Above and Beyond

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The following excerpts from patient letters reaffirm our staff’s commitment
to putting our patients’ needs first. Please take a minute to say THANKS!


“My mother fell and broke her hip when she was visiting me three weeks ago. She was taken to Easton to Shore Health Easton, where she received superb care. From the moment we entered the ED until she was dismissed we had nothing but kindness from every individual we encountered. And I cannot say enough good about Dr. Mason and his practice. One of his associates came to the ED within an hour after she arrived, and it was close to midnight. I could not believe that attentiveness still existed in health care. Mom had surgery the following day and was in the hospital three days so the credit should be spread to the staff on the Third Floor and the Care Coordinators. Just terrific. All of them.”


“My dad was admitted to Shore Medical at Easton via the emergency room and was then transferred to your ICU.  His nurse upon arrival was Christy Marciniak, who was called in that day to help. She was nothing short of sensational in the manner in which she cared for, treated and helped her patient, and how she managed the family. With my dad having had a number of hospitalizations over the past few months, we have met a large number of care providers and Christy is absolutely at the top of this list in terms of her style, manner, professionalism and care. Let this serve as a big thank you and to recognize your team of professionals,  with a special call out to Christy.”


“I was so positively impressed by my care and appreciative that I didn’t want to-miss an opportunity to acknowledge the staff’s excellent work, both from the time I entered the emergency room until I was discharged from 2 East [at UM SMC at Dorchester] six days later.

“Everyone worked as a team to provide high quality individualized care…The staff were neat and professionally dressed with ID badges easy to see and read…Call bells were answered promptly and pleasantly, requests were fulfilled and I was asked throughout the shifts if I needed anything or if there was something they could do for me ( even Environmental Service Staff assigned to my room asked if I needed anything). My room and bathroom were cleaned each day.

“The entire staff involved in my care demonstrated kindness, compassion, caring and respect for my individuality as the patient. Even the staff in the radiology department made some uncomfortable trips as ” comfortable” as possible.

“The nurses provided patient teaching “on the spot” including Dedra Abner who had to insert my NG tube (no easy task since I’ve had a nasal fracture) and Wanda Major who provided my discharge teaching. Both were very professional and very through in my care ( I had one or the other of them on the day shift throughout my stay). They are very dedicated to their patients, their role as nurses, and promoting teamwork on 2 East.

“If I ever have to be hospitalized again and it is something that can be managed at Dorchester General, 2 East is where I want to be.”


“I worked in hospitals for 20 years. These MDs and nurses [at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown] are excellent!”

Process Continues to Replace Shore Medical Center at Easton

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University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will be moving ahead in September to update its docketed Certificate of Need (CON) application with the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) for a replacement hospital for Easton. This action follows gaining the necessary approvals to move forward by the Shore Regional Health Board and University of Maryland Medical System Financial Affairs and Strategy Committee. The updated application, like the original one filed in 2012,  reflects a replacement of our Easton hospital and does not include beds or shelled space for beds from either UM SMC at Dorchester or UM SMC at Chestertown.

The MHCC’s decision, and subsequent determinations by the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC), are anticipated to take a year or more before being rendered.  With anticipated approvals from our State healthcare agencies, and factoring in time for construction firm selection, permitting, infrastructure and construction, a Summer 2022 opening is projected.

We will keep you informed as the CON progresses. Thanks to all who have provided input and support as  we approached this milestone and all who will be involved as we progress towards achieving our vision of being the region’s leader in patient centered healthcare.

UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology Welcomes Nurse Practitioners

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Faustino Macuha, MD, medical director of the UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, is shown with new providers Bobbi Atkinson, CRNP (left) and Anna Antwi, CRNP (right).

Faustino Macuha, MD, medical director of the UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, is shown with new providers Bobbi Atkinson, CRNP (left) and Anna Antwi, CRNP (right).

Faustino Macuha, MD, medical director of the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at UM Shore Regional Health has been joined by two new care providers, Bobbi Atkinson, CRNP and Anna Antwi, CRNP.

“We are very excited to have Bobbi and Anna on board with us,” comments Trish Rosenberry, manager, Outpatient Services for UM Shore Regional Health. “With Dr. Macuha, they are seeing patients at the Center in Shore Medical Center at Easton and on a rotating basis, in the Multi Specialty Clinic at Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Their presence and their holistic approach to patient care will enable us to treat a larger number of patients and to provide quality care on a more timely basis.”

