For Immediate Release October 25, 2022

Renovations are now underway at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown’s medical office building, as the hospital advances its plans to establish a dedicated Aging & Wellness Center. The first phase of the project concentrates primarily on the second floor, making room for the relocation of several specialty practices (now located at Philosopher’s Terrace in Chestertown) at the end of this year.  

During this time, the hospital’s west parking lot will be partially closed, with access limited to a small number of handicapped spaces for designated cardiac rehab patients. “We do not anticipate that this project will create significant disruption to patients,” said Dennis Welsh, Vice President, Rural Healthcare Transformation, and Executive Director, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Subsequent stages of the project, managed by Willow Construction, will involve renovations to the first floor and Education Center of the existing medical office building. The entire project is estimated to have a total cost of $4 million. 

With the support of the University of Maryland Medical System and in collaboration with community partners, UM Shore Regional continues to develop a comprehensive health care delivery model tailored to serve its rural community. In the past six months, the hospital has achieved accreditation as a Geriatric Emergency Department and designation as an Age-Friendly Hospital System. The hospital’s Mobile Wellness and Health Education programs, also launched within the past year, are providing outreach, screenings and health education both online and in community settings.