The Mid-Shore Board of Realtors (MSBR) recently donated $10,000 to the Pediatric Unit at Shore Health. MSBR won the 2012 C.A.R.E. award and a $10,000 check from the Maryland Association of Realtors and selected the Pediatric Unit as the charity to receive this contribution. The C.A.R.E. award is given to the REALTOR Association who displays outstanding achievements in community service, charitable and civic activities. The donation will fund updates to the Pediatric unit’s play area including new televisions and play equipment as well as upgraded clinical equipment.
“We are very grateful to the Mid-Shore Board of Realtors for their generosity. Being in the hospital when you are little can be a very scary notion so having an updated play area provides a wonderful distraction for our youngest patients,” says Patty MacDougall, MSN, RN, Nurse Manager for Women and Children’s Services. “This gift helps our children to feel less scared and offer them a way to escape the boredom being admitted to the hospital and stuck in one room brings.”
The donation will also be used to purchase several small pieces of equipment. The equipment includes new Bili Meters, used to assess for jaundice, and new pulse oximeters, used to assess blood oxygen levels. Both assessments are vital before discharging children and new babies home.
The members of the Mid-Shore Board of Realtors, which serves Talbot, Dorchester and Caroline Counties, donated over 9,500 volunteer hours in a variety of activities, including Habitat for Humanity, local Boy Scouts, Youth Hockey Association and the Chamber Music Festival. With fewer than 500 members, the Mid-Shore Board raised over $600,000 and reached over 1,500 families with its volunteer activities.
In photo: Representatives from the Mid-Shore Board of Realtors recently presented a check for $10,000 to Shore Health’s Pediatric Unit. Pictured from left to right: Graham Lee, Vice President of Philanthropy for Shore Health; Debbie Wilkens, MSBR Executive Vice President.; Patty MacDougall, MSN, RN, Manager for Women and Children’s Health ; Bill Neary, Past MAR President; Ken Kozel, President and CEO, Shore Health; Alex Fountain, C.A.R. E. committee member; Shelby Roney, MSBR Community Service Chair; Lee Holt, MSBR Board Member and Gwen Eskridge, MSBR President-Elect.