Monthly Archives: August 2013

Christopher Runz, D.O. Featured in Maryland Physician Magazine

Christopher Runz, D.O., a physician with Shore Comprehensive Urology, is featured on the cover of the September/October 2013 issue of Maryland Physician Magazine.  To read the cover story, “New Hope for the Top Three Cancers,” featuring Dr. Runz, visit the online publication at www.mdphysicianmag.com/.

Congratulations, Dr. Runz, on this tremendous honor!

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 .

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (free) — Thursday September 5, 6:00-7:00pm, the Center for Integrative Medicine, 607-B Dutchman’s Lane, Easton. Presented by Larissa Kitenko, Pharm.D. Worth 10 Wellness Points for Shore Shape participants. Call 401-770-9400 to RSVP (seating is limited).

Shore Regional Health Cancer Center Annual Mum Sale — To benefit The Relay for Life of Talbot County. $8 per 8-inch pot (payroll deduction available for Shore Regional Health employees). Pre-orders can be placed (by September 10) by contacting Amye Foxwell, 410-820-6800, afoxwell@shorehealth.org, and MUST be picked up at The Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue, on September 11. (On-site sales in the lobbies of UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton, will take place on September 12, 8am-2pm).

Gentle Yoga (Session 1) –Tuesdays, September 10-–October 29, 4:15-5:30pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center, C & D (No classes on September 24 & October 8). Instructor: Patty Schwaninger. Bring a mat and pillow. COST: 6 week session, $45.00; both sessions (see Moderate Yoga-Session 2, below) for $80. Payroll deduction available. Drop-in cost is $12 per day. Call Karyn Walsh, ext. 4850 to register.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course — Tuesdays, 6-8:30 pm, September 10-October 29. An all-day (9am-4pm) class on Saturday, October 19  also required, Center for Integrative Medicine, 607-B Dutchman’s Lane, Easton. For Shore Regional Health employees, tuition is $200 (a 1/3 discount), and a deferred payment plan is offered as well as limited financial assistance for qualified applicants. For more information or to register, call 410-770-9400 to register.

Grief Management Class (free) — Thursdays, 10:30 am-12 noon, September 12-October 24, Heron Point, led by Ann O’Connor, LCSW-C, bereavement coordinator for University of Maryland’s Chester River Home Care & Hospice. Participants will gain an understanding of the grieving process and also benefit from the support of others who are going through the experience of having lost a loved one.  Topics include what to expect with bereavement, how to cope with stress, and how to deal with the holidays, among others. To register, please call  410-778-1049.

Employee Forums with UM Shore Regional Health President and CEO Ken Kozel — Monday, September 16, 8am and again at 2pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown,  second floor conference center. All employees are welcome to attend –this is a chance to meet and talk with Mr. Kozel and to pose any questions you might have.

Annual Coat Sale – Tuesday, September 17, 9am-4pm, The Robin Hood Shop, 416 High Street, Cambridge. Sale will feature fall and winter coats in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes.  Operated by the Auxiliary to benefit programs and services of UM Medical Center at Dorchester, The Robin Hood Shop is open weekdays, 9am-4pm, and Saturdays, 10am-2pm. For more information about the shop or volunteer opportunities, call 410-228-6339.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (free) — Thursdays, 1-3:30 pm, September 19-October 24, Pain Management Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Six-week participatory workshop for people dealing with  pain or discomfort due to a wide variety of illnesses, conditions and injuries. A workbook is offered for $20 per copy. Sponsored by MAC, Inc., of Salisbury. For more information or to register, contact Barbara Jarrell, 410-310-2331.

Jewelry Cares Sale – Wednesday, September 25, 9am-4pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.  Sponsored by the Auxiliary to benefit hospital programs and services.

Pilates Mat Class — Wednesdays, 4pm-5pm, September 25-October 30, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center C & D, taught by Jeannie Weitzel, Certified Pilates Instructor. All fitness levels are welcome. Based on the work of Joseph Pilates, . The core or “powerhouse” based exercises will improve posture, increase strength, and improve flexibility & balance providing a total mind/body workout experience. Pilates Magic Circle will be provided, but bring your own mat. Cost: $72, payroll deduction available (fax payroll form to Shore Shape: 410-228-6104).

Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ (free) — Two sessions: Thursday, September 26, 3-4:30 pm and 5:15-6:45 pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. A 90-minute seminar provided by the UM Extension Service that provides strategies for improving you physical and financial wellbeing. Worth 15 Shore Shape points! Contact Karyn Walsh, ext. 4850, or kwalsh@shorehealth.org to register.

