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Reston Hospital Center has received this year's Hospital of Choice Award from the American Alliance of Healthcare

Providers (AAHCP), which recognizes America's most customer-friendly hospitals. Reston Hospital is one of only four Virginia hospitals to win this recognition.

The Choice Awards status is granted to health-care facilities that provide the very best customer service to patients and their families, as well as active involvement in the communities they serve, according to AAHCP President, R. Vincent Parr. Designation criteria include meeting high quality management standards for improving patient care, strong physician and nursing leadership, support for continuing education and development, and effective community involvement.

The goal of the American Alliance of Providers, based in Alexandria, is to help consumers make educated decisions about the quality of their. The organization's strategy is to build systems of improvement that will help identify, measure, and monitor key indicators necessary for outstanding.

Reston Hospital Center, a 160-bed facility located in Reston Town Center, is an expanding full-service medical/surgical hospital that has served the residents of growing western Fairfax and eastern Loudoun Counties since 1986. When its current expansion project is completed, Reston Hospital

Center will feature 187 beds in all-private rooms.

Reston Hospital Center and its sister facilities, Northern Virginia Community Hospital, Fairfax Surgery Center, Reston Surgery Center, and the proposed Broadlands Regional Medical Center, are affiliates of Nashville-based HCA, the nation's leading provider of health-care services.

Angela’s Happy Stamper offers free Learn at Lunch programs every Tuesday from 12–2 p.m., free make and take opportunities and many new classes. Currently, Happy Stamper customers are creating and donating all kinds of stationery for the charity, Support Our Troops. In Iraq, stationery is in short supply for those wishing to send mail home.

Greater Reston area business people have a new professional networking opportunity. A.M. Executive Connections is held the third Wednesday of each month, 8-9:30 a.m., and features a full, hot breakfast, complimentary display table for promotional literature and door prizes. Contact Barbara LaRock, 703-709-8600, e-mail at bml@barbaralarock.com or visit www.barbaralarock.com.

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a delivery order to adapt its Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) for use in a service-oriented environment by joint service war fighters.

The JMPS automates mission planning through the development of common components and software that can be shared across all platforms, including various aircraft, smart munitions and some ground vehicles.

The Framework 1.3/1.4 delivery order, valued at $23 million,

was awarded under the Mission Planning Enterprise Contract (MPEC), a five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract managed by the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, based in Reston, is a

global integrator of complex, mission-enabling systems and services for defense, intelligence and civil government markets. The sector's technology leadership and expertise spans areas such as strategic systems, including intercontinental ballistic missiles; missile defense; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; command and control; technical services; and training.

Millennium Bank, N.A. is pleased to announce the launch of Electronic Check Deposit, a new service that lets business customers scan and deposit checks without ever leaving their office. Electronic Check Deposit eliminates deposit slips and trips to the bank and can cut a 60-minute task of depositing checks down to just 5 minutes. It also helps businesses receive their funds faster. Businesses using the scanner typically receive their funds in 2 days versus up to 5 days it takes paper checks to clear.

Added benefits include the ability to access archived check images available online for easy review as well as the ability to export scanned check data into in-house accounting and database programs.

Business customers interested in seeing an in-office demo of Electronic Check Deposit should call Mark Gould, the bank’s VP of Marketing, at 703-467-3422.

Millennium Bank, N.A. is pleased to announce the addition of four new loan officers to the bank’s commercial loan division. The new loan officers will help Millennium provide added financing support for small to mid-size businesses throughout Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg and Richmond. Millennium Bank is a Preferred Lender of the U.S. Small Business Administration and one of the top providers of loans through the SBA’s Washington Metro office. The bank offers businesses both conventional financing options as well as guaranteed loan programs.

Dianne Smith joins the bank as Vice President of Commercial Lending. She will be supporting commercial and SBA loan operations in Fredericksburg and surrounding markets.

Jim Glenn joins the bank as VP of Commercial Lending. Throughout his financial services career he has also worked as a registered investment adviser, residential appraiser, teacher/trainer and underwriter.

Herb Harris joins the bank as Vice President of Commercial Lending. He will be calling on commercial and commercial real estate clients in the Greater Washington Region.

Sandra Cannon joins the bank as Vice President of Commercial Lending. She will be supporting commercial and SBA Loan operations in the Richmond and surrounding markets.

"A Celebration of Women" recently held in Reston brought 150 local women together to raise more than $10,000 for My Sister's Place, a nonprofit group providing services to victims of domestic violence in the Washington, D.C., area.

Hosted by the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, participants enjoyed complimentary massages, digital imaging, and hors d'oeuvres. Tips on cosmetic surgery, cosmetic dentistry and skin care were also provided by the center. Visit www.austin-weston.com, call 703-893-6168 or visit 1825 Samuel Morse Drive in Reston.

Funds were raised through charitable donations from vendors, raffles held throughout the event and a charity gift boutique entitled "The Power to Give."

My Sister's Place serves battered women and their children through safe, confidential shelter, transitional housing, counseling and education.

Millennium Bank, N.A. announces the addition of Keith Law as the bank's new executive vice president, loan administration. Law will head up the bank's loan administration group, where he will bring several of the bank's key credit functions under one roof. Law brings more than 20 years of banking experience to Millennium.

Most recently he was the national sales manager for MedCath Diagnostics LLC, where he successfully implemented a sales and marketing program to develop free standing and hospital sponsored cardiac diagnostic centers.

