Above & Beyond

The following reports from patients and family members reaffirm
our staff’s commitment to teamwork and putting our patients’ needs first.
Please take a minute to say THANKS!

UM Shore Medical Center at Easton is a very compassionate and caring hospital! I will always remember the compassion and care my husband was given till his last breath three years ago at your hospital. Highly recommend this hospital and facility

At UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Dr. Zamara was excellent, I am familiar with the ER as I work in the medical field and this was the first time I met Dr. Zamara. He was outstanding, kind, and compassionate.”

I want to thank Stacy in the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Easton sooo much! She knew how nervous and scared I was, she did her best trying to calm me and make me feel comfortable as possible. She’s an awesome nurse!”

Both Marcy Schmitt and Christina Godfrey from Shore Home Care exemplify the very best in home health. They were professional but personal, kind and caring. I received magnificent care & would highly recommend both to anyone. I am so blessed to have had such care – 100 percent AWESOME!

 “I have always been treated very well at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and I have always recommended this facility to everyone.”

Dr. Barr and the nurses Wooten and Coreen in Ambulatory Surgery at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester — they were all outstanding.  The recovery nurses were awesome too.  Judy and Kate, beautiful staff!






Don’t Forget to Take the UMMS Culture of Patient Safety Survey

For step by step instructions on accessing and completing the survey, Please click on this link:  http://intra.umms.org/-/media/intranets/shore/pdfs/departments/corporate-communication/tip-sheet_srh-2018-safety-survey.pdf?la=en&hash=69DDE02386EA167BBADE7B81E842001B2BCB5921

Also please note: When you log on, the username is your logon name (jsmith or jane.smith or whatever) NOT your Employee  ID number.

New Website Goes Live

The new UM SRH and University of Maryland Medical System websites launched this past Tuesday, March 13.

For the first time, all UMMS member websites share a unified look and functionality that provides users with a seamless online experience, regardless of how they enter the site. The site navigation and content structure were developed with consumer experience and industry best-practices in mind. (Our current domain name, umshoreregional.org, has not changed

PLEASE NOTE: As we transition to the new site, you may encounter some of the following experiences:

  • Propagation delay: Changing website domains to a new server can take time to reach web users. Some users will be able to see the new website before others.
  • Caching: An old version of the site may be cached (saved) on your browser. It can usually be cleared by clicking Ctrl + F5 on your keyboard, or by clearing your browser cookies.
  • Web browsers: Since the site is built for modern web browsers, it may not display correctly in outdated browsers; some functionality may be affected as well.
  • Search engine indexing: New pages may take up to a month or more to be indexed by search engines to be found in web searches.For frequently asked questions or to learn more, visit org/launch.

We have developed a process for submitting updates or issues you may encounter as you spend time on the new site. If you have any issues or feedback, please fill out the online form at umms.org/update. Our teams will be reviewing and responding to all feedback.

Our current domain name, umshoreregional.org, has not changed.

UM SRH Celebrates Certified Nurses Day, March 19

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is celebrating Certified Nurses Day, Monday, March 19 by honoring its 122 board certified nurses. These nurses are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care.

Like health care in general, nursing has become increasingly complex. Board Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones.  While a registered nurse (RN) license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence.

There are many nursing certification specialties, including medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing and critical care, among others. Many nursing certification bodies exist to serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary health care system; national nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by either the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA), or both.

UM SRH encourages national board certification for all its nurses. Patients are encouraged to inquire whether there are certified nurses on staff when they visit a hospital or their primary care provider.

Please join UM SRH and the nation’s national nursing certification organizations in honoring those hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism and a job well done!

HR News You Can Use: Annual Education Update and PAL Cash-In Opportunity

Annual Education (April 1 – June 30, 2018)

All team members of Shore Regional Health (SRH), contract employees and special groups are mandated to complete the Annual Education Update within each calendar year in order to maintain competence.

Training will be offered this year through UMMS U, our Learning management System.  This system replace Healthstream so the login and access processes have changed.

A few reminders about UMMS U:

  • Access UMMS U directly through HR Connections. Once you login through HR Connections, simply click on UMMS U in the Quick Links section (no additional login info is required).
  • If you do not remember your HR Connections login, now is the time to call the help desk to get it reset (Dial HELP x4357)



PAL Cash In Opportunity

What is the PAL Cash-In Opportunity?

