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WMHS Foundation Stories to Feel Good About

There's No Place Like Home

Three years ago Ardtha Richards was a nursing home resident with congestive heart failure and chronic kidney disease. Respiratory failure had led to serious fluid overload and several hospitalizations. She was referred to the WMHS Center for Clinical Resources (CCR), where staff developed a personalized, comprehensive care plan. Weekly visits found them looking forward to Ardtha's smiling face.

Son Brad says, "The CCR staff gave us hope that Mom could be helped. They were an answer to prayer.” Today, at 87, Ardtha has lost 60 pounds of fluid weight and no longer needs oxygen. Perhaps best of all, she is living at home, able to go to church and out to dinner, and enjoy sitting on her own front porch. What do any of us want more than the comfort, familiarity, and independence of living in our own home?

The WMHS Center for Clinical Resources is a multi-faceted team of highly skilled professionals who treat individuals — without cost to the patient — for chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, COPD, medication management, and blood thinning issues. Patient and family response has been tremendous; and results are undeniable: healthier patients who are home more and hospitalized less. The CCR's motto is "Helping you live the life you love.” And they do.

Chronic illness can be a financial, emotional, and physical hardship. WMHS treats patients regardless of their ability to pay, and the WMHS Foundation has a special fund to help individuals who may not be able to meet their medical, prescription, and/or life needs.


Latest Life-Saving Technology

It's called a robot, but it's really the latest life-saving technology in the hands of a highly skilled surgeon. In spring 2016, RALS (robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery) was brought to the Western Maryland Health System. Tina Shockey, a busy working wife and mother, was one of the first to benefit. After a routine lab test was deemed "suspicious,” further investigation confirmed kidney cancer. On June 28, Dr. Jason Riley used RALS to make 5 miniscule incisions (smaller than half the width of a penny), remove the cancerous tumor, save the kidney, and save her life. Tina was able to go home the next day. Had her diagnosis come just two months earlier, Tina's options would have been limited to traditional, large incision surgery, or seeking care out of town. RALS technology is transforming surgery at WMHS, and the timing was life-changing for this local woman and her family.

Even with our remarkable, modern Regional Medical Center, we never want to say, "That's good enough.” We are continually challenged to reinvent the way we work and to explore new approaches to providing care to our patients. The Health System's commitment to Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery is a commitment to providing the latest surgical advantages to our patients: Smaller incisions, extreme precision, less trauma to the body, less blood loss, lower risk of infection, fewer complications, shorter recovery time, less pain, and more procedures available locally.

WMHS has invested over $2.5 million dollars in the robotic surgery program, and the WMHS Foundation has committed to raise half that amount. As we continue to realize robotic-assisted surgery's many benefits, hundreds of our friends and neighbors will have less suffering, and that means the world to us.



A Leader's Lasting Impact

The day Don Moran signed the steel beam to be placed atop the new Western Maryland Regional Medical Center was a day of celebration and achievement. A community of modest size and means had come together by the thousands as never before, and it was fitting that Don chaired the $10 million capital campaign that made it possible. Don Moran---athlete, businessman, and philanthropist---grew up with four brothers on the local family farm. He learned to work hard and play well, as he went on to star on the University of Maryland basketball team. He credits "nothing special, just hard work” with paving the way for business success which has taken him places he never would have imagined. Don says he finds real satisfaction in helping others achieve success, and the Western Maryland Health System is fortunate to be named among his friends.

The Western Maryland Regional Medical Center stands as a proud cornerstone of healthcare in our region, and individuals like Don Moran helped to make that possible. Don's service spans decades, including Memorial Hospital Board membership and twenty years leading the Golf Classic, an event with a cumulative impact of $1.1 million. Don quickly declines credit for any accomplishments, noting the many others involved. But those fortunate to work with him know him as a motivator, a gentleman, and an idea man who works hard to make things happen. Our best thanks!

Don Moran says, "From a businessman's standpoint, I've seen what it takes to run the Western Maryland Health System, and I give all I can because it is important to keep it here.” The WMHS Foundation relies on the support of our friends, and Don is a source of inspiration, giving a continual message of hope.











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