The Chaney family tree spans 13 generations and their roots run deep throughout Anne Arundel County and the surrounding area.
In the tradition of their ancestors, Steuart Chaney, his son Hamilton, and their families continue to call this area their home. Another deep-seated belief among the Chaney family is investing in the community and improving the lives of their friends, neighbors and loved ones.
With a gift of 15 acres of undeveloped land to Anne Arundel Medical Center, the Chaney family is creating a foundation for the expansion of accessible health care available to those who live, work and play in south Anne Arundel County. The land, located in the center of Deale, will be the home of a new multi-purpose AAMC healthcare facility that will give south county residents access to health care in their own backyard.
AAMC plans to build a multi-purpose healthcare facility that will focus on primary care and expansion into other specialties. The facility is expected to open in 2020.
“We are grateful for the generous gift of land in Deale by the Chaney family, as this will provide a platform on which we will be able to provide needed medical services to the residents of Deale and the surrounding area, limiting their need to travel long distances for basic health care services,” says Steve Clarke, AAMC’s vice president of physician services.
In 2016, 16 percent of AAMC’s total hospital-based volume was from patients residing in Anne Arundel County, as well as Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. This number included inpatient and outpatient services, observation and emergency department visits.
“Medical services are crucial for everyone in the community, young and old. Everyone needs medical services at some point,” says Hamilton. “We know this type of facility will evolve with the community. It will make the area more attractive to residents, provide jobs, and be a center point for our community.”
A vision for south Anne Arundel County
With an eye for development, the Chaneys purchased the land in 2004 and had visionary plans for the future use of the property.
“We were looking toward the future when we purchased this land, so medical services made perfect sense,” says Steuart. “We wanted the land to have a lasting impact on the community, and we knew that Anne Arundel Medical Center would be able to accomplish that mission.”
Hamilton feels that advancing technology will be a key component in the success of this new facility. Residents will have direct access to care providers across all AAMC special areas of care.
“It will change the lives of residents in south county,” says Hamilton. “We’ve been here all our lives. We grew up here, work here and continue to raise our families here. Like AAMC, we care about this community.”