Ocean City Masonic Lodge No. 171 donates $500,000 to Shore Medical Center to fund the Flora Baker Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Center

February 16, 2017

The Ocean City Masonic Lodge No. 171 has donated $500,000 to Shore Medical Center in the name of Flora Baker to establish an Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Center.  The program is made possible by a gift to the Ocean City Masonic group from Flora Baker and her husband Benjamin G. Baker, both deceased, who were residents of Ocean City from 1954 until their passing. During their lifetime, the Bakers, local hotel owners and operators, were great benefactors of Shore Medical Center. In honor of her husband Benjamin, who was a member of the Ocean City Masons, Flora Baker made an endowment gift to the Masons earmarked for Alzheimer’s treatment.  

“The Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Center will fill a tremendous need in our region for treatment and support for patients with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones,” said Ron Johnson, President and CEO of Shore Medical Center. “Currently, there is limited availability of providers and knowledge to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and their associated disorders. This project is the result of the hard work and dedication of so many people throughout the Masons organization and the Shore team, and we are grateful to each of them for their efforts.”

The program at Shore Medical Center will expand available expertise in cognitive neurosciences and provide a streamlined approach to diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders; ensure a continuum of care with primary care physicians, family and caregivers; provide local access and expert oversight of the specialized medications that Alzheimer’s and dementia clinical trial patients require; provide guidance to patients and families, coordination of care and community outreach; and offer local education for caregivers, families and the community.

An Advisory Committee will be established to include representatives from the Masonic Lodge, the medical community and the community at large.

Neurologist David Roeltgen, M.D., of Shore Physicians group will serve as the medical director of the Center. Dr Roeltgen has 35 years experience in diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s and related disorders. He served as Director of Dementia Program at Georgetown University and the Associate in Memory Disorder Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Board Certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry, and Certified in Neurology and in Headache by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.

Dr. Roeltgen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, and went on to graduate from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at York Hospital in York, PA, and in Neurology at The Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. He completed his Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at The University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Roeltgen is currently providing Cognitive Diagnostic Testing in Shore Physicians Group, Marmora Office, located in the Marmora Shoprite Shopping Plaza.