Berlin, Md. – At its annual Corporation meeting, Atlantic General Hospital’s Board
of Trustees appointed a new board chairman, Greg Shockley, who is the
former treasurer of the board. At the meeting, they also appointed Will
Esham as the vice chairman, Doug Cook as the treasurer, and Charlotte
Cathell as the secretary.
Greg Shockley, owner of Shenanigan’s Irish Pub in Ocean City, Md.,
was the 2012 recipient of the Paul Hazard Award, named after one of the
original Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association (OCHMRA) members.
Shockley is a founding member of the Boardwalk Development Association,
helping to implement $5 million in boardwalk improvements, and serves
on the Maryland Tourism Development Board. He has also served as president
of the Ocean City Development Corporation and the OCHMRA. He has served
other roles on the Atlantic General Hospital Board of Trustees, and has
just recently begun his term as board chair in November 2018.
“We acknowledge Greg’s dedication and willingness to work hard
for Atlantic General,” commented Michael Franklin, FACHE, president
and CEO of Atlantic General Hospital. “We are thrilled to welcome
Greg as the board chair, after just serving as the board treasurer. We
are likewise especially grateful for the year that Hugh Cropper served
as our board chair, and the impact that he has made on our hospital.”
Hugh T. Cropper, IV., the outgoing board chair, served in this position
from November 2017 to October 2018. Cropper practices as an attorney,
and he is a partner in the law firm of Booth, Booth, Cropper & Marriner,
PC. Cropper is the chairman of both the Board of Directors for Bank of
Ocean City and the Board of Directors for the Lower Shore Land Trust.
He was formerly a member of the Board of Governors of the Maryland State
Bar Association, and he is a member of the Judicial Nominating Committee
for the First Circuit. Cropper was a member of the Board of Trustees of
Atlantic General Hospital since 2007. He was secretary and treasurer of
the Board of Trustees before becoming the chair.
William E. Esham, III, has been named vice chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Esham is an attorney with Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand, P.A. He
graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1987. He was admitted
to the bar in 1991 after obtaining his law degree from University of Baltimore.
He served as law clerk to the Honorable William R. Buchanan, Sr., and
in Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland, and is a member of the
Worcester County and Maryland State Bar Associations. In addition to serving
on the Board of Trustees at Atlantic General, Esham is a member of the
Board of Trustees of Worcester Preparatory School, the Board of Directors
of Ocean City Golf Club, attorney for the Ocean City Planning and Zoning
Commission and past president of St. Martin's Church Foundation.
Doug Cook is the chief lending officer and executive vice president at
Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company. Over the years, Cook has been involved
in Atlantic General Hospital by serving on the Finance Committee and also
on the board for Atlantic ImmediCare. Cook also serves as a trustee member
for the Life Crisis Center. “The betterment of our community is
important to me. AGH is the most vital asset to our area,” Cook
stated. Cook holds a masters of business administration degree from Salisbury
University and a bachelor of sciences degree in finance from Regis University.
He served in the United States Army as well. Cook and his wife Lisa have
two children, Garrett and Austin.
The Honorable Charlotte Kerbin Cathell was first sworn into office as the
Register of Wills for Worcester County on December 3, 1998. A lifelong
resident of Worcester County, Cathell is married to Judge Dale R. Cathell.
She is also on the AGH Foundation Board of Directors. Cathell was a founder
and president of Worcester County G.O.L.D. (Giving Other Lives Dignity),
a former long-time member and vice-president of the Worcester County Commission
for Women and is on the Board of Directors of Taylor Bank. Cathell has
resided in Ocean Pines for over forty years and is the first countywide-elected
official from Ocean Pines. She was recently named the Citizen of the Year
by the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce.
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
Caption Photo 1: (From left) Greg Shockley, newly elected board chair;
Hugh T. Cropper, outgoing board chair; Michael Franklin, president and
CEO of Atlantic General Hospital.
Caption Photo 2: Headshot of outgoing board chair, Hugh T. Cropper, IV.
Caption Photo 3: Headshot of newly elected board chair, Greg Shockley.
Caption Photo 4: Headshot of newly elected vice chair, Will Esham.
Caption Photo 5: Headshot of newly elected treasurer, Doug Cook.
Caption Photo 6: Headshot of newly elected secretary, Charlotte Cathell.