& Queen Anne's Hospital
Magnolia Hall Appoints New Administrator
Scott Murray has been named administrator at Magnolia Hall Rehabilitation
& Nursing Center. He will replace George E. Smith who is retiring
after an eight year-career at the local facility.
is a New Jersey native who earned a bachelor's degree from
Rutgers University and a master's degree in business administration
from Cornell University where he focused on hospital administration.
He worked in hospital administration as president and CEO
of several acute care hospitals including six years at Memorial
Hospital and Medical Center of Cumberland, in Cumberland,
Maryland. He then moved into long-term care administration.
Most recently he worked as executive director of the Masonic
Homes of Virginia in Richmond.
Murray is a diplomate
in the American College of Healthcare Executives. His wife, Joanne,
is a fourth grade teacher who will be moving to Kent County in January.
The couple has three grown children.
Theodore H. Chase, president of Magnolia Hall's board of trustees
notes, "Scott brings a strong work ethic and dedication to long-term
care to this position. His experience and vision will be vital as
Magnolia Hall develops and implements a master plan to insure the
quality and effectiveness of Magnolia Hall's service to the community
in conjunction with the other entities of the Chester River Health
Murray will be supported by Patricia L. Gaffney, RN, who was appointed
director of clinical services/assistant administrator on November
1. Gaffney joined the staff of Magnolia Hall in March 2001 as Quality
Assurance/Staff Development Coordinator after serving as a consultant
to the organization for a year. She will continue to strengthen the
quality assurance program with particular emphasis on staff development.
came to the local nursing center in October 1993 after working
in southern Maryland as a long-term care administrator and
in hospital administration and serving in the United States
During his tenure, Magnolia Hall became licensed as a skilled
nursing facility. To achieve this status a wider array of
therapies was added, as were the activities and resident
resources departments and an admission coordinator position.
managed the revitalization of resident care and the establishment
of a solid financial base," Chase continues. "He has also
been very active in the community and in long-term care organizations,
making him a very effective ambassador for Magnolia Hall."
Smith and his wife, Dot, have purchased a motor home and plan to see
the USA but will keep Chestertown as their home. "We have lived
in many small towns and rural areas, but never have we felt so welcomed
as we did when we moved to Kent County. That is why we plan to stay
here," Smith points out.
Magnolia Hall Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, which has served
the community since 1970, offers a full range of high quality services
and therapies designed to help residents reach and maintain the highest
level of independent living and quality of life. The Center is dedicated
to meeting individual care needs with consistency, warmth and respect.
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