January-February 2015 | THE HEALING POWER OF TLC

Dr. Marcella RoenneburgDr. Marcella Roenneburg



With the acquisition of Dr. Marcella Roenneburg, Three Lower Counties Community Services just raised the bar for women’s healthcare on the Shore

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: Grant L. Gursky

Three Lower Counties Community Services has been serving the residents of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset for more than two decades. Founded in 1994 with 26 employees offering primary-care services, their growth over the years has been so extraordinary that now their dentistry division alone has a larger staff than that. The inclusion of services such as internal medicine, pediatrics, mental health, robotic surgery, sedation dentistry, pediatric dentistry, case management and outreach, nutrition, pharmaceutical — even teaching programs and midwife services — is why TLCCS has increased its staff nearly tenfold and why there have been 2.2 million visits to its six locations.

“Some people are under the misconception that we are a federal health center,” shared Susanne Gray, R.N., M.S.N., who is CEO/COO of TLCCS. “The fact of the matter is that we are a private, nonprofit multidisciplinary health center mandated to serve the community whether they are fully insured, underinsured or uninsured."

Recently, TLCCS has been expanding its already well-established OB/GYN services, which are administered entirely by board-certified and board-eligible doctors and nurse midwives. With an emphasis on the reduction of infant mortality through outstanding prenatal care, TLCCS’ 17-member provider group also offers such women’s health services as minimally invasive surgery (including laparoscopy and robotically assisted hysterectomy) C-section, hydrothermal ablation and NovaSure® (for excessive monthly bleeding), transvaginal tape, Loop Electrical Excision Procedure (removal of abnormal cervical tissue), tubal ligation, ovary removal and most recently urogynecology, in the person of Dr. Marcella Roenneburg.

Born in Wisconsin, Dr. Roenneburg received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She completed her internship and residency at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, eventually becoming director of its Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program. She later transferred her practice to Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center, where she developed the urogynecology and pelvic-reconstructive division at the Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine. Dr. Roenneburg has been recognized by The Daily Record as a “Physician Hero” and one of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” and by Jewish Women International as one of the “Top Ten Women to Watch.” She has been lauded around the world for her teaching, training and treatment efforts in developing countries such as Niger, Bangladesh and Sierra Leone, and has coauthored the online book Atlas of Pelvic Surgery with Dr. Clifford Wheeless.

Dr. Roenneburg’s international renown and board certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery mean that TLCSS is now uniquely well-equipped to offer the women of the Lower Eastern Shore top-tier care for disorders of the pelvic organs and floor, including urinary tract infection, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary frequency, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence and constipation, pelvic pain, urogenital fistulas, uterine fibroids and painful bladder syndrome.

“I am extremely pleased to be able to bring my clinical experience in urogynecology to the women of the region,” said Dr. Roenneburg, who is currently the only board-certified subspecialist of her kind on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. “I’d visited here throughout my career and fell in love with the area instantly. It’s not only a wonderful lifestyle, but the people are just like the nice, decent, grounded folks I grew up with in the Midwest, so I feel totally at home here. Plus, I get to live by the beach!”

For her part, Gray said she’s delighted that area women no longer have to trek all the way to Baltimore, D.C. or Annapolis to get such advanced healthcare for these sensitive issues. But, she added, it’s all part of the master plan.

“Our ongoing mission is to never stop growing, evolving and refining,” Gray said. “We want people in the community coming to Three Lower Counties with absolute confidence that they are in a comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical facility where they will be treated with kindness and compassion.”




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