Health foundation's golf fundraiser is Sept. 25 at CRY&CC

From left, Gabrielle Matthews, monitor technician, and Kathy Elliott, University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown executive director, demonstrate the telemetry equipment that measures and monitors patients’ vital signs at the bedside and during transport.

CHESTERTOWN — The University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation has rescheduled its annual fundraising golf tournament for Friday, Sept. 25. The tournament, to be held at Chester River Yacht and Country Club, was postponed this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Proceeds will be used to purchase a telemetry system for inpatient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. The new and advanced technology measures and monitors patients’ vital signs, at the bedside and through Wi-Fi during transport.

Kathy Elliott, executive director of the Chestertown hospital, said telemetry is indispensable and fundamental to taking care of patients, especially those with heart conditions.

“We would be very grateful for every community member’s support of this event, at any donation level, because the cost is a ’heavy lift‘ but attainable with widespread support,” Elliott said in a news release.

For the third year in a row, the UM Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary is the tournament sponsor.

This year’s honorees are the estimated 250 “local health care heroes who, to this day, continue to fight the epic pandemic battle at the bedside” at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, according to Maryann Ruehrmund, executive director of UM Chester River Health Foundation.

Because of the essential role this annual fundraiser plays in the foundation’s ability to provide funding for the highest priority hospital equipment, the golf outing will be held rain or shine.

For the well-being of all golfers and volunteers, the fundraiser is being planned with health, safety and social distancing precautions in place, according to a news release.

There will be two tee times, 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a limit of 18 foursomes per tee time.

The deadline to sign up is Sept. 18. No on-site registrations will be accepted this year.

At the foundation’s request, all sponsorships and golfer registrations must be made via credit card, which can be completed by mail or by telephone by calling Deb Lauser at 410-810-5661.

For more information about the tournament and the safety precautions included in plans for the event, contact Ruehrmund at 410-810-5660 or by email at

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