Open Accessibility Menu


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 as needed.


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 Franklin. 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.