Top 50x2: Frederick Health and Galaxy Control Systems

In this year’s special edition of Frederick Top 50x2, we are recognizing Frederick County’s most resilient businesses that have been serving our community for 20 years or more.  Each week we will be highlighting businesses and organizations that were selected for the publication.  These are the companies that prove that Frederick County is a great place to do business. 

Frederick Health

400 W. 7th Street | Frederick
Established: 1902

Founders: Emma Smith

Frederick Health provides a full range of healthcare services to the residents of Frederick County; including Frederick Health Hospital, Frederick Health Medical Group, Frederick Health Employer Solutions, Frederick Health Home Care, and Frederick Health Hospice.  Frederick Health Medical Group is a multi-specialty group with more than 100 providers, including 17 medical specialties.  With over 3,000 employees, Frederick Health provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness services to support its mission to positively impact the well-being of every individual in our community.  Frederick Health strives to be the trusted choice for superb quality, service and value.

Describe something significant in your company’s history.

As a result of the unwavering compassion for and ongoing commitment to our beautiful community during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are so very proud to see our amazing team recognized as the recipients of the 2020 Good Samaritan of the Year award.

Galaxy Control Systems
3 Main Street | Walkersville
Established: 1974

Founder: Robert Laughlin

Galaxy Control Systems is a manufacturer of access control and security management systems. Our products are designed, developed and produced in house by our engineers and delivered to customers in over 70 countries globally. Galaxy is a market leader in the Cloud/Hosted access control space, as well as offering traditional on-premise solutions. We partner with the best of breed companies to offer a "total facility security solution."

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

We feel that Frederick County is an ideal place to operate our business. We like the sense of community and spirit of small town America with nearby access to several major metropolitan markets. As a company that travels globally, being in Frederick county offers us access to three major airports all within a 60 mile radius.

Describe something significant in your company’s history.

We were awarded a contract through a partner to secure the buildings for the US Army National Guard in 45 states.

What is your advice to a young company?

Invest in your local employees, through training, benefits and pay. Give them a chance to grow within the company, never hold anyone back!

Frederick County is very fortunate to have an amazing business community, especially those that have been in business for over 20 years.  We understand that there are more than 100 legacy businesses in Frederick County, but unfortunately, we were not able to include all these businesses in the Top 50x2.  The businesses included were selected from responses submitted to a business survey.  OED staff verified the responses and then selected the businesses on a first come first serve basis.  If your business would like to be included in future opportunities, please email

Some photographs included in the publication were taken pre-COVID.  OED encourages everyone to follow precautionary guidelines set forth by the Frederick County Health Department.