Team members at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown honored as ‘Everyday Heroes’

CHESTERTOWN — As part of a spring campaign celebrating National Doctors’ Day, Nurses Week and Hospital Week, local community members and patients are honoring team members at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown as “Everyday Heroes.”

The hospital is part of UM Shore Regional Health, which is a member organization of the University of Maryland Medical System.

Through the Everyday Hero program, community members are able to honor and thank team members for excellent care through a donation to UM Chester River Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of 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.

Cassandra Bilbrough, MSN, RN, Acute Care clinical coordinator, and Andi Lloyd, RT(R), CT, Radiographer II, were recognized by a patient who also is one of the hospital’s retired nurse managers, Rita Kulley.

Kulley wrote: “Thank you so much for your compassion and caring attitude when I needed it most! You should go far in your future careers!”

Emily Welsh, MSN, RN, Shore Community Outreach Team nurse coordinator, was recognized by her in-laws for her extraordinary efforts to improve the health of Kent County citizens by bring health care services and support out into the community.

Brady Shortall, RT(R) CT Radiographer II, was recognized by a patient who wanted him to know “just how special he is.”

Also named Everyday Heroes were Chestertown team members Sally Worm, RN, manager, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation; Sherrie Hill, RN, coordinator, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation; Wendy Barnette, RN; Molly Busick, RN; and Robin Parker, RN. They were recognized by Helen Taylor, who donated in recognition of their help during her recovery after a heart attack.

“I am here because of these ladies, and I am so grateful to them,” Taylor said. “They are caregivers to all of us but also, we are friends.”

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.

Donations may be dedicated to a team member or an entire department.

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

For more information, call Ruehrmund at 410-810-5660 or visit

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