Kidney Center demonstrates compliance

The Kidney Center, 88 Osborne St., Johnstown, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with national standards for health-care quality and safety in ambulatory care organizations.

The center underwent a rigorous on-site survey Dec. 2.

The center houses Prodigy Dialysis, Renal Care Consultants and St. George’s Laboratory.


H.F. Lenz earns business site prep grant

BEDFORD – The Bedford County Development Association recently awarded a $182,500 contract to H.F. Lenz Co., an engineering firm based in Johnstown, for implementation of a state grant received earlier this year.

Working closely with state Rep. Dick Hess, R-Bedford, the association secured a $175,000 Business In Our Sites grant from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority.

The grant will be matched locally with $7,500.

The money will enable the development association to create “papershell” buildings on lots in Bedford County Business Parks I and II and the Everett Business Park. Each lot will be designed to accommodate the optimal size of a building that could be constructed on the site.

“This BIOS grant will be very advantageous for prospects looking at Bedford County for a business site,” said Kirt Morris, BCDA chairman. “We are doing much of the pre-work for our prospects. It will save them time and engineering dollars.

“In short, we are removing many of the unknowns in the site selection process.”


State closes wine kiosks to fix problems

HARRISBURG – Problems getting bottles to dispense from state-run wine vending kiosks in some Pennsylvania supermarkets have prompted a temporary shutdown of the machines.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board said Tuesday it is calling in the manufacturer of its kiosks to fix mechanical and technological problems that prevented the machines from dispensing bottles of wine.

Board officials say the kiosks were taken offline at 9 p.m. Tuesday so the developer, Simple Brands, can fix them.

The kiosks are in 30 supermarkets across the state, including some Giant Food Stores, Wegmans Food Markets, Giant Eagle, The Fresh Grocer and Shop ’n Save stores.


MSHA: Inspections are reducing violations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Conducting special inspections to crack down on mines with poor safety records appears to be working, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday.

The agency said it issued 250 citations and orders during so-called impact inspections at 22 mines across the country during November. The number of orders and citations decreased from 380 issued to 19 mines in October.

“MSHA’s impact inspection program is helping to reduce the number of mines that consider egregious violation records a cost of doing business,” MSHA director Joe Main said.

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