8th Annual Eastern Shore Emergency and Critical Care Symposium — Thursday, October 3, UM Medical Center at Easton. This year’s symposium, will focus on Trauma Care. 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 giveaways! Cost: $40 per person. Register at: http://mec8th.eventbrite.com.

“Stuff the Bus” for the Nearly New Shop — Tuesday, October 8, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.  Stuff the bus with gently used fall and winter clothing, jewelry, fashion accessories and small household items to be resold at the Nearly New Shop.  Designer clothing, men’s suits and sports coats will also be accepted.  Bus will be located at Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, in the back parking area by the kitchen door.  The Shop raises funds for the Auxiliary which works to support hospital services and programs.  For more information, contact Molly Streit, Nearly New Manager, at 41

Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ (free)  Two sessions: Thursday, October 24, 3-4:30 pm and 5:15-6:45 pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. A 90-minute seminar provided by the UM Extension Service that provides strategies for improving you physical and financial wellbeing. Worth 15 Shore Shape points! Contact Karyn Walsh, ext. 4850, or kwalsh@shorehealth.org to register.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ (free)  Two sessions: Tuesday, October 29, 3-4:30 pm and 5:15-6:45 pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. A 90-minute seminar provided by the UM Extension Service that provides strategies for improving you physical and financial wellbeing. Worth 15 Shore Shape points! Contact Karyn Walsh, ext. 4850, or kwalsh@shorehealth.org to register.

Moderate Yoga (Session 2)  — Tuesdays, November 5, 2013 –December 10, 2013, 4:30-5:45 pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center, C & D. Instructor: Patty Schwaninger. Please bring a yoga mat and pillow. COST: 6 week session, $45.00; both sessions (see Gentle Yoga-Session 1, above) for $80. Payroll deduction available. Drop-in cost is $12 per day. Call Karyn Walsh, ext. 4850 to register.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ (free)  Two sessions: Tuesday, November 5, 3-4:30 pm and 5:15-6:45 pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. A 90-minute seminar provided by the UM Extension Service that provides strategies for improving you physical and financial wellbeing. Worth 15 Shore Shape points! Contact Karyn Walsh, ext. 4850, or kwalsh@shorehealth.org to register.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ (free)  Two sessions: Tuesday, November 12, 3-4:30 pm and 5:15-6:45 pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. A 90-minute seminar provided by the UM Extension Service that provides strategies for improving you physical and financial wellbeing. Worth 15 Shore Shape points! Contact Karyn Walsh, ext. 4850, or kwalsh@shorehealth.org to register.

UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown offers new, short-stay rehab program bridging hospital to home

Too often, patients discharged from acute care have a number of risk factors for poor or delayed recovery and/or for re-admission to the hospital. These risk factors include:

·         Impaired balance and/or overall physical weakness

·         Poorly understood medicine and/or other treatment protocols

·         A new diagnosis that warrants additional patient and caregiver education

·         Inability to provide proper self-care and/or a caregiver who needs training

University of Maryland Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has joined forces with UM Chester River Home Care and  Hospice and UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown to create a dynamic and personalized new program, “My Road to Home,” for short-stay (five to 10 days) in-patient rehabilitation.

My Road to Home is designed to help doctors ensure that that their hospitalized patients will recover safely once they are back home. Says Cindy Bach, director of UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice, “We know that too often, acute-care patients discharged from the hospital are sometimes not yet fully ‘back to baseline’ in terms of their physical strength and their ability to manage at home. These patients can experience setbacks in their recovery due to misunderstood medications or doctor’s orders, or to a fall or other complication, and are then are readmitted to the hospital. ‘My Road to Home’ gives patients a great step-down option from the hospital that will give them training and practice in new routines and a greater likelihood of a strong and steady recovery.”

With a referral from a primary care physician or other health care provider, hospital case workers, home care and hospice staff, and rehab staff consult with the patient (and caregivers, if appropriate) to create a Road to Home Personalized Plan that reflects his or her needs and goals, and includes any special training or equipment that will be needed for mobility and functionality in the home.

