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August 22, 2006

Contact: Patricia Adams

New Members Appointed to Governor's Wellmobile Board

Baltimore, Md. – Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., has appointed Richard Gelfman and the Honorable Sue Kullen to the Governor's Wellmobile Advisory Board. The Governor also reappointed Eric Baugh, MD, senior vice president for medical affairs and network management at CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield, and Bernard Kaplioff, MD, publisher of the Prince George's Sentinel, to the Board. The Wellmobile Board assists the University of Maryland School of Nursing in overseeing and raising funds for the Governor's Wellmobile program.

Gelfman, who served for more than 20 years as a legal correspondent, investigative reporter, and anchor at WBAL-TV 11 and WJZ-TV 13 in Baltimore, will lend his expertise in media and marketing to the Board. He is founder of The Ride Across Maryland Foundation, Inc., which raises funds for the fight against breast cancer by promoting an annual motorcycle ride across the state.

Kullen, a Delegate from Calvert County whose focus is on health care, will serve as the Board's legislative representative. She sits on the House Health and Government Operations Committee, and worked closely with the Attorney General's office to create a program to reduce prescription drug abuse, a significant cause of increased health care costs.

The Governor's Wellmobile Program, established in 1994 as a partnership among the public, private and philanthropic sectors, operates four full-service mobile health clinics that travel across the state of Maryland. Operated by the University of Maryland School of Nursing and staffed by its nurse practitioner faculty and students, the Wellmobiles offer regular, continuing health care for underserved and uninsured children and adults throughout Maryland.

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