Business roundup: Penrod Medical Equipment achieves accreditation award

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 21, 2009

Penrod Medical Equipment LLC, a home medical equipment company located at 2424 Statesville Blvd., has achieved the Award of Accreditation from the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation.
The award is for home medical equipment companies that demonstrate a high level of quality practices in business operations and patient care techniques.
Penrod Medical Equipment earned the three-year accreditation after completing an application focused on patient care, financial stability and a commitment to quality operational practices and procedures. Accreditation assures Medicare and other payers that the highest levels of quality are practiced within all areas of the company.
“We sought accreditation by the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation to demonstrate that our company is committed to providing excellent patient care and safety in a financially solvent environment,” says Roger Bowman, a partner in Penrod Medical Equipment LLC, “This award also reinforces that our commitment to quality is ongoing.”
Penrod Medical Equipment was established in 2003 to provide mobility equipment such as walkers, manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, scooters, stair lifts, ramps and auto carriers for transporting mobility equipment. It also provides bathroom safety aids, diabetic shoes and testing supplies, hospital beds, and lift chairs.
Stitchin’ Post holding ‘Girls Night Out’
Stitchin’ Post Gifts at 104 S. Main St., Salisbury, will be having a “Girls Night Out” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, and a percentage of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Rowan Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.
Girls Night Out will include wine, cheese and other special treats, along with goodie bags and fun promotions for customers.
On hand will be representatives of Brighton, Fresh Produce Sportswear and Lela Belle.
SupplyOne Rockwell worker’s safety bonusSupplyOne Rockwell employee Rikki Yang recently won $4,000 in prize money in a safety incentive program.
SupplyOne Rockwell, formerly Packaging Services of Carolina, is part of the SupplyOne group, a national company that specializes in packaging solutions.
Yang, a lead person on second shift, won a drawing among hourly employees and drivers at the Rockwell plant, which was one of two locations nationally to earn the privilege of holding drawings for either a fully paid trip to the Bahamas or the cash equivalent because of their safety performance.
“I’m very proud of the improvements we’ve made in our safety performance” says George Ruth, vice president of operations. “Brad Kluttz, our production manager, and all of the members of the Safety Committee have done an excellent job promoting safe work practices and improving our facility. Their efforts are showing in our reduced incident rates.”
The Rockwell location has a good history with the Consultative Division of the N.C. Department of Labor.
Ruth said, “Not many employers invite OSHA into their plants, but we’ve always felt that the consultative, cooperative approach offered by NCDOL is much preferable to simply taking our chances that we’re doing things right. They’ve been a great help to us and deserve a portion of the credit for our current success.”
Deboyace certified by diabetes educators
Anna Deboyace has passed the certification exam for diabetes educators by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.
Deboyace is an inpatient diabetes clinical educator for Morrison Management Specialists in the food and nutrition services department at Rowan Regional Medical Center. She has been with the hospital since 2004.
“This achievement demonstrates Anna’s dedication and shows that she has met a level of contemporary knowledge in diabetes self-management education,” said Beth Bates, director of food and nutrition services at Rowan Regional Medical Center.
Deboyace earned a bachelor of science from University of North Carolina-Greensboro. To receive credentialing as a diabetes educator, she had to complete a supervised internship, become registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and receive licensure from the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition.
Deboyace also was required to have a minimum of two years of professional practice experience and a minimum of 1,000 hours of diabetes self-management education experience prior to taking the diabetes educator certification exam.
Furniture from Landis mill’s wood on sale
The new line of Turning House Furniture made with reclaimed vintage wood from the Corriher Mill in Landis is now available online through and Neiman Marcus Direct.
The new line of furniture uses vintage woods reclaimed from old buildings. The sustainability concept uses reclaimed wood from 75- to 100-year-old buildings to create furniture.
Furniture uses wood recovered from the Corriher Mill in Landis, the Rip Van Winkle Distillery Warehouse in Lawrenceburg, Ky., and a tobacco warehouse in Greeneville, Tenn.
Eighteen pieces featured on the Web site celebrate the character of old growth hardwoods, each with a documented history of the source of the lumber.
A painstaking process to retrieve the wood can take up to five years, recycling 98 percent of a structure. One building, for example, can save 19,000 trees.