LanpherWilson Corporation announced May 31 that it had acquired Computer Forensic Group Inc. of Germantown, Md., to form a new company called Turiss, a digital investigations and information protection firm with target markets in the corporate, legal and government arenas.

In addition to offices at the LanpherWilson corporate headquarters in Reston, Turiss will maintain a west Coast presence in Washington, a mid-west presence in Kansas, a south-west presence in Texas, and a south-east presence in Georgia.

The Center for Innovative Technology today announces that its Growth Acceleration Program fund made another placement with a $100,000 investment in 4FrontSecurity Inc., a Reston-based software platform company with proprietary technology that automates business processes in distributed regulatory and best practice compliance, audit and risk management. GAP funds are used by the companies to advance technology development or move them to the next stage of business development. A Web site devoted to GAP portfolio companies is available online at www.cit.org/gap_portfolio.asp.

Hair Cuttery is celebrating the 7th anniversary of its Share A Haircut campaign, which helps tens of thousands of children served by social service agencies. For every child's haircut, up to age 18, purchased at any Hair Cuttery salon between Aug. 1-15, Hair Cuttery will donate a free haircut to an underprivileged child. Washington, D.C.-metropoltian area Hair Cuttery salons will donate up to 8,000 free haircuts valued at $80,000 to area children in need. Nationwide, Hair Cuttery expects to donate more than 50,000 haircuts, totaling $500,000.

Millennium Bank N.A. announces the addition of Pat Somerville as the bank's new vice president and human resources director.

She will develop and guide all human resources programs for the bank as well as manage the HR department that coordinates employment, recruitment, personnel administration, affirmative action, salary administration, training and development, and benefits.

Somerville brings to the bank more than 14 years of hands-on

managerial experience in all aspects of human resources. Her

experience includes serving as HR director for ETS Corporation, where she worked immediately prior to joining the bank. She has also served as the regional human resources director at ALTRES Inc. in Culver City, Calif., where she directed an HR team that served more than 3,000 employees at multiple locations.

Somerville's expertise includes employee relations, compensation, recruitment, and supporting executive teams to ensure HR policies achieve the organization's strategic goals.

Millennium Bank N.A. announces the addition of Dale Phelps, CPA, as the bank’s new executive vice president, chief financial officer. He will guide the financial and accounting initiatives of the bank as well as manage Millennium’s relationship with financial institutions, shareholders, and the financial community. Phelps will oversee and direct all treasury, budgeting, tax, purchasing, forecasting, and insurance activities for the bank.

Phelps brings more than 26 years of financial services experience in high growth organizations to Millennium. Most recently he served as the chief Financial officer at the Community Bank of Northern Virginia in Sterling, where he spearheaded successful balance sheet strategies to improve the bank’s financial results and help the bank grow to $880 million in assets. Previously, he served as CFO for Century National Bank in Washington, D.C., as well as vice president-finance and investment portfolio manager for Farmers and Mechanics Bank in Frederick, Md., where he was a key contributor in the bank’s acquisition of three community banks.

HCA Virginia and the Washington Redskins announced the formation of a new partnership Monday, May 23. HCA and the Washington Redskins have signed an agreement naming HCA Virginia as "The official hospital provider of the Washington Redskins."

The combined health-care expertise and technology of HCA's 14 Virginia hospital campuses and four surgery centers, together with Reston Hospital Center's proximity to Redskins Park, make HCA Virginia suited to support the efforts of the Redskins players, trainers, and staff.

HCA's Reston Hospital Center is located a few miles from Redskins Park where the team trains and holds practices. Many of the players and staff live near-by and have utilized Reston Hospital Center and its medical staff for their medical needs.

In addition to being the official hospital provider of the Washington Redskins, the new partnership will focus on promoting health and wellness through a variety of joint initiatives throughout the commonwealth.

HCA is the fourth largest private employer in the commonwealth, employing more than 12,500 Virginians. In Northern Virginia, HCA operates Reston Hospital Center, Reston Surgery Center, Northern Virginia Community Hospital, Dominion Hospital and Fairfax Surgery Center. Additionally, HCA is pursuing Loudoun County approval to build 164-bed Broadlands Regional Medical Center in Ashburn. With approval from the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors at a meeting June 22, Broadlands Regional Medical Center could open as soon as 2008.

HCA facilities in central Virginia include CJW Medical Center, Henrico Doctors' Hospital, Retreat Hospital, John Randolph Medical Center, Hanover Outpatient Surgery Center, Tuckahoe Surgery Center and a regional Patient Account Services Center. In southwest Virginia, HCA facilities include Lewis-Gale Medical Center, Montgomery Regional Hospital, Alleghany Regional Hospital, Pulaski Community Hospital and Clinch Valley Medical Center.

Nationally, HCA is the nation's leading health-care provider of health-care services with 191 hospitals and 83 outpatient facilities in 23 states and Europe.

The FCPS Adult Education and VA DOLI announced the top plumbing apprentices at the recent Plumbing Apprenticeship Graduation Banquet. Two of the four top apprentices are part of the My Plumber organization. They are Eric A. Sami, first-year apprentice and fourth-year graduate apprentice, Kenneth W. Miller. Other top plumbing apprentices are second-year Mark D. Herold and third-year Pablo D. Perez Chusin.

Of the 33 graduating apprentice plumbers, two are My Plumber employees. They are David W. Bellovich and Kenneth W. Miller. It takes 60 hours of class work with passing grades and 1,400 hours of on-the-job training to reach this point.