. For more information about Hamilton, visit

Orrstown Bank Expands
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Orrstown Bank Continues Rapid Lancaster County Expansion

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 22, 2018) – Orrstown Bank is continuing its rapid expansion into Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with the recent opening of its newest full-service financial service center in East Earl Township. Located at 1324 Main Street inside the Shady Maple Farm Market, this is the first in-store banking center opened by Orrstown Bank. This facility houses a team of financial professionals who will be delivering personal and business banking services to the customers, visitors, and employees of the Shady Maple companies as well as its neighbors in the East Earl community.

“Orrstown is very excited about our continued growth into Lancaster County and the special relationship we have with the folks at Shady Maple,” said David Hornberger, Executive Vice President and Market President of Orrstown Bank. “As a community bank, we put our customers first, and invest heavily into the communities we serve. We have assembled a team of incredibly talented professionals who understand Lancaster County and are committed to delivering quality products and services to our customers with the professionalism and care that they deserve.”

This is Orrstown Bank’s fifth Lancaster County banking facility and will complement its other branch locations on Lausch Lane, Old Hickory Road, and Spring Valley Road in Lancaster, and on West Main Street in New Holland. The bank has two additional Lancaster County offices currently under construction, including a location at the new Crossings at Conestoga Creek along the Harrisburg Pike, which is scheduled to open in November, and a free-standing facility in Lititz, which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019. The bank, under the local leadership of Executive Vice President and Market President, David Hornberger, manages its Lancaster County operations from its Lancaster Regional Office headquarters on the Fruitville Pike.

To mark the opening of the new Shady Maple office, the bank hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony which was attended by local dignitaries, Shady Maple officials, Orrstown Bank directors, including its Chairman Joel Zullinger, and team members, and store guests. Immediately following, a public grand opening celebration was held featuring special product offers, food, prizes, and entertainment for the children.

Patriot Federal Credit Union Opens 9th Branch
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Patriot Federal Credit Union Opens 9th Branch

Patriot Federal Credit Union recently celebrated its continued growth and expansion in Washington County, Maryland, with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for its 9th branch located at 11067 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, Maryland – the intersection of Robinwood Drive and Medical Campus Road, across from Meritus Medical Center and next to The Elks Lodge.   

The one-story facility has over 3,800 square feet and is Patriot’s 2nd full service branch in Washington County.  The branch offers auto loans; mortgages; savings, checking, certificates as well as wealth management services.  Cammie Shrewsbury, Branch Manager, will oversee a team of 6 staff members. Lobby and drive-up hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30AM to 5:30PM; Friday 8:30AM to 7:00PM and Saturday 8:30AM to 1:00PM.  The drive-up lanes offer 24/7 access to ATM service.

“Thanks to the hard word of our entire Patriot team we are proud to celebrate the opening of our new Robinwood branch,” said Brad R. Warner, CEO of Patriot.  “We’re in a great location and we offer convenient hours to better meet the needs of our membership. Robinwood symbolizes our ongoing commitment to growth and providing quality financial services to our members in Hagerstown and other communities we serve.”   

Established in 1965, Patriot Federal Credit Union has assets in excess of $640 million and serves more than 65,000 members locally and worldwide with mobile banking services, internet home banking, and access to over 75,000 surcharge-free ATMs through the Allpoint, MoneyPass and STARsf networks.  Patriot serves Franklin and Fulton Counties, PA; Washington County, MD and the Borough of Shippensburg, PA; is federally-insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCAU).