Above & Beyond

The following reports from patients and family members — and
also from SRH team members who have posted comments on the
Celebrate with HEART Recognition Wall —
reaffirm our staff’s commitment

to teamwork and putting our patients’ needs first.
Please take a minute to say THANKS!

*EVS tech Vicky Hammond cleaned eight rooms for us today to help facilitate patients being admitted to Tele at UM SMC at Easton. She was such a team player today and we greatly appreciate everything she did for us.

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*George King in the Pain Management Center, UM SMC at Easton, is a wonderful team member. He is efficient and has very good customer service skills. He schedules all of the pain procedures at both Ambulatory Surgery Centers and the patients are just delighted with his warmth and empathy. He is a wonderful example of what it means to work with HEART.

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*Thanks to Justin Unruh, nursing tech, SMC at Chestertown (intermediate care unit) for being attentive and patient to patients! Family members are watching our care and recognized how kind Justin was to their sister! It does not go unnoticed!

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What a wonderful nurse Shannon Blades has been! Always willing to help me when needed, when she is not schedule to see me or is off duty. In fact, she saw me twice on the Saturday after Thanksgiving because I was having problems. Shore Home Care is a great agency!

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*On the night of 12/8/17, the inpatient behavioral health unit at SMC at Dorchester was to receive four new admissions. We had a guest RN on the PM shift. Without any hesitation Nichole Calloway, bedside nurse, jumped in and assisted with the new admission(s). Nichole helped the PM shift and did BHRT-setting everyone at ease – true integrity.

*Indicates comment was drawn from the Celebrate with HEART Recognition Wall.

HR News You Can Use: Self Service Update and Upcoming Retirement Celebrations

Employee Self Service Updates

As we near the end of the calendar year, it is a great time to make sure your address, phone number and email address are correct through Employee Self Service.

  • We need accurate work emails for you to receive recognition through our electronic system.
  • It is also imperative that we have an up to date address for you for mailing your end of the year W-2 forms.

Checking your information is a very simple process:

  • Log into HR Connections
  • Click on “Bookmarks” near the top left of your screen
  • Employee Self Service
    • Employment, Work phone and email to check/edit for accuracy
    • Personal Information for editing address, phone number or emergency contacts

As always, your Business Partner is here to assist you with any questions!

Wi-Fi Network Changes Set for January 8, 2018

Several of UM Shore Regional Health’s legacy wireless (wi-fi) networks will be retired as of January 8, 2018.

If you are currently using any of these retiring networks, it will be necessary to change over any wireless equipment such as cellular phones, IPADS, non UMMS owned PCs, etc., to the new wireless umms-guest network as soon as possible.  Failure to do so will result in a loss of network connectivity. Please help spread the word.

IT Security is directing that all personal devices be mapped to the umms-guest network.  If you are a Doc Halo user, Epic or Meditech physician, you will be pre-approved for access to the delta network and IT can assist you if needed.

Retiring SSIDs                                                                New SSID

umms-staff                                                                     umms-guest

umms-clinical

ummc-staff

ummc-clinical

 

Talbot Hospice, UM SRH Partner to Provide Inpatient Hospice Care

 

Shown left to right are: Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge; UM Shore Regional Health Chief Medical Officer William Huffner, MD; Talbot Hospice and Cancer Medical Director Mary DeShields, MD; Talbot Hospice Clinical Director Molly Kirsch; Mary Collins, 2 East Clinical Nurse Coordinator, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; Dawn Ruby, 2 East Staff Nurse, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; and Diane Walbridge, Director of Acute Care and Emergency Services, UM SRH.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and Talbot Hospice have established an agreement that enables inpatient hospice care to be provided at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. The agreement, which went into effect in early November, enables Talbot Hospice to provide General Inpatient Care (GIP), which is one of the four levels of hospice care, to patients in the Easton hospital.  GIP for symptom management is a valuable tool that allows hospice staff to provide clinical services in a hospital setting. It is intended for specific circumstances and for a short duration of time.

According to Vivian Dodge, executive director, Talbot Hospice, GIP care is appropriate when a hospice patient’s pain and other symptoms cannot be effectively managed in his or her home or other residential setting because a higher level of care is needed. In this case, the patient is transferred to UM Shore Medical Center at Easton but remains in the care plan directed by Talbot Hospice medical and nursing care providers.

“We are excited to expand our current hospice services that are already provided in Talbot County,” says Dodge. “This collaborative endeavor allows us to provide more convenient access to those in need of end-of-life services by having these general inpatient hospice services available. Our goal is always to find innovative ways to ensure end-of-life care is available in a variety of modalities and settings, while meeting the ever changing needs of the community. Talbot Hospice is an incredible asset to our community and with our partnership with Shore Regional Health, we can serve a broader community more capably and maintain patients in their spheres of care.”

