Monthly Archives: May 2014

Stroke Center Honored by American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The Neurology team include, back row, from left to right: Teresa Manship, RN;  Jessica Fluharty, RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience Specialist; Terry Detrich, MD, Neurology medical director;  Denise Copes, NT. Front row, left to right: Pam Carroll, RN; Tunisha Akins, NT/Secretary; Jennifer Miles, Neurology Manager.

The Neurology team includes, back row, from left to right: Teresa Manship, RN; Jessica Fluharty, RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience Specialist; Terry Detrich, MD, Neurology Medical Director; Denise Copes, NT. Front row, left to right: Pam Carroll, RN; Tunisha Akins, NT/Secretary; Jennifer Miles, Neurology Manager.

Key to the Stroke Center achievements are the Emergency team, including, from left to right: Frank Ciocci, MD, Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Easton; Jessica Fluharty, RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience specialist; Carolyn Auman, NT; Shenna Johns, Secretary; Stephanie Hope, NT; Sandra Hammons, RN; Debbie Merceron, RN-C, BSN; Melanie Donaway; RN, CEN, CPEN, MSN; Alida Bushe, RN, BSN.

The Emergency Department team includes, from left to right: Frank Ciocci, MD, Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Easton; Jessica Fluharty, RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience Specialist; Carolyn Auman, NT; Shenna Johns, Secretary; Stephanie Hope, NT; Sandra Hammons, RN; Debbie Merceron, RN-C, BSN; Melanie Donaway; RN, CEN, CPEN, MSN; Alida Bushe, RN, BSN.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association announced that the Primary Stroke Center at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton achieved both the Gold Plus Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll for the “Get With The Guidelines” stroke program for 2013. This achievement brings national recognition to the Primary Stroke Center for improving patient care and outcomes for stroke patients.

Hospitals receiving “Get With The Guidelines” Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure or stroke patients to standards outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The Stroke Center is also one of 392 nationwide hospitals making the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, meaning the Easton team is among the nation’s best in cutting down the time it takes for patients to receive treatment.

Jessica Fluharty RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience Specialist/Stroke Center Coordinator, who manages reporting the necessary data to AHA/ASA, said the awards speak highly of ongoing efforts to improve care for stroke patients.

“I’m proud of our achievements because we do immaculate work for our stroke patients and we’re improving our practices every day,” Fluharty said. UM Shore Medical Center at Easton’s Primary Stroke Center served 203 patients with ischemic strokes in 2013.

“The goal of participating in ‘Get With The Guidelines’ is to save lives, and it helps our team ensure that the care provided to stroke patients is aligned with the latest evidence-based guidelines,” said Terry Detrich, MD, Medical Director of the Primary Stroke Center.

“Our participation in ‘Get With The Guidelines’ demonstrates our commitment to quality care. UM Shore Regional Health is proud to be a part of the American Heart Association’s efforts to turn guidelines into lifelines,” said Ruth Ann Jones, EdD, MSN, RN, Director of Acute Care for UM Shore Regional Health.

Nursing Awards Events Held in Chestertown, Easton

Nurses from all locations and departments of UM Shore Regional Health had reason to celebrate during the last week of April, as annual award presentation events were held at UM SMC at Easton and UM SMC at Chestertown.

At the Easton event, individual awards for nursing excellence were presented as follows:

  • Antoinette Baines, MSN, RN, CNL, CNOR — Outstanding Achievement in the Care Delivery: Commitment to Others
  • Linda Warren, BSN, RN — Outstanding Achievement in Leadership
  • Lisa Asplen, RN, ASN —  Outstanding Achievement in Mentorship: Caring and Advocacy
  • Stacey Stanley, BSN, RN-BC — Outstanding Achievement in Professional Nursing Category
Individual Nursing Excellence Award winners: Front row, l. to r., Linda Warren, BSN, RN, Clinical Coordinator, UM SMC at Easton, Birthing Center; Lisa Asplen, RN, Staff Nurse, Ambulatory Surgery Center; Antoinette Baines, MSN, RN, CNL, CNOR, Staff Nurse First Assistant, UM SMC at Easton, Operating Room; Stacey Stanley, RN-BC, Staff Nurse, UM SMC at Dorchester, Shore Behavioral Health; back row, John Dillion, Chair, Board of Directors, Shore Regional Health Christopher Parker, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CHCQM, Regional Senior Vice President-Clinical Services; Kenneth Kozel, FACHE, President and CEO

