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AGH welcomes Cropper as board of trustees chairman

Nov 16, 2017
Hugh T. Cropper, IV

(Nov. 17, 2017) During its annual corporation meeting, Atlantic General Hospital’s Board of Trustees voted in a new chairman, Hugh T. Cropper, IV, who is the former treasurer of the board.

Cropper is a graduate of Worcester Preparatory School in Berlin, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Maryland Law School.

He practices as an attorney, and he is a partner in the law firm of Booth, Booth, Cropper & Marriner, PC. Cropper has represented local clients in and around Worcester County for nearly 29 years, including numerous charitable and pro bono clients. Most recently, Cropper represented Diakonia in connection with its new facility in West Ocean City.

Cropper is the chairman of the Board of Directors for Bank of Ocean City. He is also the chairman of the Board of Directors for the Lower Shore Land Trust. He was formerly a member of the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association, and he is a member of the Judicial Nominating Committee for the First Circuit.

Cropper has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Atlantic General Hospital since 2007, and he is currently the chairman of the Quality Committee. He was formerly secretary of the Board of Trustees, and most recently served as treasurer.

Cropper lives in the Berlin area with his wife, Jennifer, and his twins, Myra and Hugh Thomas. Cropper was born and raised in Worcester County and his grandfather, Hugh T. Cropper, was the former mayor of Ocean City.

He is an active commercial fisherman, and he enjoys the outdoors, hunting and fishing with his family. He is anxious to serve Atlantic General Hospital and the needs of the community. He will begin his term as board chair in November.

“We acknowledge Hugh’s dedication and hard work for Atlantic General,” said Michael Franklin, FACHE, president and CEO of Atlantic General Hospital. “We are thrilled to welcome Hugh as the board chair. We are likewise especially grateful for the three years Lou Taylor served as our board chair, and the positive impact that he has made.”

Taylor, the outgoing board chair, served in this position from November 2014 to October 2017. He started serving on the board in 2006, with his term ending in 2017.

Taylor is the superintendent of the Worcester County Public Schools. He is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, sits on the board of directors of Calvin B. Taylor Bank and Hudson Health Services, and is a lifetime member of the Friendship United Methodist Church in Berlin.

He formerly served the community on the Worcester County Board of Zoning Appeals and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. He is a graduate of Salisbury University, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.

“I have a deep concern for good healthcare in Worcester County,” he said. “I am extremely honored to have been asked to serve on the Board of Trustees of Atlantic General Hospital and give back to a community that I am proud of and that has given so much to me during my lifetime.”

Taylor’s passion for giving back to Worcester County and for staying active in the community helped him to make a successful and positive impact as Board chair.

Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties in Maryland and Sussex County, Delaware, since May 1993.

Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology and services.

It provides quality specialty care such as general ophthalmic and retina surgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedics, outpatient infusion for individuals with cancer or blood/autoimmune disorders, and a comprehensive women’s diagnostic center.

Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 40 primary care providers and specialists, care for residents and visitors throughout the region. For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.

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