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St. Mary's Hospital Announces New Members and Officers

Posted on February 03, 2009:

St. Mary’s Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of two new volunteer members to its Board of Directors. The Board plays a key role in ensuring the hospital meets the needs of its patients and the community. Each Board member personally advocates for the hospital’s mission and values and helps with resource and partnership-building activities. The Board has been instrumental over the past several years in helping complete a successful building project for the hospital, expanding the array of medical specialties on staff, creating a healthy fiscal base for growth and development and helping the hospital acquire many cutting-edge technologies.

New to the Board is anesthesiologist Dr. Harold Lee. Dr. Lee, chief of the Medical Staff at St. Mary’s Hospital, has been a part of the Medical Staff since 1998 and has served as the chief of anesthesia since 2006. Born in Ohio, Dr. Lee is married to Dr. Monica Lee and has four children. Dr. Lee graduated from the University of Miami, Fla., and then performed his internship and residency at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

Joining Dr. Lee is Hollywood, Md., resident Karen “Kay” Owens. A native of St. Mary’s County, Kay has worked for the U.S. Information Agency and the Department of the Navy’s Comptroller Office and Cost Department, retiring in 2008 after 36 years of government service. Kay has served as president of the St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary since January 2008 and has been an Auxiliary member since November 2004. She is also secretary of the Auxiliary of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department.

The Board also recently met to elect new officers with the following results: Linda Dudderar, chairwoman; Lewie Aldridge Jr., vice chairman; Robbie Loker, secretary; and R. Timothy Storch, treasurer.

The St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary, a group established in 1916 to provide vital hospital improvements, has dedicated countless hours and dollars to improving hospital facilities and services. In fact, thanks to the Auxiliary, St. Mary’s Hospital offers mammography, fetal monitoring, stroke intervention telemedicine, infant warming, fluoroscopy and has made improvements to Cancer Care and Infusion Services, Ambulatory Surgery and the Atrium. Most recently, the group raised more than $15,100 to go toward a mobile EKG machine for the Emergency Department to detect potential cardiac cases. In total, the Auxiliary has donated more than $4.3 million in gifts to the hospital since the 1970s.

The Auxiliary voted on its new officers at its January meeting. Kay Owens will serve as the president, with Bonnie Trader as vice president, Kathy Frazier as secretary/treasurer and Charles Ridgell and Audrey Ridgell as recording secretaries.

New Auxiliary members are always welcome. To become a part of this dynamic and fun team, simply download the membership form at http://www.smhwecare.com/auxiliary.html or call 301-475-6455.

The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation is pleased to welcome new members and officers to serve in 2009. The new members include Jennifer Blake, Micheline Lopez-Estrada and Bill Moody. This year’s officers include President Bonnie Bowes, Vice President Eileen Bildman, Secretary Perry Rothwell and Treasurer Barry Friedman. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees with elected officers comprised of a cross section of area business, community and medical leadership.

The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation is a philanthropic arm of St. Mary’s Hospital, helping to further enhance the hospital’s excellence as a provider of comprehensive health care services, quality medical care and clinical research through philanthropic support of its programs, activities and facilities.

Each year, the Foundation organizes events to generate funds for scholarships to talented Southern Maryland residents who want to pursue a health care degree. These events have become popular within the Southern Maryland community, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to assist students in reaching their career goals.

Scholarship applications are due March 15. Interested students can pick up an application from the hospital’s Human Resources Department or download the form via www.smhwecare.com.

Holly Meyer
Director of Marketing & PR
St. Mary’s Hospital

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