For Immediate Release October 06, 2010

Nurse Mary Alice Vanhoy, Dr. Wang and Shore Health Systems President and CEO Joe Ross are present during the opening of the Queen Anne's Emergency Department.

Jane Wang (center), MD, medical director for the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center, addressed the more than 200 guests who braved the weather for the center’s dedication on September 30. Pictured with Dr. Wang are the emergency center’s Nurse Manager Mary Alice Vanhoy, MSN, RN, and Shore Health System President and CEO Joe Ross. 

Thunder storms, tornado warnings and hurricane force winds did not keep people away from the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center dedication on Thursday, September 30. More than 200 guests filled the reception area to celebrate a new era in health care for Queen Anne’s County and surrounding communities. 

The Queen Anne’s Emergency Center is located at 115 Shoreway Drive off of US Rt. 50 and Nesbit Road in Queenstown. The dedication hosted by Shore Health System, which operates the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center, was an opportunity to thank the many people who have been working together for several years to bring this level of emergency care to Queen Anne’s County. The Queen Anne’s Emergency Center began as a partnership between Queen Anne’s County government, the University of Maryland Medical System and Shore Health System. Elected officials from state and federal government joined the cause by sponsoring legislation and funding that made it possible to build one of only three freestanding emergency centers in Maryland and the only one in a rural area. 

John Dillon, chair of the Shore Health System board of directors, told the assembled guests, “Opening the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center is a monumental milestone in our strategic plan to provide quality health care, improve existing services and bring new services to the people of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.”

Introducing Mary Alice Vanhoy, MSN, RN, nurse manager for the emergency center, Shore Health System President and CEO Joseph P. Ross said, “Every organization is a reflection of its leadership. This facility needs heart and soul as it matures. With decades of experience in emergency medicine, Mary Alice Vanhoy is the heart and soul of the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center.”

Vanhoy told the guests, “This place went from a sunflower field to an emergency center in one year. We don’t know who is going to walk in those doors but we are ready for whoever comes.”

The large red EMERGENCY signs over the entrance to the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center were lit at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, October 4. The lights will stay on 24 hours a day. Every day of the year, physicians, nurses, imaging and laboratory technologists are available to treat patients with acute illnesses, injuries and trauma as well as minor injuries. 

The Queen Anne’s Emergency Center consists of approximately 16,000 square feet of space with 13 treatment rooms and onsite diagnostic imaging and laboratory services. The facility is equipped with four ambulance bays. A helipad located on site is available for helicopters operated by Maryland State Police and other emergency medical services organizations that will transport patients from the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center to a hospital when patients need this level of care.