GIP care may also be provided for patients who already are in the hospital but need continued pain control and/or other symptom management that cannot be feasibly provided in the home setting. While remaining in the hospital, these patients are discharged from inpatient care provided by UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and admitted to hospice care directed by Talbot Hospice.

Hospice patients experiencing the following symptoms are appropriate for GIP consideration:

  • Pain or symptom crisis not managed by changes in treatment in the current setting or that requires frequent medication adjustments and monitoring
  • Intractable nausea/vomiting
  • Advanced open wounds requiring changes in treatment and close monitoring ü Unmanageable respiratory distress
  • Delirium with behavior issues
  • Sudden decline necessitating intensive nursing intervention

 

“For eligible patients with terminal conditions and complex medical needs, this new process for the provision of hospice GIP level care at Easton Hospital, ensures the  timely and smooth transition to hospice care,” says Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, medical director, UM Shore Regional Health’s Palliative Care Program.

GIP allows patients the benefit of continuing with hospice care within the four walls of a hospital. The hospice team continues to follow the patient and interact with the family, and is responsible for the professional management of the patient’s care in accordance with the hospice plan of care.

According to Bill Roth, regional director of Care Transitions and Palliative Care for UM SRH, “Hospice providers play an essential role health care planning and delivery as well as education and support for patients and their loved ones. Talbot Hospice is a key partner with UM Shore Medical Center at Easton in ensuring that all patients have access to ‘the right care, at the right place at the right time’.”

 

Welcome, New Team Members

Front tow: Lindsey Messner, Courtney Coleman, Beakal Eshete, Alexandria Richardson, Patricia Short, Amber Slater, Candice Sturgill and Patricia White. Back row: Racheal Burns, John Mistrangelo, Saitej Potluri, Jeremy Reed, Ebony Ewing, Margarite Garlock, Joseph Gasser, Donna Jennings, Tara Laity and Caitlyn Mccaslin.

Human Resources welcomed the following new team members to UM Shore Regional Health at Orientation on Monday, December 11:

  • Racheal  Burns – Staff Nurse, Emergency Department, SMC at Chestertown
  • Courtney Coleman – Patient Sitter (Supplemental), SMC at Easton
  • Beakal Eschete – Lead Diabetes Educator, UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Ebony Ewing – Patient Sitter (Supplemental), SMC at Easton
  • Margarite Garlock – Staff Nurse (Part Time), Neuro Unit, SMC at Easton
  • Joseph Gasser – Security Officer (Part Time), SMC at Dorchester
  • Donna Jennings – Access Representative, Community Wide Access, UM SRH
  • Tara Laity – Telecommunication Attendant (Part Time), Admissions/Registration, UM SRH
  • Caitlyn Mccaslin – Unit Secretary/Nursing Tech (Part Time), Neuro Unit, SMC at Easton
  • Lindsey Messner – Nursing Tech (Supplemental) – Emergency Department, SMC at Chestertown
  • John Mistrangelo – Program Director, Shore Behavioral Health, UM SMC at Dorchester
  • Saitej Potluri – Medical Tech (Supplemental), Laboratory Services, SMC at Easton
  • Jeremy Reed – Medical Tech, Laboratory Services, SMC at Chestertown
  • Alexandria Richardson – Histo Tech Certified, Pathology, SMC at Easton
  • Patricia Short – Pharmacy Tech, SMC at Easton
  • Amber (Slater)Siskey – Access Representative (Part Time), Admissions/Registration, UM SRH
  • Candice Sturgill – Radiation Therapist, Regional Cancer Center
  • Patricia White – Staff Nurse (Part Time), 3 Easton, Multi Specialty Care, SMC at Easton

UM SRH Foundations Launch End of Year Appeals to Support Patient Care Needs

It’s that time of year – not just for buying and giving gifts, but for making donations to causes and organizations that depend on private support to carry out their missions. In addition to the spirit of the holidays, there’s the end of the tax year to consider – a last chance to get your charitable deductions on your 2017 tax return.

Since mid November, nonprofit organizations that raise funds for a vast array of social, cultural, educational and yes, health care needs have sent out letters, advertisements and social media messages encouraging everyone to support their mission. The three foundations that support patient care throughout UM Shore Regional Health are no exception.

Carl Gallegos, chair. UM Chester River Health Foundation is shown with Foundation supporters Ralph Thornton and Doug Clendaniel at a recent CRHF event.

UM Chester River Health Foundation, now in its 82nd year of raising funds to support patient care in Kent County, has issued a year-end appeal for donations that will enable UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown to purchase much needed equipment and technology, and to support the continued education of nurses and allied health care staff who seek to advance or update their skills and knowledge. The appeal letter, signed by UM Chester River Health Foundation Board Chair Carl M. Gallegos, Ph.D., emphasizes the need for support from the community to continue the advancement and expansion of hospital services. “It is imperative that our hospital continue to upgrade its facilities and services, as well as purchase equipment that our physicians and staff need to help all of us,” Gallegos wrote.

