Chester River Hospital Auxiliary is Top Sponsor of Foundation’s Golf Tournament


The Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary has stepped up in a big way to be the lead sponsor of the Chester River Health Foundation’s 24th annual golf tournament fundraiser, scheduled for Friday, June 1, at Chester River Yacht and Country Club just outside of Chestertown, Maryland. The proceeds will help fund the purchase of state-of-the-art surgical equipment for the hospital.

Golfers Bill Noll, Don Cantor and Bart Stolp at last year’s Chester River Health Foundation Golf Tournament.

“For 24 years, the Foundation’s premiere fundraiser has always been our golf tournament because it raises funds for the highest priority project or equipment that benefit the people served at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown,” says Carl Gallegos, Ph.D., Foundation board chair. “This year, proceeds will help purchase all-new arthroscopic (joint procedures) and laparoscopic (abdominal and other procedures) equipment for the surgical services department. We are very pleased that the Auxiliary not only understands but significantly supports our efforts to provide this vital equipment for our community.”

“All nine of our surgeons — general, orthopedic, obstetricians/gynecologists and podiatrists –use this equipment for exploratory, diagnosis and treatment procedures,” says Peggy Roca, RN, manager of perioperative services for the hospital. “This equ1ipment allows a technique that significantly reduces a patient’s surgical pain and healing time while also reduces the chance of infection and post-op complications.”

“Our patients deserve the best,” says Roca. “So whether you play golf or not, we hope you will support the Foundation’s endeavor to raise $200,000 for this equipment, with a donation of any size by June 30th. Eight of our Operating Room, Same Day Surgery and Recovery Room nurses will be volunteering at the golf tournament, so if you  happen to be on the course on June 1st, please be sure to ask any one of them how important this equipment is to providing the best health care community!”

Last year’s golf tournament attracted 128 players and raised over $96,000 toward the purchase of 10 suites of patient room furnishings. This year’s format will be a step-aside scramble and will feature four Hole-In-One competitions and will include a putting contest for a. $10,000 prize (50% to the winner, 50% to the Foundation) and many other events along the course with chances to win some terrific prizes.

Registration for golfers and sponsors is now open online at:

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Deb Lauser, development specialist, 410-810-5661 or

Hospital Foundation Sponsors Angel Tree


Photo: Shown at the Chester River Angel Tree gifts pick up are: front row, Stacey Ruckart and Sandy Prochaska, RN, both from nursing; Scott Burleson, hospital executive director; Lindsay Herr, representing Kent County Social Services; back row,Jone Taylor, representing Queen Anne’s County Social Services; Dawn Young, also from Kent County Social Services; Sue Edson, CRH Auxiliary president; Pay Unruh and Vicki Neal, Auxiliary volunteers; and Rebekah Hock, representing the Kent Center; and Sherrie Hill, RN.

The Chester River Health Foundation sponsors an annual Angel Tree on which hangs “holiday wishes” from children in the Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties’ foster care programs and also from clients of the Kent Center, which provides services to adults with developmental disabilities. More than 66 holiday gifts were donated by members of the CRHF Auxiliary as well as staff members at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, UM Chester River Home Care and UM Chester River Health Foundation.

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.

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.”