Down the Rabbit Hole: Hospital Hosts Annual Gala to Benefit Healthcare Scholarships for Local Students

Members of the Philanthropy Committee of the hospital’s Board of Directors at the 2018 Gala: Beverly Wood, left; Vince Whittles; Lea Weaver; Karen Garner; Rick Tepel; and Christine Wray, hospital president.
Photo courtesy of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Members of the Philanthropy Committee of the hospital’s Board of Directors at the 2018 Gala: Beverly Wood, left; Vince Whittles; Lea Weaver; Karen Garner; Rick Tepel; and Christine Wray, hospital president.

Leonardtown, Maryland – Attendees enjoyed a magical night down the rabbit hole at the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital 2018 Gala, held Nov. 16 at the Hollywood Social Hall.

Sponsored by the hospital and the Family of Francis Taylor, Sr., the annual black-tie affair featured a gourmet dinner and dessert by Ken’s Creative Kitchen of Annapolis with live entertainment by Paradigm. The hall was transformed into a whimsical experience for more than 500 guests.

Nearly $135,000 was raised in net proceeds to help fund scholarships through MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. To date, 149 scholarships have been awarded to local students pursuing healthcare careers in return for their commitment to bringing their expertise back to our facility.

Chances were sold to win one of two necklaces and an accompanying gentleman’s gift, courtesy of G&H Jewelers. Micheline Lopez-Estrada held the winning number and selected a stunning gemstone and diamond pendant as her prize.

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital would like to acknowledge this year’s contributors, especially the Family of Francis Taylor, Sr., this year’s Presenting Sponsor ($25,000).

The hospital also thanks and acknowledges:

Premiere Sponsors ($15,000):

  • Associates in Radiation Medicine
  • G&H Jewelers
  • Pam & Dave Jamieson
  • MedStar Shah Medical Group
  • The Cherry Cove Group
  • Christine Wray & John Felicitas

Diamond Sponsors ($10,000):

  • AMEWAS, Inc.
  • Servpro of St. Mary's & Calvert
  • Mary's Academy Class of '72
  • US Acute Care Solutions

 Platinum Sponsors ($6,000):

  • Anna Choi, MD & Richard Ferraro
  • Jayaraman Medical Associates, LLC
  • Karen & Stephen Michaels
  • ManTech International Corporation

Gold Sponsors ($4,000):

  • KBRwyle
  • Parlett Affiliated Companies
  • Printing Press, Inc.
  • Raley Watts & O'Neill
  • Something Special by Tracy
  • M. Davis, Inc. General Contractors

Silver Sponsors ($2,500):

  • ASEC, Inc.
  • C3 Innovations, Inc.
  • Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant
  • CMI General Contractors
  • College of Southern Maryland
  • CRGA Design
  • DCS Corporation
  • Fotheringill & Wade, LLC
  • Carrie Jennison & John Stenson
  • Old Line Bank
  • Sabre Systems, Inc.
  • Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative
  • Mary's College of Maryland
  • Taylor Gas Company, Inc.

Bronze Sponsors ($850):

  • Bank of America
  • Community Bank of the Chesapeake
  • John P. Crine, In Memory of Thelma Jean Crine
  • Dean Lumber Supply
  • Edward Jones
  • Kristine & John Greely
  • F. Taylor, Inc.
  • KIWI-TECH
  • Joan & Alfred Mattingly, Sr.
  • Midoula & Axis Healthcare Groups
  • Carol & Bill Moody
  • PAE Applied Technologies, LLC
  • Parran's Flooring Center
  • Kathy & Chris Perlick
  • Phocus Video
  • PNC Bank
  • & Mrs. Yahia Tagouri
  • Dawn & Nick Yeitrakis

Save the date for next year’s gala on Nov. 15, 2019! Visit Facebook.com/MedStarStMarys to view more event photos.

 

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Maryland. Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Mary's provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. The not-for-profit hospital has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals™ and is an eight time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award. In addition, MSMH received the Maryland Performance Excellence award at the Platinum level in 2014 – the highest in the state. Our staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with our outstanding team of Medical Staff members, associates and volunteers. Visit MedStarStMarys.org to learn more.

An “Alice in Wonderland”-style mural, illustrated by graphic arts students at Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, completed the Rabbit Hole Lounge motif at this year’s Gala.
Photo courtesy of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
An “Alice in Wonderland”-style mural, illustrated by graphic arts students at Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, completed the Rabbit Hole Lounge motif at this year’s Gala.

