In the midst of the holiday season and on the cusp of a new year, it always brings me joy and pride to reflect upon the year ending. In 2013, the many accomplishments of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health are reasons to be proud.
Through the commitment and dedication of our physicians, staff, volunteers and Board members, the successes of the past year have been abundant. In joining Shore Health System and Chester River Health System in July, we formed Shore Regional Health, providing a stronger, unified network of healthcare services to the patients we serve in our five-county Mid-Shore region. This year, we also celebrated the grand openings of an expanded Shore Behavioral Health at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, at University of Maryland Shore Convenient Care at Denton and at the Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. The latter are two new additions to Shore Regional Health’s services. More recently, we celebrated the wall-breaking for the new and expanded Emergency Department at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, which will provide more efficient space to match the high quality emergency care our team provides to the patients we serve.
This year, Shore Regional Health and its affiliate, Shore Medical Group, welcomed a number of highly skilled physicians to our medical staff, all of whom have world class experience and expertise in their specialties. We also welcomed our new Chief Medical Officer, William Huffner, MD, whose experience and skills we welcome.
As we look forward to the coming year, we see many opportunities for growth and development on the horizon. Over the next several months, the community will see significant progress in the construction of the new Emergency Department at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, which will be open to care for patients in fall, 2014. We also look forward to the continuing growth of Shore Medical Group as we welcome new practices and specialties in the coming months to enhance the services we provide to the residents of our communities.
Thank you for your commitment to Shore Regional Health, the high quality care and compassion you provide to our patients and the service you offer to our region. Each of you makes our organization the unparalleled provider of health care that it is. Thank you for all that you do. I wish you and your loved ones a blessed holiday season and a new year that brings an abundance of health and happiness to all.