Individual Nursing Excellence Award winners: Front row, l. to r., Linda Warren, BSN, RN, Clinical Coordinator, UM SMC at Easton, Birthing Center; Lisa Asplen, RN, Staff Nurse, Ambulatory Surgery Center; Antoinette Baines, MSN, RN, CNL, CNOR, Staff Nurse First Assistant, UM SMC at Easton, Operating Room; Stacey Stanley, RN-BC, Staff Nurse, UM SMC at Dorchester, Shore Behavioral Health; back row, John Dillion, Chair, Board of Directors, Shore Regional Health Christopher Parker, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CHCQM, Regional Senior Vice President-Clinical Services; Kenneth Kozel, FACHE, President and CEO

This year’s Award for Unit/Department Excellence in Empirical Outcomes was presented to the Critical Care Unit at Dorchester for “outstanding teamwork by working collaboratively with other health care team members and disciplines to achieve optimal patient outcomes.”

Front row, l. to r.: UM SMC at Dorchester Critical Care Unit team members Jeannine LeMieux, RN, Staff Nurse; Samantha Fitzhugh, RN, Staff Nurse; Shelley Stone, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Clinical Coordinator; Mandy Bounds, MSN, RN, CCRN-CMC, Manager; and Hope Padilla, BSN, RN, PCCN, Staff Nurse. Back row, l. to r.; John Dillon, Chair, Board of Directors, UM Shore Regional Health; Christopher Parker, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CHCQM, Regional Senior Vice President-Clinical Services; and Kenneth Kozel, FACHE, President and CEO.

Front row, l. to r.: UM SMC at Dorchester Critical Care Unit team members Jeannine LeMieux, RN, Staff Nurse; Samantha Fitzhugh, RN, Staff Nurse; Shelley Stone, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Clinical Coordinator; Mandy Bounds, MSN, RN, CCRN-CMC, Manager; and Hope Padilla, BSN, RN, PCCN, Staff Nurse. Back row, l. to r.; John Dillon, Chair, Board of Directors, UM Shore Regional Health; Christopher Parker, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CHCQM, Regional Senior Vice President-Clinical Services; and Kenneth Kozel, FACHE, President and CEO.

At the nursing awards event in Chestertown,  Lisa Eisemann, BSN, RN, Nursing Informatics Coordinator, was honored as Nurse of the Year. Her calm and professional demeanor, patient-centered approach to care, and leadership of the CPOE go-live project in Chestertown supported her selection.  The Unsung Hero Award was presented to Jake Reid, Chaplain, who serves UM SMC at Chestertown. Reid’s selection was based on his positive effect on the staff and morale during, his organization and leadership of the volunteer program, and his outreach and engagement with staff at levels as well as patients and their families.

Mary Jo Keefe RN,BSN, MSM Director of Nursing, UM SMC at Chestertown; Lisa Eisemann, BSN, RN, winner of the Nurse of the Year Award:; Jake Reid, winner of the Unsung Hero Award, and   Christopher J. Parker MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CHCQM Regional Senior Vice President-Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer UM Shore Regional Health

Mary Jo Keefe RN,BSN, MSM, Director of Nursing, UM SMC at Chestertown; Lisa Eisemann, BSN, RN, winner of the Nurse of the Year Award:; Jake Reid, winner of the Unsung Hero Award, and Christopher J. Parker MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CHCQM, Regional Senior Vice President-Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer, UM Shore Regional Health

Emily Welsh, RN, Medical Surgical Staff Nurse, UM SMC at Chestertown, won the Margaret Ann Gary Award for Nursing Excellence

Emily Welsh, RN, Medical Surgical Staff Nurse, UM SMC at Chestertown, won the Margaret Ann Gary Award for Nursing Excellence

The Margaret Ann Gary Nursing Award was presented to Emily Welsh, RN, Medical-Surgical Staff Nurse. Members of the medical staff nominate and select candidates for this award on the basis of several criteria for outstanding bedside nursing, including dedication, enthusiasm, dependability, professionalism, flexibility, empathy, knowledge of best practices and passion for nursing.

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Dundon Receives Caliber Award from Mid-Shore Mental Health Systems, Inc.

Sharon Dundon (right), addiction specialist for Shore Behavioral health, looks on as Delegate Addie Eckart the citation for Dundon's Caliber Award from Mid-Shore Mental Health Systems.

