RCBI contest to recognize best Ag innovation

December 27, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Agricultural innovators across West Virginia will compete for a business assistance package valued in excess of $10,000 as part of a contest sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI).

The 4th annual West Virginia Vanguard Agriculture Competition will honor innovation and ingenuity in agriculture, recognizing an entrepreneur whose idea has the greatest potential to solve logistical challenges in the local food supply chain and bring a new product to market.

The winner will receive assistance with product design and development; logo creation and marketing; patent, trademark and copyright applications; business development planning; and funding opportunities.

West Virginia residents and out-of-state residents enrolled in West Virginia colleges and universities are eligible to compete. Innovators must apply online at www.rcbi.org/go/vanguard. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

The winner will be announced during February’s West Virginia Small Farms Conference in Charleston.

The contest is part of RCBI’s Agricultural Innovations, an initiative to improve opportunities for West Virginia’s farming and agricultural economy. The initiative supports and enhances a vibrant local foods system by promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.

RCBI also helps food producers, distributors and buyers expand their reach and influence through advanced manufacturing practices and product development.

The Agricultural Innovations initiative is funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and supported by a coalition of partners across West Virginia.

PMC adds navigation

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has experienced tremendous growth during 2018. Some departments have relocated while others have expanded their space. Along with the changes came the need for way-finding to make navigating through the hospital a seamless process.

“We want to make sure our patients and visitors can find the areas where they need to go, as easily as possible,” said PMC’s senior vice president and chief operating officer Kansas Justice. “We are working hard to make their experience at PMC as positive and productive as we can.”

When patients and visitors enter the hospital through the parking garage, they can immediately see an added feature for navigation.

“There is a display of three large monitors used to direct individuals through the facility located on most floors,” Justice said. “You can see information about new services, physicians or changes on the monitor located on the left. The monitor in the center shows the layout of that specific floor while the one on the far right has the clinic manager or a physician explaining how to read the maps and understand what is available on the floor.”

Additional information displayed on the monitors includes current television ads, upcoming events, special deliveries and prices from the Corner Market. In the near future there will be information about the new coffee shop. The 11th-floor monitor displays menus of the day for the Top of the Tower Restaurant.

For additional information about Pikeville Medical Center, call 606-218-3535 or visit www.pikevillehospital.org.

Fred Pace is the business reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Send your business news and photos to fpace@herald-dispatch.com. You can also call 304-526-2729. Follow him at Facebook.com/FredPaceHD and via Twitter @FredPaceHD.

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