UM Shore Regional Health Announces Charitable Donation, Name of Expanded Comprehensive Breast Center

For immediate release: July 31, 2015

Clark Comprehensive Breast Center rendering

Pictured with the architectural renderings of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center are F. Graham Lee, vice president of philanthropy, UM Shore Regional Health; Charles Capute, chair, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees; Moorhead Vermilye, vice-chair, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and Comprehensive Breast Center campaign chair; John Dillon, chair, UM Shore Regional Health Board of Directors; and Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has announced that its expanded Breast Center – opening in April 2016 at 10 Martin Court in Easton – will be named the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center in recognition of a $5 million gift from The Clark Charitable Foundation, a private philanthropic organization funded by the A. James Clark Family.

University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation recently accepted the pledge from The Clark Charitable Foundation, which will be used to fund the construction of the expanded Center in addition to equipment and technologies used in the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. 

“The Clark Charitable Foundation is happy to provide support to assist with the expansion of health care services and technologies available throughout the region served by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” comments Courtney Clark Pastrick, president of The Clark Charitable Foundation. “It is important to our organization to provide the Eastern Shore community with access to exceptional breast health services, leading-edge technologies, outreach programs and support services.”

 “We are beyond grateful for the generosity of The Clark Charitable Foundation,” comments Moorhead Vermilye, vice chair, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and campaign chair for the Comprehensive Breast Center project. “As a result of this gift, women throughout the five-county region served by UM Shore Regional Health will have greater access to exceptional care, offered by leading breast health medical providers, which will improve the patient experience, patient outcomes and ultimately save lives.”

The expansion is part of a $6.5 million renovation project currently in progress at UM Shore Regional Health’s Diagnostic and Imaging Center, which also encompasses the laboratory and imaging spaces within the facility. The Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, under the leadership of Roberta J. Lilly, MD, MPH, FACS, will provide a variety of breast health services including consultation and diagnostic procedures. The new location will be adjacent to Shore Regional Health’s Cancer Center, which will provide patients in need of cancer treatments with a more convenient, comprehensive treatment approach.

“Our team is committed to providing high quality, patient-centered breast health services to the women we serve,” remarks Dr. Lilly. “The new Clark Comprehensive Breast Center will enhance the convenience and accessibility of the services we provide, as patients will now be able to obtain consultation and diagnostic testing – including state-of-the-art 3D mammography – in one location.”

In addition to the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant breast disease, the Center will continue to offer a multitude of support services including support groups, telemedicine genetic counseling services and the Wellness for Women program, a breast screening program that promotes early detection of breast cancer. 

To date, University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation has received nearly $5.4 million in pledges for the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center expansion project. For additional information about the project or making a contribution to the campaign, contact F. Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy at UM Shore Regional Health at 410-822-1000, extension 5509 or by email at grahamlee@shorehealth.org. 

UM Memorial Hospital Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization serving the fundraising needs of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and UM Shore Regional Health. Through its philanthropic efforts, the Foundation supports UM Shore Regional Health’s ability to provide quality healthcare to the local community by contributing to hospital programs and services.  

As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,600 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.