In Memoriam

Maria Hardinger  see obituary below

President's Message

Joan SullivanHello Everyone,

Updated September 26, 2021

I hope everyone is doing well. We have transitioned into a new season with the arrival of Fall on 9/22/21. It is a season of change as nature goes from its vibrant greens to red, orange, and yellow and the sunlight becomes less with shorter days. Sadly, we lost one of our colleagues this month who was a ray of light & could be described as a spitfire, Maria Hardinger who belonged to the Baltimore Affiliate. Her obituary is posted so you can review and remember our dear friend.

October is just around the corner and our First MAR Virtual conference will be happening on October 22 & 23, 2021. The Hampton Roads Affiliate along with our conference planning team has put together an amazing conference. Don’t be stressed if you cannot join in person on those days, as we will have the content available for you till December 31, 2021. Information is available on our conference page, and has also been sent via blast emails.

We have also started the planning process for our 2022 Regional conference (that with fingers crossed) will be in-person in the Dulles area as the DC affiliate will be planning that one.

This is also the time of year that we recognize the stars in our specialty with the Nurse of the Year Nomination. The online nomination form is at can be found here: NurseOfYearNominationForm. We have 7 affiliates, and I would love to see at least that many nominated.

We have many leadership opportunities opening this year that we need applicants/volunteers to fill:

  • President
  • President- elect
  • Member-at- large Communications Director
  • Member-at-large Marketing/Development
  • Social Media Committee Chair- director at large
  • Secretary

There are the descriptions of the positions on the Election page then go to the Role Description link. Please reach out to me if you have any questions. The amount of time needed to fill these roles is minimal so don’t let that fear hold you back from applying. This is your opportunity to get involved and help decide how you would like to see our region develop.

I look forward to interacting with you at our Regional conference. Until then, be safe and take care of yourselves.
Joan Sullivan, MSN, MAS, RN, CWON/ MAR President

MAR 2021 Virtual Conference

October 22 - October 23, 2021

See Conference Page for Details


Maria Hardinger

Maria Scott Ebert Hardinger, 72, of Baltimore, MD, died Monday, September 6, 2021 at Springwell Senior Living Community in Baltimore, MD from complications related to Parkinson's.

Born February 4, 1949 in Cumberland, MD, Maria was the youngest daughter of Robert and Elta May Ebert who owned and operated the S.T. Little Jewelry Company. Maria attended Mt. Royal Grade School and Alleghany High School in Cumberland, before obtaining her Bachelor's Degree from Cornell University. Maria married Harold Hardinger in 1974, relocated to Baltimore and went on to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Nursing, as well as a Master's degree in Nursing from University of Maryland school of Nursing. Maria began her career working at University of Maryland where she helped start the Shock Trauma Outpatient Clinic. She went on to work at Montebello and Kernan Hospitals, became certified and worked as a Wound Ostomy Nurse until she retired in 2018. Always dedicated to exceptional patient care, Maria took the time to get to know each and every patient she cared for.

Maria was an active member of the Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, where she volunteered and sang in the choir. An avid supporter of the BSO and Center Stage, Maria loved the arts. Her interests also included flower and vegetable gardening, reading, swimming, as well as spending time with her family and friends. Never one to pass up a good deal, Maria was also a frequent yard sale attendee and a constant collector.

Maria is survived by her husband of 47 years, Harold Hardinger, sister Nancy Scott, two daughters Cara Hardinger and Emily Hardinger Moore, son-in-law Alex Moore, and two granddaughters Riley and Alice Moore. Maria's ashes will rest at Rose Hill Cemetery in Cumberland, MD.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to The Parkinson's Foundation in Maria's honor to support research on Parkinson's disease.
Published by Baltimore Sun on Sep. 15, 2021.

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