Record Observer - - Opinion -

As Chair­man of the Board of Di­rec­tors for Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health, I am writ­ing to ex­press our grat­i­tude for the men and women who vol­un­teer in our three hos­pi­tal aux­il­iaries — Chester River Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter Aux­il­iary, Dorch­ester Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary and Aux­il­iary of Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal at Easton. Mem­bers of these three vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tions do­nate their valu­able time to sup­port health care ser­vices within their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, as­sist­ing with daily op­er­a­tions at many of our fa­cil­i­ties and rais­ing funds for pro­grams, ser­vices, equip­ment and pa­tient care through­out the re­gion.

In the past year, the aux­il­iaries have earned a com­bined $500,000 in pro­ceeds through their spe­cial event sales, hos­pi­tal gift shops and their aux­il­iary-man­aged thrift shops — the Nearly New Shop in Ch­ester­town, the Robin Hood Shop in Cam­bridge and The Bazaar at 121 Fed­eral Street in Easton. The aux­il­iaries rely heav­ily on their gift and thrift shop sales to be able to pro­vide the fund­ing for each of the hos­pi­tals and off­site lo­ca­tions to which they con­trib­ute.

In ad­di­tion to the funds they pro­vide, vol­un­teers as­sist with ser­vices such as wheel­chair and pa­tient es­corts, blood pres­sure screen­ings, front desk and sur­gi­cal ser­vice re­cep­tion and many other ar­eas. In to­tal, vol­un­teers do­nated 60,000 hours be­tween the aux­il­iaries across the re­gion, sav­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion valu­able dol­lars that can then be used to fur­ther pa­tient care ef­forts. Our team mem­bers, med­i­cal staff and pa­tients value and ap­pre­ci­ate the work of all aux­il­iar y vol­un­teers. JOHN DIL­LON Chair­man Board of Di­rec­tors Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health

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