The PAL Cash-In Opportunity is offered to benefit-eligible hourly team members who would like to cash in a certain amount of accrued Paid Annual Leave (PAL).

When will the PAL Cash-In Opportunity Be Offered?

We have decided to offer the PAL Cash-In Opportunity periodically.  We will offer the Cash-In Opportunity Pay Out in April 2018.  The program will be evaluated for continuation after April 2018.

Who is eligible for the PAL Cash-In Opportunity?

Benefit-Eligible hourly team members are eligible to participate in the Cash-In Opportunity.

What are the PAL Cash-In Opportunity Rules and Procedures?

  1. Benefit-eligible hourly team members may cash in up to 40 hours of accrued PAL during the opportunity period.
  2. As the result of the cash-in, a team member’s accrued PAL will not be permitted to drop below 80 hours.
  3. Team members must follow the announced procedures during the cash-in period; no off-cycle cash-ins will be permitted.
  4. Cash-ins are calculated according to the team member’s regular base hourly rate and do not include any differentials of other amounts.
  5. All cash-ins will be subject to normal deductions and taxes.

Cash-In Opportunity Time Line: (Dates will coincide with published payroll cycle.)

 Event Cash-In Opportunity
Cash-In Opportunity Announced March 16, 2018
Cash-In Opportunity Requests Submitted March 19 – April 2, 2018
Cash-In Opportunity Closed April 2, 2018
Cash-In Appears in Paycheck April 20, 2018


Further Questions?

To obtain the PAL cash-in form, check your email (the form was sent to all users on March 15) or talk with either your HR Business Partner or your supervisor.

Frederick Douglass “Read Across Talbot” Event Takes Place in Area Schools


Patti Willis is shown (back row, center) with second graders at St. Michaels Elementary.

On Friday, March 2, in schools across Talbot County, 75 “local heroes” took time out of their day to read to different classes of elementary school students.  The event—organized by the Talbot County Free Library in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools, the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, and others—was part of the National Endowment for the Art’s annual Read Across America program.  This year, locally, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Talbot County’s most famous native son, the event was called “Frederick Douglass Read Across Talbot County.”  Douglass once famously said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

From UM SRH, more than 25 team members volunteered to read in schools across the county.  Those who volunteered were: Marguerite Spies, Kevin Johnson, Deanna McMullen, Linda Pittman, Carolyn Crist, William Huffner, MD, Melissa Svehla, Jenson Shorter, Tanya Gross, Nancy Cavanaugh, Michelle Kirk, Andrea Shoener, Theresa Banks, Stacey Stanley, Debbie Cahall, Tom Towers, Tawes Harper, Jonathan Kelley, Patti Willis, Ren Boettger, Wynne Aroom. Bruce Singley, Courtney Robinson, Ellisha Scott and Lacie Yacko.

As schools closed early that Friday due to threatening weather, some volunteers were notified of the closures and will, we hope, volunteer next time.

Sheriff Joe Gamble, County Councilman Corey Pack, State’s Attorney Scott Patterson, and UM Shore Regional Health Senior Vice President Patti Willis were among those who took time out of their schedules to demonstrate to local children how important they think reading is.

According to Willis, the second grade class of teacher Kathy Regan at St. Michaels Elementary School was “enthusiastic, engaged and very well-mannered.  They loved the stories we read together and since literacy is such an important aspect of personal responsibility for health, I am so pleased to see that reading is alive and well in our schools.”

Thank you to everyone at UM Shore Regional Health who volunteered in support of literacy at local schools.

UM SRH Cancer Center Welcomes New Volunteer

Mike Sheidt

Easton resident Mike Scheidt is one of the newest volunteers of the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton. Mike volunteers at UM Shore Regional Health Cancer Center on Idlewild Avenue assisting patients both before and after their treatments. The Cancer Center sees approximately 60 patients a day for both radiation and chemotherapy.

Scheidt, who is a cancer survivor himself, moved to Easton 11 years ago from northern Virginia where he spent his working career in communications engineering. After retiring and moving to Easton he decided to devote some of his time volunteering. Scheidt’s duties at the Cancer Center include assisting the medical staff in preparing for patient appointments and offering comfort to patients and their families.

“I like working at the Cancer Center because I want to give back to my community and also to try to help cancer patients and their families as they receive treatment,” says Sheidt. “I know from personal experience how it feels to receive a cancer diagnosis and what some patients are going through; I try to help in any way I can to make their day as pleasant as possible.”

