Renovations are now underway at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown’s medical office building, as the hospital advances its plans to establish a dedicated Aging & Wellness Center of Excellence. The first phase of the project concentrates primarily on the second floor, making room for the relocation of several specialty practices(now located at Philosopher’s Terrace in Chestertown) at the end of this year.
During this time, the hospital’s west parking lot will be partially closed, with access limited to a small number of handicapped spaces for designated cardiac rehab patients. “We do not anticipate that this project will create significant disruption to patients,” said Dennis Welsh, Vice President, Rural Healthcare Transformation, and Executive Director, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.
Subsequent stages of the project, managed by Willow Construction, will involve renovations to the first floor and Education Center of the existing medical office building. The entire project is estimated to have a total cost of $4 million.
With the support of the University of Maryland Medical System and in collaboration with community partners, UM Shore Regional continues to develop a comprehensive health care delivery model tailored to serve its rural community. In the past six months, the hospital has achieved accreditation as a Geriatric Emergency Department and designation as an Age-Friendly Hospital System. The hospital’s Mobile Wellness and Health Education programs, also launched within the past year, are providing outreach, screenings and health education both online and in community settings.
About University of Maryland Shore Regional Health
As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,200 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.
About the University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is an academic private health system, focused on delivering compassionate, high quality care and putting discovery and innovation into practice at the bedside. Partnering with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore who educate the state’s future health care professionals, UMMS is an integrated network of care, delivering 25 percent of all hospital care in urban, suburban and rural communities across the state of Maryland. UMMS puts academic medicine within reach through primary and specialty care delivered at 11 hospitals, including the flagship University of Maryland Medical Center, the System’s anchor institution in downtown Baltimore, as well as through a network of University of Maryland Urgent Care centers and more than 150 other locations in 13 counties. For more information, visit www.umms.org.