Sharon Dundon (right), Addiction Specialist for Shore Behavioral Health, looks on as Maryland State Delegate Addie Eckardt reads the citation for Dundon’s Caliber Award from Mid-Shore Mental Health Systems, Inc..

Sharon Dundon, CAC-AD, addictions specialist for Shore Behavioral Health, was among the honorees at the Mid-Shore Mental Health Systems, Inc.’s 16th annual Caliber Awards luncheon on May 16 at the Kitty Knight House and Restaurant in Georgetown, Md. The event honors the work of local organizations and individuals for their contributions to the public behavioral health system on the Mid-Shore.

Dundon received the Caliber Award for Empowerment of Individuals in the Community, in recognition of her leadership and accomplishments as the organizer of Recovery for Shore, a newly-formed advocacy and planning group. Recovery for Shore includes representatives from a variety of Mid-Shore social service, health, mental health, business and nonprofit organizations as well as concerned citizens.

The goal of Recovery for Shore is to promote public awareness and support for recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. The group’s initial focus has been on providing free screenings around the region of “The Anonymous People,” a documentary film highlighting the 23 million Americans in long-term recovery that has been widely hailed as a clarion call for a new and enlightened awareness of the promise of recovery from alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction, and for a new and better approach to addressing the suffering caused by addiction. To date, Recovery for Shore screenings of “The Anonymous People” have taken place in Easton, Denton and Cambridge, and upcoming screenings are set forChestertown (June 17) and Centreville (July 31).

Dundon has worked in addictions for Shore Behavioral Health for more than two decades. “Sharon always has provided excellent service to her clients, but her work with Recovery for Shore puts her at the forefront of the Mid-Shore region’s participation in the nationwide recovery awareness movement designed to change the way we think and talk about addiction, recovery and wellness,” comments Jaclyn S. L. Weston, BSN, BA, RN-BC, Manager, Shore Behavioral Health.

Everyday Hero Recognized in Environmental Services

BruceGoltUniversity of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation recently recognized Bruce Golt, a member of the Environmental Services team at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, as an Everyday Hero.  Golt was nominated by a family member of a previous patient for his willingness to assist in transferring the patient’s belongings in preparation for the patient’s transfer to University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.  Golt’s assistance was even more appreciated by the family as it was offered in the midst of a driving rain storm.

Present for the Everyday Hero recognition were (from left to right) F. Graham Lee, vice president of philanthropy, UM Shore Regional Health; Bruce Golt, nominee; and Ali Khan, Environmental Services manager.

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. For more information about recognizing an Everyday Hero, contact the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation at 410-822-1000, ext. 5481.

UM Memorial Hospital Foundation to Host Wills Seminar at Three Convenient Locations

University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation will be hosting “The Importance of Your Will,” a seminar about wills, bequests, trusts, and estate and gift taxes.  The seminar will be held at three different locations including Tuesday, June 10 from 6-8 p.m. at the Caroline County Public Library, located at 100 Market Street in Denton; Thursday, June 12 from 6-8 p.m. at University of Maryland Shore Medical Pavilion, located at 125 Shoreway Drive in Queenstown; and Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Talbot County Free Library, located at 100 West Dover Street in Easton.

Guest presenter at the June 10 and 12 seminars will be Fred Hopkins, JD, CFA, vice president and senior relationship manager of Wilmington Trust.  Hopkins holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law, a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Williams College and is a CFA charter holder.  He has significant tenure in the wealth advisory industry and is responsible for providing comprehensive wealth advisory services to individuals and families.

Guest presenters at the June 21 seminar will be JoRhea Nagel Wright, Esquire, of Charles T. Capute, LLC and Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Esquire, of Ewing, Dietz, Fountain & Kehoe, P.A.

Nagel Wright received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University in Waco Texas and her law degree from Regent University School of Law, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  She began her law career in 1998 working for the Goldman Sachs subsidiary, The Ayco Company, L.P., headquartered in Albany, New York, where she spent nearly eight years practicing in the area of estate, gift and income tax planning and compliance.  A native of Preston, she moved back to the Eastern Shore in 2006, accepting a position with Charles T. Capute, LLC, concentrating in the areas of estate planning, wills and trusts, probate and trust administration, estate and gift tax law, and estate, gift and fiduciary income tax compliance.

Fitzgerald is a partner at the Easton law firm of Ewing, Dietz, Fountain, & Kehoe, P.A.  He received his undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and his law degree, Master of Laws in Taxation and Certificate in Estate Planning from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  Fitzgerald focuses on estate planning and administration, business formation and planning, commercial and financial transactions, real estate, land use and local government.