Old growth hardwoods harvested from old factories, mills and tobacco warehouses are given new life as furniture, flooring, cabinets and other building products.
Turning House Furniture, a member of the Sustainability Furnishings Council, is based in Bassett, Va. Turning House Millworks is located in Landis.
Turning House will debut its showroom at the High Point Market in April. You can visit for more information.
Freightliner adds predictive cruise option for Cascadia trucks
Freightliner Trucks has launched a new, proprietary RunSmart Predictive Cruise system.
The technology evaluates the upcoming road profile more than a mile in advance and determines the most fuel-efficient vehicle speed. The system is now available as an option for a Detroit Diesel DD15-equipped Freightliner Cascadia with a 72-inch raised roof.
The Cleveland (N.C.) Freightliner plant manufactures the Cascadia.
For more information, go to www.FreightlinerTrucks. com.
If you’re selling a home, IRS lists some things you need to know
People who sell their home may be able to exclude the gain from their income. Here are some things every homeowner should know if they sold, or plan to sell their house.
– Amount of exclusion. When you have gain from the sale of your home, you may be able to exclude up to $250,000 of the gain from your income. For most taxpayers filing a joint return, the exclusion amount is $500,000.
– Ownership test. To claim the exclusion you must have owned the home for at least two years during the five-year period ending on the date of the sale.
– Use test. You also must have lived in the house and used it as your main home for at least two years during the five year period ending on the date of the sale.
– When not to report. If you are able to exclude all of the gain from the sale of your home, you do not need to report the sale on your federal income tax return.
– Reporting taxable gain. If you have gain which cannot be excluded, it is taxable and must be reported on your tax return using Schedule D.
– Deducting a loss. You cannot deduct a loss from the sale of your home.
– Rules for multiple homes. If you have more than one home, you may only exclude gain from the sale of your main home and must pay tax on the gain resulting from the sale of any other home. Your main home is generally the one you live in most of the time.
For more information see IRS Publication 523, Selling Your Home, available at or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).
Career fair for veterans will take place Thursday in Concord
The RecruitMilitary Career Fair event will take place Thursday in Concord from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Speedway Club of Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
More than 300 veterans are expected to attend.
The event aims at helping recently returning troops and other veterans and their spouses to find jobs.
Veterans will be able to interview with national, regional and local employers at the RecruitMilitary Career Fair. The event is produced in cooperation with the President’s National Hire Veterans Committee (HireVets First), the American Legion and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network.
Collins Cabinets sharing showroom with Fire Place in Concord
CONCORD ó Collins Cabinets has relocated to 487 Corban Ave SE in Concord.
Collins cabinets will share its operations and showroom with the current occupant, The Fire Place, Patio & Grill.
James Nieman, president of Collins Cabinets, said “We are delighted with the new location. It will give us much needed, expanded showroom space to display additional products from our suppliers. And, this location will allow us to serve the remodeling market better. It is also a more convenient and easily accessible location.”
Jerry Isenhour, owner of The Fireplace, Patio & Grill, added, “The synergy between our product lines is fantastic. I am delighted with the decision of Collins Cabinets to move to our facility, as this will allow consumers to select numerous items from one great location.”
CommunityOne Bank’s parent company lowers dividend
ASHEBORO ó FNB United Corp., the holding company for CommunityOne Bank, announced a quarterly cash dividend of 2 1/2 cents per share Friday, a reduction from the previous quarter.
The dividend will be paid on April 24 to shareholders of record on March 26.
“Our decision to reduce the dividend was thoroughly and thoughtfully reviewed and considered many factors, including capital adequacy, earnings, payout ratios and yield,” said Michael C. Miller, president and chief executive officer.
“We believe that conserving capital through a reduction in the dividend is in the best long-term interest of our shareholders and will help ensure that FNB United maintains its well-capitalized position. We look forward to restoring dividends to previous levels when earnings improve and the recovery in the regional economy and housing markets is more evident.”
Opened in 1907, CommunityOne ( operates 45 offices in 38 communities throughout central, southern and western North Carolina, including Salisbury.
Home Instead Senior Care honors Caregiver of the Month for March
Jeannie Weant has been named Caregiver of the Month for March at Home Instead Senior Care, 625 W. Innes St.
Weant joined the Salisbury HISC team in December of 2008. The Salisbury native has been attending Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in pursuit of a nursing degree.
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