Chester River Hospital Auxiliary Seeks Volunteers


Auxiliary members wering their new uniforms in a recent photo

Might you have four hours per week to help?

The Chester River Hospital Auxiliary is looking for volunteers to help with the vital services we provide to our hospital and our communities’ patients: in-hospital patient transports, assisting patients with menu selection and transporting specimens. Both men and women are needed and must be at least 18 years old.

Shifts are just four hours either in the morning or in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. If you can’t commit to a regular shift, we also need substitutes who would be available on an on-call basis!  Uniforms are a navy vest (provided), white shirt and khaki pants or skirt.

For more information, please contact Kathy Davis, volunteer coordinator, at (410) 348-5114.

Chester River Health Foundation to Host Advance Directives/Elder Law Seminar


The University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation will host an informative seminar, “The Importance of Advance Directives, the MOLST Form and Their Relationship to Elder Law,” on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Chestertown Town Hall.


Photos: From left – Wayne D. Benjamin, M.D, Ann K. Goodman, Esq, and Madeline Steffens, BSN, RN, CHPN 

Guest presenters will be Wayne D. Benjamin, MD, a board-certified family medicine physician and a member of the medical staff at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown; Ann K. Goodman, Esq., a partner in the law firm of Parker Counts, whose practice focuses on estate and tax planning and estate administration with a special concentration in elder law, asset protection and planning for individuals with disabilities; and Madeline Steffens, RN, BSN, CHPN, palliative care nurse and Shore Regional Health’s Palliative Care Program Coordinator.

This informational seminar will explore the importance and implications of an Advance Directive, the Maryland MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) form, how they are different, what they mean “at the bedside,” and their legal utilization.  In additional, Attorney Goodman has been asked to provide a list of the “Top Five” suggestions for actions to take now in order to prepare for the future.  Ample agenda time has been scheduled for questions and answers.

To register for the seminar, please contact Debra Lauser at UM Chester River Health Foundation at (410) 810-5681 or by email at  This event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited and therefore pre-registration is required.  Light refreshments will be served.

Chester River Health and Shore Health Union July 1



WHO:               News Directors and Reporters

 WHAT:           Ceremony Marking the Corporate Consolidation of Shore Health System and ChesterRiver Health System  

 WHEN:           Monday, July 1, 2013, 3:30pm

 WHERE:        ConferenceCenter, ChesterRiverHospital 100 Brown Street, Chestertown, MD21620


  • This brief ceremony will mark the corporate consolidation of Chester River Health and Shore Health, both part of the University of Maryland Medical System, into a single regional medical care delivery system serving five Mid-Shore counties.
  • The new names of the new, regional medical care delivery system, its hospitals, affiliate facilities and services will be unveiled.
  • On hand for the occasion will be Board members, top management and medical leaders, representatives from the foundations and volunteer auxiliaries from both ChesterRiver Health and Shore Health, as well as representatives from University of Maryland Medical System.
  • Local elected officials, business leaders, and employees from both Chester River Health and Shore Health are invited to attend.


  • On December 20, 2012, the Boards of Chester River Health System, Inc., and Shore Health System, Inc., resolved to establish a comprehensive regional medical delivery system for the five Mid-shore counties (Dorchester, Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Kent) served by the two organizations.

Chester River Health Tournament Raises $83,000 for Emergency Room


The Chester River Health Foundation recently held its 19th annual golf tournament at The River Course at Queenstown Harbor.

The tournament was sponsored by The People’s Bank, a tournament sponsor each year since the event’s inception in 1995, and FAM&M Insurance, Inc. of Chestertown. Whiting-Turner Contracting Company sponsored the awards reception and dinner for golfers and invited guests that immediately followed the tournament.

(Tournament Sponsor FAM&M.jpg) Team members from FAM&M Insurance, Inc., also a tournament sponsor, included (from left to right) Bill Ingersoll; Richard Fleetwood; Creg Fleetwood and Scott Bramble.

(Tournament Sponsor FAM&M.jpg) Team members from FAM&M Insurance, Inc., also a tournament sponsor, included (from left to right) Bill Ingersoll; Richard Fleetwood; Creg Fleetwood and Scott Bramble.

Proceeds from this year’s event, grossing more than $83,000, will help fund two state-of-the-art rooms in Chester River Hospital’s new emergency department, which will care for patients in need of critical care, observation and/or resuscitation. Construction on this project, totaling more than $4 million, is slated to begin later this year and projected to be finished in late 2014. More than 17,000 residents and visitors of Kent and Queen Anne’s counties utilized Chester River Hospital’s emergency healthcare services last year. Nearly 45 percent of all patients in need of services from Chester River’s emergency department require the care that will be provided in the two critical care rooms.