For more information about “The Importance of Your Will” or to register for one of the upcoming seminars, please contact Janet Andrews at (410) 822-1000, extension 5792 or by email at janet@shorehealth.org.  Seminars are free to all attendees; seating is limited and preregistration is required.

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 University of Maryland 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.

JoRhea Nagel Wright, Esq.

JoRhea Nagel Wright, Esq.

Pat Fitzgerald, Esq.

Pat Fitzgerald, Esq.

Fred Hopkins, JD, CFA

Fred Hopkins, JD, CFA

Calendar of Events: May 29 – June 30, 2014

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to submit items for the Compass calendar and/or for the UM Shore Regional Health Monthly Health Calendar that is advertised in local media, please email Kate Gallagher, kgallagher@shorehealth.org. The deadline for the Monthly Health Calendar is always the 15th of the month prior.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings/Easton and Dorchester — Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9am-12pm, Diagnostic & Imaging Center, 10 Martin Court, Easton; Tuesdays and Fridays, 11am-1pm, UMSMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. Recurring event, except holidays.

Book Sale — Thursday, May 29, 10am-4pm and Friday, May 30, 7am-3pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center rooms C/D.  Benefits UM Shore Regional Health’s Cancer Center.

The Birthing Center’s March of Dimes Dance & Silent Auction — Friday, May 30, 8pm-midnight, The Milestone in Easton. Featuring DJ Steve Moody, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, light refreshments, cash bar. Advance ticket, $20; at the door, $25. Contact: 410-714-2412 or  410-310-1162.

Edward M. Athey Memorial Golf Tournament — Friday, May 30, Queenstown Harbor, River Course. Fundraiser to benefit UMSMC at Chestertown, sponsored by UM Chester River Health Foundation. For sponsorship, ticket and payroll deduction information, call Maryann Ruerhmund, 410-810-5660 or email foundation@chesterriverhealth.org no later than May 23.

Bake Sale — Saturday, May 31, 9am-1pm, Chester River Hospital Auxiliary building, next to Fountain Park in Chestertown.  Proceeds will go toward the purchase of medical equipment at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Healthy Smoothie Demonstration — Tuesday,  June 3, 12-1pm, UM SMC at Cambridge, 3rd Floor Classroom. To register, please go to www.bhsonline.com with username ‘Shore’ — click ‘Register Here for Biometric Screenings & Wellness Events’.

Breastfeeding Support Group — Tuesday, June 3, 10 -11:30am, UMSMC at Easton, Requard Social Center. Led by UM Shore Regional Health lactation consultants. New and expectant mothers encouraged to attend. Free. Call 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

Carb Counting Class – Tuesday,  June 3, 1:30-3:30pm, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology in UMSMC at Easton. Overview of the most commonly-used method of meal planning for diabetics. Referral required. Regarding cost/insurance coverage and registration, contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Self-Management Training/Easton —Two sessions: Tuesdays, June 3, 10 and 17, 9am-12pm; and Wednesdays June 4, 11 and 18, 1:30-4:30pm. UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology in UMSMC at Easton. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral required. Regarding cost/insurance coverage and registration, call:  410-822-1000, ext.5195.

Mid Shore Stroke Support Group – Thursday, June 5, 1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Washington Street, Easton. Guest Speaker: Childlene Brooks, Activity Director, Talbot County Senior Center. Topic: Senior Center programs, services and trips, with elaboration on matters of interest to stroke survivors and their caregivers. Light refreshments; free, but RSVP requested. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or midshorestroke@gmail.com.

When Bad Things Happen: An Introduction to EMDR in Treating PTSD — Thursday, June 5, 6pm, Center for Integrative Medicine, 607-B Dutchmans Lane, Easton. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), is a widely-researched treatment that decreases or eliminates the symptoms of post-traumatic stress. It is recognized as an effective treatment for PTSD by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In this seminar, Richard Gibson, LCSW-C, a psychotherapist  who specializes in psychological trauma and is certified in EMDR, will explain how EMDR works. Free but limited space; advance registration required. Call 410- 770-9400.

CARES Cancer Patient Support GroupThursdays, June 5 and 19, 5-7pm, Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Ave. Free. Contact: 443-254-5940.

