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For Immediate Release November 11, 2016

The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton will kick off its 33rd Annual Tree of Lights Campaign with a tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday, November 22 at 4 p.m., in front of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. Contributions this year will support the funding of a new Neurosurgery Micro Tray for UM Community Medical Group -- Neurosurgery.

“Our goal is to raise over $3,000 for a Neurosurgery Micro Tray, which will provide neurosurgeon Khalid Kurtom, MD and the neurosurgery team the utensils they need for microsurgery procedures,” comments Nancy Espenhorst, Tree of Lights chair. “Dr. Kurtom has gained a wonderful reputation within our community and we want to support the excellent care that he and his team provide.”

The Neurosurgery Micro Tray is a set of 14 very delicate surgical instruments utilized during microsurgery procedures involving brain tissue and nerves.
“These tools are necessary for success in certain procedures we perform,” comments Dr. Kurtom. “We are very grateful to the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton for choosing us as the beneficiary of the Tree of Lights this year.”

Dr. Kurtom was recently named the 2016 Arthur B. Cecil Jr., MD, Award for Excellence for his role in improving outcomes for spine surgery patients and his work as the UM Shore Regional Health regional representative to the University of Maryland Medical System Spine Network. He As a member of the Network, Dr. Kurtom has been instrumental in decreasing spinal surgery patients’ length of stay, readmissions and post-procedure complications,  all while decreasing spinal surgery costs. He also is a clinical assistant professor in the Neurosurgery Department at UM School of Medicine.

For a contribution of $10 or more, a red or gold light may be purchased for the holiday tree in front of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Red lights are tributes to family members and friends, living or deceased. Gold lights honor loved ones serving in the military. A donation of $100 or more will purchase a white “Life Light,” which will be illuminated every year. The name of each person recognized through the purchase of any light will appear on scrolls displayed in the Medical Center throughout the holiday season.

The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton is a volunteer organization that raises funds to benefit programs and services at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and various outpatient locations at UM Shore Regional Health.  For additional information about the 33rd Annual Tree of Lights or the upcoming tree lighting ceremony on November 22, contact Nancy Espenhorst, 443-746-3338 or by e-mail, The community is encouraged to attend the tree lighting ceremony.

The Tree of Lights will be support UM Community Medical Group – Neurosurgery for this year’s event. Left to right: Art Cecil, President, Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton, Wendy Towers, Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant, Khalid H. Kurtom, MD, FAANS, FACS, Cindy Yost, Practice Manager.