Derricott Receives Gold Star Award for Volunteer Work with Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary

Gwinn Derricott, an 18-year member of the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary, was honored with her 10th Gold Star Award at the auxiliary’s recent annual meeting and luncheon. Gold stars are awarded for every 500 hours volunteered for the benefit of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center (UM SMC) at Chestertown.

The auxiliary supports UM SMC at Chestertown, part of the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UM SRH), which is a member organization of the University of Maryland Medical System.

As of the end of 2023, Derricott volunteered 5,000 hours in varied volunteer roles – in the hospital, at the Nearly New Shop (a thrift store in Chestertown whose proceeds benefit the hospital) and in the Human Resources Department. She also coordinates all volunteer activities for the UM Chester River Health Foundation’s annual golf fundraiser.

“We are thrilled to present another Gold Star Award to Gwinn,” said Sue Edson, co-president, Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary. “Her service on behalf of our community is commendable and she is truly an asset to community health.”

“I thoroughly enjoy the work I do and treasure the friendships I have made along the way,” said Derricott. “I was born in this hospital and I have a vested interest in its smooth operation and the many services provided to our community.”

Cutline: Gwinn Derricott (left) receives her 10th Gold Star Award from Sue Edson, co-president, Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary. (Derricott.jpeg)

About UM Chester River Health Foundation
The Chester River Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Maryland corporation and the fiduciary responsible for soliciting, holding and disbursing charitable gifts that support excellence in patient care services exclusively at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Contributions fund the purchase of new and replacement medical equipment and technology, capital projects and scholarships for advanced health care education. The Foundation offers a complete array of philanthropy programs, from soliciting annual gifts through assistance with estate and legacy gift planning.

About University of Maryland Shore Regional Health
A member organization of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UM SRH) is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of five counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. UM SRH consists of approximately 2,000 team members, including more than 400 health care providers on the Medical Staff, who work with community partners to advance the values that are foundational to our mission: Compassion, Discovery, Excellence, Diversity and Integrity. For more information, visit

About the University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is an academic private health system, focused on delivering compassionate, high quality care and putting discovery and innovation into practice at the bedside. Partnering with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore who educate the state’s future health care professionals, UMMS is an integrated network of care, delivering 25 percent of all hospital care in urban, suburban and rural communities across the state of Maryland. UMMS puts academic medicine within reach through primary and specialty care delivered at 11 hospitals, including the flagship University of Maryland Medical Center, the System’s anchor institution in downtown Baltimore, as well as through a network of University of Maryland Urgent Care centers and more than 150 other locations in 13 counties. For more information, visit