Macuha, Atkinson and Antwi are affiliated with University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), a multi-hospital, multi-specialty network of UM Medical System providers serving the people of Maryland.

For Atkinson, who joined the Center in April and “shadowed” Dr. Macuha to learn the Center’s processes and protocols, working at UM Shore Regional Health is a return engagement. “I worked at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester for 20 years before going to Nanticoke Health Services, and the return experience has felt like coming home,” she says. “It’s exciting for me to be a part of a growing team helping people manage a chronic disease that is very prevalent here on the Shore,” she explains.

Antwi arrived in mid-August from York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania, where she developed her interest in working with patients with diabetes and other endocrine disorders. As she explains, “Diabetes is a very challenging disease to treat, because those who have it, especially early on, cannot feel the damage it is doing to many aspects of their health. And once they understand the damage, it still is hard for them to give up certain misconceptions about what is healthy for them and to make changes in lifelong habits. As a provider, it is important to offer positive reinforcement to patients — to be something of a cheerleader — as well as to educate them about the potential complications of diabetes and why they have to exercise, keep up with their eye exams and dental visits, and so on.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 623,000 people in Maryland – over 12 percent of the population — have diabetes. Of these, an estimated 156,000 are undiagnosed and therefore untreated, greatly increasing their risk for heart disease, stroke, amputation and end-stage kidney disease, blindness and death. Nationally, the rate of diabetes among adults over age 65 is estimated at 26.9 percent.

For information about the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology services, diabetes management classes in Easton and Chestertown, and monthly support group meetings in Cambridge, Chestertown, Denton and Easton, visit http://umshoreregional.org/programs/endocrinology or call 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings Scheduled in Kent and Talbot Counties

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John Foley, MD, Christopher Runz, DO, Christopher Parry, DO, Duane Cespedes, MD, and John Knud-Hansen, MD, of University of Maryland Community Medical Group - Urology, will be providing free prostate cancer screenings in Kent and Talbot Counties.

John Foley, MD, Christopher Runz, DO, Christopher Parry, DO, Duane Cespedes, MD, and John Knud-Hansen, MD, of University of Maryland Community Medical Group – Urology, will be providing free prostate cancer screenings in Kent and Talbot Counties.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for American men. To promote early detection of prostate cancer, the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has scheduled free screenings in two locations across the region.

A Prostate Cancer Screening and Forum will be held on Monday, September 12 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Mt. Olive AME Church, 24824 Lambs Meadow Road in Worton.  The Prostate Cancer Forum and dinner will be sponsored by Mt. Olive AME, the Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance (MOTA) Program and the Kent County Health Department, and partially funded by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Cigarette Restitution Funds. Free prostate cancer screenings will be provided by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and Christopher Parry, DO, of UM Community Medical Group – Urology. To register for the forum, dinner and screening at the Worton location, call Andrea Edwards, RN, at 410-778-7970.

On Wednesday, September 21, free prostate cancer screenings will be offered at University of Maryland Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 490 Cadmus Lane, Suite 104 in Easton. The screenings, which will be offered from 5-8 p.m., are being coordinated by the Cancer Center in partnership with the Talbot County NAACP, the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center and the Talbot Senior Center at Brookletts Place.  Participating physicians include University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and UM Community Medical Group – Urology providers, R. Duane Cespedes, MD; John Foley, MD; John Knud-Hansen, MD, FACS; and Christopher Runz, DO. To register for screening at the Easton location, call the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health at 410-820-6800.

Those interested in being screened are encouraged to discuss the testing with their primary care providers to determine if the PSA blood test will benefit them in the early detection of prostate cancer and other prostate health issues.

The screenings are open to the public.  Uninsured and underinsured are welcome to participate.  Pre-registration is required for screening at either location as space is limited.

3 East Surgical Unit Honored as Every Day Heroes

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The nursing team on UM Shore Medical Center at Easton’s 3 East Med-Surg unit and Ramesh Kolli, MD, a hospitalist at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, have been recognized as Every Day Heroes by Regina Grogan, who was under their care during her hospital stay in late May.

