Monthly Archives: June 2014

July 1 Celebrations To Mark First Anniversary and New Mission for UM Shore Regional Health

sprout-(tree) with shadowUniversity of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s first anniversary  will be celebrated on July 1, 2014 at all sites throughout our five-county region on July 1 with the official inauguration of our new mission, “Creating Healthier Communities Together,” and a new UM SRH strategic plan, 2015-2020.

The day will begin with system-wide delivery (via Everyone Email) of the “Creating Healthier Communities Together” team video, which features UM Shore Regional Health team members (from all levels and locations, and a wide array of service lines and departments as well as from the board and auxiliaries) offering their thoughts on the mission and the new vision — “to be the region’s leader in patient centered health care.”

Staff members from Human Resources and Communications & Marketing will deliver celebratory treats to all off-site locations as well as the three medical centers along with banners reflecting the new mission. The treats will be bottled water and carrot-cake cupcakes, selected to symbolize a new focus on health-consciousness for UM SRH team members as well as for patients and the community at large. To share their own commitment to “Creating Healthier Communities Together,” employees will be invited to sign the banners, which will be hung high from the main entrances of each location as a means of sharing those commitments and the new mission with the wider communities served by UM Shore Regional Health.

The “Creating Healthier Communities Together” team video project will continue after July 1 with a few clips released each week as a means of engaging UM Shore Regional Health team members, physicians and others across the health care organization in the new mission, vision, values and goals detailed in the strategic plan. Stay tuned!

Mission-Statement

Incident Drill to be Held in Chestertown on July 26

On Saturday, July 26, UM Shore Regional Health will participate in a drill to test our ability to respond to an active shooter incident at one of our facilities. This drill at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, conducted in accordance with Joint Commission requirements, will include our regional partners in law enforcement and emergency management.

Beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting until about 2 p.m., the drill will consist of a series of scenarios using role players. The drill promises to be unique, educational and a hands-on experience preparing for a serious threat that any health-care facility can face.

The drill will take place away from most patient areas and services at UM SMC at Chestertown will continue without interruption. Public notice will be given prior to the event so patients and visitors are not alarmed by any activities at the hospital that day.

If any team members are interested in participating in the drill, please reply to Security Manager Frank Ford at 410-822-1000, ext. 5611, or UM SMC at Chestertown Manager of Emergency Services Jenn Nutley 410-778-3300, ext. 2517, by July 10.

Ruehrmund Recertified as Certified Fund Raising Executive (CRFE)

University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation’s executive director, Maryann M. Ruehrmund, was recently recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) by CFRE International.  More than 5,300 professionals worldwide hold the CFRE designation.

Fundraising professionals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards determined by CFRE International, which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment of service to not-for-profit organizations.  Those credentialed have also passed a thorough written examination, which tests the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a fundraising professional, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.  The certification is a voluntary achievement, demonstrating a high level of commitment to the fundraising profession and the donors who are served.

Recipients of the CFRE credential are awarded certification for a three-year period.  In order to maintain certification, professionals must demonstrate ongoing fundraising employment and fundraising results, and continue with their professional education. CFRE International is an independent organization committed to the certification of fundraising executives by setting standards in philanthropic practice.  The organization is accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies.

The UM Chester River Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable fundraising organization, raises funds to benefit UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice and University of Maryland Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation at Chestertown.  Additional information about the UM Chester River Health Foundation can be obtained at umshoreregional.org or by calling Ms. Ruehrmund at 410-810-5660.

Do You Know How To Report a Compliance Concern?

Any member of SRH who knows or suspects a violation of the Standards of Business Conduct, regulatory requirements or policies is expected to report that information through the appropriate channels.  Here are your options:

Talk to your supervisor.  It is every supervisor’s responsibility to ensure that his or her employees comply with the Standards of Business Conduct, the Compliance Program and related policies.  If it is inappropriate to discuss the issue with your supervisor or you feel uncomfortable doing so, there are other options, as follows:

Contact the Regional Director of Compliance:  Linda Pittman, Director of Compliance, is responsible for overseeing compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, the Standards of Business Conduct, and all related policies and procedures.  There are several ways to contact Linda:

  • By telephone:  410-822-1000 x5446
  • By cell phone:  443-786-4296
  • By email:  comply@shorehealth.org or lpittman@shorehealth.org
  • By letter addressed to: Shore Regional Health, Regional Director of Compliance, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton, MD  21601
  • By scheduling a meeting with her

Use the SRH Compliance/Safety Hotline:  The SRH Compliance/Safety Hotline is a toll free reporting line.  It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Calls will be answered by an outside company and will not be recorded or tracked in any way.  The toll-free number is 1-877-300-3889.  You may also access the hotline by using the internet.  The web address is www.reportit.net.  User name and password is shs.  The hotline allows for anonymous reporting.

