Monthly Archives: January 2014

A Note of Thanks from Ken Kozel, President and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health

Over the past several weeks, our Mid-Shore region has experienced record-low temperatures and multiple rounds of inclement weather. Despite the elements, Shore Regional Health’s staff, physicians and volunteers never wavered in their efforts to provide consistent, high quality health care services to the patients we serve. 

I would like to extend a note of thanks to all of our staff members, physicians and volunteers who left the warmth of their homes and families, braving the frigid temperatures and multiple inches of snow and ice, to ensure that the patients at all Shore Regional Health locations were cared for and safe while in our care.

Additionally, I would like to extend a special note of thanks to our Facilities Management team members who have been working diligently and often round the clock, in the face of the winter elements, to keep all of our locations safe for the patients, visitors and staff members who travel our paths and cross our thresholds on a daily basis.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone in our health system for your tireless efforts over the last few months as we have cared for significantly more patients than in the recent past.  Our emergency rooms and nursing units have been overflowing at each of our healthcare facilities.  This translates to extremely busy days for everyone.  Thank you for staying focused on our patients and their families and for finding the strength to persevere during these extremely busy times. 

The dedication of our staff, physicians and volunteers truly enable Shore Regional Health to provide unparalleled medical care and services to the patients we serve across this region.  Your service to our organization is greatly appreciated and Shore Regional Health is the exceptional health care provider that it is because of you.  Thank you for your commitment to our patients, each other and our community.

University of Maryland Shore Pulmonary Care Welcomes Local Pulmonologists

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and its affiliate, Shore Medical Group, recently welcomed three local pulmonologists to University of Maryland Shore Pulmonary Care.  Joining the practice, located at 503 Cynwood Avenue in Easton, are Funlola Famuyiwa, MD, D. Greg Oliver, MD, and Peyman Otmishi, MD.  Anna Ahn, MD, a physician with Shore Medical Group since August, is also a member of the pulmonary care practice.

Dr. Famuyiwa earned her degree in medicine from the University of Ibadan, College of Medicine.  She completed a residency at Meharry Medical College, in Nashville, Tennessee, and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Famuyiwa is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has certifications in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine. 

Dr. Oliver is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pulmonary Medicine, having certifications in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine.  He earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  Dr. Oliver completed a residency and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, located in Columbia, South Carolina.

Dr. Otmishi obtained his degree in medicine from St. George’s University School of Medicine, in Grenada, West Indies.  After completing an internship at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, in New Jersey, he completed an internal medicine residency and a fellowship in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at the University of Louisville, in Kentucky.    Dr. Otmishi is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in sleep medicine, as well as board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.

Dr. Ahn earned a Master of Science in Physiology and a Doctor of Medicine from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York.  She 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, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.

“Shore Medical Group and our affiliate, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, are very fortunate to have a group of such highly skilled pulmonologists caring for the residents of our local communities in need of pulmonary care services,” comments Kenneth Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health.  “At Shore Pulmonary Care, Drs. Ahn, Famuyiwa, Oliver and Otmishi, strive to provide unparalleled medical care to mid-shore residents with respiratory and sleep medicine needs.”

University of Maryland Shore Pulmonary Care specializes in respiratory conditions including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, chronic cough, emphysema and other lung related issues.  The physicians also treat sleep related conditions such as sleep apnea, insomnia and narcolepsy.

For additional information about Shore Pulmonary Care call 410-822-0110.

Magnet® Recognition Process Moves Forward

University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton have begun the journey toward achieving re-designation as Magnet® hospitals. First earned by Shore Health System in 2009,  Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing services is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. The ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization and is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.

How did the Magnet Recognition Program begin? In the early 1980s, the United States experienced a significant nursing shortage. During that time, there were a handful of hospitals that seemed much more able to weather the shortage than others. In 1983, the American Nurses Association sent a team of researchers to these hospitals with a mission to discover what made them special. Out of 163 hospitals in the study, 41 possessed superior attributes that contributed to their ability to attract and retain well-qualified nurses. The research team called these hospitals “magnet” hospitals because they were able to attract and retain quality nursing staff.

Achieved through a rigorous and comprehensive review process, Magnet® recognition is awarded to hospitals that provide the best nursing care, the highest quality patient care and the most supportive and innovative working environment for nursing professionals. Magnet status is valid for four years.

