For Immediate Release May 30, 2023

Sandra Wilson-Hypes has joined the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown as Health Educator on the hospital's Rural Health Care Transformation team.

Sandra Wilson-Hypes headshot.

The Health Educator provides leadership and collaboration with local community partners in developing and managing community health education programs and campaigns offered through the Chestertown hospital's Aging and Wellness Center. Wilson-Hypes said the goal of these initiatives is to inform residents of Kent and northern Queen Anne's counties of strategies for maintaining their best health and to promote appropriate use of local health resources.

"Teaching health education is not just about instilling knowledge, it's about empowering individuals to take ownership of their own well-being and promoting positive change in their lives," said Wilson-Hypes.

Prior to joining the Rural Health Care Transformation team, Wilson-Hypes worked as an educator for the state of Delaware for 25 years, most recently as an allied health instructor at McCullough Middle School. She also has served as a public health and safety instructor for the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security, teaching high school students; as a training administrator for the Division of Public Health, Office of EMS, where she helped plan, implement and evaluate the Delaware Paramedic Curriculum and National Registry Curriculum training programs; and as an administrator for the Delaware State Fire School's Basic Life Support training programs.

"Sandy's experience in public health settings and in adult, child and community education make her a valuable addition to our team," said Lara Wilson, Director of Rural Health Care Transformation for UM Shore Regional Health. "We look forward to introducing her to our community partners in Kent and northern Queen Anne's counties."

Wilson-Hypes' educational credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Education from Wilmington University and certification by the Albert Einstein Medical Center's Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Program. She served as a certified emergency medical technician from 1990 to 2013. Since 1990, Wilson-Hypes has also served the community as a member of the Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Company.

"The health educator plays a key role in the development and long-term sustainability of our various initiatives to advance health care accessibility and improve health outcomes in our region," said Dennis Welsh, Vice President, Rural Health Care Transformation, UM SRH, and Executive Director, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.