ATLANTIC GENERAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION RECEIVES DONATION TO CAMPAIGN FOR THE FUTURE FROM DALE AND CHARLOTTE CATHELL

05-18-2017

Berlin, Md. – The Atlantic General Hospital Campaign for the Future recently received a donation of $10,000 from Dale and Charlotte Kerbin Cathell of Berlin for upcoming projects including the new John H. “Jack” Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center.

The Cathell’s have been strong supporters of Atlantic General Hospital since its inception twenty-four years ago. Charlotte and Dale were born and raised in Worcester County and have spent their entire lives here, much of that in Ocean Pines. Both recall that for many years the county was prevented from having a hospital and they experienced first-hand many long rides receiving hospital care that would have been quicker and less taxing on the family had there been a hospital in their own community.

“Now we have a first-class hospital facility in Atlantic General Hospital and are grateful to those Worcester County citizens who worked hard to establish such a quality healthcare center and to those citizens, including the dedicated administration and medical staff, who have worked hard over the years to improve upon the standards that are the foundation of the hospital. It’s amazing how far the hospital has come in providing such paramount healthcare to our community. One of the primary reasons we feel it is important to be a part of the AGH Capital Campaign is for our children and grandchildren who call Worcester County their home. The quality of our community healthcare touches every generation today and in the future. Our quality of life greatly depends on health. We are fortunate to have Atlantic General Hospital right here in our community, Worcester County,” said Charlotte Cathell.

Charlotte was first sworn into office as the Register of Wills for Worcester County on December 3, 1998. She has been a member of the AGH Foundation since 2014, currently serves on the Foundation board of directors and the AGH Board of Trustees. Cathell was a founder and president of Worcester County G.O.L.D. (Giving Other Lives Dignity), is currently a member and former vice-president of the Worcester County Commission for Women and is on the board of directors of Calvin B. Taylor Banking Co. Cathell is the first countywide-elected official from Ocean Pines.

Judge Dale Cathell retired from the Maryland Court of Appeals in 2007 after serving as Judge since 1980. He is the former chairman of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Court System, and served as an adjunct professor in land use law at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Cathell served as the Mayor and Ocean City Council Attorney 1970 – 1978 and is a past president of the Worcester County Bar Association.

“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 Dale and Charlotte Cathell. 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,” commented 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 nearly $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.

About Atlantic General Hospital

Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) counties since May 1993. Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin, Md., combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology and services. It provides quality specialty care such as weight loss surgery, orthopedics, outpatient infusion and chemotherapy for individuals with cancer or blood/autoimmune disorders, and a comprehensive women’s diagnostic center. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 40 primary care providers and specialists, care for residents and visitors throughout the region. For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.

From left: Michelle Fager, Campaign for the Future Co-Chair, AGH Foundation Board of Directors Secretary; Todd Ferrante, AGH Foundation Board Chair, AGH Board of Trustees member; Lou Taylor, AGH Board of Trustees Chair, Taylor Bank Board of Directors member; the Honorable Charlotte Kerbin Cathell, AGH Board of Trustees Member, Taylor Bank Board of Directors member; the Honorable Dale Cathell; Jack H. Burbage, Jr., Campaign for the Future Co-Chair, AGH Board of Trustees, Past Chair 2011-2014, Taylor Bank Board of Directors member; Toni Keiser, Vice President Public Relations Atlantic General Hospital; Christopher Hoen, AGH Foundation Board Vice President.

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