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Biz Roundup

Trinity Oaks earns LGBT care credential

SALISBURY — Trinity Oaks senior living community recently earned the SAGECare credential.

The facility completed SAGECare training for its staff.

SAGECare is a division of SAGE, the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults through lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender competency training.

Estimates suggest that by 2030, there will be about 7 million LGBT older adults in the country. Diversity training is becoming increasingly important to facilities that serve seniors.

“SAGECare training for our staff helps ensure that everyone in the Trinity Oaks community is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,” said Bill Johnson, executive director of the Trinity Oaks campus.

“Our Lutheran Services Carolinas mission is: ‘Empowered by Christ, we walk together with all we serve,’” said Ted Goins, president of the organization. “We serve all, celebrating the diversity and inclusion of all.”

Trinity Oaks offers independent cottage and apartment living, assisted living, skilled nursing care, and home care services.

For more information, contact Katie Scarvey at 704-603-1687.

SoFul Yoga & Wellness joins Forum family

SALISBURY — SoFul Yoga & Wellness recently joined the Forum of Salisbury.

Forum owners Steve Safrit and Matt Marsh and manager Rayna Gardner said they are excited to welcome SoFul into the Forum family.

Changes are coming soon to the SoFul studio at 1024 S. Fulton St. It will have the “same talented teachers, same beautiful studio, with new classes and additional teachers joining us this fall,” the owners said.

Morning and evening classes are offered seven days a week, with some classes being “beginner friendly.”

Information on rates, workshops and more can be found online at www.sofulyoga.com.

For more information, call 704-754-2961.

Carolinas Medical Center named best hospital in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — For the third consecutive year, Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center was recognized as the best hospital in the Charlotte metro region in U.S. News & World Report’s annual hospital rankings.

Carolinas Medical Center was also recognized for high-performing programs in cancer, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, orthopedics and urology.

Atrium Health Union and Atrium Health’s Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast were recognized for high-performing programs in heart failure, with NorthEast receiving additional recognition for its chronic obstructive pulmonary disease program.

Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital was ranked among the top 50 children’s hospitals in seven specialties for the month of June.

“Achieving the best hospital ranking for three years running is a testament to our incredible care teams at Carolinas Medical Center, where world-class, compassionate care has been provided for more than 75 years,” said Vicki Block, Atrium Health’s central division president.

Atrium Health, which was previously Carolinas HealthCare System, provides a spectrum of health care and wellness programs throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. Its network includes academic medical centers, hospitals, free-standing emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes, and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services.

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates named top service franchise

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. — Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc. has been named by Franchise Business Review to its 2019 “Top Service Franchises” list. It is one of only 88 brands across the country to make the list.

The top service franchises were selected based on feedback gathered over 18 months from 19,500 franchisees, representing 174 leading franchise brands. Top service segments included real estate, business services, home services, general services, and advertising and sales.

Franchise Business Review, a research firm that does independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction, provides the only ranking of franchises based solely on franchisee satisfaction and performance.

“It’s tremendously rewarding to continue to receive such positive feedback from our franchise owners and be recognized on this prestigious list,” said Bill Scavone, president and chief operating officer of Weichert. “We’re committed to providing our franchise offices with all the resources a company would need to compete at the highest level, which makes it easier for them to do what they do best: take care of their agents and their clients.”

Weichert also was named one of the top franchises in the country on Franchise Business Review 2019 Top 200 Best Franchises list.

For more information about Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, visit www.weichertfranchise.com or call 877-533-9007.



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