Monthly Archives: November 2013

Chestertown ED Wallbreaking Slated for December 3

Chestertown ED Wallbreaking InviteThere will be a wallbreaking ceremony to celebrate the kick-off the final phase of construction on the new Emergency Department at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. The event takes place Tuesday, December 3 at 4 p.m. When complete, the new Emergency Department will provide increased space and enhanced privacy for emergency patients. The department includes a two-bed trauma bay, nine private rooms separated by walls, four observation beds with full bathroom amenities and a private behavioral health patient room.

Work is under way to move the current Emergency Department and patient registration area to a temporary location during the construction process. As construction progresses, patients and visitors will see important changes to traffic patterns, parking, and patient care areas in and around the Medical Center. 

Beginning in early December, the following changes will take place:

  • After hours, all patients and visitors to UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown will be directed to the temporary emergency entrance, located behind the hospital.
  • The current temporary main entrance, including the roadway, parking area and entry doors, will be closed to traffic nightly, beginning at 8:00 p.m., and front doors will be locked. These areas will re-open daily at 5:00 a.m. for non-emergency patients.
  • A portion of the Medical Center’s driveway has changed to a two-way traffic pattern. Signage will indicate new patterns. Patients and visitors should take the first left on Brown Street and travel to the back of the hospital building to access the Emergency Department.  Deliveries and ambulances will continue to use the one-way portion of the driveway, located at the second entrance off Brown Street.

Around-the-clock patient care will continue throughout construction. To ensure the comfort and safety of staff and patients, nursing coverage in the emergency department is being increased throughout construction. The Emergency Department construction, which will cost $4.3 million, is funded in part by a grant from the state of Maryland. Additional funding support has been provided by the University of Maryland Medical System. Renovations are expected to be completed by late summer 2014.

For more information about this event or to RSVP, please contact Cathy Wright at 410-822-1000, ext. 5222 or cwright@shorehealth.org.

Congratulations to the Director and Manager of the Year

On Thursday, November 21, members of the Operations Council gathered at UM SMC at Easton for the annual Director and Manager of the Year reception. Jo Anne Thomson, MN, RN-BC, Director of Informatics and Practice Innovation (left), was named the 2013 Director of the Year. Sherry Dolby, RN-BC, Manager, Requard Center for Acute Rehabiliation (right) was honored as the 2013 Manager of the Year. Look for more details in an upcoming issue of The Compass.

On Thursday, November 21, members of the Operations Council gathered at UM SMC at Easton for the annual Director and Manager of the Year reception. Jo Anne Thomson, MN, RN-BC, Director of Informatics and Practice Innovation (left), was named the 2013 Director of the Year. Sherry Dolby, RN-BC, Manager, Requard Center for Acute Rehabiliation, (right) was honored as the 2013 Manager of the Year. Look for more details in an upcoming issue of The Compass.


Donation to Dorchester General Hospital Foundation Provides New Lift Equipment for Medical Center

University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester is home to new patient lift equipment thanks to a generous personal donation to the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation.  Rufus M. and Loraine H. Todd recently donated $100,000 to the Foundation for the purchase of 12 new Likorall Overhead Lift Systems, which have been installed in eight patient rooms in the Medical Center’s Critical Care Unit and four patient rooms in the Medical/Surgical Care Unit.

“The installation of this innovative lift equipment has made the lifting of critically ill patients far safer for both our patients and the nursing staff,” comments Ryan Foster, MS, RN, CNML, NEA-BC, nurse manager, Multi-Specialty Care Unit and Critical Care, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.  “The generosity of the Todds and the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation is unparalleled, and the community’s support of the programs and services provided by the Medical Center here in Dorchester County is greatly appreciated by the nursing and medical staff.”

“The Dorchester General Hospital Foundation is very appreciative of Mr. Todd, who also serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and his wife, Loraine, for the numerous contributions they’ve made in support of our local hospital and the Dorchester County community over the years,” remarks Ida Jane Baker, Foundation President.  “We are most fortunate

Eight patient rooms in the Critical Care Unit and four patient rooms in the Medical/Surgical Unit at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester now contain Likorall Overhead Lift Systems thanks to a generous donation from Rufus M. and Loraine H. Todd.  Pictured in one of the patient rooms containing the new lift equipment are Ida Jane Baker, President, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation; Rufus M. Todd; and Ryan Foster, MS, RN, CNML, NEA-BC, nurse manager, Multi-Specialty Care Unit and Critical Care, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.

