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For Immediate Release June 06, 2016

Chestertown resident, Ralph Thornton, recently celebrated his 96th birthday with members of the Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness team at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, who hosted a birthday party in his honor.

According to Sherrie Hill, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Clinical Coordinator of the hospital’s Center for Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness, Thornton has been a member of the rehabilitation program for the past several years. “I honestly believe that Mr. Thornton’s exercise regimen has helped him remain healthy and active,” says Hill. “He walks to the hospital from his home for his sessions at the gym, even further proving what an impact cardiopulmonary rehabilitation has had on his independent lifestyle.”    

“I have been participating in the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program since having a quadruple bypass in 2002,” comments Mr. Thornton. “They’ve kept me going.” 

He continues, “Sherrie runs a good ship – she and her team listen, they are cheerful and are genuinely interested in the well-being of their patients. If you want to live a healthy life, go visit Sherrie Hill!”

The Center for Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness offers personal exercise programs, designed to help patients meet their specific goals using a wide selection of professional cardiovascular and resistance training equipment with built-in monitoring systems. The Center’s team includes specially- trained registered nurses who work with primary care providers to offer guidance, monitoring, support, and a record of superior outcomes. Patients also have access respiratory therapists, dieticians, social workers, clinical pharmacists, diabetes educators, and physical therapists. Patients must be referred to the Center for Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness by their physician. The Center for Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Hill adds, “I love the fact that we are able to help our community members stay healthy and active.”

To learn more, contact Sherrie Hill at 410-778-3300, extension 2222 or 5666, or e-mail 

Pictured celebrating his 96th birthday is Ralph Thornton (center) with Sherrie Hill, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation clinical coordinator, and Wendy Barnette, nurse with the Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Wellness program. Hill made Thornton a homemade cake for the party.