An item in Thursday's Southern Maryland Notebook about the accreditation of Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick referred incorrectly to the term of the review. This was the fourth consecutive time that the hospital has achieved "accreditation with commendation." The hospital has voluntarily undergone the review every three years, not annually. (Published 10/10/1999)

The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, a regional planning and coordinating body made up of elected officials, has formally adopted the Southern Maryland Regional Strategy.

The document, nearly two years in the making, is the product of input by roughly 300 residents of the region on topics such as transportation, agriculture, the economy and the environment. It was adopted Sept. 28 by the council.

The approval completes the work begun while Gary V. Hodge was executive director of the council. Hodge, now president of the Regional Policy Advisors planning and economic development consulting firm, called the action "one of the significant turning points in Southern Maryland's four centuries of history."

The strategy lays out ways Southern Maryland can cope with residential growth while retaining the rural characteristics that many residents value.

John C. Smith, chairman of the Tri-County Council, called the document "a long-term plan to guide, support and transform the Southern Maryland region into one of America's greatest communities."

Hodge, who led the Tri-County Council from 1980 until last December and helped initiate the document, called it "the shared vision of an entire regional community working together to shape its own destiny."

But Hodge noted the region's "hardest work of all" has just started. Now, he said, Southern Maryland's citizens and leaders must "put the strategy's principles into practice and its recommendations into action."

Delegate Named to Bench

State Del. John F. Slade III (D-St. Mary's) has been named the new District Court judge in St. Mary's County, the governor's office announced last week.

Slade, 56, of Valley Lee, has been a delegate from St. Mary's County District 29-B since 1983. He is chairman of the House of Delegates Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and the Environment and chairman of the county's legislative delegation.

Slade is expected to begin work as a judge sometime after Oct. 22, succeeding Judge C. Clarke Raley, who recently was elevated to the St. Mary's County Circuit Court bench.

When he takes his new judicial office, Slade will have to resign from the House of Delegates, which will allow the governor to make another appointment. Legislative vacancies are filled by gubernatorial appointment from candidates submitted by the state central committee of the resigning member's political party--in this case, the Democrats.

Sierra Club Honors Engineer

The Southern Maryland Group of the Sierra Club recently honored Harry Kriemelmeyer Jr. with its annual Bernie Fowler Preservation Award.

Kriemelmeyer, of Brandywine, is a registered engineer in private practice. He has devoted a great amount of time to the debate over how to ease the increasingly congested traffic on U.S. Route 301 in the Waldorf area.

His work in pointing out that measurement errors were built into some state drawings of an improved Route 301 through Waldorf prompted a reexamination of official assumptions about how many existing business properties would be affected if that section of the road were upgraded rather than circumvented with a bypass.

Charles County Commissioner James M. Jarboe (D-Indian Head) spoke at the presentation of the award, calling the Route 301 upgrade "a key Smart Growth decision that will accommodate both local and interstate traffic." A task force continues to review options for the highway.

The Sierra Club award, which includes a work by Southern Maryland artist Mary Lou Troutman, is named for former state senator C. Bernie Fowler, a leading environmental advocate during his years in Annapolis who continues to work in support of the recovery of the Patuxent River.

Hospital's Accreditation Renewed

For the fourth consecutive year, Calvert Memorial Hospital has achieved "accreditation with commendation" from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the national watchdog group for hospital standards.

The recognition, which came in September, means that the hospital meets the accrediting group's highest standards for health care.

Every three years Calvert Memorial voluntarily undergoes a survey conducted by a Joint Commission team, which evaluates staff, documents and the facility.

Separate accreditation was sought and obtained for the hospital's mental health and long-term care units. "We're not going to rest on our laurels," hospital President James Xinis promised in a statement this week. "This is just an incentive to continue to improve our services."

Staff writer Hannah Allam contributed to this report.