Monthly Archives: July 2013

News from University of Maryland Shore Regional Sleep Center

The Sleep Center doctors and staff have been busy this summer with outreach and continuing education activities.  Recent initiatives include:

  • Collaboration with area dentists to treat patients with sleep apnea, exploring the possibility of using an oral device rather than Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device
  • In-service training conducted by nationally-recognized researcher, Dr. John Remmers, for physicians and dentists on a new, cutting-edge mandibular titration device that is used in the sleep lab environment and assists dentists in determining whether or not a patient would be a successful candidate for an oral device

The Sleep Center — and the treatment of sleep disorders as a means of improving overall health — will be featured as the cover story in the August issue of Chesapeake Publications’ Healthwise, a monthly magazine that is published the first Sunday of the month in The Star Democrat, The Times Record, the Dorchester Star, The Kent County News and The Cecil Whig. Be sure to take a look, and if you know someone who has sleep problems and might be a candidate for a sleep consultation and possible testing, have him or her contact Steve Eisemann, 410-822-5338.

Willis Honored for Term as Rotary President

Pictured at the Rotary Club of Easton’s Change of Officers Night are Patti Willis, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Communications, who served as Rotary President for 2012-2013, and Christina Wingate-Spence, Communications and Marketing Specialist, also an Easton Rotarian, who was presented the Club’s “Rookie of the Year” award at the annual event.

Pictured at the Rotary Club of Easton’s Change of Officers Night are Patti Willis, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Communications, who served as Rotary President for 2012-2013, and Christina Wingate-Spence, Communications and Marketing Specialist, also an Easton Rotarian, who was presented the Club’s “Rookie of the Year” award at the annual event.

The Rotary Club of Easton recently hosted its annual Change of Officers Night and awards dinner, an annual event honoring the Club’s outgoing President, incoming officers and various Rotarians being recognized for achievements in Club and community service.

At the event, Patti Willis, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Communications, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, was honored for her service as Club President for 2012-2013.   

During her term as Rotary President, Willis was presented with a District Governor’s Special Recognition for Service to Rotary for her unparalleled service to the Rotary Club of Easton and to the community which demonstrates the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.” This award was presented at the Rotary District Conference for Districts 7610, 7620 and 7630, “DisCon on the Potomac 2013,” recently held in Crystal City, Virginia. 

Founded and chartered in 1921, The Rotary Club of Easton is part of Rotary International, the world’s first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members in greater than 200 countries volunteer their time and talents to promote the motto of “Service Above Self.”

IT Process for Moving Electronic Equipment

Moving a PC, printer, phone or fax?

Contact Norman Washburn and Victor Collins before you do anything! They will come out and meet with you to conduct a walk-through of the area to evaluate the availability of the proper type of voice/data jacks, electricity, equipment needs, phone number changes, call routing, etc.  PLEASE NOTE: Verizon can sometimes take as long as 30 working days to make certain changes that require their involvement. High speed broadband vendors can take even longer than that for the creation of new sites, depending upon what is available in the proposed area.

Because University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has several types of phones within the system, your own phone may not work in a new location. Also, phone numbers are tied to wiring pairs that terminate in the wall jacks, in the actual phone. Plugging a phone device into the wrong type of jack can destroy the internal electrical components of the device.

For inventory purposes, IT must be informed when equipment from one location is moved to another. Printers are pushed out to the PC devices based upon their current location. Relocating a device without the proper updates on our end can result in your print output going to an incorrect location.

Please let IT help you make your moves go as smoothly as possible and to eliminate as many surprises as possible. A phone call or email to Norman (410-822-1000, ext.  5466 or 410-310-2729, nwashburn@shorehealth.org) is all it takes to initiate the process. Thanks in advance for your help.

Continuing Education Now Available

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is offering a free, 1.5 credit hour online continuing education course for nurses and physicians. Focused on improving care transitions and reducing avoidable hospital readmissions, Care About Your Care highlights innovative care models that are helping people safely transition from hospital to home.

Take the free, online continuing education course and learn how improved care transitions can reduce preventable readmissions.

After completing the course, you will be able to:
• Identify at least three drivers of hospital readmissions
• Describe at least two peer-reviewed, patient-centered models for care transitions
• List at least three tools or lessons that will be incorporated into your own efforts to implement interventions related to care transitions

Watch the videos on your own time, take a quick post-test and request the credit. Get started by clicking here.