In the letter accompanying her gift to UM Memorial Hospital Foundation in their honor, Grogan complimented the nursing staff on being “responsive, helpful, efficient, kind and professional,” and note Dr. Kolli for “taking the time to listen” and making her feel as if she was his only patient.

The Everyday Hero program provides patients, visitors and staff members with the opportunity to recognize and thank any member or team at UM Shore Regional Health, who made a positive difference in a visit or stay, by making a financial contribution of any size to UM Memorial Hospital Foundation or UM Chester River Health Foundation. Funds received through the Everyday Hero program are used for equipment, capital improvements and staff education in the departments in which the employees or team work.

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Ramesh Kolli, MD and the 3 East Surgical Unit staff members recognized as Every Day Heroes: first row, Angela Greene, Tara Smith, Lindsay Anderson and Stacey Ruckart; second row, F. Graham Lee, Dr. Ramesh Kolli, Susan Walker, Ella McDowell, Doreen Taylor, Martha Clark, Leslie Bell. (Third row) Gwen Slacum-Turner, Teara George, Dan Overmeir and Jill Andrew.

Peeples Joins UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center Staff

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Gladys Peeples is the new admissions coordinator for UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown.

Gladys Peeples is the new admissions coordinator for UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown.

Kent County resident Gladys Peeples is the newest addition to the administrative staff of UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Stu Seitz, Center director has announced.

Peeples came on board July 11 as director of admissions at the 98-bed facility after several years working in customer service for USA Fulfillment. After a month of intensive training, she is excited to be taking on this new role and to be part of the Center’s administrative team.

“I am happy to have such a meaningful job, helping patients transition from acute care to rehab and welcoming our long-term care and respite care patients,” Peeples says. “Being in admissions, I keep in mind that I am the first face our patients and their family members see and I am very proud to represent the Center out in the community as well.”

Peeples is a familiar face in Kent County as an active participant in Hope Fellowship’s community outreach programs and a former volunteer at Kent County Humane. She and her husband, Don, came to Chestertown from Arnold, Md., in 2008, and are looking forward to moving to Kennedyville, Md., in the near future.

“Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” is Theme of Recovery Month Celebration Planned for September 17

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RFS members at a recent planning meeting forthe September 17 "Recovery Happens - A Message of Hope" celebration. Front row, Jana XXXXX, Sharon Dundon, Valerie Albee and XXXXXXXX; Back row, Jim Dissette, Keith Richards, Bruce Strazza XXXXXXX, Lynne Ewing and Lisa Flynn.

Recovery for Shore members at a recent planning meeting for the September 17 “Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” celebration. Front row: Jana Leslie, Sharon Dundon, Valerie Albee and Tierra Molock. Back row: Jim Dissette, Keith Richards, Bruce Strazza, Jay Frost, Lynne Ewing and Lisa Flynn.

To celebrate September as National Recovery Month, Recovery for Shore is planning a free community event, Saturday, September 17, 2016, 5-8 p.m., at Christ Church, 111 South Harrison Street in Easton.

“Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” will begin with the “Alive at Five” worship service in the church at 5 p.m. To highlight the reality of successful, long-term recovery now enjoyed by 23 million of Americans, Recovery for Shore member Bruce Strazza, who formerly was a drug user and dealer, will offer his testimony during the hour-long service.

A preview of Strazza’s testimony may be viewed on Christ Church Easton’s Youtube channel, at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyMF5wY1Aa4.

Following the service, the event will feature live music and a free picnic-style barbecue supper (on the lawn or in the church hall, depending on the weather). Recovery for Shore member organizations and individuals will be on hand with information about community resources for prevention, treatment, advocacy, support groups and much more.

Says Sharon Dundon, coordinator for Recovery for Shore, “We welcome those in recovery and their family and friends, and also those still struggling with addiction and/or mental illness for themselves or within their families. We had great turnout for our Walk of Hope for Recovery last April and at our Recovery Dinner two years ago, and we’d love to see 200 people come out for this celebration.”

In addition to Recovery for Shore and Christ Church–Easton, “Recovery Happens – A Message of Hope” event sponsors to date include Chesapeake Treatment Services, Earth Data, Inc., Mariah’s Mission Fund of the Mid Shore Community Foundation, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence/Maryland (NCADD-MD), Queen Anne’s County Health Department, Shore Behavioral Health and Warwick Manor.