According to Christopher Parker, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CHCQM, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, the Magnet® Recognition Site Visit for Easton and Dorchester is scheduled for March 31, April 1 and April 2, 2014. “Our Magnet® Recognition Document has been accepted and approved for the site visit. We will have three appraisers on site and they will visit all sites where nurses work as well as attending several meetings,” Parker reports.

The Magnet® Recognition Document is posted on the Intranet Home Page (in the far right column). All nurses and staff are encouraged to review the sections that pertain to their own work areas and to keep reading COMPASS for future updates regarding preparation for the Magnet® Recognition site visit.

For University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, the journey to Magnet designation will begin in mid-April, 2014. Since the Magnet re-designation process occurs every four years, UMSMC at Chestertown will be included in the application process that concludes in 2018.

Everyday Heroes Recognized by UM Memorial Hospital Foundation

Joint Center EDH 1 2014

Celebrating the Everyday Heroes recognition at the Joint Center are (from left to right) F. Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health; Rosemary Trippe; Annette Moore, RNC, ONC; Laurie Gaffney, RN, BSN; and Martha Clark, BS, RN, nurse manager, Surgical Unit.

The University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation recently recognized Annette Moore, RNC, ONC and Laurie Gaffney, RN, BSN from the Joint Center at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton as Everyday Heroes.  The nurses were nominated by Rosemary Trippe of Easton, for the care they provided her while she was a patient at the Joint Center.   

Additionally, the Foundation recently recognized four local pediatricians as Everyday Heroes.  The physicians were nominated by the employees of the Pediatrics Unit and Birthing Center at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton for their collaboration in providing exceptional care to the babies born and children treated at the Medical Center. 

Celebrating their recognition as Everyday Heroes are (from left to right) Patty MacDougall, MSN, RNC-OB, manager of women’s and children’s services; Ahmed Gawad, MD; Lacy Thomas, surgical tech; Karen Jackson, RNC; Brian Corden, MD; Richard Fritz, MD; Marcy Chambers, RN; Mark Langfitt, MD; Terry Patrick, CAN; and Jan Smith, RNC.

Celebrating their recognition as Everyday Heroes are (from left to right) Patty MacDougall, MSN, RNC-OB, manager of women’s and children’s services; Ahmed Gawad, MD; Lacy Thomas, surgical tech; Karen Jackson, RNC; Brian Corden, MD; Richard Fritz, MD; Marcy Chambers, RN; Mark Langfitt, MD; Terry Patrick, CAN; and Jan Smith, RNC.

 

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.

Breast Center Art Exhibit Celebrates Opening Night

The Art Gallery at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center is now featuring a new exhibit containing photography by local artists.  The exhibit opened on Friday, January 24 and pieces will be on display through the end of March; viewing of the exhibit is offered by appointment. 

Gallery Opening NightPictured at the exhibit opening are Melissa Kelly, Breast Center coordinator; Jane Escher, Breast Center caseworker; and Pat Chapman, founding member, Gallery Wall committee, with two pieces of the photography on display, “Shavings Swirl” by George Holzer and “New Morning Dew” by Sahm Doherty-Sefton.  The exhibit also features local artists, Steve Aprile, Cal Jackson, Lin Layton, Karen Lordi, Carl Rulis and Don and Glenda Stukey.

For additional information about the Gallery Wall, contact Melissa Kelly, coordinator of the Breast Center, at 410-822-1000, ext. 5411.  Information about breast health services provided by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health can be found at www.shorehealth.org/services/breastcenter.

Child Development Center Moving Forward as Mid-Shore Early Learning Center

Plans are progressing well for the UM Shore Regional Health Child Development

Charlene Copper-Pierce, M.Ed., Tracy Hindle, RCT, and James Bell were guests on WCEI Radio early Thursday morning, January 30, talking about the Shore Health Child Development Center's progress in becoming an independent nonprofit organization.

Charlene Copper-Pierce, M.Ed., Tracy Hindle, RCT, and James Bell were guests on WCEI Radio early Thursday morning, January 30, talking about the Shore Health Child Development Center’s progress in becoming an independent nonprofit organization.

Center’s journey to becoming an independent, nonprofit organization, according to James Bell, a parent at the Center who with his wife, Tara, is one of several parents on the Center’s transitional board.

The official launch date for the new entity, which will be called Mid-Shore Early Learning Center, is February 28, 2014. Children of UM Shore Regional Health employees will continue to enjoy a 10 percent discount off their tuition rates, which vary widely based on the child’s age and attendance (full-time, part-time and drop-in). There also is a sibling discount.

