Dorchester General Hospital Foundation


The Dorchester General Hospital Foundation secures contributions of all sizes to support the advancement of the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester’s patient care, health programs, staff and facilities. Since 1991, gifts from the Foundation have been used for a variety of needs, including the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment, the renovation and expansion of facilities, support for nursing education and fundraising sponsorships. 

A team of local professionals, led by Board President Ida Jane Baker, is dedicated to cultivating philanthropic partnerships in support of UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. The Board members ensure that every dollar they receive benefits the people who rely on UM SMC at Dorchester during a medical crisis.

How your gifts help

Projects that have benefited from the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation’s philanthropy include the addition of a Sleep Disorders Center, renovations for the medical-surgical care and surgical units, and remodeling of a solarium for families and visitors. The Foundation was also a key donor when Shore Regional Health renovated and expanded the hospital’s emergency department and the outpatient chemotherapy suite. Behavioral health services and the inpatient psychiatric unit is the latest beneficiary of the Foundation’s generosity.

Notable equipment purchases funded by the Foundation include a SMART EquiTest® system for the Eastern Shore’s only Balance Center, where specially-trained physical therapists use this equipment to diagnose and treat many kinds of balance disorders. Thanks to the Foundation’s fundraising efforts, UM SMC at Dorchester has a state-of-the art vascular ultrasound machine to enhance physicians’ ability to diagnose and treat a variety of cardiovascular diseases.

Dorchester General Hospital Foundation Board of Directors

Ida Jane Baker, President
F. Levi Ruark, Vice President
Ted A. Brooks, Treasurer
E. Thomas Merryweather, Secretary
Robert W. Costos
Morris Z. Effron, MD
Michael J. Fadden, MD
Kenneth Kozel, President and CEO – Shore Regional Health
Kim C. Liddell
Russell E. Stevens, Jr.
Rufus M. Todd
William Wise, III

Please join the other generous supporters who have contributed to the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation. Gifts to the Foundation help provide high-quality healthcare services in our community.

For more information about supporting the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation, contact:
Ida Jane Baker
PO Box 439
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-5511, ext. 8401