Golf tour­na­ment raises money for sur­gi­cal equip­ment June 3

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CHESTERTOWN — Nearly 130 golfers and more than 30 vol­un­teers turned out for Ch­ester River Health Foun­da­tion’s 22nd an­nual Golf Tour­na­ment Fri­day, June 3, at Ch­ester River Yacht and Coun­try Club in Chestertown.

This year’s tour­na­ment pro­ceeds of more than $41,000 were ded­i­cated to ben­e­fit Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Chestertown’s Sur­gi­cal Ser­vices Depart­ment, and will be used for the pur­chase of new sur­gi­cal equip­ment, in­clud­ing high def­i­ni­tion, white light dig­i­tal colono­scopes and en­do­scopes.

“This new state-of-the-art equip­ment, which is now on or­der, will help iden­tify and treat col­orec­tal can­cers and other di­ges­tive sys­tem dis­or­ders at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble stage and thus, save lives,” said Maryann Ruehrmund, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Ch­ester River Health Foun­da­tion. “The tour­na­ment pro­ceeds, which ex­ceeded $41,000, were a big step to­ward cov­er­ing the to­tal equip­ment cost of $200,000. It was won­der­ful to see so many com­mu­nity res­i­dents — along with many of our hos­pi­tal physi­cians, staff and ven­dors — come to­gether to have fun while sup­port­ing such an im­por­tant cause.”

The tour­na­ment’s lead spon­sors were Ger­ard S. O’Con­nor, a board-cer­ti­fied gen­eral sur­geon prac­tic­ing at UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Chestertown; and Mark Zwanger, a for­mer Chestertown Emer­gency Depart­ment physi­cian, and his hus­band, Mal­colm Kram.

“Dr. O’Con­nor, Dr. Zwanger and Dr. Kram demon­strated their strong sup­port for our hos­pi­tal’s con­tin­ued ser­vice to the res­i­dents of Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties, and their lead­er­ship in sup­port­ing the golf tour­na­ment is much ap­pre­ci­ated by the Foun­da­tion Board, the hos­pi­tal staff and surely the com­mu­nity,” Ruehrmund said.

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First place men’s team win­ners were, from left, Rusty Prit­zlaff, Seth Rick­etts, Chuck Min­is­tero and David Land­skroener, with a score of 57.

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First place ladies’ team win­ners were, from left, Ge­nie Woot­ton, Jackie Phillips, Deb­bie Wil­liams and Leah Northup, with a score of 77.

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First placed mixed team win­ners were, from left, Erin Gille­spie, Jim Gille­spie, Ron Athey and Bob Kent, with a score of 60.

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Ger­ald O’Con­nor was a top spon­sor of the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ch­ester River Health Foun­da­tion’s 2016 golf tour­na­ment.

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