Labor & Delivery Class — Saturday, June 7, 8:30am-3pm, UMSMC at Easton, Health Education Center. An overview of pregnancy and birth; expectant mothers, spouses and birthing coaches encouraged to attend. Free. Call 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

Navigating the New Health Insurance Landscape/Easton and Queenstown – Monday, June 9, 1-4 pm, UMSMC at Easton Emergency Department Lobby and UM Queen Anne’s Emergency Center Lobby. Hope Clark, health benefits navigator for Talbot County, and Regina Carpenter, health benefits assister for Queen Anne’s County, will be on hand to talk with the public about Maryland Health Connection enrollment for affordable health insurance, especially those eligible for Medicaid, those who have a qualifying life event (such as changing jobs, marriage and other life changes) that enables them to make adjustments to their coverage, and those planning to sign up during the next open enrollment, which begins November 15, 2014. Free; attendees will be accommodated on a first-come, first served.

“The Importance of Your Will” – Tuesday, June 10, 6-8pm, Caroline County Public Library; Thursday, June 12, 6-8pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown; Saturday, June 21, 10-Noon, Talbot County Free Library.  Sponsored by the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation.  To register, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5792 or e-mail janet@shorehealth.org.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, June 10, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Ave., Easton. Dr. Rodrigo Erlich, medical oncologist, will be the guest speaker. Contact: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.

Recovery Message Training — Thursday June 12, two sessions: 2-4pm and 5-7:30pm, UMSMC at Easton, HEC. This training teaches participants how to share the story of recovery (from drug and/or alcohol addiction) to promote advocacy; and share without violating self-help group traditions; promote recovery through media and to advance public policy. Free but advance registration required. E-mail full name and contact number to:  recoveryforshore@gmail.com

Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation — Saturday, June 14, 9:30-11am, UMSMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Designed to help parents prepare their children for the arrival of a new baby. Free. Registration: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

Look Good… Feel BetterMonday, June 16, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Ave., Easton.  Free ACS program for women with cancer includes hair, skin and make-up tips, samples and a visit to the Wig Room. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Masquerade SaleMonday, June 16 and Tuesday, June 17, UMSMC at Dorchester.  Featuring $5 jewelry, accessories and gift items.  Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Dorchester.

Film Screening/Chestertown: “The Anonymous People” – Tuesday, June 17, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chestertown, 6:30pm. This documentary film highlighting the 23 million Americans in long-term recovery is a clarion call for a new and enlightened awareness of the promise of recovery from alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction, and for a new and better approach to addressing the suffering caused by addiction. Admission is free but due to limited seating, advance ticketing is recommended via www.eventbrite.com. Questions may be directed to recoveryforshore@gmail.com.

Better Breathers Support Group – Tuesday, June 17, 12:30-2pm, UM SMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Open to anyone interested in better lung health. Topic:  “Getting the Whole Picture;” topics will include diet, doctors’ appointments, and respiratory care equipment. Guest speakers : Pam Roath, RCP, and Bryan Job, of Home MediService Inc. Lunch provided. RSVP required by June 12:  410-810-5666 or shill@chesterriverhealth.org.

CARES Caregivers’ Support Group — Wednesday, June 18, 5-7pm, Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Ave., Easton. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 2257.

New Mom, New Baby: Safety and CPR – Saturday, June 21, 9am-1:30pm, UMSMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Learn about post-partum care, pain management, nutrition and more. Free. Call 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

Safe Sitter Class/Chestertown – Saturday, June 21, 9am-4:30pm, UMSMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Teaches youth ages 11-13 the basics of babysitting, including basic first aid, CPR , etc. Taught by pediatric nurses. Cost: $40 (scholarships available). Registration: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, June 23, 7pm, UMSMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Contact: 410-778-7668-, ext. 2175.

Women Supporting Women Breast Cancer Group  — Tuesday, June 24, 6:30pm, Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. Free. Contact: 410-463-0946 or 410-228-3161.

Webinar: Coping with Stress at Work — Tuesday, June 24, 5:30-6:30pm. To register, please go to www.bhsonline.com with username ‘Shore’ — click ‘Register Here for Biometric Screenings & Wellness Events’.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, June 24, 6:30pm, UMSMC at Chestertown, Conference Center.  Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

“Low Salties” Support Group Wednesday, June 25, 4-6pm, Shore Wound Care, 503 A Dutchman’s Lane, Easton. Contact: 410-820-6500.

