• New gastroenterologist: Dr. Timothy Orphanides has joined West Virginia University Hospitals-East’s medical staff at City Hospital in Martinsburg.
  • His WVUH-East Gastroenterology opened in the McCormack Center, Suite 3700, on the hospital’s campus earlier this month. Board-certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine, Orphanides has been practicing in Doylestown, Pa., since 1988.
  • Orphanides earned his medical degree at the New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and his fellowship in gastroenterology at The Graduate Hospital – University of Pennsylvania.
  • n Bankers join BCT: West Virginia natives John “J.J.” Beatty and Amanda Vance have joined Bank of Charles Town.
  • Beatty is a management associate at the bank’s main office in downtown Charles Town. He also has entered the BCT Management Training program.
  • Originally from Glen Dale, Beatty graduated from Martinsburg High School and earned a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University, with a focus on mathematics and statistics.
  • Vance, a Berkeley County native who graduated from Musselman High School and Shepherd University, is a new relationship banker at BCT’s Harpers Ferry branch. The Hedgesville resident, who is enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program at Shepherd, has experience in banking and also is licensed in property, casualty, life and health insurance.
  • Beatty, who lives in Martinsburg, most recently had worked as a post-remedial specialist at Martin & Seibert in Martinsburg.
  • Notes BCT president and CEO Robert F. Baronner Jr.: “J.J.’s good analytical and personal skills will make for a nice addition to our company.”
  • Beatty, a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Inwood, is active with the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and other community organizations.
  • Vance, who lives in Hedgesville, is an active member of the Jefferson County School Business Partners and the Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association. “Amanda is a dynamic young lady with a good financial services background,” said Barroner, whose bank’s history in the community dates back more than 140 years.
  • Beatty may be contacted at 304-725-8431 or Vance may be reached at 304-535-6336 or
  • n Grand opening: A Touch of Class, the antique and used furniture store at 109 S. Fritts Way in Charles Town, will hold its grand opening next week with a ribbon-cutting with Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce exec Heather Morgan McIntyre and other dignitaries set to attend.
  • The event, set for 10 a.m. Oct. 18, also is open to interested members of the public. The store is owned by Cheryl Phelps and Larry Fritts. The store’s number is 304-725-9111.
  • n Updating career skills: Officials at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College say that special funding is available to qualifying West Virginia residents who want to maintain or update their career skills. The West Virginia Higher Education Adult Part-time Student Workforce Development Grant provides financial assistance to those individuals attempting to reach new educational goals.
  • The HEAPS program assists recipients in upgrading current occupational skills and offers an incentive for additional training. HEAPS funding is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis for students demonstrating financial need within an eligible educational program.
  • Students can receive up to a total of $2,000 per academic year, covering the cost associated with certain career training programs. Eligible programs can be non-credit skill programs that prepare students for new jobs or higher performance expectations.
  • Those interested in completing an application for HEAPS funding may call 304-260-4380, Ext. 2411 or email For a full list of Career Advancement Courses, go online to
  • Medical system honored: Shenandoah Valley Medical System was recently recognized for outstanding health care delivery. Alongside only 26 other healthcare organizations in the country, it recently met The Joint Commission’s national standards as a Primary Care Medical Home. Shenandoah Valley Medical CEO David Fant said he was very pleased by the recognition.
  • “Review and recognition by a national accrediting organization such as the Joint Commission is an important validation of our staff’s commitment to providing our patients the best possible care,” Fant said. “I am most pleased and thank our fine staff for their dedication and hard work.”
  • As part of the survey process, the organization and staff were evaluated on their effectiveness in offering medical care in a coordinated, timely and effective way. During the evaluation, Joint Commission surveyors visited Shenandoah Community Health Center in Martinsburg and Behavioral Health Services in Charles Town.
  • Joint Commission Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program executive director Michael Kulczycki said organizations that pursue the PCMH option are demonstrating the highest commitment to delivering primary care.

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