Berlin, Md. – The Atlantic General Hospital Campaign for the Future recently
received a donation of $25,000 from Phil and Marie Houck and their family
for upcoming projects including the new John H. “Jack” Burbage,
Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center.
The Houcks have been strong supporters of Atlantic General Hospital since
its 24 years ago. The Bull on the Beach Penguin Swim team, led by Houck’s
son-in-law Tom Knopp, started with just a handful of team members for
the first official swim. Today their team has more than 100 members participating
and raising funds for the annual event.
The team raises funds for the swim throughout the year, including an October
golf tournament, put on by Michelle Houck Knopp and her husband, Tom,
and the Crab Feast/Bull Roast at Crab Alley headed up by Houck’s
sons, Kevin and Phillip, and Kelly Conroy.
Theresa “Shue” Goldberg plays an integral role in the fundraising
and daily operations of Houck’s businesses. “She is an unsung
hero. Shue just makes my job very easy,” added Houck.
To date, the Bull on the Beach Penguin Swim team has raised approximately
$500,000 for Atlantic General Hospital programs and services.
Houck, owner of the Bull on the Beach and Crab Alley restaurants, has been
a member of the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation since 2003 and has
served on the Foundation Board of Directors since 2005.
A philanthropist at heart, Houck said, “We remember when we first
came to Ocean City, there was no local hospital and you had to drive a
distance to find emergency medical care. Atlantic General Hospital is
our hospital. When there’s a need in the community, it’s not
a burden to lend support. Whatever I can do in life – and whatever
my family and employees can do – we’ll do to help.”
Houck is very active in the community, receiving The Dispatch's Charitable
Souls Campaign Award in 2011, and maintaining membership in The National
Museum of African American History since 2010, and St. Jude Children's Hospital.
“We’re extremely grateful for the commitment shown to our not-for-profit
community hospital and the generous support of our friends and neighbors
like the Houck family. The way healthcare services are delivered is changing,
but Atlantic General’s commitment to state-of-the-art medicine only
grows stronger. We can help AGH meet the challenges of providing the very
best healthcare services right here – close to home,” said
Campaign for the Future Co-Chair Jack Burbage.
About the Campaign for the Future
The funds raised during the $10 million Atlantic General Campaign for the
Future will allow Atlantic General Hospital to complete $35 million in
capital projects. Among them is construction of a new 18,000-square-foot
full service cancer care center, completion of a women’s health
center in West Ocean City, renovation of existing surgical facilities
and expansion of emergency services within Atlantic General Hospital as
well as improvements to inpatient care areas.
To date, the Foundation has already secured over $3,000,000 of the $10
million goal in pledges, commitments and grants.
About the John H. “Jack” Burbage Regional Cancer Care Center
The new 18,000-square-foot Regional Cancer Care Center, which is to be
built on hospital-owned property at the corner of Rt. 113 and Old Ocean
City Boulevard (Rt. 346) in Berlin, Md., will provide one centrally-located,
convenient facility for the care and treatment of individuals with cancer
and blood disorders.
In addition to existing medical oncology and chemotherapy infusion services
and integrative therapies, the new center will include radiation oncology;
PET imaging; laboratory services; community education and support facilities;
and telemedicine technology that will allow patients and their physicians
to consult with other cancer care experts, preventing unnecessary travel
for consultation and follow up care for patients who may require more
intensive cancer care services.
Construction is due to begin in June 2017, with completion in early 2018.