During an on-air radio interview at WCEI on Thursday morning, January 30, Bell spoke enthusiastically about the support received from the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF), which has provided assistance in fundraising, particularly grant-writing, and in the application for 501 (c) 3 non-profit status. He also announced that MSCF’s support helped the Center in its successful application for $100,000 grant. “This grant is a wonderful vote of confidence in the Center and the quality of care it provides,” Bell stated. “At this early stage in our evolution as an independent nonprofit, a commitment of this magnitude provides us with a strong base of support on which we can build.”

Bell also mentioned that fundraising efforts have garnered support from Shore Regional Health doctors, nurses and other employees, and also from some former children (now adults) who were enrolled at the Center years ago. UM Shore Regional Health has provided transitional support to the Center since late August in order to ensure a smooth and successful operational transfer. Bell and his fellow transition board members agree that the good will toward the Center, from both Shore Regional Health and from the wider community, has been both gratifying and encouraging for everyone involved in the transition process.

Joining Bell on the air were Charlene Copper-Pierce, M.Ed., Director of the Center, and Tracy Hindle, Respiratory Clinical Therapist at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, whose two children attend the Center.  Copper-Pierce provided an update on enrollment, stating that the infant-toddler program is now full, and the total number of children enrolled has grown to 38. “We also have several likely enrollments lined up for the future,” Copper-Pierce stated, adding that the most immediate enrollment goal is to add five more children during the month of February.

SRM 4000 Child Dev Ctr Ad-(5 062X8 5)Copper-Pierce also talked about her staff’s credentials and loyalty — all teachers are certified and many have been with the Center for more than 15 years. “Parents and guardians know our teachers aren’t just ‘watching’ the children, they are providing activities that promote learning, emotional and social growth, and school readiness and success,” she said.

Another mark of the Center’s high standards is its commitment to achieve accreditation by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). “Of course we are licensed, but MSDE accreditation is a higher bar, and we are looking forward to achieving the recognition that comes with it,” Copper-Pierce explained.

During her turn at the microphone, Hindle talked about her family experience with the Center and the many advantages it offers, including “to and from” TCPS bus service for children attending Easton and White Marsh elementary schools, and the extended day (6:30 am to as late as 7 pm).  “Just as important, my children really enjoy their time at the Center,” said Hindle. “Earlier this week, my four year-old son was so excited telling me about how they had gone out into the snow to look for different kinds of animal tracks.”

The Center will have an open house on Wednesday, February 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and also 3 to 5 p.m. Anyone anticipating child care within the next several months is encouraged to attend. “We have space available now, but this time of year, inquiries and applications tend to pick up as summertime approaches, so it’s best to let us know your anticipated needs well in advance,” says Copper-Pierce.

For more information or to attend the open house, contact Charlene Copper-Pierce, 410-822-1000, ext. 5922.

Documentary film, “The Anonymous People,” to be shown at The Avalon Feburary 26

Members of Recovery For Shore, a newly-formed planning and advocacy group, at recent meeting regarding the film screening of The Anonymous People. Shown are, front row, Sharon Dundon, Tracie Nolan, Kathy Norman, and Bonnie Ball-Doerfler; back row, Gary Pearce, Caroline George, Keith Richardson, Paula Lowery, Emily Joiner, and Charles Roe. ( A complete list of the group members appears at the end of the article.)

Members of Recovery For Shore, a newly-formed planning and advocacy group, at recent meeting regarding the film screening of The Anonymous People. Shown are, front row, Sharon Dundon, Tracie Nolan, Kathy Norman, and Bonnie Ball-Doerfler; back row, Gary Pearce, Caroline George, Keith Richardson, Paula Lowery, Emily Joiner, and Charles Roe. ( A complete list of the group members appears at the end of the article.)

“The Anonymous People,” a much-heralded documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery and the emerging public recovery movement, will be shown at  The Avalon Theater in Easton on the evening of Wednesday, February 26, Sharon Dundon, CAC-AD, addictions specialist, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, has announced.

Dundon is the organizer of a newly-formed advocacy and planning group, “Recovery for Shore,” which includes representatives from a variety of Mid-Shore social service, health, mental health, business and nonprofit organizations, as well as concerned citizens. With the goal of promoting public awareness and support for recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction, bringing this landmark film to the Mid-Shore region is Recovery for Shore’s first initiative.

