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AUGUST 2012 Associates' 12 anesthesiologists and 17 anesthetists now join MEDNAX's American Anesthesiology division, which consists of more than 1,200 anesthesia providers in seven mid-Atlantic and southern states. "Joining American Anesthesiology will provide us with the resources we need, from research, education and technology to infrastructure and administrative support, to ensure the future success of our practice," Dr. Lorna Miller, the Loudoun practice's chairman who will become American Anesthesiology's medical director, said.
Awards, Grants Oatlands Historic House and Gardens has received more than $250,000 in grants that will be used toward making essential repairs to the glass roof of the 1810 greenhouse. The grants came from The Historic Sites Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Loudoun Preservation Society and The Virginia Horticultural Foundation. “We are so grateful to our partners in preservation. Their initial support will help get the greenhouse repairs under way,” Oatlands Executive Director Andrea McGimsey said. The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative ranked highest in customer satisfaction among midsize electric utilities in the South and among the 126 largest United States electric utilities, according to a 2012 study by J. D. Power and Associates. The study asked customers about their utility’s power quality and reliability, price, billing and payment, corporate citizenship, communications and customer service. NOVEC scored highest in the industry in power quality and reliability, price and communications; and second highest in corporate citizenship. Despite an earthquake, Hurricane Irene and a major tropical storm last year, NOVEC’s overall scores improved over the 2011 study results. Inova Loudoun Hospital received high marks in U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Best Hospitals rankings, garnering No. 8 in the Washington, DC, metro area and 11th in Virginia. Inova Loudoun also was named among the Best Hospitals in Northern Virginia in the report. “Our care model emphasizes collaboration between physician, patient and family underscoring wellness, education, research and care management as part of our commitment to improving the health of the community we serve,” Inova Health System CEO Knox Singleton said. Inova Loudoun Hospital was recognized for its high performances in the specialties of gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. U.S. News collaborated with North Carolina research group RTI International to create the report. Highlights of the most recent rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, which is available for pur-
chase this month. Loudoun has once again been named one of the most technologically advanced county governments in the country, an honor it has achieved since 2004. The 2012 Digital Counties Survey, conducted by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties, recognizes leading examples of counties using information and communications technology. “This year, counties are focused on saving money where they can by simplifying their information technology infrastructure and sharing systems with other governments,” center executive director Todd Sander said. “Many of them have found ways to provide better information security, transparency and citizen engagement with innovative uses of social media” and other technologies. Among the changes the county has instituted are a collaboration with the public schools on a new system that has saved millions of dollars in software, hardware and implementation costs. Loudoun also has been recognized by the International City/County Management Association with a 2012 Certificate of Achievement for superior performance management efforts. The award highlights the county’s commitment to continuous improvement and community engagement through reporting of performance data to the public through budgets, newsletters and/or information provided to elected officials; data verification efforts to ensure reliability; and staff training. Loudoun is one of just five jurisdictions to receive the award this year. Ashburn resident George Millar won the 2012 SHELFGEN Award for edging out 250 ShelfGenie designers and franchise owners in total self-generated sales nationwide. Millar is a designer for ShelfGenie of Northern Virginia, which sells custom Glide Out shelving solutions for homes. Millar received the award at the company's annual awards dinner in June.
ShelfGenie designer George Millar is presented with the 2012 SHELFGEN Award at a recent ceremony.
He won for the largest total self-generated sales nationwide.”George is a model for all ShelfGenie designers. His unassuming and straightforward manner instills trust in his clients,” Joe Johnson, owner of the ShelfGenie of Northern Virginia franchise,
said. “Instead of trying to just 'close' a sale, George works with his clients to develop complete solutions for their problem areas. This translates into confidence that ShelfGenie will not only solve their problems now, but be there for the long-run.” Goodstone Inn and Restaurant recently was named one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 2012 America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants. The magazine’s list of 100 restaurants were chosen by a team of editors and tasters for excellence in fine dining, visionary wine selections and exceptional service. The honor is the latest in the Middleburg resort's collection of awards this year, including TripAdvisor's 2012 Certificate of Excellence; Condé Nast Johansens Luxury Travel Guides' Most Excellent Inn in North America finalist and Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway in North America finalist; and The 10 Best Overall Restaurants in the Washington, D.C. Area for July by OpenTable diners.
Coming Soon The deadline to submit nominations for Loudoun County Chamber's 2012 Small Business Awards is Aug. 17. The annual event ecognizes the achievements of local small business, entrepreneurs and nonprofits. Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at www.loudounchamber.org. You can nominate as many businesses as you would like but you will only need to submit one nomination for each organization. Winners will be named at a Nov. 9 gala at The National Conference Center; tickets can be purchased online on the chamber's website. Tickets for the Virginia Women's Business Conference on Nov. 16 are now on sale. Formerly the Northern Virginia Women's Business Conference, this year's event presents Fabienne Fredrickson as the keynote speaker. Fredrickson is the founder of ClientAttraction.com, which teaches entrepreneurs how to attract more clients. To register for the event, go to www.virginiawomensbusinessconference. com. The Center for Innovative Technology is seeking nominations for a new statewide awards program that recognizes the next generation’s most promising visionaries, in the areas of life sciences, technology and energy. The GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards honor innovative business entrepreneurs creating high-growth companies. CIT will hold an award banquet in October for the final recipients after nominees vote through an electronic ballot. Nominations can be submitted at www.GAP50.com. Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 20. Do you have a submission for In Brief? Send information, and if possible a high resolution image, to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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HYLAS 2, one of Orbital's communications satellites, will facilitate high-speed delivery of data to clients in Africa, Europe and the Middle East for Avanti Communications Group. It was launched Aug. 2 from the European Spaceport.
Dulles-Built Satellite Deployed To Provide Global Data Service By Therese P. Howe
For Loudoun Business
A communications satellite built at Orbital Sciences' Dulles manufacturing facility was successfully launched into space, where it will be used by Londonbased Avanti Communications Group to provide telecommunications services for its international clients. HYLAS 2 was launched Aug. 2 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the European Spaceport in French Guiana. It will undergo several weeks of in-orbit testing and systems verification. Then it will begin providing data and video services to Eastern and Southern Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and across the Caucuses, according to an Orbital statement. “HYLAS 2 introduces a new market application for Orbital’s commercial communications satellites, bringing broadband communications into the range of space systems we offer our customers,” Christopher Richmond, Orbital’s senior vice president of communications satellites, said in the statement. “The HYLAS 2 spacecraft is one of the most sophisticated commercial satellites we have ever built and we are looking forward to putting it to work for our Avanti customer.” Orbital designed, built and tested the HYLAS 2 spacecraft at the company’s satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles.
Published on Aug 10, 2012