Biz Briefs 5/20/18

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 20, 2018

Salisbury VA gives 2018 Nursing Excellence Awards

SALISBURY – The Salisbury VA Health Care System (HCS) capped off National Nurses Week with awards to the top nurses in a ceremony last Friday on the Salisbury campus.

Awards were presented for Registered Nurse (RN) of the Year in a staff role, RN of the Year in an expanded role, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) of the Year and Nursing Assistant (NA) of the Year.

Awards winners are:

• RN of the Year (staff role) – Melissa Yost, Primary Care

• RN of the Year (expanded role) – Shawn Tyler, Assistant Chief Nurse for Acute Care

• LPN of the Year – Dreama Jones, Kernersville Health Care Center

• NA of the Year – Tara Fulton, Salisbury VA Community Living Center

“These nurses are a testament to the hard work and dedication that all our nursing staff put forth on a daily basis,” said Joseph Vaughn, Salisbury VA’s health care system director. “I have been immensely impressed as I continue to meet with our nursing staff, and I am proud to recognize these four nurses for leading the way in excellence and commitment in the care they provide to the Veterans we serve. As we say in the Navy, ‘Bravo Zulu!’ (Or great job!)”

This year’s theme for National Nurses Week is “nurses inspire, innovate, influence” and highlights the contributions nurses make daily throughout healthcare across the nation.

For more information about the Salisbury VA Medical Center, visit

New Sarum launches first of ‘Lion Series’ beers

SALISBURY — New Sarum’s Raspberry Blonde Ale is the first of hopefully many Lion Series Beers to come as a result of Food Lion’s partnership with New Sarum Brewery.

The ale was brewed the first week of April, canned the last week of April and hit 67 local Food Lion stores last week in a limited supply.

The Raspberry Blonde Ale was created exclusively for distribution at local Food Lions.

Food Lion has been connected with New Sarum as a local Salisbury partner and has been selling its craft beer in its stores for more than a year now.

“Food Lion understands how important it is for our customers to buy locally, and we’re proud to provide customers with the experience of drinking a local craft beer produced in their hometown or market,” said Courtney James, external communications specialist for Food Lion, in an email.

New Sarum’s Raspberry Blonde Ale is made with 215 pounds of raspberry puree, the equivalent of 530 pounds of fresh berries.

The limited-release ale was brewed with grits from MikNik Farms from Mocksville and the North Carolina-grown barley was malted by Riverbend Malt House of Asheville.

“We expect this delicious brew to go quickly,” James said. “We urge our customers in Rowan, Iredell, Cabarrus, Davidson, Mecklenburg, Davie and Stanly counties to head to their local store and give it a try.”

PMG Research and DuPage Medical Group announce clinical research partnership 

WINSTON-SALEM and CHICAGO — PMG Research Inc. and DuPage Medical Group have announced the finalization of a master agreement that formalizes a clinical research partnership designed to increase access to and awareness of clinical research in the communities served by both organizations.

PMG Research will be assuming the research infrastructure at DuPage Medical Group effective this month.

DuPage Medical Group is the largest independent, multi-specialty physician group in the Chicago area, with practice sites in more than 100 locations in DuPage, Cook, Grundy, Kane, Kendall and Will counties.

DuPage Medical Group provides patients with access to more than 700 physicians in over 50 clinical specialties ranging from primary care to specialty care such as cardiology and oncology.

“PMG Research is so pleased that this partnership is in place,” said Tonya Ward-Kiser, senior director of operations at PMG Research. “We are excited to offer expanded access to clinical research as a care option with our partner DuPage Medical Group. DuPage Medical Group’s approach to continually seeking innovations through a model of QEA — quality, efficiency and access — aligns well with our mission to bring clinical research to as many lives as possible. ”

“Through this collaboration, additional communities in Illinois, along with more of DuPage Medical Group’s patients, will have increased access to clinical research in a broad range of therapeutic areas,” said Dr. Paul Merrick, president of DuPage Medical Group. “The integration of clinical research into patient care as a result of partnerships between healthcare institutions and clinical research site organizations delivers additional benefits and innovative solutions to the drug development process. Both patients and healthcare providers will ultimately see lowered costs and faster time to market for potentially life-saving medications, vaccines, and medical devices.”

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Carolina Color to receive patent for G3 solid color pellet technology

SPENCER — Carolina Color Corporation has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent to Carolina Color on May 15 for its G3 color pellet technology for plastic processors.
G3 works in multiple applications, such as packaging, housewares and lawn and garden.
“G3 is a great example of Carolina Color’s ability to create truly disruptive technologies providing our customers with genuine competitive advantages and the reason we were granted a patent for this technology,” said Jeff Smink, chief operating officer of Carolina Color Corporation. “We anticipate continued growth of this G3 technology moving forward into 2019.”
Key attributes of the G3 technology include:
• Its versatility in essentially any resin system
• Achieving 20 percent or more increased pigment loading levels in polyethylene and polypropylene without compromising pigment dispersion
• Obtaining formulations with 40-45 percent loading of dyes in HIPs, PET, Nylon, Crystal Styrene and Acrylic
• Providing formulations with 50 percent or more pearlescent pigment, nearly doubling the former industry standard of 30 percent
Carolina Color’s North Carolina and Ohio locations provide customers with full-service production capabilities and complete laboratories for color matching, testing and analytics.
For more information about G3 or other Carolina Color products, visit