Eight patient rooms in the Critical Care Unit and four patient rooms in the Medical/Surgical Unit at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester now contain Likorall Overhead Lift Systems thanks to a generous donation from Rufus M. and Loraine H. Todd. Pictured in one of the patient rooms containing the new lift equipment are Ida Jane Baker, President, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation; Rufus M. Todd; and Ryan Foster, MS, RN, CNML, NEA-BC, nurse manager, Multi-Specialty Care Unit and Critical Care, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.

to have so many generous donors here in Dorchester County who find it of utmost importance to support the high quality patient care that is being delivered at the Medical Center.”

For additional information about the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation, which raises funds to support programs and services at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, contact Ida Jane Baker at 410-228-8182.

Deadline Approaching for Nursing Excellence Awards Nominations

Attention UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester & Easton and Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown nurses! There is still time to nominate one of your fellow nurses for the 2014 Nursing Excellence Awards. This is an opportunity for you to recognize the nurses and units who work so hard to provide exceptional care, everyday and to make a difference in our local community. Be sure to take time to review the forms and nominate those colleagues that you think are worthy of recognition. Nominations opened on November 1 and will remain available through January 10, 2014. The winners will be announced at the Nursing Excellence Awards ceremony in April or May.

Earlier this month, you received a series of emails that provided a link to the 2014 Nursing Excellence Awards nominations. If you did not receive these links or need them resent to you, please contact Kristine George at krgeorge@shorehealth.org.

This online tool provides a number of conveniences. The surveys provide you the option to begin the nomination form, save it, and return to complete work at a later time. Because there are five award categories and each survey contains its own unique link, it is necessary to provide each of you with five unique links and emails.

There are a number of resources available to help guide you through the nomination process. They can be found on the Intranet under Nursing/Nursing Resources.  If you have additional questions, please contact Hope Padilla at hpadilla@shorehealth.org.

CPOE Training Slated for December

The new Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) software will “go live” at UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton on January 14, 2013. Classes and drop-in training are scheduled during the first three weeks of December, as below. Requests for on-site training in physician offices may be directed to Rose Medeiros, ext. 5572 or Karen Callahan, ext. 5518.

The classes and trainings listed on the dates below will take place in UM Shore Medical Center at Easton’s Cardiovascular Services Meeting Room (3rd floor) and in UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester’s Conference Center Computer Room (3rd floor).

12-2 Easton and Dorchester: Class, 9-10:30am; Drop-In Training, 1-3pm.
12-3 Easton: Drop-In Training, 9-11am; Class, 1-2:30pm.
12-4 Easton: Class, 9-10:30am; Drop-In Training, 1-3pm.
12-5 Easton and Dorchester: Drop-In Training, 9-11am; Class, 1-3pm.
12-6 Easton and Dorchester: Class, 9-10:30am; Drop-In Training, 1-3pm.
12-9 Easton and Dorchester: Class, 9-10:30am; Drop-In Training, 1-3pm.
12-10 Easton and Dorchester:  Drop-In Training, 1-3pm.
12-10 Easton: Drop-In Training, 9-11am
12-11 Easton: Class, 9-10:30 am; Drop-In Training, 1-3pm.
12-12 Easton: Drop-In Training, 9-11am; Class, 1-2:30pm.
12-13 Easton: Class, 9-10:30am; Drop-In Training, 1-3pm.
12-16 Easton and Dorchester: Drop-In Training, 9am-3pm.
12-17 Easton and Dorchester: Drop-In Training, 9am-3pm.
12-18 No Classes or Training
12-19 Easton and Dorchester: Drop-In Training, 9am-3pm.
12-20 Easton and Dorchester: Drop-In Training, 9am-3pm.

 

United Way Campaign Under Way

UM Shore Regional Health is participating in various United Fund campaigns this year. The campaign begins a little later this year and will not be offered for as long as prior years. All cards must be submitted to the Human Resources Department no later than December 31, 2013. If you choose to participate in payroll deductions, your deductions will start 1/31/2014 and continue for the remainder of 2014.

Last year, overall contributions were down from previous years and employees are encouraged to help make this a better year for the campaign. Finances everywhere are strained but it is hoped that each member of the UM Shore Regional Health team can contribute a small amount. Because of the number of employees we have, even a small amount from each person can really make a big difference here in the community.

To encourage employee participation, several drawings will be offered. They include a PAL days and Wal-Mart gift cards. To be eligible for these drawings, you only need to make a minimum pledge of $24. This represents $1 per pay period.