According to Dundon, “The Anonymous People” features interviews with more than 30 people who are among the millions in long-term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and who made the courageous decision to speak publicly.  The film questions why the U.S. has criminalized and given superficial treatment to a chronic illness that has an annual price tag of $350 billion.

“The Anonymous People” also features prominent people who have declined or given up anonymity to “go public” about their successful lives in long-term recovery. Appearing in the film are an award-winning actress, a former NBA star, a former Miss USA, a veteran news anchor, a former member of the U.S Congress and many others.  These individuals and others have “come out” to help counter prevailing negative public attitudes toward the process of recovery and individuals engaged in it.

“The Anonymous People” aims to transform public discourse in the same way honest, open discussion about topics such as breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, and being gay helped spark widespread change in public perception about those issues.  The film addresses the question, “Why don’t we treat addiction in this country like any other health issue?”

Says Dundon, “Because this film focuses not on the horrors of addiction, but on the true potential and benefits of recovery, we see the screening at The Avalon as an exciting opportunity to get people in our community to begin thinking differently. Many people in our communities lead productive, successful lives in recovery. We believe that this film will help share that reality with our Mid-Shore friends, neighbors, elected representatives and civic leaders. Increasing understanding and changing perceptions – these are first steps toward strengthening support for recovery programs.”

Admission to the film is free but due to limited seating, advance ticketing is highly recommended. Free tickets may be obtained online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-anonymous-people-building-a-recovery-movement-tickets-10189405787; Facebook users may also visit  the Recovery for Shore page and follow links for tickets.   The movie trailer may be viewed online at http://www.theanonymouspeople.com.

Doors to The Avalon will open at 6:30 p.m. and the screening begins at 7 p.m. Complementary refreshments will be served.

“The Anonymous People” screening is sponsored by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Recovery for Shore, Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, Talbot County Prevention Program, Mid-Shore Mental Health, Talbot County Department of Social Services, Rise Up Coffee, Washington Street Pub, and Warwick Manor.

“Recovery for Shore” Advocacy and Planning Group Members

Chase Brexton: Anne Marie Cox

Chesapeake Voyagers: Doug Kirby, Diane Lane

Community Organizer: Carolyn Jaffe

Dorchester Recovery Initiative: John Winslow

Mental Health Association of Talbot County: Jackie Davis

Mid-Shore Mental Health Systems: Kathy Stevenson

Queen Anne’s County Health Department: Gary Fry

Talbot County Department of Social Services: Emily Joiner

Talbot County Health Department: Neil Edwards, Paula Lowry, Kathy Norman, Charles Roe

Talbot County Office of Community Supervision: Bonnie Ball-Doerfler, Caroline George

Talbot County Problem Solving Program:  Julian Markham, Kelly Reynolds

Talbot Partnership for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse: Gary Pearce

Talbot County Student Learning Intern: Alexandra Dundon

UM Shore Regional Health: Sharon Dundon, Lisa Flynn, Kate Gallagher, Tracie Nolan, Julie Stevenson, Jaclyn Weston

Warwick Manor: Keith Richardson

 

 

FYI Calendar of Events – February 2014

Have an event you would like to list in Compass?  Please email Kate Gallagher, kgallagher@shorehealth.org, before Wednesday of the week you wish it to appear.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings (ongoing)   Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9am-12 noon, UM Shore Regional Health Diagnostic and Imaging Center, 10 Martin Court, Easton; Tuesday and Fridays, 11am-1pm, UMSMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. Recurring event (except holidays).

Labor and Delivery I, II & III – Saturday, February 1, 8:30am-3pm, UMSMC at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center. An overview of pregnancy and birth for expectant mothers, spouses and birthing coaches. Registration: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

Shore Shape Screenings/Dorchester — Tuesday, February 4, 1-7pm;  Thursday, February 6, 6-10am; Thursday, February 27, 6-10am. Screenings take place at UMSMC at Dorchester, 3rd floor. Please fast on the day of your screening, and drink two glasses of water prior. Screening takes approximately 15 minutes and results will be shared with you confidentially once it is completed. Questions? Call 1-877-935-5262.

Breastfeeding Support Group  — Tuesday, February 4, 10-11:30am, Social Center, Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation, UMSMC at Easton. For details, contact Carol Leonard, RNC, IBCLC, RLC, ext. 5535 or 5700.