“We are delighted to welcome Mike to the Auxiliary and hope that more of our local retirees will consider volunteering their time with us. It’s a great way to help others and also to meet new people while supporting the advancement of health care in our community,” says Art Cecil, president of the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton.

For more information about volunteering at the Cancer Center and other volunteering opportunities with the Auxiliary, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5839.

4th Annual Sporting Clays Classic Will Support Comprehensive Breast Center

4th Annual Sporting Clays Committee members met recently to discuss plans for the event. Standing: Janet Andrews, Marty Johnson, Jim Robertson, Gabrielle Piha, Steve Jensen, Amy Lowe and Graham Lee, Vice President for Philanthropy. Seated: Hugh Adkins, Steve Spurry, Nancy Morton and Jon Kelley. Not pictured: Shelley Bell, Jay Dayton, Wayne Dyott, Reg Harrell, Bob Lynch, Patty Plaskon, Mary Alice Vanhoy, RN, Norm Washburn and Michael Weise

University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation has announced plans for its 4th Annual Sporting Clays Classic, scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at The Point at Pintail in Queenstown. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wellness for Women program offered through the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health.

This year’s Sporting Clays Classic will feature 75 targets, lunch for participants and various prizes, raffles as well as a silent auction. Participant registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the shoot beginning at 9:15 a.m. Early-bird participant registration fees are: $125 per individual and $500 per team of four if you register before May 10; prices will increase after May 10. Registration is limited to 300 participants.

Sponsors signed on to support this important fundraising event include:

Tournament Sponsors — Preston Automotive Group and Jack & Susan Stoltz

Sure Shot Sponsor — Caesar Guerini, USA and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.

High Flyer Sponsors — Attraction Magazine, The Orthopedic Center and The Star Democrat; Pro Sponsors — Avon-Dixon Agency, LLC, Cambridge Marketplace, LLC, CBIZ & BSC Group, LLC, Gillis Gilkerson, Reza & Dale Jafari, Robera Lilly, MD, Tidewater Anesthesia Associates, PA, Willow Construction and WIN Transport

Course Sponsors – American Legion Caroline Post 29, Bartlett Tree Experts – Stevensville, Bay Tech Team, ChoiceOne Urgent Care, Goetze’s Candy, Jiffy Lube – Easton, Nancy Morton, Shore Radiology and Shore United Bank

Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

“The Clark Comprehensive Breast Center and Wellness for Women team are grateful for the continued support of our local community,” says Roberta J. Lilly, MD, medical director of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center. “We thank the Foundation, the volunteers and participants in the upcoming Sporting Clays Classic for their help in providing funding for the Wellness for Women program that is so vital in early detection for many in our community.”

The Wellness for Women breast cancer prevention program at the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center is an educational and screening program that promotes early detection of breast cancer. The goal of the Wellness for Women program is to find women who are at risk for breast cancer early so diagnosis can be made when the disease is curable.

“The funds raised through the Sporting Clays Classic help us provide women with resources they need to stay informed and healthy,” says Jennifer Dyott, nurse practitioner with UM Community Medical Group – Women’s Care. “Patient education and early detection screenings for breast cancer are important for the women in our community.”

Registration for the Sporting Clays Classic may be accomplished online at ummhfoundation.org/upcoming-events. For additional information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Amy Lowe, development assistant, 410-822-1000, ext. 5763 or by email, alowe@umm.edu.

Kent Center Volunteer Greeters Visit UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

March is Development Disabilities Awareness Month and in celebration, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown hosted special volunteer greeters from Kent Center, on Tuesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 15.

Shown at right are are: seated, Lisa Kay; standing, Job coaches Danielle Black and Teonya Henry and Traivon Wallace.

Kent Center, located in Chestertown, is a community-based, 501(c)(3) organization which provides daytime, vocational and residential services for adults with developmental disabilities. To learn more about Kent Center and the organizations’s upcoming Benefit Dinner (April 13), visit https://kentcenter.org/





Mark Your Calendar – March 16-31, 2018



  • Robin Hood Shop in Cambridge – Closed.