During the short-stay rehab at UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown, the patient benefits from some or all of the following services provided by nurses, therapists, and case workers under the supervision of a medical director:

  • Physical therapy – gaining optimal competence in transferring from bed to chair, from sitting to standing, climbing stairs, using an assistive device (such as a walker), and gaining independence while walking and moving about.
  • Occupational therapy — gaining optimal competence in dressing, bathing, going to the bathroom, housekeeping, becoming functional and able to manage self-care at home.
  • Medication management – coordinated review of prior medicines with current ones, as well as education to ensure the patient and caregivers understand the medicines and what they are designed to treat, how and when these medicines should be taken, and any potential side effects.
  • Disease management – Education to help the patient better understand his/her condition, how to avoid hospital readmission and the importance of following up with the primary care practitioner.
  • Discharge planning – Ordering supplies or treatments for care at home, arranging for homecare if needed, and teaching caregivers and the patient what they need to know for a successful transition from rehab to home.

Throughout the process, the team maintains contact with the primary care doctor and any health care specialists involved to ensure that appropriate care is provided and that they are fully apprised of the patient’s progress and any issues that arise.

For more information about this program, contact:

UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown — Case Management, 410-778-3300

UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown — Admissions, 410-778-4550

UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice — 410- 778-1049

 

Pulmonologist Joins Shore Regional Health

Anna Ahn, M.D.

Anna Ahn, M.D.

Shore Medical Group, an affiliate of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, recently welcomed Anna Ahn, M.D., to its medical staff as a physician with Midshore Pulmonary Associates.  Dr. Ahn is trained as a pulmonologist and critical care intensivist.

Dr. Ahn obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she majored in biology and chemistry.  She earned a Master of Science in Physiology and a Doctor of Medicine from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York.  Dr. Ahn completed a residency in internal medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York.  Most recently, she was a Fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York.

Dr. Ahn is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine and is board-eligible in critical care medicine.  Dr. Ahn is a member of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and the American College of Physicians (ACP).

For additional information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ahn, contact her practice at 410-822-0110.

Nursing Shared Leadership Global Council Welcomes New Members

Nursing Shared Leadership Global Council recently sent a fond farewell to six representatives who recently completed their 2 year term within the council. The team thanks them for their commitment. The Nursing Shared Leadership Global Council also welcomed nine new global representatives and a new director/mentor to the council.

If you have any issues you would like Nursing Shared Leadership Global Council to address, please feel free to contact your unit representative or contact Deedra Abner at dabner@shorehealth.org or ext 8158.

Outgoing members of Nursing Shared Leadership Global Council who recently completed their two-year terms from left are Bernadette Wood, RN (Chair-Elect); Anne Kilborn, RN; Margaret Harper, RN; Jane Flowers, RN (Manager Representative); Carolyn Sutch, RN; Shannon Seek, RN; Deedra Abner, RN (Chair); Not Pictured: Stacey Kram, RN

Outgoing members of Nursing Shared Leadership Global Council who recently completed their two-year terms from left are Bernadette Wood, RN (Chair-Elect); Anne Kilborn, RN; Margaret Harper, RN; Jane Flowers, RN (Manager Representative); Carolyn Sutch, RN; Shannon Seek, RN; Deedra Abner, RN (Chair); Not Pictured: Stacey Kram, RN.

New Nursing Shared Leadership Global Council members back row from left are: Elizabeth Todd, RN;  Janet Wilson, RN;  Colby Robbins, RN; JoAnn Thomson, RN (Director/Mentor); Jen Miles, RN; Susan Breeding, RN. Front row: Jeannine LeMieux, RN;  Kim Brice, RN. Not Pictured. Mary Collins, RN; Jennifer Wade,RN; Lisa Lisle, RN.

New Nursing Shared Leadership Global Council members back row from left are: Elizabeth Todd, RN; Janet Wilson, RN; Colby Robbins, RN; JoAnn Thomson, RN (Director/Mentor); Jen Miles, RN; Susan Breeding, RN. Front row: Jeannine LeMieux, RN; Kim Brice, RN. Not Pictured. Mary Collins, RN; Jennifer Wade,RN; Lisa Lisle, RN.

 

 

 

 

 

Literature study sheds light for appreciation of health care roles, demands

Participants in the Literature and Medicine series included, front row from left, Deedra Abner, BSN, RNIV, BC; Jennifer Miles, BS, RN, Nurse Manager for, 2 East Multi-Specialty Care Unit at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC, COHN-S, Director, Shore Wellness Partners; and Barbara Bilconish, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Director of Professional Nursing Practice and Magnet Program. Back row from left are Gail Shorter, MS, CEN-BC, Critical Care Graduate University; Brian Childs, PhD, Director of Ethics and Spiritual Health; and Diane Walbridge, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Director of Clinical/Financial Nursing Resources.

