ER physician earns ‘Everyday Hero’ tribute

CHESTERTOWN — Michael Carlson, M.D., an Emergency Department physician at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, has been honored as an “Everyday Hero.”

Sue Speakman, a former UM Chester River Health Foundation board member, nominated Carlson because of the exceptional care he provided to her husband during a recent visit to the Emergency Department.

The Everyday Hero program is an opportunity for patients to honor and thank team members for excellent care through a donation to UM Chester River Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown is part of the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health network, which is a member organization of the University of Maryland Medical System.

Maryann Ruehrmund, executive director and chief development officer of UM Chester River Health Foundation, said any team member can be a hero.

“Everyday Heroes could include environmental services team members who take extra care while cleaning a room, Emergency Department physicians who save lives, or an exceptionally compassionate volunteer who transports a patient by wheelchair,” Ruehrmund said in a news release.

Patients and their families may make a donation and pay tribute to a team member or an entire department.

Everyday Hero displays and donation envelopes are located throughout the hospital.

Honorees are presented with an “Everyday Hero” lapel pin and hand-written notes of appreciation from the donor as well as their manager.

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