Cheers to 30 Years: Hospital Foundation Celebrates Three Decades of Giving Back at Annual Gala

Members of the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation pose before “Diamonds and Pearls” commenced Nov. 17. Pictured in front are Rick Tepel, left, and Vince Whittles. In the second row are, from left, Christine R. Wray, president of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital; Jennifer Blake Meyer, chair of the 2017 gala committee; and Karen Garner, a member of the Tarleton Family, this year’s presenting sponsor.

Leonardtown, Maryland (Nov. 29, 2017) – The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation recently celebrated three decades of fun and philanthropy at “Diamonds and Pearls,” the 30th Annual Gala, held Nov. 17 at the Hollywood Social Hall.

Sponsored by the Foundation and the Tarleton Family, the annual black-tie affair featured a gourmet dinner and dessert by Ken’s Creative Kitchen of Annapolis with live entertainment by Nocturne. The Hollywood Social Hall was transformed into a soft, cream-and-blush landscape accented by pearls and diamonds with more than 500 guests in attendance.

John and Michelle Flatley held the winning chance for the Galaxy Necklace: a black Tahitian pearl and diamond pendant with pearl earrings, courtesy of G&H Jewelers.

More than $165,000 was raised in net proceeds to help fund healthcare scholarships through MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. To date, 142 scholarships have been awarded to local students.

“The gala is always a special evening, but this event — our thirtieth — was especially memorable,” said Jennifer Blake Meyer, head of the 2017 gala committee and chair of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Board of Directors. “From the generous community support to the high energy on the evening itself, this year’s gala was an exciting time for a great cause.”

Many local businesses, medical professionals, and organizations sponsored the evening’s festivities. The Foundation and MedStar St. Mary’s would like to thank and acknowledge this year’s contributors, especially the Tarleton Family “Precious Memories,” the Presenting Sponsor ($25,000).

Thank you to the Premiere Sponsors ($15,000): Associates in Radiation Medicine, MedStar Shah Medical Group, US Acute Care Solutions, and Christine Wray & John Felicitas. The Foundation also extends their gratitude to the Diamond Sponsors ($10,000): AMEWAS, Inc., The Cherry Cove Group, G&H Jewelers, MedStar Health and the Meyer Family, as well as the 42 businesses and community members who generously sponsored the event at Platinum ($6,000), Gold ($4,000), Silver ($2,500) and Bronze ($850) levels.

Visit MedStarStMarys.org/30 to view the event gallery.

St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Awards 10 Healthcare Scholarships

Ensuring the Future of Health Care

Leonardtown, Maryland (May 30, 2017) – The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation recently presented 10 area students with scholarships totaling $180,000. The students were recognized during a reception held May 23.

“We were truly impressed by all of the applicants this year,” Rick Tepel, chair of the Foundation scholarship committee said. “It is inspiring to meet all of the candidates and learn about their dreams and aspirations.”

Receiving the scholarships this year were:

  • Bailey Schneider of Mechanicsville, speech-language pathology, Appalachian State
  • Dana King of Lusby, nursing, Salisbury University
  • Brenna Duke, of Hollywood, nursing, University of Mount Union
  • Jordan Janshuk of Mechanicsville, nursing, College of Southern Maryland
  • Jessica Thompson of Hollywood, nursing, Lynchburg College
  • Kylee Wickline of Callaway, nursing, York College of Pennsylvania
  • Cassie Oliver of Hollywood, occupational therapy, Misericordia University
  • Sydney Guthrie of California, occupational therapy, Towson University
  • Megan Long of Mechanicsville, physical therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Hayley Mesmer of Lexington Park, physical therapy, St. Francis University

The Foundation has been presenting scholarships to area graduates since 2001 and including this year’s recipients, it has awarded 142 scholarships. Funds for the scholarships are raised through the Foundation’s annual Gala held each November. This year’s gala, Diamonds & Pearls: Cheers to 30 Years, will be held Nov. 17 at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department’s Social Hall. Many former recipients are currently employees of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

“The Foundation believes all of this year’s recipients will play an important role in the future of health care in our community,” Tepel said.

St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation 2017 Scholarship Winners (pictured from left to right):
Sydney Guthrie, Brenna Duke, Hayley Mesmer, Kylee Wickline, Bailey Schneider, Megan Long, Jessica Thompson, Jordan Janschek and Cassandra Oliver. Not pictured is Dana King.

Hospital to Host Vendor Fair June 2

Leonardtown, Maryland (May 23, 2017) – The MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital (MSMH) Auxiliary and Special Activities Committee (SAC) are hosting a Vendor Fair for independent sales representatives this Friday, June 2 (rain date June 9), from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The new event is a co-fundraiser for the two committees open to both the public and hospital associates. When arriving to shop, look for the white tent on the main campus next to the front parking lot. Funds raised will be utilized for patient comfort equipment as well as to support associate activities.