For more information, please contact Human Resources at ext. 8444.

Everyday Heroes Recognized at the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation

EDH Requard 11 2013The University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation recently recognized staff members from the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton as Everyday Heroes.  A former patient of the rehabilitation center nominated the staff in its entirety for the care, compassion and positivity demonstrated during his recent stay.

Celebrating their recognition as Everyday Heroes are staff members from the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation with F. Graham Lee, Vice President of Philanthropy, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (far left back) and William Roth, Senior Director of Comprehensive Rehab Care, UM Shore Regional Health (far right back)

The Everyday Hero Program provides patients and their family members an opportunity to thank a University of Maryland Shore Regional Health physician, employee or volunteer by making a financial donation to the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation in their name. The UM Memorial Hospital Foundation uses these donations to support UM Shore Regional Health in continuing its mission of delivering exceptional care, every day. For more information about recognizing an Everyday Hero, contact the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation at 410-822-1000, ext. 5481.

Angel Tree Campaign Returns to Shore Regional Health

Please join UM Shore Regional Health as work together to help fulfill the Christmas wishes of children registered for the Angel Tree Program in our communities. Over the coming weeks, trees in the cafeterias at UM SMC at Dorchester and Easton and outside the Medical Records department at UM SMC at Chestertown, will be decorated with angel gift tags, which list gift ideas for children selected for the Angel Tree Program. Unwrapped gifts with the gift tag attached must be placed under the tree by Friday, December 6 at UM SMC at Chestertown and Wednesday, December 11 at UM SMC at Dorchester and Easton. Please consider helping make the holiday a little brighter for a child in need.

Nurses Volunteer at Waterfowl Festival

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Carrying on a 28-year tradition, UM Shore Regional Health nurses volunteered to staff the Waterfowl Festival first aid station, which was open to event visitors November 8, 9, and 10. Nurses volunteer for shifts throughout the entire weekend to assure that the first aid station is open throughout the Waterfowl Festival. Pictured on opening day are Shari Davis, RN; Theresa Bosworth, RN; and Elizabeth Todd, BSN, RN-IV, CRRN. Many thanks to our UM Shore Regional Health nurses for their ongoing commitment to the community!

New Electronic Patient Tracking and Communication System Installed in Surgical Unit

Pictured with the new Electronic Patient Tracking and Communication System funded by the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation are (from left to right) John Snell, MD, Vice Chief, Anesthesiology, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; James Palumbo, MD, Vice Chief, Surgery, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; Myron Szczukowski, Jr., MD, Chief of Staff, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; Kenneth Kozel, President and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; and F. Graham Lee, Vice President of Philanthropy, UM Shore Regional Health.

Pictured with the new Electronic Patient Tracking and Communication System funded by the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation are (from left to right) John Snell, MD, Vice Chief, Anesthesiology, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; James Palumbo, MD, Vice Chief, Surgery, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; Myron Szczukowski, Jr., MD, Chief of Staff, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; Kenneth Kozel, President and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; and F. Graham Lee, Vice President of Philanthropy, UM Shore Regional Health.

A new Electronic Patient Tracking and Communication System was recently installed in the Surgical Department at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton.  Funds for this technology, totaling $78,000, were provided by the University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation as a result of its 2012 Year End Appeal.

The unique technology of the Electronic Patient Tracking and Communication System is used to facilitate patient tracking, improve communication and monitor patient flow of the Surgical Department.  Monitors, placed throughout the department including the family waiting area, display where each patient is in the surgical process. Each surgical patient is assigned an identification number, which protects patient privacy, allowing family members, physicians, nurses and other clinical staff to track his or her status while in the Surgical Department.

“The goal of the new tracking system is to facilitate better communication in the Operating Room at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton,” comments John Foley, MD, Chief of Surgery at the Medical Center. “Enhanced real time communication among all the moving parts within the OR and between the surgical staff will translate into greater efficiencies and ultimately positive outcomes for our patients, in addition to providing greater peace of mind to families while their loved ones transit through the surgical event from pre-op to surgery to recovery.”

“The University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation is most appreciative of the generosity demonstrated by members of our local community,” remarks F. Graham Lee, Vice President of Philanthropy, UM Shore Regional Health.  “As a result of that generosity, the Foundation is able to fund the latest in medical technology to the Medical Center, which ultimately provides the highest quality of care to our patients and their family members.”

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. For additional information contact Pat O’Shea, Director of Development, at 410-822-1000, ext. 5915 or e-mail poshea@shorehealth.org.