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Members of the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors: (back row), Brian Leutner; Morris Effron, MD; William Jarmon, Jr.; Bruce Bernard, MD; Vernon Phillips, III; Edmund Connelly, MD; Kim Lidell; (front row) Diane McCarthy; E. Thomas Merryweather, secretary; Kathy Freund; Ida Jane Baker, president; William Bair, MD; and William L. Wise, III, vice president.

Dorchester General Hospital Foundation’s end-of-year appeal builds on the Foundation’s recent focus on operating room needs at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. DGH Foundation Board Chair Ida Jane Baker penned a letter to Foundation supporters noting that surgical equipment needs and replacements are ongoing. The most immediate of those needs is a new anesthesia machine that will cost $56,000. “Provision of this latest technology to our patients is paramount and allows the anesthesiologist to deliver the safest quality of care,” Baker wrote.

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Shown at UM MHE Foundation’s recent Donor Appreciation event are (left to right) guest speakers Steve Ochse, Brian Leutner, Luanne Satchell, Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD and Gary Bigelow with Foundation Board Chair Charlie Capute, Esq.

In Easton, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation also seeks support for new technology as the basis for its end-of-year appeal, which requests support for the purchase of a new Digital Portable X-Ray System that will help provide the UM Shore Medical Center care team with “lightning-fast previews of highly detailed images that will help boost efficiency and assist in accurate diagnosis,” according to MHE Foundation Board Chair Charles T. Capute, Esq.

“UM Shore Regional Health is truly blessed to have our three excellent foundations and their auxiliaries supporting the advancement of our health care programs and services,” says Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM SRH. “I know I speak for our Board, senior leadership and all of our team members when I say that their hard work and generosity is key to our success. They have our unending appreciation for their role in advancing health care throughout our five-county region.”

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Team members who wish to make a donation to support patient care at UM Shore Regional Health have the following options:

  • Chestertown – Make your check to UM Chester River Health Foundation and either mail or drop off to the Foundation office, 100 Brown Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. Any questions, contact Maryann Ruehrmund, 410/810-5661.
  • Dorchester – Make your check to Dorchester General Hospital Foundation and mail it to the DGH Foundation, P.O. Box 439, Cambridge, MD. Any questions, contact Kathy Freund, 410/822-1000, ext 5936.
  • Easton – Make your check to UM Memorial Hospital Foundation, and mail it to the UM MHE Foundtion, P.O. Box 1846, Easton, MD. Any questions, call Graham Lee, 410/822-1000, ext. 5509.

Books Are Fun Sale Set for Dorchester, December 19-20

Time to get all those last minute gifts and stocking stuffers!

Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary’s Books Are Fun Sale, will be held in the lobby of UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester Lobby, December 19 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)  and December 20 (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.).  

Books Are Fun sales feature the following items:

Over the past 25 years, Books Are Fun, now known as Collective Goods thanks to a recent name change, has given back more than half a billion dollars in books, products and cash through its partnerships with nonprofits that offer Books Fun Sales as fundraisers.

The Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary provides volunteer support at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester and generates income for the hospital’s programs, services, equipment and patient care through special vendor sales, the Hospitality Shop and the Robin Hood Shop in Cambridge.

In the Spirit of the Season: Chester River Health Auxiliary Offers Gifts Large and Small


Pictured left to right are: Sue Edson, CRH Auxiliary president; Gwinn Derricott; Paddy Tobey; Barbara Noll; Scott Burleson, UM SMC at Chestertown executive director; Sabina Baker; Kathy Davis; Holly Bramble; Maryann Ruehrmund, Foundation executive director; Trudy Anderson; Diane McAneny; and Carl Gallegos, Ph.D., chair, UM Chester River Health Foundation.

The holiday spirit filled the air at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown during the Auxiliary’s annual delivery of trays, full of home baked goods, seasonal fruits and candy, to each department on the hospital campus.

“It’s our way of thanking the employees for the exceptional care they provide our community,” said Sue Edson, Auxiliary president. “Throughout the year the Auxiliary takes on many projects and tasks at the hospital such as patient transportation, operating the gift shop, decorating for the seasons and hosting vendor sales. But the holiday trays we put together for the staff is probably our favorite activity; the effort comes from our hearts.”

In addition, this year the Auxiliary announced that it will be a top sponsor of the Foundation’s 2018 golf tournament, which will raise funds to purchase state-of-the-art laparoscopic equipment for the surgical services department.  “The Auxiliary budgeted to donate $25,000 to the Foundation this year but after funding the purchase of vital signs monitors for the inpatient units and five new wheel chairs, we had $13,000 still to donate,” Edson continued. “Because the laparoscopic equipment plays such a significant role in most procedures in the operating rooms, the Auxiliary Board decided they wanted to be the first to support the project.”

