Foun­da­tion re­ceives $1 mil­lion be­quest

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CHESTERTOWN — The Ch­ester River Health Foun­da­tion re­cently an­nounced it has re­ceived a be­quest of $1.067 mil

lion dol­lars from the es­tate of T. Al­lan Stradley.

A re­lease states Stradley was a well-known Kent County busi ness­man, en­tre­pre­neur and civic leader. He served on the Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Chestertown’s board of di­rec­tors for 22 years.

In his will, Stradley made a gen­er­ous be­quest to the med­i­cal cen­ter’s build­ing fund. Ad­di­tion­ally, it was named as a one-third ben­e­fi­ciary of the re­main­der of his es­tate. It was re­ceived ear­lier this month, as the first dis­tri­bu­tion of the re­main­der of his es­tate.

“Through­out his vol­un­teer ser­vice to the hospi­tal, T. Al

lan Stradley was a gen­er­ous con­trib­u­tor of his time, tal

ents and trea­sures,” Maryann Ruehrmund, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ch­ester River Health Foun­da­tion, said in the re­lease. “His pass­ing in 2000 was a great loss to our com­mu­nity.”

The re­lease states a por­tion of the be­quest will com­pletely fund a ren­o­va­tion project de­signed im­prove ac­cess and flow for out­pa­tient ser­vices that are pro­vided at the med­i­cal cen­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to Ruehrmund, from 1987 to 1991, Stradley co-chaired the med­i­cal cen

ter’s $2 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion and new con­struc­tion cap­i­tal cam

paign, and pro­vided the lead gift of $400,000.

That cam­paign funded a com­plete mod­ern­iza­tion and ex­pan­sion of the then 56-year old med­i­cal cen­ter. The north wing of the fa­cil­ity, in­clud­ing the lab and crit­i­cal care unit, is named in his honor.

Stradley served as foun­da­tion pres­i­dent in 1997 and 1998, and be­came the found­ing mem­ber of the Foun­da­tion’s Her­itage So­ci­ety, which rec­og­nizes gen­er­ous and com

pas­sion­ate in­di­vid­u­als who have pro­vided for the Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Chestertown, the Shore Nurs­ing & Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter, or the Ch­ester River Health Foun­da­tion through their es­tate plans.

He also is the name­sake and first re­cip­i­ent of the Foun­da­tion’s T. Al­lan Stradley Hu

man­i­tar­ian Award, which hon­ors ex­tra­or­di­nary in­di­vid­u­als who have con­trib­uted sig­nifi­fi­f­i­cant ly to the en­hance­ment of health care in the com­mu­nity.

“Mr. Stradley’s fore­sight and gen­eros­ity will make pos

sible sig­nif­i­cant and con­tin­ued en­hance­ments to our fa­cil­i­ties that will en­hance qual­ity, safety and the pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence,” Carl Gal­le­gos, foun­da­tion chair­per­son, said in the re­lease.

T. AL­LAN STRADLEY

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