Breast center gets $100,000 pledge

From left, Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; Brittany Krautheim, CRNP, breast care nurse practitioner; Mike Meoli, owner/operator, The Meoli Companies/McDonald’s; Dr. Roberta Lilly, medical director, Clark Comprehensive Breast Center; Graham Lee, vice president, philanthropy, UM SRH; and Brian Leutner, vice president, clinical and ambulatory Services, UM SRH, pose in front of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center.

EASTON — The Meoli Companies/McDonald’s and local owner/operator Mike Meoli recently pledged $100,000 to UM Memorial Hospital Foundation to provide assistance to cancer patients receiving treatment at the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health.

Providing support to patients during their cancer journey is personal for Meoli as his wife of 24 years, Kelli, is a 15-year breast cancer survivor and registered nurse.

“We are very fortunate to operate restaurants in communities all across the Eastern Shore, and part of that means recognizing ways we can make the biggest impact in every one of them,” Mike Meoli said. “When we discovered the opportunity to fund a second 3-D tomosynthesis mammography machine for the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, it was a no-brainer for us. The dedicated medical staff, exceptional facilities and the level of care patients receive at the Breast Center is unmatched. We are proud to support a health care system that gives back to so many during their most difficult times.”

“I want to thank Mike Meoli, the Meoli companies and McDonald’s Restaurants for stepping forward and making an important difference in breast care through this very generous pledge,” Graham Lee, vice president of philanthropy for UM Shore Regional Health, said. “Their support goes a long way toward our goal of acquiring the additional equipment the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center needs to provide our patients the most timely and state-of-the-art testing and evaluation.”

Mike Meoli is a second-generation McDonald’s owner/operator who has spent much of his career within the McDonald’s system. The Meoli Companies own 18 McDonald’s restaurants across Delmarva, including those in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties in Maryland.

His restaurants are consistently recognized for their outstanding achievements in customer satisfaction, superb operations and great staff development.

In 2012, Mike Meoli was honored with McDonald’s Corporation’s most prestigious owner/operator award, the Golden Arch Award, which recognizes the achievements of the top one percent of owner/operators worldwide.

Meoli is very active in his community, serving on the board of directors for the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and Beebe Medical Center.

He is a past president of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, as well as a former board chairman for the Sussex Family YMCA.

He also serves as vice president of the Dresher Foundation, a Maryland-based charitable foundation established by his grandfather in 1988.

Within his business field, Meoli has served his fellow McDonald’s owner/operators in numerous local, regional and national positions.

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