For Immediate Release May 09, 2022

A group of people stand in front of the front doors of the new UM Urgent Care location in Chester, Maryland, on Kent Island. They are holding a blue ribbon and are smiling at the camera before the blue ribbon is cut.

From left, front row, are Dr. Scott Burger, Chief Medical Officer, UM Urgent Care; Robin Luxon, Executive Lead, UM Urgent Care; David Milligan, UM Shore Regional Health Board Chairman; Joseph A. Ciotola, Jr., MD, Queen Anne's County Health Officer and UMMS Board Member; Kathy Deoudes, UM Shore Regional Health Board Vice-Chairman; Kenneth Kozel, President & CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; and Stephen Hersey, State Senator, District 36. From left, back row, are Benjamin Rinn, Senior Director of Operations, UM Urgent Care; Gary Mangum, UMMS Board Member; Wayne Gardner, Past UM SRH and UMMS Board Member; Jack N. Wilson, Jr., Queen Anne’s County Commissioner; James J. Moran, Queen Anne’s County Commissioner; and Stephen Wilson, Queen Anne’s County Commissioner.



The University of Maryland Medical System opened its newest University of Maryland Urgent Care (UMUC) location, located in the Kent Town Market Shopping Center off Maryland Route 50 (25 Kent Town Market, Suite 100A in Chester) on Monday, May 9.

The opening of UMUC's Kent Island location is long overdue and fills a much-needed void for health care in Queen Anne's County. The site is more than 4,400 square-feet, will employ approximately 20 local residents and plans on providing care to over 12,000 patients annually. This is UMUC's third location on the Eastern Shore, with centers already serving patients in Denton and Easton.

"We are thrilled to bring urgent care services to the residents of Queen Anne's County. The services we will provide at this location will help relieve pressure from the emergency departments and will make health care much more accessible with is now being just down the road, rather than in the next major town miles away," said Scott Burger, DO, UMUC's Interim Chief Medical Officer.

Last Thursday, the new business celebrated their joining of the Queen Anne's County Chamber of Commerce with a traditional ribbon-cutting, which included County Commissioners Steve Wilson and Jack Wilson; Economic Development Commissioners Jim Reilly and Lara Wilson; Joe Ciotola, MD, the Health Officer for Queen Anne's County; and Ken Kozel, President and Chief Executive Officer of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health. During the event, attendees had the opportunity to take a "behind the scenes" tour of the new facility, including the updated storefront with new windows, the triage room, an exam room and oversized lobby featuring large wall murals from local photographer Jay Fleming.

In addition to the University of Maryland Urgent Care locations in Denton and Easton, the Kent Island center will be another great option for local residents as well as for summertime beach-goers and those on their way to or from Eastern Shore vacations, any of whom may find themselves in urgent need of medical care.

The location will be open seven days a week from 8 am to 8 pm, including most holidays.

Details about the new University of Maryland Urgent Care Kent Island location are available at