Participants in the Literature and Medicine series included, front row from left, Deedra Abner, BSN, RNIV, BC; Jennifer Miles, BS, RN, Nurse Manager for, 2 East Multi-Specialty Care Unit at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC, COHN-S, Director, Shore Wellness Partners; and Barbara Bilconish, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Director of Professional Nursing Practice and Magnet Program. Back row from left are Gail Shorter, MS, CEN-BC, Critical Care Graduate University; Brian Childs, PhD, Director of Ethics and Spiritual Health; and Diane Walbridge, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Director of Clinical/Financial Nursing Resources.

“Most people in health care these days say they don’t read literature,” observes Dr. Brian Childs, Director of Ethics and Spiritual Health. “They don’t have time – they work long hours and in many cases, spend their ‘free’ time trying to keep up with research and advances in their area of health care by reading professional journals.” But in 2012, for employees from a variety of nursing, medical, technical and administrative departments, reading literature had a profound impact on their feelings about their work, their interactions with patients and colleagues and their perceptions of their own roles in health care and the industry at large.

These employees participated in “Literature and Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care®,” a hospital-based reading and discussion program that was originally developed by the Maine Humanities Council in 1997. Funded by a grant from the Maryland Council for the Humanities, the SHS program was organized by Dr. Childs at the request of Christopher Parker, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CHQM, FAIHQ, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer.

Much of the reading completed by the group came from Imagine What It’s Like: A Literature and Medicine Anthology produced by the Maine Humanities Council with funding support from the NEH, companies and foundations, and the Hawaii Council for the Humanities. The book contains 83 selections, including essays, short stories, excerpts and poems draw from what the editor, Ruth Nadelhaft, calls “a necessary but still imagined intersection of medicine and the humanities.” Authors include Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman, Louisa May Alcott, Conrad Aiken, Edward Albee, Flannery O’Connor, and W.H. Auden—along with lesser known and even anonymous writers.
Once a month for seven months, the group met to discuss their readings with the help of two local facilitators, John Ford, a retired professor of literature, and John Miller, Director of Facilities for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

“Our facilitators did a fantastic job,” says Childs, who participated in the program. “With their help, we were able to look at some of the more difficult aspects of health care, even at what I would call the darker undersides that are hard to face and talk about, like anger and frustration with patients, and our own biases in dealing with them. For example, we read a piece by William Carlos Williams, who was a physician serving a mostly poor population, in which he referred to an uncooperative six-year old with suspected diphtheria as a ‘little monster who needed to be protected against herself.’ Some of our clinical participants could relate to his anger in terms of their own challenges with patients, and were relieved to be able to discuss that openly.”

Several readings offered insights into the patients’ points of view, and others touched on such issues as death and dying, research ethics, and perspectives and experiences of nurses, doctors and caregivers. Says Childs, “There was great variety — from vignettes about emergency room ‘frequent fliers,’ to the nonfiction book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, to Regeneration, a novel about a World War I army lieutenant who is placed in a psychiatric hospital.

“The novel, Regeneration, particularly interested me, and I went on to read the other two books in that trilogy,” says Dr. Brian Corden, MD, a pediatrician who participated in the goup. “I think the author, Pat Barker, captured pretty well how people of that time viewed the devastating effect of trench warfare on the psyche of the foot soldier. Also interesting was the response of the British psychiatric establishment to this trauma.  Throughout the program, the group discussions were always lively and the facilitators did a great job.”

Now offered by hospitals in 25 states, Literature & Medicine has reached hundreds of providers, staff members, administrators and policy makers in health care facilities across the country, affecting the care of thousands of patients. Post-program evaluations have indicated tremendous benefits, with the majority reporting “great or medium” increases or improvements in their empathy for patients, their interpersonal relations and communication skills, their cultural awareness, and their job satisfaction.

Says Gail Shorter, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, one of the 19 nurses who participated in the program, “For me, and for others as well, I think, the most valuable part of the program was hearing the various viewpoints of other participants for disciplines other than nursing –we all read and interpreted differently.  I also appreciated getting to know some of my colleagues on a different playing field, I think for many of us it deepened our understanding of each other.”

“Literature and Medicine is really a wonderful program, and I know that for the Shore Health participants, it proved a great way to re-connect with the reasons they went into health care, and to re-energize their commitment to their work and their sensitivity to patients and their families,” comments Parker. “I look forward to offering the program again so that more of our clinical, administrative and support staff can experience these benefits.”

