Union Hospital’s Community Benefits program collaborates with stakeholders inside and outside the hospital on a variety of programs, community projects, grants, education, and other health outreach-related activities. Information and learning materials from these collaborations are shared here.

Substance Abuse Prevention

Substance abuse is a top health priority for Cecil County.  Substance abuse continues to create barriers to care and cause premature death in the county.  To fight poor health outcomes and promote prevention, Union Hospital is involved as a collaborative partner in several substance abuse prevention coalitions in Cecil County:

  • Drug-Free Communities Coalition
  • Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework 2 (underage drinking)
  • Opioid Misuse Prevention Program
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council
  • Drug Free Cecil

These coalitions provide support and information to families, residents, agencies, and community organizations in Cecil County to advance the mission of substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery.  Their work is vital to the health and well-being of this community, and Union Hospital is proud to serve as a partner with these coalitions in the fight against substance abuse.

The following online resources are available to support substance abuse prevention in the Cecil County community by creating access to support information and data:

Cecil County Million Hearts Initiative – Resources

Cecil County was 1 of 4 counties awarded a Million Hearts grant by Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) to help Maryland prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

This grant is facilitated by the Cecil County Health Department and is supported by a number of community partners, including West Cecil Health Center, community churches, EMS & paramedics, Cecil County Public Schools, and Union Hospital.

The Community Resource Inventory shared here provides community resources that address the risk factors associated with heart disease.
Printable flyers are also available for your use.

Care Beyond the Bedside: The Future & Evolution of Nursing Practice

May 23, 2014
Hospital staff and community stakeholders joined in a hearty, solution-based discussion regarding how nursing practice will evolve in the Value-Based Purchasing Era and will steer population health to extend care beyond the bedside.

Katie Boston-Leary, Chief Nursing officer & Senior VP of Patient Care Services
Union Hospital

Nicole Stallings, Assistant VP, Quality Policy & Advocacy
Maryland Hospital Association
Maryland Care Transitions

Jean-Marie Donahoo, Community Benefits Coordinator
Union Hospital
Community Health Needs Assessment

Brainstorming Session, Union Hospital Staff and Community Partners
Ideas for Collaboration