“This year, we were privileged to hold our 19th annual Golf Tournament at the premier River Course at Queenstown Harbor,” says Mary Burton, Golf Committee Chairperson. “Proceeds from the Golf Tournament have always funded special projects and equipment for the benefit of the people served by Chester River Hospital. We greatly appreciate the participation of the golfers, volunteers and sponsors and their continued support of this event throughout the years.

“I want to thank all of the golfers and sponsors; we couldn’t do this without you. I’d also like to thank our great volunteers and staff, and the staff at Queenstown Harbor,” comments Wayne Gardner, Chester River Health System’s Board Chair. “Lots of people told me they had a great day and our volunteers and staff are the ones who make this golf tournament so successful.”

Cub Scouts Clean Up Hospice Garden At Chester River Manor


For the fourth year in a row, members of Cub Scout Pack 175 participated in the annual hospice garden clean-up at Chester River Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Morgnec Road. Their work is the first step in getting the hospice garden ready for enjoyment by the Manor’s hospice patients and their families and friends. The garden was created in 2006.

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Front row, l. to r., Chase Robertson, Austin Cook, Zachary Baldwin; back row, l. to r., Cubmaster Paul Simonetti, Scott Cook, and Lori Baldwin.

Chester River Hospital Center Announces Dexa Scan Service


Chester River Hospital Center has announced that it now offers the Dexa Scan service, the first of the new Women’s Health Services that will be offered in the Medical Services Building.  The Dexa Scan measures Bone Mineral Density (BMD).  This non-invasive test generally takes less than 20 minutes to complete and is performed with low levels of radiation, less than the radiation from a typical chest x-ray.  The scan measures bone mineral density at the patient’s spine and hip.  When taking a bone density measurement, the mineral density of a segment of bone is measured to see if there is enough calcium and other minerals present indicative of healthy bones.  Results from this test are useful in diagnosing bone loss and certain conditions such as osteoporosis and osteopenia

“At Chester River Hospital Center, we take women’s health seriously and bone health is very important for a long and healthy lifestyle,” comments Kelly Bottomley, Director of Radiology, Chester River Hospital Center. “We encourage all members of our community to take a moment to discuss bone health with their primary care physicians to see if a Dexa Scan is recommended.”

This new service is offered in the Chester River Hospital Specialty Clinic, located on the second floor of the Medical Services Building.  For more information about the Dexa Scan, contact the Radiology Department at 410-778-7668, extension 2404 or visit  Appointments can be scheduled by calling 410-810-5657.

Chester River Health’s Cycling Team Raises $10,000+ for Diabetes Research


The Chester River Health cycling team that rode in the American Diabetes Association’s “Chesapeake Tour de Cure” racked up a total of 850 miles and raised more than $10,000 to fight diabetes, a disease now affecting more than 25 million people in the U.S.

The team, organized by two nurses at Chester River Hospital Center, raised more money than any other corporate team participating in the May 18 event. A total of 750 riders from all over Maryland and several other states rode the Talbot County courses to raise a grand total of $269,170 for diabetes research, education and advocacy. Each rider was required to raise a minimum of $200 to enter the Chesapeake Tour de Cure, one of nearly 100 Tours throughout the United States this year.

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According to Chester River Health team organizer, Diabetes Educator Chrissy Nelson, RN, three teammates rode 10 miles, 13 pedaled 25 miles, and nine completed the 55-mile course despite the onset of rain later in the ride. Five were “ghost riders,” working as volunteers at rest stops and cheering the cyclists on as they filled water bottles and picked up fresh fruit and energy bars. Five other teammates were unable to ride because of illness or conflicts with their work schedules.

“Some of us 55-milers got very wet,” Nelson recalls, “but we still had a good time. We’re not sure of the grand total yet, since donations are still coming in, but we know we surpassed our $10,000 goal by more than $300.”

Along with Nelson, 55-milers on the Chester River team included CRH staffers Scott Burleson, Executive Vice President; Lori Bunts, RN, Surgical Prep; Steven Jacobsen, RN, Emergency Department; and Louise Dove, RN, Same Day Surgery/PACU. Dove was part of a three-generation family represented on the Tour — her daughter, Roxanne, a switchboard operator for Chester River, worked at the Oxford rest stop while her grandson, Dylan, rang a small cowbell for riders who steered their way into the stop for a few minutes’ rest.

Also in the CRH 55-mile group were Margie Elsberg, Board Chair for the Chester River Health Foundation; and John Beskid, who works for Kent County, his wife, Judy and their daughter, Alyssa.

The team also included nurses, medical technicians and employees from many departments, including cardiac rehab, laboratory services, surgical services, and emergency. According to Nelson, several participated because they have diabetes or have family members who have the disease.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, about 11 per cent of Kent County residents have diabetes, slightly higher than the state-wide incidence of the disease, which is nine percent.

