Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ask the Expert Series Begins Tuesday, October 1 in Queenstown with Breast Cancer Talk

Roberta Lilly, MD, Medical Director, UM Shore Regional Health's Breast Center and Christopher Levey, MD, Medical Director, Radiology, will speak on "What is New and What is Old in Breast Cancer Care."

Roberta Lilly, MD, Medical Director, UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center and Christopher Levey, MD, Medical Director, Radiology, will speak on “What is New and What is Old in Breast Cancer Care.”

Roberta Lilly, MD, medical director for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center and Christopher Levey, MD, medical director for radiology for UM Shore Regional Health, will kick off the “Ask the Expert” Series on Tuesday, October 1 with a free educational talk about “What is New and What is Old in Breast Cancer Care.” The talk takes place at 7:00 p.m. at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown, located at 125 Shoreway Drive in Queenstown.

Current dates and locations for the Ask the Expert series include:

  • Roberta Lilly, MD, UM Shore Regional Breast Center and Christopher Levey, MD, “What is New and What is Old in Breast Cancer Care,” 7:00 p.m, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown;
  • Richard Fritz, MD, Shore Pediatrics, “Keeping your Children Healthy this Season,” Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m., Talbot County Library, Easton;
  • Khalid Kurtom, MD, Chesapeake Neurological Surgery, LLC, “Management of Back Pain,” Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m., Caroline County Public Library, Denton;
  • Dale Reddish Jafari, MSN, FNP-BC, Shore Women’s Care, “Women’s Health: When Should I Be Screened?” Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m., Caroline County Public Library, Denton.
  • Anna Ahn, MD, Midshore Pulmonary Associates, “Living Well with Obstructive Lung Disease,” Thursday, October 24, 2:00 p.m., Talbot Senior Center, Easton;
  • Duane Cespedes, MD, Shore Comprehensive Urology/The Continence and Pelvic Health Center, “Fixing the Leaky Faucet: Evaluation and Treatment of Urinary Incontinence,” Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 p.m., UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown.
  • Jaclyn Weston, BSN, RN-BC, Nurse Manager for Behavioral Health. “Stress and Depression: Tips for Coping with the Holiday Blues.” Tuesday, November 11, 2:00 p.m., Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge.

“Ask the Expert,” is a free community health program sponsored by UM Shore Regional Health. The “Ask the Expert” series is an ongoing program that will be offered throughout the year. The next seminar series takes place in early 2014. Seating is limited; please RSVP to Cathy Wright at 410-822-1000, ext. 5222 or cwright@shorehealth.org.

Shore Shape Offers New FREE Programs As November 30 Approaches

Shore Shape has new FREE offerings at both Dorchester and Easton to help employees make progress toward their 100-pt goals. Among the new additions are walking groups and stair challenge groups (only 15 minutes per session), “stretching and strengthening” classes, informational seminars on improving your health and wealth, and by-appointment opportunities to check your weight and blood pressure.

Many of the Dorchester offerings are on the third Thursdays of October and November, whereas the Easton offereings are scheduled for the first, second and third Thursdays. Check this week’s Compass FYI Calendar for dates and details regarding this Shore Shape programs — and be sure to cross the 100-point finish line required for your health insurance discount.

Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary Holds Annual Awards Luncheon



The Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary recently held its annual awards luncheon, honoring numerous members of the Auxiliary for their volunteer hours.  The guest speaker at the event was Delegate Addie Eckardt.  Members of the Auxiliary receiving awards were:

250 hours: Mary Hodgson, Barbara Jones, Nancy Linder, Joy Loeffler, Lillian Nugent, Betty Ridgely, Candance Shannon and Mamie Short;

500 hours: Alexis Adams, Pat Dean, Nancy Linder, Lucy Phillips, Gloria Smith and Jeannie Wroten;

1000 hours: Debbie Asmussen, Joe Blankley, Doris Brohawn, Rosalie Dolan, Nancy Duvall and Agnes Hurley;

2000 hours: Peggy Anderson;

3000 hours: Jean Baker, Richard Hargis and Jean Wright;

5000 hours: Barbara Lipe;

6000 hours: Normalee Cusick;

7000 hours: Yoshi Smith.

The Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary works to support programs and services at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.  For more information about volunteer opportunities with the Auxiliary, call Ida Jane Baker, President, at 410-228-8182.

University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation Hosts Annual Women’s Seminar

Woman_BinocularsUniversity of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation will host its annual women’s seminar, “From a Woman’s Point of View: Nurturing Your Physical and Financial Wellbeing” on Thursday, October 24 from 10 a.m. until Noon at the Talbot Country Club, located at 6142 Country Club Drive in Easton.