Annual Shore Regional Health Golf Tournament to Benefit Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services

Pictured are (from left to right) Ken Kozel, President and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; R. Bruce Helmly, MD, FACC, Medical Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology, UM Shore Regional Health; Butch Townsend, golf tournament chair; Gary Jones, Director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services, UM Shore Regional Health; David Goslee, Pepsi Bottling Ventures which is the tournament’s Presenting Sponsor; and F. Graham Lee, Vice President for Philanthropy, UM Shore Regional Health.

Pictured are (from left to right) Ken Kozel, President and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; R. Bruce Helmly, MD, FACC, Medical Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology, UM Shore Regional Health; Butch Townsend, golf tournament chair; Gary Jones, Director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services, UM Shore Regional Health; David Goslee, Pepsi Bottling Ventures which is the tournament’s Presenting Sponsor; and F. Graham Lee, Vice President for Philanthropy, UM Shore Regional Health.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will hold its annual Golf Invitational on Monday, September 23 at the Talbot Country Club in Easton.  This year’s tournament will benefit Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services at UM Shore Regional Health. Pepsi Bottling Ventures is the presenting sponsor.

“The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services department at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has always been very appreciative of the support of the Memorial Hospital Foundation and the generosity of our local community,” says Gary Jones, Director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services, UM Shore Regional Health. “Funds given to us as a result of this year’s Shore Regional Health Golf Invitational will be used to enhance our Holter/event monitoring systems. These systems are used to evaluate patients’ heart rate and rhythm disturbances.”

The tournament will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a single shot gun start.  All golfers will receive a deluxe gift package.  Beverages, lunch and snacks will be served on the golf course during the tournament with a reception and awards presentation following.

Individuals and businesses can support the fundraiser for cardio-pulmonary services by becoming a sponsor for this annual event.  Sponsorship levels are: Eagle – $5,000; Birdie – $2,500; and Pro – $1,000.  Tee sponsorships are also available for $100 with a team entry and $150 for individuals and businesses with no team entry.

Joining the presenting sponsor, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, in sponsoring the annual event are Masters Sponsor: Clark Charitable Foundations; Birdie Sponsors: Maryland Primary Care Physicians, Sysco, KPMG, Eastern Shore Emergency Medicine Physicians, and Bruce and Sandy Hammonds; and Pro Sponsors: Bob and Ruth Carmean and Hearthstone Health & Fitness.  Golfers will have the chance to win a hot tub donated by hole- in-one sponsor Aqua Pools and a car from Hertrich, also a hole-in-one sponsor.

For additional information regarding sponsorships and registration, contact the University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation at 410-822-1000, extension 5481 or e-mail jpierce@shorehealth.org. The UM Memorial Hospital Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization serving the fundraising needs of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton and UM Shore Regional Health.   Through its philanthropic efforts, the Foundation supports UM Shore Regional Health’s ability to provide quality healthcare to the local community by contributing to hospital programs and services.

Week of August 22, 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:

University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

Employee Forums Planned for Chestertown

Mum Sale Benefits Relay for Life

News from UM Shore Nursing and Rehab in Chestertown

Beneplace Benefits UM Shore Regional Health Employees

CARES Cancer Survivors Support Group Offers Friendship, Hope

Birthing Center Nurses Attend Breastfeeding Conference

UM Shore Regional Health Offers Educational Opportunities Via University Partnerships

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 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. Register before September 1 for a chance to win one of two Trauma Team 1/4 zip fleeces at: http://mec8th.eventbrite.com. This year’s symposium, scheduled for October 3, will focus on Trauma Care. 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 giveaways! Cost: $40 per person.

Uniform Sale – Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23, 7am-4pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center.  Sponsored by the Hospital Auxiliary, which raises funds to support hospital programs and services.

Prudential Services Representative Visits to Chestertown  — Tuesday, August 27, 9:00am-2:00pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Cafeteria Meeting Room. A representative from Prudential will be on site to enroll new participants and assist with rollover from prior 403(b) plan(s). If you are already enrolled, the Prudential rep can provide you with: 1) help with investment questions; 2) help with understanding the features of this retirement benefit (for example, bring your most recent Prudential statement and let him walk you through it); and 3) a demonstration of the on-line features of www.prudential.com/umms (where you go to check your retirement account balance, update or complete your beneficiary information for applicable plans, change your investment elections, or contribution level).