Week of July 26, 2013

Below are links to this week’s issue of The Compass, Shore Regional Health’s weekly newsletter for employees and volunteers. Articles included in this week’s issue of The Compass are:

IT Announces Process for Moving Electronic Equipment

News from University of Maryland Shore Regional Sleep Center

Willis Honored for Term as Rotary President

Continuing Education Available for Shore Regional Health Nurses and Physicians

Sun Care Tips from Shore Shape

FYI Calendar of Events

Submit questions and article ideas to Kris George, Corporate Communications and Marketing, krgeorge@shorehealth.org, 410-822-1000, ext. 5212.

FYI Calendar of Events

Yoga (ongoing) Tuesdays, 4:45- 6pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center. Cost: $12 per session. Payroll deduction available.  For more information and to register, contact Karyn Walsh, Shore Shape, ext. 8450, kwalsh@shorehealth.org .

Registration (ongoing) for 8th Annual Eastern Shore Emergency and Critical Care Symposium –October 3. Specific presentations planned to date will focus on hemorrhage, maternal trauma, and facial trauma/transplant, with more to come! Trauma Hours awarded, 6.0 hrs; CEU Hours, pending. More vendors, great food and give-aways! Cost: $40 per person. Register before September 1 for a chance to win one of two Trauma Team 1/4 zip fleeces at: http://mec8th.eventbrite.com.

Nearly New Shop Summer Clearance Sale – Monday, July 29-Saturday, August 3, 320 High Street, Chestertown, During sale hours, sale price will be 50 percent off all merchandise, including jewelry, boutique items, books and tuxedos.  Additionally, Thursday, August 1-Saturday, August 3, customers will be able to fill a bag with shop merchandise for $5. Bags will be provided by the Nearly New Shop. Certain merchandise exclusions will apply for the Bag Sale; please see a shop volunteer for details or call 410-778-1781. The Nearly New Shop is open Monday through Friday from 10am-4pm and on Saturday from 10am-1pm.  The Shop will have extended hours on Friday, August 2 for First Friday and will be open from 10am until 8pm.To be added to the shop’s e-mail notification list, email nearlynewchestertown@gmail.com.

Shore Kids Camp, Monday, July 29-Thursday, August 1, 8:45am-4pm. Shore Regional Health will host the Shore Kids Camp at the MEBA Engineering School in Easton. The camp is open to children ages 7-12 with diabetes or asthma. Fee is $75. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5231.

30-Day Squat Challenge Begins – Monday, July 29. Worth five wellness points for Shore Shape. Instructions and log sheet available from Karyn Walsh, ext. 8450,  kwalsh@shorehealth.org

Promoting A Healthy Lifestyle Webinar   Tuesday, July 30, 6-7pm. Worth 10 wellness points for Shore Shape. (See registration instructions at the end of this calendar.)

Summer Blood Donation Challenge at Easton – Donate Blood and Earn a Chance to Win Great Prizes! Tuesday, July 30, 9am-2pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Outpatient Center Conference Room. Appointment must be made in advance.  Call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visit www.delmarvablood.org, sponsorship code is MHE. Be sure to ask to fill out a HERO card so your donation is credited.

Path to Fitness Webinar – Tuesday, August 6, 3:30-4:30pm. Worth 10 wellness points for Shore Shape. (See registration instructions at the end of this calendar.)

Summer Blood Donation Challenge at Chestertown –  August 7, 8am-1pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Hospital Conference Center. Appointment must be made in advance. Call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visit www.delmarvablood.org, sponsorship code is CRH. Be sure to ask to fill out a HERO card so your donation is credited.

Uniform Sale Thursday, August 8, 7am-4pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.  Sponsored by the Hospital Auxiliary which raises funds to support hospital programs and services.

Wellness Works: Wellness Information – Thursday, August 8, 11am-2:30pm, hallway (by Medical Records); Vitals (for new hires and newly benefit-eligible), 2:30-3:30pm, Medical Building Room 103, appointment required (http://chesterriver.fullslate.com).

EMDR, Effective Treatment for Phobias and Associated Panic — Thursday, August 8, 6pm, UM Shore Center for Integrative Medicine, 607-B Dutchman’s Lane, Easton. Free presentation by Richard Gibson, LCSW-C, who has used EMDR to help hundreds of clients overcome phobia and associated panic disorder. Presentation will explain benefits of EMDR and how it works. RSVP recommended due to limited seating, 410-770-9400.

Wilmington University Visit –Thursday, August 15, 11am-2pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Cafeteria. Stop by to learn about Wilmington University’s many bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. If this time doesn’t work for you but you would like more information, contact Michael Cylc, MBA, Wilmington University Recruiter, s.michael.cylc@wilmu.edu.