Guest presenters are Christine Allen, RD, CSO, LDN, Outpatient Oncology Dietician, Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health; Diana Johnson, CEBS, CLU, ChFC, Vice President, Employee Benefits Broker/Consultant, Avon-Dixon Agency, LLC; and Elizabeth Spurry, CFP, CTFA, Senior Vice President, Wye Financial and Trust.

Through this informational seminar, participants will gain information about how to achieve and maintain personal financial freedom, plan for retirement and adequately insure themselves all while maintaining their physical health and wellbeing.

For more information or to register for the seminar, please contact Janet Andrews at the Memorial Hospital Foundation (410) 822-1000, extension 5792 or by email at janet@shorehealth.org.  This event is free to all attendees; seating is limited and pre-registration is required.  Light refreshments will be served.

University of Maryland 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.

UM Shore Regional Health Conducts Successful Disaster Drill

On Thursday, September 19, UM Shore Regional Health staff participated in a drill to test our ability to respond to a disaster situation. This state required drill, which featured a scenario involving possible terrorist activity and bio-hazardous materials, included community partners including local law enforcement and emergency management.  Volunteer “patients” were transported from the accident scene, located near Easton High School and transported to UM Shore Medical Center at Easton where the drill simulated treatment and “decontamination” of patients from the accident scene.

Several outside observers provided feedback on the drill and the UM Shore Regional Health team was commended for their efforts! Congratulations to everyone who participated in the drill for a job well done!

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and Shore Medical Group Congratulates What’s Up? Media’s 2013-2014 Top Docs



University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and its affiliate, Shore Medical Group, are pleased to announce that numerous physicians will be featured in What’s Up? Eastern Shore’s  “Top Docs” issue which will be hot off the presses on October 1.

Every other year, What’s Up Media surveys more than 250 local physicians, asking the question, “If you or a loved one needed to see a doctor (other than yourself), whom would you recommend?”

Those Shore Medical Group physicians being honored, having been nominated by their peers, are:

  • John Foley, MD – Shore Comprehensive Urology
  • Scott D. Friedman, MD, FACC, CCDS – Chesapeake Cardiology
  • S. Robert Hanna, Jr., MD, FACC – Chesapeake Cardiology
  • R. Bruce Helmly, MD, FACC – Chesapeake Cardiology
  • Khalid Kurtom, MD, FAANS – Chesapeake Neurological Surgery, LLC
  • Kenneth Patrick Ligaray, MD – University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health
  • Christopher Runz, DO – Shore Comprehensive Urology
  • Timothy J. Schneider, MD – Chesapeake ENT
  • Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD – University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton

Additionally, UM Shore Regional Health would like to congratulate Deborah S. Davis, MD, Chief of Staff and Chief of Emergency Medicine at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, who was also named a “Top Doc.”  Dr. Davis is also employed by Eastern Shore Emergency Medicine Physicians, LLC.

Congratulations to all of our local “Top Docs 2013-2014” physicians who provide excellent care to Mid-Shore residents each and every day!  For the full listing of local physicians being honored, be sure to pick up the Ocotber issue of What’s Up? Eastern Shore.

*Click on photo icons in gallery to see full photos of our featured physicians*

UM Shore Medical Centers Join Other MD Hospitals in State Preparedness Drill

UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton recently participated in a statewide preparedness drill aimed at testing the process for requesting, delivering and receiving medical supplies in the event of a public health emergency. Conducted by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Office of Preparedness and Response, the exercise brought together nearly 100 participating groups, including local health departments, hospitals, law enforcement, state agencies and facilities, and federal agencies.

“This exercise was conducted with our partners throughout the state to enhance our response efforts to protect public health during emergency situations,” says Dr. Laura Herrera, Deputy Secretary of Public Health Services, who played the role of the DHMH Secretary during the exercise.

DHMH sponsors and participates in a variety of drills and exercises throughout the year in order to test various emergency response measures. In addition to hospitals, participants included the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, the Maryland Board of Pharmacy, the Maryland National Guard, Department of General Services Maryland Capitol Police, the Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and MTA Police, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Maryland State Police, Department of Natural Resources Police, the State Highway Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Centers for Disease Control.

For more information about the DHMH Office of Preparedness and Response, visit http://preparedness.dhmh.maryland.gov or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarylandOPR.

Breast Center Kicks Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Pink Ribbon Event

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness month with various activities throughout the month, all aimed at increasing awareness of the disease and the services available for prevention and treatment. To kick off the activities surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff and volunteers from UM Shore Regional Breast Center hung pink ribbons in honor of those patients who were treated by the Breast Center in the past year. This tree will be lit with pink lights throughout the month.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, taking the lives of approximately 40,000 women annually.

“October is a great time to remind people about the importance of prevention and education when it comes to their breast health,” says Roberta Lilly, MD, Medical Director for Shore Regional Breast Center. “Regular mammography screening can help lower breast cancer mortality by finding breast cancer early, when the chance of successful treatment is best.”’