“We are honored to have a ‘member of the family’, the Auxiliary, step up early to sponsor the golf tournament,” said UM Chester River Health Foundation Board Chair Carl Gallegos, Ph.D. “In the coming months, the Foundation will undertake efforts to raise a minimum of $200,000 for this life-saving equipment, which I understand will be used by all nine of our surgeons for exploratory procedures, diagnosis and treatment.”

 

Robin Hood Shop Announces Pre-Holiday Sales

The Robin Hood Shop will be CLOSED the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and will reopen on January 2, 2018 with all new merchandise.

However, exciting pre-Christmas sales are now in the works!

  • On Monday and Tuesday, December 18-19, the shop will be hold a 50% off sale throughout the store.
  • On Wednesday, December 20, sale prices drop to 75% off throughout the store, except for jewelry and boutique items, which will remain at 50% off.

The Shop will offer additional sales, Thursday-Saturday, December 20-22.

All sales conducted by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary are for the benefit of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, its patient needs and its staff. For more information about the Robin Hood Shop or current volunteer opportunities, call 410-228-6339.

Mark Your Calendar: December 2017 – January 2018

 

DECEMBER EVENTS

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

  • HOLIDAY MEALS, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Cafeteria, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 4 – 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19-20

  • Books Are Fun Sale, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester Lobby, December 19 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) December 20 (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.).  Time to get all those last minute gifts and stocking stuffers!

 

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DECEMBER SCREENINGS AND SUPPORT GROUPS

ADDICTIONS

Bridge Clinic Support Group – Every Tuesday, 6-7:30pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Free, confidential support group meeting for individuals who have been hospitalized for behavioral health reasons and could benefit from assistance with issues after discharge. Varied topics based on participants’ needs. Each participant may bring one family member. Info: 410-228-5511, ext. 2140.

BREASTFEEDING

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesdays, 12/4 and 12/19, 10-11:30am, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 5th floor meeting room. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Info: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5700.

CANCER

Survivors Offering Support (SOS) – Free program pairing women who have breast cancer with mentors who are breast cancer survivors. If you need support or would like to become a mentor, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 12/26, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

Cancer Support Group/Easton – Thursdays, 12/7 and 12/21, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 12/18, 7pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

DIABETES

Diabetes Support Group/Cambridge – Weds, 12/27, 6 p.m., Board Room, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. Led by Wynn Aroom, RN, CDE. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tues, 12/26, 6:30 p.m., Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 100 Brown St. Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Info: 410-778-3300, ext. 2175.

STROKE SUPPORT

Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tues, 12/26, 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320. All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard, 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu.

JANUARY EVENTS

  • Safe Sitter Class – Saturday, January 20,  9 am-3:30pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Info: Chrissy Nelson,  RN,410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

ADDICTIONS

Bridge Clinic Support Group – Every Tuesday, 6-7:30pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Free, confidential support group meeting for individuals who have been hospitalized for behavioral health reasons and could benefit from assistance with issues after discharge. Varied topics based on participants’ needs. Each participant may bring one family member. Info: 410-228-5511, ext. 2140.

JANUARY SCREENINGS AND SUPPORT GROUPS

BREASTFEEDING

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesdays, 12/4 and 12/19, 10-11:30am, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 5th floor meeting room. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Info: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5700.

CANCER

Survivors Offering Support (SOS) – Free program pairing women who have breast cancer with mentors who are breast cancer survivors. If you need support or would like to become a mentor, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 1/23, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

Cancer Support Group/Easton – Thursdays, 1/4 and 1/18, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 443-254-5940.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 1/22, 7pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 1/9, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Patti Plaskon, PhD, LCSW-OSW-C will present. Info: call Sharon Richter, RN, 443-994-5792

DIABETES

Diabetes Support Group/Easton — Monday, 1/8, 5:30 pm. Talbot County Senior Center –400 Brookletts Ave., Easton. Led by Karen Hollis, RD, CDE. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Wednesday, 1/3, 5 p.m., St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S. 5th Avenue, Denton.  Led by Doris Allen, CRNP, CDE. Info: 410-822-1000, ext.5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Cambridge – Weds, 1/24, 6 p.m., Board Room, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. Led by Wynn Aroom, RN, CDE. Info: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tues, 1/30, 6:30 p.m., Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 100 Brown St. Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Info: 410-778-3300, ext. 2175.

STROKE SUPPORT

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thurs, 1/4, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 500 Cadmus Lane, Easton.  Melissa Means, PhD, will present “Medications After A Stroke.” All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard 410-822-1000 ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu.

Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tues, 1/23, 12-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320. Deborah Weber, LCPC will  present “Post Stroke Depression.”All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard, 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu.