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For Immediate Release March 01, 2016

The Critical Care Unit at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester is now home to four reclining sleeper chairs thanks to a generous donation, totaling $5,000 made by Ted and Phyllis Creighton to the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation. 

While spending time on the unit as a patient, Mr. Creighton observed that his wife would have been more at ease during her many hours visiting him if a more comfortable, home-like, reclining chair had been available in his room. In response to this observation, and with the thought that others could benefit from the same comfort while visiting their family members, especially when staying overnight, the Creightons made a donation to the Foundation for the purchase of new sleeper chairs.

“The generosity of members of our local community, like the Creightons, makes it possible for the Foundation to fund much needed equipment and services at Shore Medical Center at Dorchester,” comments Ida Jane Baker, president, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation. “Every donation is used to achieve our ultimate goal – to provide the highest quality medical care to our friends and neighbors visiting our local hospital.”

Ruth Ann Jones, interim chief nursing officer, UM Shore Regional Health remarks, “Our team strives to provide patient and family-centered care, which is based on the understanding that family members are a patient’s primary source of support and strength. Families are integral partners with the healthcare team.   We welcomed the support Mrs. Creighton offered to her husband and to the Critical Care staff during his stay and we are appreciative of their recent contributions to the unit, which will offer comfort to others.”
“It is our hope that other family members, like myself, will benefit from the comfort of these chairs while visiting their ill loved ones,” says Mrs. Creighton. “My husband and I received wonderful care at Shore Medical Center at Dorchester and we are just happy to have been able to help others have a positive experience when in need of hospital care.”

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 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

Pictured are (front) Lori D’Ambrosio; Ida Jane Baker, president, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation; Anna Chamberlain; (back) Ramona Taylor; Phyllis Creighton; Ruth Ann Jones, interim chief nursing officer; Mandy Bounds, manager, Critical Care and Multi-Specialty Care Units; and Vicky Collins.