Bonnie Trader, a long-time member of the hospital’s Auxiliary, was excited to help organize the fair. “We hope everyone will come out to shop and support their local hospital.”

A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required for a vendor space and will be applied toward the 20 percent donation (gross proceeds from the day, including items pending delivery) to the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary and SAC. The event is planned to have a wide variety of merchants selling everything from clothing and jewelry to specialty food and skin care.

We encourage the community to follow MedStar St. Mary’s social media pages for updates on the fundraiser and to stop by the hospital for some spring shopping! You can find us online at Facebook.com/MedStarStMarys and Twitter @MedStarStMarys.

Current vendors scheduled to attend include, but are not limited to:

  • Accents Fashion Jewelry
  • Explore Couture
  • Perfectly Posh
  • Cruzin’ Cafe Food Truck
  • Scentsy
  • Crabby Corn
  • Mary Kay
  • LuLaRoe
  • Tupperware
  • Pampered Chef
  • Lip Sense

The hospital still has openings under the tent for interested vendors, crafters, consultants and retailers. If you are a vendor, crafter, you know someone who might like to participate, please contact either of the following organizers below as soon as possible.  

► Bonnie Trader, MSMH Auxiliary: 240-925-5383 or [email protected]                                                                                 

► Mary B. Cheseldine, MSMH SAC: 301-475-6453 or [email protected]

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Maryland. Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Mary's provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. The not-for-profit hospital has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals™ and is an eight time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award. In addition, MSMH received the Maryland Performance Excellence award at the Platinum level in 2014 – the highest in the state. Our staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with our outstanding team of Medical Staff members, associates and volunteers. Visit MedStarStMarys.org to learn more.

 

Hospital Hosts Second Art of Healing Exhibit

Two Southern Maryland Known Artists Featured

Leonardtown, Maryland – MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is currently hosting an art show by two Southern Maryland known artists, Gerry Wood and Pamela Callen. Their artwork is the latest in an ongoing Art of Healing Gallery exhibit located in the hospital’s Atrium dining area for associates, visitors and community members to enjoy.  

Lifelong art enthusiast, Gerry Wood primarily paints in watercolors and also enjoys acrylics and collage. Gerry’s studio doubles as a classroom where she enjoys teaching her art students all that she has learned through her own studies. “To me, learning and growing as an artist are as much a priority as the painting process itself,” said Gerry.

Pamela Callen’s world travels and fondness of Southern Maryland often inspire her to create impressionistic style artwork with vivid color and movement, abstracts or semi-abstracts. “I’ve always been drawn to the restful, restorative qualities of the water,” said Pamela, “and I enjoy the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.”     

The Art of Healing Gallery began during the hospital’s 2016 annual philanthropy campaign. The hospital’s Auxiliary donated the hanging and lighting system for the rotating Art of Healing Gallery – a modern feature designed to compliment Atrium dining area renovations expected to begin later this year. A rendering of the proposed renovations is displayed inside the Atrium and includes expansion of the eating area with partition, along with updated furniture, lighting, flooring and wall treatments.

Visit MedStarStMary.org/PowerToHeal to learn more about MedStar’s annual philanthropy campaign and ways to give at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

 

Artwork by Gerry Wood (left) and Pamela Callen (right) now on display and available for purchase in the Atrium of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown.

For Outgoing Board Members, Giving Back to Community is Key

The Board of Directors at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital is a volunteer body dedicated to fulfilling the mission, vision and values of the hospital. The 19-member board consists of community members, MedStar Health leaders, and representation from our Medical Staff and Foundation. Due to the guidance of the board, the hospital has expanded the array of medical specialties on staff and directed the hospital toward the acquisition of many cutting-edge technologies, such as our fully integrated electronic medical record system.

As the year comes to a close, a few very special members of our Board are stepping down. In recognition for years of dedicated volunteer service to the Board of Directors at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital, we extend our appreciation!

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Lewie Aldridge, Jr.
Lexington Park, MD
Member for 11 years

“After having family who was treated extremely well at the hospital, I felt if I could give back then I would. Without the wonderful staff, the hospital wouldn’t be as great as it is. I’m truly honored to have served with so many respected board members and the hospital administration, and I feel privileged to have been a part of the decisions, especially the one to sign on with MedStar. It was a soul searching time that I will always remember.”

