Berlin, Md. – On Thursday, August 16, a kick-off celebration was held to welcome the
first Project SEARCH interns to Atlantic General Hospital.
This is the first Project SEARCH program held on Maryland’s Eastern
Shore and is a partnership among Atlantic General Hospital, Worcester
County Board of Education, Maryland Department of Education’s Division
of Rehabilitation Services, and Worcester County Development Center.
There will be five interns participating in this first year of the program,
beginning September 2018. Each intern is finishing his or her last year
of high school at a Worcester County Public School.
They will spend six hours per day at the hospital, rotating through three
different work experiences during the school year. Onsite classroom training
focused on employability and life skills will be provided by a teacher
from Worcester County Public Schools. On top of that, there will be job
coaches from Worcester County Development Center available to the interns
Photo 1: Four of the five Project SEARCH interns with the Superintendent of Worcester
County Public Schools, Lou Taylor, and president and CEO of AGH, Michael
Back Row from left: Lou Taylor, Toni Dixon, and Michael Franklin.
Front Row from left: Tyneish Gustus, Bradley Dornes, and Deshawn Collick.
Photo 2: Project SEARCH intern, Bradley Dornes, with project SEARCH job coaches,
Nick Purnell (left) and Dawn Miles (right).
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 through the commitment and generosity of a dedicated
community, Atlantic General’s main facility in Berlin, Md., combines
the warmth of personalized attention with the reassurance of medical expertise
and advanced technology. The not-for-profit hospital provides quality
specialty care in oncology, medical and surgical weight loss, orthopedics,
and women’s diagnostics among other services. Atlantic General Health
System, its network of more than 40 primary care providers and specialists,
cares for residents and visitors throughout the region. For more information
about Atlantic General Hospital, visit
About Project Search
Project SEARCH is a high school transition program whose primary objective
is to secure competitive, full time employment for students with developmental
disabilities. This transition-to-work program takes place over the course
of a year and facilitates a combination of classroom instruction, career
exploration, and hands on training through worksite rotations. This year,
our Project SEARCH team will consist of the partnerships between Atlantic
General Hospital, Worcester County Public Schools, Worcester County Developmental
Center, and the Division of Rehabilitation Services.