Shore Shape Screenings/Easton — Thursday, February 6, 1-7pm; Tuesday, February 18, 6-10am; Tuesday, February 18, 6-10am; Thursday, February 20, 1-7pm; Tuesday, February 25, 6-10am. All screenings take place in UMSMC at Easton, Health Education Center A & B. Please fast on the day of your screening, and drink two glasses of water prior. Screening takes approximately 15 minutes and results will be shared with you confidentially once it is completed. Questions? Call 1-877-935-5262.

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group Thursday, February 6, 1pm, Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Washington Street, Easton. Presentation, “Identity Theft and What You Can Do About It” by Parker Spurry, VP and St. Michaels Branch Manager, Talbot Bank. (Recurring event, first Thursday every month.) Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.

CARES Cancer Patient Support Group — Thursday, February 6 and Thursday, February 20, 5-7pm, UM Shore Regional Cancer Center. (Recurring event, first and third Thursday every month.) Contact: 443-254-5940.

New Mom, New Baby: Safety and CPR – Saturday, February 8, 9:30-11am, UMSMC at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center. Learn about post-partum care, pain management, nutrition and more. Free. Registration: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

Safe Sitter Babysitting Class — Saturday, February 8, 9am- 4:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Teaches youth ages 11-13 the basics of babysitting, including basic first aid, CPR and much more. Taught by UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown pediatric nurses. Cost: $40 per child (scholarships available). Space is limited. For more information, contact Chrissy Nelson, RN, CDE, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Easton– Two sessions: Tuesdays, February 4-18, 9am-12noon; Wednesdays, February 5-19, 1:30-4:30pm. UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, UMSMC at Easton, Medical information and strategies to help patients to manage their diabetes. Registration: Doris Allen, RN, CDE, 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings – Monday-Friday February 10-14, 7am-12:30pm and from 1:30-7pm, Cardiac Rehabilitation Centers at  UMSMC at Dorchester and UMSMC at Easton. Contact: Sally Worm, 410-822-1000, ext. 5208.

Valentine’s Jewelry Event — Wednesday, February 12, Robin Hood Shop, 416 High Street, Cambridge. Shop is operated by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary to raise funds for programs and services at UMSMC at Dorchester. Hours are Monday-Friday,  9am 4pm and Saturdays, 10am-2pm.  For more information, call 410-228-6339.

CARES Patient Support Group — Thursday, February 6 and Thursday, February 20, 5-7pm, UM Shore Regional Cancer Center. (Recurring event, first and third Thursday every month.) For more information, call 443-254-5940.

The New Guidelines for Cholesterol ManagementWednesday, February 11, 2pm, UMSMC at Easton, Board Room. Free presentation by Christadoss Rajasingh, MD, of Chesapeake Cardiology. Limited seating; registration required. Contact: Sally Worm, RN, 410-822-1000, ext.  5208.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group — Tuesday, February 11, 6:30pm, UM Shore Regional Cancer Center. Education and support network providing men and their families with free information, materials and peer support so they can make informed choices on detection, treatment options and coping with ongoing survivorship.  (Recurring event, second Tuesday every month.) For information, call Sharon Richter at 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.

Child Development Center Open House — Wednesday, February 12, 10am-12noon and 3-5pm, 133 Vine Street, Easton, MD. The Child Development Center is transitioning to independent, nonprofit status but UM Shore Regional Health employees will continue to receive the 10 percent discount on tuition. Employees and area residents interested in learning more about the Child Development Center’s excellent programs for babies (minimum six weeks old), toddlers, two-year olds, pre-schoolers and school-age children are invited to stop in and chat with parents and staff. For more information, contact Charlene Copper Pierce, 410-822-1000, ext. 5922.

Lunch and Learn: New Cholesterol Guidelines — Friday, February 14, 11am-12noon, UMSMC at Easton, Board Room, and UMSMC at Dorchester,  Board Room. Dr. Timothy J. Shanahan, MD, of UM Shore Regional Health’s Chesapeake Cardiology, will present on the new treatment guidelines published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, December, 2013. Worth 10 Wellness points. Limited seating; to RSVP, call ex. 5805.

Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation – Saturday, February 15, 9:30-11am. Designed to help parents prepare their children for the arrival of a new baby. Free. Registration: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

Prostate Cancer Support Group – Monday, February 17, 7pm, UMSMC at Chestertown, Conference Center. Contact: Chrissy Nelson, RN, CDE, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Look Good…Feel Better — Monday, February 17, 10am-12pm, UM Shore Regional Cancer Center Free American Cancer Society program created to help women with cancer look good and improve their self esteem.  Participants get hair, skin and make-up tips, samples and a visit to the Wig Room.  (Recurring event, third Monday every month.) Call 410-822-1000, ext. 5355 for information.

