Chester County Briefs: Jennersville Regional Hospital, Exton Region Chamber’s New President, and Liberty Property Trust Wraps up Horsham Deal
Chester County Briefs are concise reports on what’s happening around the County.
Jennersville’s Regional Hospital Recognized as a “Top Performer”
The Jennersville Regional Hospital has been recognized by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the state, as the “2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” as a part of its 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.”
Jennersville was one of only 1,043 out of the 3,300 eligible hospitals who received the honor, and was given the recognition for attaining and sustaining excellence in its accountability measures performance for Surgical Care, Pneumonia Care and Immunizations.
“We understand what matters most to patients at Jennersville Regional Hospital is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said the hospital’s CEO Andy Guz. “Jennersville Regional Hospital is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”
Laurie Kerkering is the New Chamber President at Exton
Laurie Kerkering has been appointed as the new President of the Board of Directors of the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce. She will start her new position at the beginning of the next year, when the current President, Sara Capinski, retires due to family obligations, after eight very successful years.
Kerkering has been a dedicated and heavily involved member of the Chamber for years, serving on Board of Directors and Executive Council, and chairing the Ambassadors Council.
“Laurie shares the Board’s vision and commitment to continuing the wonderful growth the Chamber has experienced in recent years, and in making the Chamber an even more valuable asset for all of our members going forward,” said Kevin Mengel, Chairman of the Board. “We should consider ourselves quite fortunate to have someone within our ranks with such energy and drive.”
Chester County PSTC Receives National Design Award
The Fire Industry Education Resource Organization has awarded its highest honor for design of a public safety project to the Tactical Village at Chester County’s Public Safety Training Campus.
Judged by the jurors from across the county experienced in both fire service and architecture, the FIERO Station Design competition focuses on interior and exterior functionality, while keeping firefighter health and safety at the forefront.
The award was presented jointly to the Chester County Department of Emergency Services and Manns Woodward Studios, the firm responsible for the design of the Tactical Village.
“Often when we begin a design project we have conflicting views and requests from firefighters and police,” said Rob Manns of Manns Woodward Studios. “But the group that came to us from Chester County challenged us to create a design that was unique and that met the needs of all emergency disciplines.”
Liberty Property Trust Nets $245.3 Million for Horsham Business Campus
Malvern based Liberty Property Trust has sold the 41-building corporate center in Horsham to Workspace Property Trust for $245.3 million, bringing Liberty’s year-to-date asset sales to $536 million.
The suburban office-park’s portfolio includes 2.4 million square feet of interior space and 20 acres of buildable land, with tenants such as United Healthcare Services Inc. and Comcast Corp.
Liberty sold the Horsham business park, which is expected to suffer a hit after the closure of Philidor Rx Services which leases 200,000 square feet at three buildings on the campus, as a part of its strategy to move from suburban to city properties.
“This is a counterintuitive play,” said Thomas Rizk, CEO of Workspace. “You’ll read a lot of articles about how millennials want to live and play in the cities. While we think there is probably truth to that, we believe it is probably exaggerated.”
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