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DATA for Sept. 29, 2014

Portfolio Real Estate Services, a real estate brokerage serving Elizabeth City and the surrounding areas of Northeast North Carolina, has joined the family of companies that includes William E. Wood and Associates and Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, according to a press release.

On Dec. 30, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, headquartered in Pittsburgh, acquired Virginia Beach-based William E. Wood & Associates, which has 17 locations throughout Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.

Described in the press release as the fourth largest real estate company in the nation, Howard Hanna has 167 offices in eight states – Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, New York and West Virginia.

New location

Bon Secours Virginia Medical Group has opened Bon Secours Suffolk Medical Associates in Suffolk, at 148 Burnetts Way in Freedom Plaza.

The primary care practice, which is accepting new patients, uses these health care providers: Teresa Johnson, DO, Kiniya Church, NP, and Whitney Saunders, NP.

The practice can be reached at 738-1375 or

New dealers

Volvo Penta of the Americas recently announced five new dealers for service and sales of its marine diesel and gas products in the United States.

They are Pacific Marine Power, headquartered in Kent, Wash.; Manitowoc Marina in Manitowoc, Wis.; Boyne Boat Yard in Boyne City, Mich.; Jacksonville Boat Sales in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; and Liquid Wrenches in Livermore, Calif.

New service

The city of Williamsburg has launched a new online portal to promote community engagement. Speak Up Williamsburg is a moderated website designed to encourage citizen ideas and social engagement, gain feedback on city initiatives and prioritize community interests.

City Manager Jack Tuttle, quoted in a press release, said the portal was started “to coincide with the [city] council’s Biennial Goals, Initiatives and Outcomes setting process because it’s a perfect time to ask citizens to share their ideas with council, staff and each other.”

The new service is powered through a platform called SpeakUp, created by Granicus, a San Francisco-based company that provides community collaboration solutions such as this one to more than 1,000 local, state and federal government agencies across the U.S. and Canada.

Williamsburg residents and business owners can sign up at


The Cardinal Health Foundation has awarded Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia $31,500 in grant funding from the E3 Grant Program to implement best practices and help improve patient care.

SSSEVA is using the funding for the Hampton Roads Care Transitions Project to address the issue of medication management during transition of care, from hospital discharge to the patient’s home. The goal of the project is to improve medication management to reduce preventable hospital readmissions for adults 60 and over with targeted diagnoses.

SSSEVA will do this in collaboration with Sentara Healthcare System at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital using evidence-based transition of care and home medication management models, according to a press release.

SSSEVA has been implementing a similar project with Sentara Leigh Hospital for the past year, which showed a 40 percent reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions for participating patients.

The Cardinal Health Foundation supports local, national and international programs that improve health care quality.