Low Salties Support Group – Wednesday, February 19, 4-6pm, Shore Wound Care, 503A Dutchman’s Lane, Easton. Topic: “Sodium and Your Heart.” For more information, call 410-820-6500.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton – Wednesday, February 19,  5:30pm.  UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, UMSMC at Easton .Contact: Doris Allen, RN, CDE, 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

CARES Caregivers’ Support Group — Wednesday, February 19, 5-7pm, UM Shore Regional Cancer Center.  (Recurring event, third Wednesday every month.) Call Chelsea Slacum, LGSW at 410-822-1000, ext. 2257 for more information.

What You Need to Know About the New Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Guidelines – Monday, February 24, 7pm, UMSMC at Chestertown, Conference Center. Free presentation provided by Dr. Juan Cordero, Jr., of Chesapeake Cardiology, regarding new treatment guidelines for the management of high blood pressure . Contact: Sherrie Hill, RN, MSN, CCRN, CHFN, 410-778-7668, ext. 2222.

Uniform Sale — Tuesday, February 25, 7am-4pm, UMSMC at Dorchester.  Sponsored by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary which raises funds to support programs and services at the Medical Center.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, February 25, 6-7:30pm, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.  Topic: “Fatigue.” For more information, call 410-820-6800.  The Breast Cancer Support Group is offered free of charge as part of the Cancer Rehabilitation & Survivorship Program (CARES).

Grief Management Class – Tuesdays, February 25 — April 8, 1:30-3pm, UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice, 6602 Church Hill Road, Chestertown. Free. Registration: Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, 410-778-1049.

Film Screening: “The Anonymous People” — Wednesday, February 26, 7pm, The Avalon Theatre, Easton. Documentary about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Shines a light on the personal and societal value of recovery through moving stories of individuals engaged in recovery. Sponsored by UM Shore Regional Health and “Recovery for Shore.”  Free, but reserve seating recommended; Go to www.eventbrite.com, location, Easton, MD. Contact: Sharon Dundon, RN, 410-822-100, ext. 5452.

 

Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary Holds Annual Meeting

Sue Edson, 2014 auxiliary president, accepts the presidential gavel from Jack Edson, immediate past president.

Sue Edson, 2014 auxiliary president, accepts the presidential gavel from Jack Edson, immediate past president.

The Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary recently held its annual meeting for all Auxiliary members at Heron Point in Chestertown.  During the meeting, the Auxiliary introduced its new officers for 2014. 

Serving on the Executive Committee for 2014 are Sue Edson, president; Sabina Baker, vice president; Mackey Dutton, recording secretary; Alice Barron, corresponding secretary; Bob Scofield, treasurer; Jo Ann Bowdle, parliamentarian; and Jack Edson, immediate past president. 

Additional Auxiliary members serving on this year’s Board include Molly Streit, Nearly New Shop; Lois Smith, Gift Shop; Kathy Davis, in-house volunteers; Jack Edson, auxiliary property; Erin Gillespie, membership committee; Bob Scofield, Molly Streit, Lois Smith, Sue Edson, Sabina Baker and Jo Ann Bowdle, finance committee; Nan Voorhees, historian/decorating; Holly Bramble, hospitality; Miki Smith, MAHA; Holly Bramble and Meg Lenher, scholarship co-chairs; and Miki Smith, Shirley Gayner, Sue Urda, Meg Lenher, Catherine Molz, Sabina Baker, Jan Taylor, Veronica Gordon, Jane Norton, Paddy Tobey, Eleanor Noble, and Roberta Rengarts, members at large. 

The Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary supports programs and services at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown through volunteerism and fundraising efforts.  For additional information about the Auxiliary or to learn about volunteer opportunities, contact Sue Edson, president, at 410-348-2159. 

 

Nearly New Shop to Hold “First Friday” Sale Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

The Nearly New Shop, located at 320 High Street in Chestertown, will hold a “First Friday” Sale on Friday, February 7 from 10 a.m.-7p.m.  During sale hours, everything in the shop will be 50% off, including jewelry.  Refreshments will be offered to shoppers from 4-7 p.m. 

Operated by the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary to benefit programs and services at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, the shop offers gently used adult clothing, shoes, accessories, household items and books.  The shop also features a designer clothing section.  The Nearly New Shop is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1p.m.  For more information, call (410)778-1781 or visit www.chesterriverhealth.org.