Roger D. Brown Education Center dedicated at Chestertown hospital

CHESTERTOWN — The University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation recently hosted a dedication of the Roger D. Brown Education Center in the Aging & Wellness Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Brown’s family, friends and community members — all told about 60 people — attended the event.

Brown, who passed away in the fall of 2021, had served his country as a U.S. Navy officer. During his tenure in the Navy, he became an NROTC educator while pursuing his master’s degree in history at the University of Mississippi.

After settling in Chestertown, he was devoted to the Kent County community, serving as a member of the Lions, Optimists and Rotary clubs, the Kent County Historical Society and the UM Chester River Health Foundation.

“With the worst of COVID hopefully behind us, I know the hospital looks forward to once again hosting many community health education programs, support groups and education sessions for staff in this beautiful room that is complete with state-of-the-art telecommunications capabilities,” Libby Woolever, chairperson of the UM Chester River Health Foundation board, said in a news release.

She added, “Every person joining us today should feel incredibly proud. The complete renovation and equipping of this center were made possible exclusively through contributions from our community. In fact, proceeds from the foundation’s 2023 golf fundraiser, an event that Roger had looked forward to every year, also benefited this project.”

Maryann Ruehrmund, the foundation’s executive director and chief development officer, offered a heartfelt tribute to Brown.

“Roger played an essential role in the development and governance of the Chester River Health Foundation as a volunteer board member, serving two terms as president and several as chair of our annual golf fundraiser. It was at a very critical time when we were transforming from a department of the hospital to a separate 501(c)(3) not-for- profit organization,” Ruehrmund said in the news release.

She said Brown also successfully chaired the major gifts division of the foundation’s 2000-2004 capital campaign, titled “Raising the Standard of Excellence,” which brought in $7 million for the renovation and expansion of the hospital.

Ruehrmund said Brown was “an incredible leader for us and an excellent fundraiser as well as a personal coach and mentor to me.”

The University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation supports the advancement of patient care programs at the Chestertown hospital, which is part of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and the University of Maryland Medical System.

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