Bay­side stu­dent rec­og­nized by Shore Re­gional Health

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EAS­TON — At the Fe­bru­ary meet­ing of its board of di­rec­tors, Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health pre­sented its Cre­at­ing Health­ier Com­mu­ni­ties To­gether Award to Gre­gory Couch, an 11-year-old fifth-grade stu­dent at Bay­side Ele­men­tary School in Stevensville.

The award was es­tab­lished by UM Shore Re­gional Health to rec­og­nize res­i­dents of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s five­county ser­vice area who par­tic­i­pate in re­al­iz­ing its mis­sion of Cre­at­ing Health­ier Com­mu­ni­ties To­gether. The award rec­og­nizes in­di­vid­u­als or groups who have made an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to im­prove the health and well­be­ing of the com­mu­ni­ties within Caro­line, Dorch­ester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot coun­ties through ef­forts, in­clud­ing rais­ing aware­ness about a chronic dis­ease or health-re­lated is­sue and par­tic­i­pa­tion in a com­mu­nity ser­vice project and/or health-re­lated pro­gram or ser­vice that pro­vides the re­gion with greater ac­cess to health care ser­vices.

Gre­gory, son of Paul and Kim­berly Couch of Kent Is­land, was se­lected for the Cre­at­ing Health­ier Com­mu­ni­ties To­gether Award for his plan­ning and ex­e­cu­tion of open­ing a chap­ter of Project Li­nus that cov­ers Caro­line, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot coun­ties. Through his newly opened chap­ter, Gre­gory do­nated hand­made blan­kets to UM Shore Re­gional Health’s Shore Emer­gency Cen­ter in Queen­stown and Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Ch­ester­town for young chil­dren who come into the med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties un­der harsh cir­cum­stances and are in need of com­fort.

“Team mem­bers of our Ch­ester­town and Queen­stown lo­ca­tions are so grate­ful for the hard work and ef for t Gre­gor y puts into help­ing some of our youngest com­mu­nity mem­bers through Project Li­nus,” said Mary Alice Van­hoy, man­ager of the UM Shore Emer­gency Cen­ter at Queen­stown and the emer­gency depart­ment at UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Ch­ester­town. “We see many fright­ened chil­dren come through the doors of our emer­gency de­part­ments af­ter un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances, and these blan­kets of­fer a sense of com­fort in times when they need it most.”

Project Li­nus is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sented by chap­ters cov­er­ing all 50 states. Vol­un­teers cre­ate blan­ket drives, make blan­kets and do­nate them to health care fa­cil­i­ties.

“The lead­er­ship team and board of di­rec­tors of Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health were ec­static to learn about the hard work and com­mit­ment Gre­gory has put be­hind ad­vanc­ing the well-be­ing of pa­tients and fam­i­lies at our med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties,” said Ken Kozel, pres­i­dent and CEO, UM Shore Re­gional Health. “Gre­gory is a great ex­am­ple of how com­mu­nity part­ner­ships can help Shore Re­gional Health con­tinue to put pa­tients first and achieve our mis­sion of Cre­at­ing Health­ier Com­mu­ni­ties To­gether.”

For more information about Project Li­nus and vol­un­teer­ing with the MidShore chap­ter, visit www.pro­jectli­nus. org or call Kim­berly Couch at 410- 9242488.

Gre­gory Couch of Kent Is­land, cen­ter, re­ceives the Cre­at­ing Health­ier Com­mu­ni­ties To­gether Award from Ken­neth Kozel, pres­i­dent and CEO, Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health, left, and John Dil­lon, chair­man, UM Shore Re­gional Health Board of Di­rec­tors, right.

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