  • Robin Hood Shop – Spring/Summer Clothing Grand Reopening


  • “In the Bag” Sale – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, Main Lobby


  • Let’s Talk About Your Lungs – 2-3:30 p.m., UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Conference Center. Free presentation by Fernando deLeon, MD, pulmonologist with UM Community Medical Group – Pulmonary Care, and Philomena Leon, certifed respiratory therapist, UM Shore Regional Health. Refreshments included. Questions and RSVP: Sherrie Hill, 410-810-5666, hill@umm.edu


  • Robin Hood Shop – 61st Birthday Celebration to include Hula Hoop Contest – Contest will begin at 11 a.m. Contestants will be grouped by age and prizes will be offered. Contests will be open to all but preregistration is required; Registration forms will be available at the Robin Hood Shop beginning March 1st. This event will be fun for all.  Contests will start at 11am.  Come join in our 61st Year in Business Celebration.
  • Safe Sitter, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Education Center. Teaches youth life and safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. $45 per person (note: some scholarships are available); includes a workbook and backpack. Advance registration required; contact Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-3300, ext. 2175, chrissy.nelson@umm.edu


Advancing Cardiac Care at Shore Regional Health:Primary and Elective Angioplasty – 5:30 p.m. Knoxie’s Table, Stevensville, Md, 5:30 p.m. Conducted by University of Maryland Community Medical Group cardiologist Jeffery Etherton MD, this seminar is designed for registered nurses who are looking to take their critical care practice to the next level. Registered nurses who attend the event are eligible to earn one contact hour credit. Team members who attend the seminar and successfully refer friends, colleagues or family to the event who subsequently become employed by UM SRH are eligible for rewards through the “It Pays to Know Good People” program offered by Human Resources. For more information on the program visit, http://shorecompass.org/it-pays-to-know-good-people-referral-bonus-program-announced/ For more information or to RSVP please contact Kathy Freund, 410-822-1000, ext. 5936 or kfreund@umm.edu.


Easton Auxiliary Sale: Uniforms – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., HEC, UM SMC at Easton


UM SRH Food and Nutrition Services invites you to “Go Further with Food” with the following series of special events:

“Food Shopping for Health” — Fun, free grocery store tours that teach how to shop and plan meals for optimal health. Open to the public.

  • Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m., Redner’s Market, 17 Washington Avenue, Chestertown. RSVP: 410-778-7668 , ext. 2295. Tour led by Mary King, registered dietitian , UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
  • Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m., Walmart, 2775 Dorchester Square, Cambridge, RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5351. Tour led by Katie Ewers, nutrition associate manager, Food and Nutrition Services, UM Shore Regional Health

Nutrition Seminars

  • Friday, March 23, 10 am-12 pm, “Learn about Diabetes and Nutrition,” presented by BK Eshete and Karen Hollis. diabetes educators, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, The Food Pantry at Delmarva Community Services, 1000 Goodwill Avenue, Cambridge. Pre-registration required, call Brenda Fields, 410-901-2991, ext.18.
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2 p.m. “The ‘Mind Diet’ and Healthy Weight Loss,” presented by Mary King, registered dietitian, Conference Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 410-778-7668 , ext. 2295.
  • Thursday, March 29, 12 p.m., “Harvesting Healthy Choices,” free seminar with food sampling presented by Kelly Jackson from Emily’s Produce of Cambridge, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Board Room. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5351.



  • 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 Support Group – MEETINGS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE due to restricted visitor policy as a result of flu.


  • 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.
  • Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 3/19, 7pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Conference Center. Presentation by Christine Allen, RD, certified specialist in oncology Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.
  • Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 3/27, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Info: 410-822-6800.


  • Free Blood Pressure Screenings/Easton & Cambridge – Easton: every Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am-12pm, Diagnostic & Imaging Center. Cambridge: every Tuesday & Friday, 11am-1pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. (Excluding holidays.)


  • Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, 3/27, 6:30pm, Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 100 Brown St. Topic: Fun Cooking Demonstration provided by Rebecca Meekins from the Kent County Extension Office and 4-H Club members. Led by Chrissy Nelson, BSN, RN, CDE. Contact: 410-778-3300, ext. 2175.
  • Diabetes Support Group/Cambridge – Wednesday, 3/28, 6pm, Board Room, Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street. Led by Wynne Aroom MSN, RN, CDE. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5286.


  • Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tues, 3/27, 12-2 pm,UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown, suite 320.  Wendy Gast, Talisman Therapeutic Riding. “Stroke Programs Available at Talisman Therapeutic Riding.” All stroke survivors and/or caregivers and family members are welcome. Info: Nicole Leonard, 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or nleonard@umm.edu.