Says Chester River team member Carolyn Spray, RNC, “I was diagnosed with diabetes over two and a half years ago. I also have a granddaughter who was diagnosed when she was a 17-year old high school senior.”

Unable to ride but a talented dessert maker, Spray was a great support for the team’s advance fundraising, supplying treats for bake sales. And like last year, she also assisted during the race. “This year, at the rest stop in Oxford, I saw some of the riders from last year—it was great to see them come back and support the Tour de Cure again,” she comments.

Lori Bunts rode 30 of her 55 miles in the rain, but she had no complaints about the day, as she recalls, “I had a great ride! I enjoyed being with friends, meeting new people, and all for a great cause. I can’t wait to do this again.”

Chester River Health System Names 2013 Unsung Heros, Nurse of the Year Recipients


Chester River Health recently recognized its Nurse of the Year and Unsung Hero award recipients during a recognition ceremony held in conjunction with national Nurses Week. Pictured from left are Scott Burleson, MBA, FACHE, Executive Vice President,Chester River Health; Damien Jefferson, EVS Department, 2013 Unsung Hero award recipient; Mary Jo Keefe, MSM, BSN, RN, Vice President Patient Care Services, Chester River Health; and Shannon Temple, RN, 2013 Nurse of the Year.

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The Unsung Hero and Nurse of the Year awards were designed to recognize members of the Chester River Health team for their outstanding service and excellence. Nominated by their colleagues, nominees and winners of the Unsung Hero and Nurse of the Year are recognized for going the extra mile and making a difference in the lives of patients and their families. Congratulations to Damien and Shannon for this well deserved recognition.

Chester River Health Recognizes the Value of Volunteers


The need for medical care is a need that most everyone will experience at some point throughout the course of a lifetime. Whether it is routine, preventive care, diagnostic testing or specialized medical care required in a more serious or emergent situation, receiving quality medical care and treatment is the expectation of most people when such a need arises.

Consumers often correlate quality medical care with the medical professionals providing it or the facility in which the care is provided; however, it is rare that one stops to think about the community members who make that care possible through their support of local health care programs and services, both financially and through their dedicated efforts of volunteerism. In many local community hospitals, such support is provided by auxiliary members, often referred to as “The Pink Ladies” for the bright pink jackets they routinely wear while on duty, although most hospital auxiliaries presently have both male and female members, volunteers and representation on their boards of directors. Chester River Health takes pride in the support of its very active hospital auxiliary whose members work tirelessly to help achieve the organization’s mission, which is why it is pleased to announce its celebration of National Volunteer Month, annually observed in April.

The auxiliary at the Chester River Hospital Center was established in 1935 and ever since it’s founding, the organization has been supported by an army of volunteers who tirelessly dedicate their energies to support patient care efforts through the raising of funds to benefit hospital programs and services. Auxiliary funds are primarily raised through sales at the Hospital’s gift shop, which opened its doors in 1965, and at the Nearly New Shop, which accepts donations of and resells gently used adult clothing, shoes, accessories, household items and books, and also features formal wear and designer clothing section. Located in downtown Chestertown at 320 High Street, the shop has been a part of the community since 1958. Both retail establishments are managed and staffed by auxiliary volunteers.

In addition, auxiliary volunteers play a crucial role in the daily operation of Chester River Hospital Center and contribute in countless ways to assure the highest-possible satisfaction to patients and visitors. Volunteers are a resource in clinical areas, providing assistance in multiple areas. They assist nurses and other hospital staff by performing messenger duties, patient and specimen transportation, assisting with and organizing daily patient menu selections, visitor registration, and general office support in various departments.

At present, the Auxiliary has 175 members who dedicated 13,067 volunteer hours in 2012. Through their efforts to raise funds to support Hospital services and programs, over the past year, the Auxiliary donated a total of $100,000 to benefit Chester River services including the purchase of new mammography equipment and the funding of the Hospital’s new Palliative Care Suite.

Jack Edson, President of the Auxiliary of Chester River Hospital Center comments, “The commitment of our Auxiliary volunteers is outstanding. Two volunteers just retired after a number of years of service, one having volunteered 2200 hours and the other 2700. This is indicative of the continued support and dedication of all of our volunteers. It would be impossible to compensate this level of support including the return to the Hospital in terms of service and continued financial gifts.”

It was once said that “The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” Volunteers are presently needed by the Auxiliary at the Nearly New Shop, the Hospital Gift Shop and at Chester River Hospital Center, all of which schedule volunteers in three-hour shifts. For more information about volunteer commitment opportunities at Chester River Health, contact Jack Edson, Auxiliary President at (410)348-2159 or visit