Webinar: Healthy Eating on a Budget — Thursday, June 26, 2-3pm. To register, please go to www.bhsonline.com with username ‘Shore’ — click ‘Register Here for Biometric Screenings & Wellness Events’.

“Claws for a Cause” Crab Feast – Thursday, June 26, 6-9pm, Fisherman’s Crab Deck, Grasonville.  Benefits UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown. $90 per person in advance/$100 at the door.   Call 410-822-1000, ext. 5481 for ticket information.

 

 

 

Shore Regional Health Medical Centers Achieve Magnet Redesignation® for 2014 – 2018 from Magnet Recognition Program®

Magnet - Nurse Managers

Members of the nursing management team celebrate the news of Magnet resignation at UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton.

University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton have achieved Magnet® redesignation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  Both UM Shore Regional Health medical centers were first awarded Magnet Recognition® status in 2009.

Magnet Recognition® is an organizational credential granted to exceptional health care organizations that meet specific standards set forth by the ANCC.  To achieve Magnet Recognition®, an organization must meet standards in quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.  This designation, which must be reapplied for every four years if an organization wishes to maintain the status, is the ultimate distinction for high quality nursing care and a primary source of best nursing practices worldwide. Only 7% of all registered hospitals in the United States have achieved Magnet Recognition® status; there are only 401 Magnet® designated hospitals worldwide.   UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton are two of the six hospitals in the State of Maryland that are Magnet® designated.

To obtain redesignation, UM Shore Regional Health was tasked with completing an extensive application and documentation process followed by a three-day site visit conducted by a team of appraisers from ANCC, which concluded in early April.

“The nursing staffs of Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton take great pride in the exceptional health care provided to the patients we serve,” comments Christopher Parker, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CHCQM, regional senior vice president of Clinical Services and chief nursing officer, UM Shore Regional Health. “Achieving redesignation from the Magnet Recognition Program® is a tremendous honor and is further proof of what we know to be true – that our team is unparalleled in nursing excellence and their professional nursing practices.”

“As an organization, we could not be more proud of this accomplishment,” remarks Kenneth Kozel, MBA, FACHE, president and CEO of UM Shore Regional Health. “Each and every day, our nursing team strives to provide the highest level of health care services to our patients and their loved ones.  The nursing excellence and best practices that they demonstrate are not only the reason for our achievement of Magnet Recognition® status, it is also why I am highly confident that Shore Regional Health will be able to fulfill our mission of Creating healthier communities together.”

University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown has begun the journey to Magnet Designation® and will be included in the reapplication process that concludes in 2018.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for the more than 170,000 residents of the Mid-Shore region including Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties.  University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton are member hospitals of Shore Regional Health, which is part of the University of Maryland Medical System.

Medical Professionals Recognized by the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce

Barbara Bilconish, MSN, RN, NEA-BC and William Bair, MD

Barbara Bilconish, MSN, RN, NEA-BC and William Bair, MD

Two local medical professionals were nominated for the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce 5th Annual Business Excellence Awards.  Barbara Bilconish, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Director, Professional Nursing Practice/Magnet Program for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, and Dr. William E. Bair, general surgeon, were nominated by their peers for the Medical Professional of the Year – People’s Choice Award.  Dr. Bair was presented with the award at the event held on May 19 at Sailwinds Park in Cambridge.

“Ask the Expert” hearing loss discussion draws crowd in Grasonville

Laurie Porter, DO

Laurie Porter, DO

Laurie Porter, DO, led a discussion on hearing loss in seniors on May 20 at Grasonville Senior Center, attracting an audience of about 15 people.

The afternoon “Ask the Expert” discussion focused on medical issues surrounding hearing loss, and Porter brought along audiologists who answered technical questions about hearing aid use.

“Ask the Expert” Concludes with Discussion on Breast Cancer Care

Christopher Levey, MD

Christopher Levey, MD

Roberta Lilly, MD, MPH, FACS

Roberta Lilly, MD, MPH, FACS

Roberta Lilly, MD, MPH, FACS, medical director of UM Shore Regional Health’s Comprehensive Breast Center, and Christopher Levey, MD, radiologist, offered a presentation on May 21 at the Caroline County Public Library, which concluded Shore Regional Health’s spring “Ask the Expert” series.  Dr. Lilly and Dr. Levey presented about “What’s New and What’s Old in Breast Cancer Care.”

Thank you to all of our physicians and medical specialists who helped to make our spring 2014 series a huge success.  Your outreach to our local communities and the patients we serve is much appreciated!