Books Are Fun Sale — Wednesday, August 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, August 29, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.  Sponsored by the Auxiliary to benefit hospital services and programs.

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

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (free) — Thursday September 5, 6:00-7:00pm, the Center for Integrative Medicine, 607-B Dutchman’s Lane, Easton. Presented by Larissa Kitenko, Pharm.D. Worth 10 Wellness Points for Shore Shape participants. Call 401-770-9400 to RSVP (seating is limited).

Shore Regional Health Cancer Center Annual Mum Sale — To benefit The Relay for Life of Talbot County. $8 per 8-inch pot (payroll deduction available for Shore Regional Health employees). Pre-orders can be placed (by September 10) by contacting Amye Foxwell, 410-820-6800, afoxwell@shorehealth.org, and MUST be picked up at The Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue, on September 11. (On-site sales in the lobbies of UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton, will take place on September 12, 8am-2pm).

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course — Tuesdays, 6-8:30 pm, September 10-October 29. An all-day (9am-4pm) class on Saturday, October 19  also required, Center for Integrative Medicine, 607-B Dutchman’s Lane, Easton. For Shore Regional Health employees, tuition is $200 (a 1/3 discount), and a deferred payment plan is offered as well as limited financial assistance for qualified applicants. For more information or to register, call 410-770-9400 to register.

Grief Management Class (free) — Thursdays, 10:30 am-12 noon, September 12-October 24, Heron Point, led by Ann O’Connor, LCSW-C, bereavement coordinator for University of Maryland’s Chester River Home Care & Hospice. Participants will gain an understanding of the grieving process and also benefit from the support of others who are going through the experience of having lost a loved one.  Topics include what to expect with bereavement, how to cope with stress, and how to deal with the holidays, among others. To register, please call  410-778-1049.

Employee Forums with UM Shore Regional Health President and CEO Ken Kozel — Monday, September 16, 8am  and again at 2pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown,  second floor conference center. All employees are welcome to attend –this is a chance to meet and talk with Mr. Kozel and to pose any questions you might have.

Annual Coat Sale – Tuesday, September 17, 9am-4pm, The Robin Hood Shop, 416 High Street, Cambridge. Sale will feature fall and winter coats in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes.  Operated by the Auxiliary to benefit programs and services of UM Medical Center at Dorchester, The Robin Hood Shop is open weekdays, 9am-4pm, and Saturdays, 10am-2pm. For more information about the shop or volunteer opportunities, call 410-228-6339.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (free) — Thursdays, 1-3:30 pm, September 19-October 24, Pain Management Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Six-week participatory workshop for people dealing with  pain or discomfort due to a wide variety of illnesses, conditions and injuries. A workbook is offered for $20 per copy. Sponsored by MAC, Inc., of Salisbury. For more information or to register, contact Barbara Jarrell, 410-310-2331.

Jewelry Cares Sale – Wednesday, September 25, 9am-4pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.  Sponsored by the Auxiliary to benefit hospital programs and services.

Pilates Mat Class — Wednesdays, 4pm-5pm, September 25-October 30, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center C & D, taught by Jeannie Weitzel, Certified Pilates Instructor. All fitness levels are welcome. Based on the work of Joseph Pilates, . The core or “powerhouse” based exercises will improve posture, increase strength, and improve flexibility & balance providing a total mind/body workout experience. Pilates Magic Circle will be provided, but bring your own mat. Cost: $72, payroll deduction available (fax payroll form to Shore Shape: 410-228-6104).

“Stuff the Bus” for the Nearly New Shop — Tuesday, October 8, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.  Stuff the bus with gently used fall and winter clothing, jewelry, fashion accessories and small household items to be resold at the Nearly New Shop.  Designer clothing, men’s suits and sports coats will also be accepted.  Bus will be located at Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, in the back parking area by the kitchen door.  The Shop raises funds for the Auxiliary which works to support hospital services and programs.  For more information, contact Molly Streit, Nearly New Manager, at 410-778-1781.

Shore Regional Health President and CEO Ken Kozel Comes to Chestertown

Ken Kozel 10116 revisedKen Kozel, CEO and President of Shore Regional Health will be on hand at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown in the second floor conference center, on Monday, September 16, 8 am (first session) and 2 pm (second session) to meet and talk with employees of the Medical Center, UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation, and UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice. All employees in all departments are welcome and encouraged to stop in and say hello, share ideas and concerns, and ask questions.