2021 | Business

Business Notes: Bethesda orthopedic practice names CEO

Plus: Playseum closing in Bethesda

Logo from OrthoBethesda Facebook page.

Bethesda orthopedic practice names CEO

OrthoBethesda, an orthopedic services provider with locations in Bethesda and Arlington, has appointed Dr. Emil Engels as its CEO. Engels will oversee OrthoBethesda’s operations in both locations, according to a press release.

Engels has more than 20 years of experience leading clinical and business professionals, the press release said. He previously worked in multiple positions with Mednax, a national health solutions partner. Most recently, he was president.

Engels has also been a health care consultant, served on the board of directors for the American Society of Anesthesiologists and received multiple awards for articles he has published about anesthesiology, the press release stated.

Playseum closing in Bethesda, hopes to relocate

The Playseum, a children’s book and toy store in Bethesda, will close on Friday after 11 years at 7000 Wisconsin Ave., the store posted on its Facebook page.

The post stated that the building’s landlord has sold it to an investment firm that plans to tear down the block and build new condominiums. The Playseum hopes to relocate, the post stated, and is asking for donations.

The Playseum will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday. Customers interested in buying items for sale listed on the store’s website are asked to call 301-807-8028.

Rockville communications firm among Real Leaders’ ‘top impact companies’

Real Leaders, a magazine that focuses on sustainable business and leadership, has named the Rockville communications firm Mission Partners among its “top impact companies” from around the world.

Mission Partners is a woman-owned, certified B corporation, meaning it has a commitment to social welfare. The company’s website says it offers strategic planning, messaging, campaign development, training and community engagement among its services.

“Our focus has always been on using business and communications as a force for good — not just delivering excellent and impactful services for our clients but building towards more equitable and just communities in the process,” Mission Partners founder and CEO Carrie Fox said in a press release. “Communications can and does have the power to change the world, and we are so proud to have our work, our team, and our commitment recognized in this way.”

Mission Partners was one of 147 companies from a variety of industries to be honored by Real Leaders, according to the press release.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com