For more information or to volunteer assistance with the event, visit http://www.christchurcheaston.org/ or Recovery for Shore on Facebook.

About Recovery for Shore: Recovery for Shore (RFS) is an ad-hoc network of organizations and individuals who support the concept that recovery is possible for those suffering from mental illness and/or substance use disorders. RFS engages in advocacy awareness-building activities that support prevention, treatment, support and recovery resources for families and individuals in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Information about RFS can be found on the Recovery portal on Chestertown Spy and Talbot Spy, and on the Recovery for Shore Facebook page.

SAVE THE DATES! SLAM Committee Plans “Back to School” Events for All Staff

Team-StrengthThe Safe Lifting And Moving (SLAM) Committee has announced that instructional — and fun — events to help ALL staff avoid injury related to lifting and moving patients, supplies and equipment are now being planned. Please note the following dates :

single mascotTuesday, September 27 – UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

Wednesday, September 28 — UM Shore Medical Center at Easton

Thursday, September 29 — UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester

The theme of the events will be “Back to School” and will include ice cream and prizes, More details to follow! awarded.

More details will follow.

 

Upcoming Events: August and September 2016

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Alzheimer’s Support

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thursday, 9/15, 6-7:30pm. UM Shore Nursing & Rehab Center at Chestertown. Led by Stepha Golebieski, assistant director of nursing. Contact: 410-778-4550.

Find information about skilled nursing, inpatient rehab and respite care in Chestertown online at UMShoreRegional.org/about/facilities/rehabilitation.

Auxiliary Events

“Christmas in August” Sale – During the entire month of August, take 30% off everything at the Hospitality Shop at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, operated by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary for the benefit of hospital programs, services, equipment and patient care. *Certain merchandise is excluded from the sale including jewelry, books, candy/food, cards, magazines and coloring/puzzle books. 

Breast Cancer Support

Transition to Wellness – Free workshops for breast cancer survivors and patients who are ending treatment.

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, 9/27, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

Find more information about The Breast Center’s programs and services at UMShoreRegional.org/breast_center

Childbirth & New Parent Education

Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation – Saturday, 8/27, 9:30-11am, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Designed for children ages 3-8, includes a tour of the Birthing Center and story time or video.  Register by phone, 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Labor & Delivery Class – Saturday, 9/3, 9am-3:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Overview of maternal reproductive health; signs, symptoms and stages of labor, including pain management; techniques for a successful birth experience; cesarean delivery; and recovery after the birth. Free; register by phone, 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, 9/6 and 9/20, 10-11:30am, UM SMC at Easton, 5th floor meeting room. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5700.

Breastfeeding Class — Saturday, 9/10, 9am-12:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Information about the benefits for you and your baby, and tips and techniques for successful breastfeeding.

Find more information about Birthing Center programs and services at UMShoreRegional.org/birthing.

Diabetes Education and Support

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown– Tuesday 8/30, 6:30pm, UM Shore Regional Health Chestertown. Led by Chrissy Nelson, diabetes educator. Contact 410-778-3300 ext. 2175

Diabetes Self- Management Class/Easton  –  Two sessions: Tuesday, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 9am-12pm; and Wednesday, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 1:30-4:30pm. UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registrations required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext.5195.

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Chestertown – Tuesday, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 1-4pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Wednesday, 9/7, 5:30pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton. Led by Doris Allen, lead diabetes educator. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton — Monday, 9/19 5:30pm, Talbot County Community Center Easton. Led by Karen Hollis, diabetes educator. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195

Diabetes Support Group/ Dorchester – Wednesday, 9/22, 5:30, Dorchester County YMCA. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown– Tuesday 9/27, 6:30pm, UM Shore Regional Health Chestertown. Led by Chrissy Nelson, diabetes educator. Contact 410-778-3300 ext. 2175

Find more information about diabetes treatment and support services at UMShoreRegional.org/programs/endocrinology.

