Imagine that you are having a heart attack or that your child has a broken arm. How quickly would you want to receive medical attention?
That’s what Mareen Waterman asks his friends and neighbors when they want to know why he needs their help to raise money for the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center.
“For many patients who are seen in an emergency room, it’s not a life or death situation,” Waterman says. “But for a number of people, a few minutes will make the difference between living or dying because of a medical emergency.”
Waterman, who lives in Queenstown, heads the community fundraising effort for the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center scheduled to open in Grasonville later this year. He and his wife, Marian, donated $25,000 and are encouraging their friends and neighbors to support the cause.
When asked why he chose to lead this fundraising campaign, Waterman says, “This is the most pressing need we have in Queen Anne’s County. In the more than 40 years that I have lived here, emergency medical care has been non-existent.”
Waterman and his son own Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty on Kent Island. “As a businessman, the community has been good to me,” Waterman says, “and this is an opportunity for me to do something that will benefit the community for many years to come.”
Shore Health System, the University of Maryland Medical System and Queen Anne’s County have partnered to build and operate the freestanding emergency center to serve the residents of Queen Anne’s County and the neighboring region. The Queen Anne’s Emergency Center will be located on Nesbitt Road and US Rt. 50.
The Queen Anne’s Emergency Center will operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year, treating patients with acute illnesses, injuries and trauma as well as minor injuries. The center is a full service emergency department, just like one at a hospital. It will be staffed by board certified emergency medicine physicians, experienced ER nurses and hospital-experienced radiology and laboratory technologists.
For more information about the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center, visit ERforQA.org.