Chester County Briefly: April 26

Amanda McGrory

Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce

The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Inspirational Breakfast on Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 AM at Hartefeld National Golf Club. The keynote speaker is Amanda McGrory, award-winning wheelchair athlete who will present Go for the Gold: My Quest for Success, which shares her story and discovery of wheelchair athletics, and highlights from her award-winning athletic career that has taken her around the world.

The Inspirational Breakfast welcomes business and community leaders from across the region. The fee is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Visionary Tables are available for $375. To register, click here.

McGrory graduated from Unionville High School with honors, and accepted an athletics scholarship to the University of Illinois as a dual sport athlete to play wheelchair basketball. Since graduating with a degree in psychology, she has traveled the world, and won seven Paralympic medals and more than 25 marathons.

Past award recipient Jean Dawson, left, and Marie Paxson of the Friends Association.

Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children

As part of National Volunteer Appreciation Month, the West Chester-based Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children will be recognizing volunteers who go above and beyond in their service to the organization.

A total of 38 individuals and nine businesses or organizations will be honored at the third annual Friends Association Volunteer Service Awards on Friday, from 5:30-6:30 PM at West Chester Borough Council Chambers on 401 East Gay Street. For information about the ceremony, contact Amy Descovich at 610-431-3598 ext. 205.

“Volunteers are a vital part of the programs we provide and this award is an opportunity for us to say thank you,” said Catherine Friedman, Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children Executive Director.


Wayne’s Teleflex, a leading global provider of medical technologies for critical care and surgery, has announced its launch of the AsthmaMDTM Peak Flow Meter designed to help asthma patients to track and measure lung performance.

The AsthmaMDTM Peak Flow Meter was developed for use with the AsthmaMDTM smartphone app, which helps patients digitally log peak flow meter readings, track symptoms, medications, and notes – empowering patients to create a digital journal of their asthma activity.

“Teleflex is committed to connecting clinicians and patients with technology that improves patient outcomes,” said James Ferguson, President of Teleflex’s Respiratory Division. “Asthma is the third-leading cause of hospitalization in children, and Teleflex is proud to now offer the AsthmaMDTM Peak Flow Meter to help these and other asthma patients.”

Siemens Healthineers

Siemens Healthineers, which employs more than 1,000 people in Malvern, has agreed to buy Medicalis Corp. – a healthcare technology company based in San Francisco and Kitchener, Ontario – for an undisclosed price, writes Harold Brubaker for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Medicalis is expected to add to Siemens’s services in population health management, a term used to describe the practice of keeping track of patients when they’re not in the clinic.

DePuy Synthes

West Chester’s DePuy Synthes Products, part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, has acquired 3D printing technology from Tissue Regeneration Systems (TRS). Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

The acquisition from TRS brings exciting new technology with the potential to truly personalize healthcare solutions in Trauma, a priority platform for the business, and builds on DePuy Synthes’ leadership in delivering ground-breaking innovation that improves patients’ lives.

“We are systematically investing in building a pipeline of 3D printed products,” said Ciro Römer, Company Group Chairman, DePuy Synthes. “The TRS technology, which will be added to the DePuy Synthes Trauma Platform, is the latest example of how we are working toward developing next-generation technologies that transform healthcare delivery with individualized solutions for patients.”

Citadel Federal Credit Union

Callahan & Associates, a credit union research and consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., has recognized Citadel Federal Credit Union as the top credit union in the country for providing value to customers.

“Return of the Member” ranks Citadel number one out of the nearly 6,000 credit unions in America. The list measures how well an institution provides beneficial financial products and services to its customers.

“To be recognized as number one in the nation for providing valuable products to our customers is the greatest honor we could imagine,” said Jeff March, Citadel’s President and CEO. “This recognition is a testament to our goal of putting the customer first and always providing Citadel Class Service.”

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