Integrative Medicine

Acupuncture, Massage, Psychotherapy and Reiki – By appointment, Mon-Fri, except holidays. Center for Integrative Medicine, Suite 300, 522 Cynwood Drive, Easton. For information about services, providers and scheduling, visit UMShoreRegional.org/programs/integrative/about or call 410-770-9400.

Psychosocial Support

Bridge Clinic Support Group – Tuesday, 8/30, 6-7:30pm, UM SMC 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. Contact: 410-228-5511, ext. 2140.

International Overdose Awareness Day Event – Wednesday, 8/31, 6-8pm, St. Mark’s Methodist Church, 100 Peach Blossom Road, Easton. Join a host of community organizations including Mariah’s Mission Fund, Talbot Partnership and Recovery for Shore at this free event designed to educate community members about the increasing incidence of drug overdose and death in our region; mental health and substance abuse disorders; and prevention, support and treatment resources available in our community. For information and event details,  visit mariahsmissionfund.org or call 410-819-8067.

Bridge Clinic Support Group – Tuedays, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 6-7:30pm, UM SMC 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. Contact: 410-228-5511, ext. 2140.

Celebrating Recovery:  A Message of Hope –Saturday, 9/21, 5pm-8pm, Christ Church, Easton. To celebrate National Recovery Month, join Recovery for Shore and a host of community organizations involved in prevention, treatment and advocacy for those affected by substance use disorders, addiction and mental illness at this free community event. Begins with “Alive at Five” church service, including testimony by Bruce Strazza, followed by picnic dinner, rain or shine. Open to all. Contact: 410-822-2677

Safe Sitter

Safe Sitter® Class Chestertown – Saturday, 9/24, 9am-4:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Pediatric nurses teach youth ages 11-13 the basics of babysitting, including first aid and more. Cost: $40 (scholarships available). Limited seating, advance registration required. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Screenings

Free Prostate Cancer Forum and Screenings  – Monday, 9/12, 5:30pm , Mt. Olive AME Church, Worton, MD. Educational forum including basic prostate information and discussion, questions/answers and sharing from prostate cancer survivors. Free Prostate Cancer Forum and dinner sponsored by Mt. Olive AME, MOTA and the Kent County Health Department, and partially funded by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Cigarette Restitution Funds. Free prostate cancer screenings provided by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and Christopher Parry, DO, of UM Community Medical Group – Urology. Registration is required. Contact: Andrea Edwards, RN, 410-778-7970.

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings – Wednesday, 9/21 5:00 – 8:00pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton, 490 Cadmus Lane, Suite 104, Easton, MD. Screenings provided by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and UM Community Medical Group – Urology providers, R. Duane Cespedes, MD; John Foley, MD; John Knud-Hansen, MD, FACS; and Christopher Runz, DO. Registration is required. Contact: Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health – 410-820-6800.

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

Seminars

Elder Care: Tax Law Update, Retirement Issues and Paying for Long-Term Care – Thursday, 9/22, 5:30-7pm. Talbot County Free Library. An overview of funding concepts presented in a non-sales environment: spend down, asset transfer and traditional products to pay for long-term care; detailed explanation of long-term care, hybrid life insurance products and important provisions  Free, but seating is limited. Register in advance by contacting Janet Andrews, 410-822-1000 ext. 5792, janet@umm.edu.

Stroke Support

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thursday, 9/1, 12-2pm, Presbyterian Church, Easton. Presenter: Debra Weber, LCPC. Topic: “Treatment to cope after a stroke.” Stroke survivors and family/caregivers welcome. Bring bagged lunch. Contact: 410-310-9280, midshorestroke@gmail.com.

Queenstown Stroke Support Group – Tuesday, 9/27, 12pm-2pm, UM Shore Pavilion at Queenstown. Open Forum. Stroke survivors and family/caregivers welcome. Bring bagged lunch. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5068, jfluharty@umm.edu.

SAVE THE DATES! UM SRH Service Award Celebrations — Invitations will be sent out to employees celebrating their Service Milestones in early September

Celebration Dinner — Thursday, October 205:30pm, The Milestone, 9630 Technology Dr, Easton, MD 21601. Celebrating our retirees and employees with 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 & 50 years of service.

Celebration Luncheon — Friday, October 21, 11:00am, The Milestone, 9630 Technology Dr, Easton, MD 21601. Celebrating employees with 10 & 15 years of service.