Weight Management Webinar Thursday, August 15, 11am-12pm.  Worth 10 wellness points for Shore Shape. (See registration instructions at the end of this calendar.)

Managing Sugar Cravings Webinar Monday, August 19, 2-3pm and Wednesday, August 21, 12 Noon-1pm. Worth 10 wellness points for Shore Shape. (See registration instructions at the end of this calendar.)

Uniform Sale – Friday, August 23, 7am-4pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.  Sponsored by the Hospital Auxiliary which raises funds to support hospital programs and services.

Wellness Works : Vitals (for new hires and newly benefit-eligible) Thursday, August 29, 9-10am, Medical Building Room 103, appointment required (http://chesterriver.fullslate.com) .

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Thursday, September 5, 6-7pm, UM Shore Center for Integrative Medicine, 607-B Dutchman’s Lane, Easton. Worth 10 wellness points for Shore Shape. A free lecture-demonstration presented by Larissa Kitenko, Pharm.D.  Research has shown that MBSR can help alleviate pain, heart problems, high blood pressure, headaches, fatigue, and other conditions. Presentation includes the opportunity to learn and briefly practice MBSR, and introduces the eight-week course on MBSR that begins September 10. RSVP due to limited seating, 410-770-9400.

TO REGISTER FOR ANY SHORE SHAPE WEBINAR: Log on to www.bhsonline.com, username: SHORE. Click link, Register for Onsite Events and choose your webinar. Check box for your location, click Continue. Follow prompts. For assistance, contact Jesse Filamor, 410-889-7333, ext. 105, or jfilamor@bhsonline.com.

Week of July 17, 2013

Below are links to this week’s issue of The Compass, Shore Regional Health’s weekly newsletter for employees and volunteers. Articles included in this week’s issue of The Compass are:

Jenni Chambers Named July Employee of the Month

FYI Calendar of Events

Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Recognized for Achievements

Submit questions and article ideas to Kris George, Corporate Communications and Marketing, krgeorge@shorehealth.org, 410-822-1000, ext. 5212.

Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Recognized for Achievements

University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown recently participated in a Maryland Hospital Association event at Turf Valley, in Ellicott City, with 36 other Maryland hospitals involved in the CAUTI Project, an initiative that aims to reduce the number of catheter-associated urinary tract infections acquired by hospital patients. 

Three inpatient units at Shore Medical Center at Chestertown were recognized for their contributions to decreasing the number of CAUTIs, including the hospital’s Intensive Care (ICU), Intermediate Care (IMC) and Medical/Surgical units.  Additionally, the hospital staff submitted a presentation entitled, “CAUTI: Mission Possible” focusing on efforts being made to decrease inappropriate use of catheters and to eliminate such types of urinary tract infections.  This presentation tied for first place with one from Johns Hopkins Hospital awarding them a male and female catheterization simulator, a piece of equipment to be used by hospital staff. 

“Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections are the second most common site of healthcare-associated infections,” comments Donna Saunders, infection prevention coordinator, Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. “CAUTIs not only increase patient discomfort, they also increase the patient’s hospital length of stay and costs. We joined the Maryland Hospital Association and Maryland Patient Safety Center’s worthwhile CAUTI project because of these issues.”

Saunders continues, “Many urinary tract infections can be prevented by following guidelines describing which patients are candidates for catheter placement. Educating physicians, nurses and patients on best practices to make sure catheters are used only when the patient’s condition requires the procedure, along with daily monitoring, are among the steps that have resulted in the reduced infection rate. Eliminating healthcare-associated infections such as CAUTIs improves patient outcomes and saves lives.”

 

Jenni Chambers Named July Employee of the Month!

Jenni Chambers, MS, RN

Staff Nurse, Pediatrics Unit

Jenni Chambers, MS, RN

Jenni Chambers, MS, RN

Jenni Chambers, MS, RN is a valued member of the Pediatric Unit team who works hard to bring about improvements.  Oriented to work on both the Pediatric unit and the Birthing Center, Jenni routinely changes her schedule and comes in when extra help is needed.  A member of the Clinical Practice Committee and the Documentation Committee, Jenni  is a Level VI RN and recently earned her MS degree. She actively assists her colleagues in preparing for their certification, and always helpful to the clinical coordinator and manager.  Jenni also teaches the Safe Sitter class, works for the Shore Regional Health Asthma Camp, and in her free time, she works for Talbot County Public Schools as a nurse so that children with disabilities are accompanied on field trips. Congratulations, Jenni!