 

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Donald Cather, Jr.
Colton’s Point, MD
Member for 9 years

I was a paramedic when I joined in 2007 and wanted very much to help improve the Emergency Department. I feel extremely lucky to have been involved in that as well as the difficult decision to sign on with MedStar and the move to become more computerized. I wish I could continue on the board to be a part of all the great new things that are happening at the hospital.”

 

pattyPatty Vernon-Rusher
California, MD
Member for 11 years 

“I joined in 2005 because I wanted to do more for my community and contribute my information technology experience toward the hospital’s new endeavor to plan and implement electronic medical records. Until you experience the business of healthcare, you cannot possibly imagine or appreciate the associated complexities. I take great pride in playing a role in the decisions and actions that bring the finest quality medical care to St. Mary’s.”

Why I Give: Meditation Room Makeover

meditation-roomA shiny gold-toned plaque on the wall inscribed with the words “Meditation room renovations in memory of Stephen C. Nystrom, CDR, USN” represents the special gift he left for others who long for a quiet moment of reflection during difficult times. Marianna Nystrom revisited MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital recently for a small gathering to sanctify the space where she and her grown children had spent many hours while her husband was sick.

“In January, my daughter, son and I received beautiful, loving care from staff,” explained Marianna. “During our time at the hospital, we couldn’t help but notice the condition of the room next door (the chapel) was in contrast to this one (the meditation room). When Marianna’s husband passed, she said it was her daughter who suggested they set up a fund to help renovate the space in lieu of flowers.

“In his final days, hospice didn’t have room for my husband,” said Marianna. “Essentially, staff on the third floor gave him hospice and palliative care and took care of us. Because he received such incredible care, we really wanted to do something.”

Generous donations from friends and family allowed the meditation room to be renovated with a new coat of paint, a table lamp for ambient lighting, covered storage benches for seating and artwork by artist Karen Russell.  

“That art piece (hanging on the left wall as you walk in) is called “One”,” shared Marianna. “I see planets, the universe, diversity and that’s what my husband believed.  He believed in the great mystery.”

Visit MedStarStMarys.org/WaysToGive to find out how you can give back, too. 

Hospital Hosting Works by Local Artist Bernie Matus

Artist to Donate Portion of Funds Raised to Scholarship Fund

Leonardtown, Maryland – MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is hosting an art show this fall by local artist Bernard “Bernie” Matus. The Leonardtown artist’s photographs and digital designs will be on display in the hospital’s Atrium. Bernie will be donating a percentage from any works sold during the show to the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation’s scholarship fund.

Bernie, a former educator and school administrator, creates intricate designs by marrying various photographic images.

“I love fine arts,” said Bernie, “and one of my favorite print artists is Robert Rauschenberg. I used to study his works and I realized I could do that with a computer, so I developed my own techniques.”

Bernie’s interest in photography started as a 10-year-old boy when he purchased his first camera with money he earned from his paper route. Nearly 60 years later, he is still taking photos. Following a career as a teacher in New York and school administrator in Pennsylvania, Bernie began to devote more time to his passion following his retirement. He and his wife, Nancy, a former dermatologist in practice for more than 30 years, moved to Leonardtown in 2009 to be closer to their daughter and her family.

“I know how important the hospital is to the welfare of the community,” said Nancy, “and I think what is nice about MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is that they have the scholarship program to help students who may not otherwise be able to go to school and learn these skills.”

The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation provides scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare industry. Since 2001, the Foundation has awarded 132 scholarships.

“We like to keep donations more local so that you know the money is going to people that live in the community,” said Bernie. “It is a nice way to see money being used on a local level.”

An artist reception was held Oct. 3 in the Atrium as part of the hospital’s kickoff for its annual philanthropy campaign, Giving: The Power to Heal. Donations made during this year’s campaign will help fund a major renovation to the Atrium, which is expected to begin next year. The renovation will include expansion of the eating area, new furniture, new lighting and new flooring and wall treatments.

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Atrium is located next to the hospital’s cafeteria, the Café at Buena Vista, which is open to the public.

Visit MedStarStMarys.org/PowerToHeal to learn more about the 2016 annual philanthropy campaign.

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Bernie and Nancy Matus of Leonardtown pose in front of artwork by Bernie now on display in the Atrium of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown. Bernie will be donating a percentage from each work sold to the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation scholarship fund.

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About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Maryland. Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Mary's provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. The not-for-profit hospital has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals™ and is an eight time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award. In addition, MSMH received the Maryland Performance Excellence award at the Platinum level in 2014 – the highest in the state. Our staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with our outstanding team of Medical Staff members, associates and volunteers. Visit MedStarStMarys.org to learn more.