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For Immediate Release February 12, 2016

Henry Arakaky, MD, was honored recently at a brunch celebrating his retirement after 19 years as an emergency medicine physician at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. The event was attended by more than 50 of his fellow ED staff members and other colleagues from within the UM SMC at Chestertown community.

The Emergency Department staff and physicians made an "Everyday Hero" donation to the Chester River Health Foundation to honor Dr. Arakaky as their Everyday Hero. The Everyday Hero pin was presented by Dr. Arakaky by Deborah Davis, MD, medical director, Emergency Medicine, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Dr. Davis noted that during his tenure with the hospital, Dr. Arakaky had worked in the “old” emergency department (where Radiology is now located); in the "new" (2001) 11-bed emergency department, in the temporary space in the old ICU; and most recently, in the present 17-bed emergency department that opened in 2014.

"Dr. Arakaky has been a steady force, commuting from two hours away to work the 'graveyard' shift, and most recently, the graveyard shift on the weekends," said Dr. Davis. “He has always been available to help-out when someone was sick or needed a shift changed. He is loved by the Emergency Department staff (especially the night crew), his fellow physicians and his patients, so many of whom have benefited from his excellent care. .... It has been a pleasure to have Dr. Arakaky on our team. He is a wonderful peer, physician and friend and we will miss him."

Dr. Arakaky (2nd row, center) surrounded by some of his co-workers and colleagues who came to say farewell.