Please note:  Shore Regional Health does not allow punishment or retribution against any individual who reports a concern in good faith.

Calendar of Events – June 27 – July 31, 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/Cambridge and Easton — Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9am-12 noon, Diagnostic & Imaging Center, 10 Martin Court, Easton; Tuesday and Fridays, 11am-1pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. Recurring event (except holidays).

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, July 1, UM SMC at Easton, Requard Social Center. Led by UM Shore Regional Health lactation consultants. New and expectant mothers encouraged to attend. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Carb Counting Class – Tuesday, July 1, 1:30-3:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Overview of the most commonly-used method of meal planning for diabetics. Referral required; contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

CARES Patient Support Group – Tuesdays, July 1 and 15, 5-7pm, Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.  Call 443-254-5940.

Gestational Diabetes Classes —  Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, 10am-12pm. UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Single-session class addressing care during pregnancy and what to expect afterward. Referral required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group of Caroline County – Tuesday, July 8, 6:30pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton. Led by Doris Allen, RN, CDE, lead diabetes educator, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, UM Shore Regional Health. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Diabetes Self- Management Training – Two sessions: Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 9am-12pm; and Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 1:30-4:30pm. UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral required; contact: 410-822-1000, ext.5195.

Shore Shape Webinar: Men’s Health — Wednesday, July 9, 7-8am.  To register, please go to www.bhsonline.com with username ‘Shore’ — click ‘Register Here for Biometric Screenings & Wellness Events’.

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group Meeting   — Thursday, July 10, 1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Washington Street,  Easton. Separate, open-forum discussions for survivors and caregivers on the topic,  “What worked or didn’t work after my stroke/my loved one’s stroke.” Open to all who can benefit from support and information supporting stroke recovery and care-giving. Includes light refreshments; RSVP to  410-822-1000, ext 5068,or midshorestroke@gmail.com

Shore Shape Webinar: Women’s Health — Friday, July 11, 11:30am-12:30pm.  To register, please go to www.bhsonline.com with username ‘Shore’ — click ‘Register Here for Biometric Screenings & Wellness Events’.

Labor and Delivery Class I, II, III – Saturday, July 12, 8:30am-3pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center.  Overview of pregnancy and birth for expectant mothers, spouses and birthing coaches. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Traditional Reiki I Class: “Find Wellness Within You”  — Saturday, July 12, 9am-6pm, Center for Integrative Medicine. Learn Reiki, a gentle touch therapy that accesses universal life energy to promote physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing and does not interfere with conventional medical treatment or alternative therapies. A useful tool for personal wellness and for health care professionals and caregivers.  Offers 8 Nursing contact hours. Persons completing this class will be certified by the USUI  School of Natural Healing to give Reiki sessions on themselves and others.  Instructor:  Dana Limpert. Tuition:  $170 (including book). Limited space, advance reservation required: 410-770-9400.

Every Body Deserves a Massage: Special Discount Week – Monday-Friday, July 14-18, Center for Integrative Medicine, 607B Dutchman’s Lane, Easton. One-hour massages may be scheduled during this week at $50 per hour ($25 below the normal rate of $75). To qualify for this special, be sure to ask for the “Every Body Deserves a Massage” discount when making the appointment. Call soon as schedule may fill quickly, 410-770-9400.

CARES Caregivers’ Support Group – Wednesday, July 16, 5-7pm, Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.  Call 410-822-1000, ext. 2257.

Dementia Caregivers Support Group — Thursday, July 17, UM Shore Nursing and Rehab at Chestertown, 200 Morgnec Road. For details, contact Stephanie Golebieski, ADON, 410-778-4550.

Breastfeeding Class — Saturday, July 19, 9am-12:15pm, UMSMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Led by lactation consultants; expectant and new mothers welcome. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000; 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Look Good…Feel Better – Monday, July 21, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.  Free ACS program for women with cancer includes hair, skin and make-up tips, samples and a visit to the Wig Room.  Call 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Women Supporting Women Breast Cancer Group – Tuesday, July 22, 6:30pm, Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge.  Call 410-463-0946 or 410-228-3161.

CARES Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, July 22, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.  Topic: “Bone Density and Bone Health.” Call 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

Books are Fun” Sale – Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 23, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.  Sponsored by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Monday, July 28, 10am-12pm, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, UM SMC at Easton. For those who have completed diabetes education classes but want to take their self-care to the next level. Referral required. Regarding cost/insurance coverage and registration, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group Annual Indoor Picnic — Tuesday,  July 29, 6pm, UM SMC  at Chestertown, Cafeteria.  Contact: Chrissy Nelson, RN, CDE, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175, cnelson@chesterriverhealth.org.

Shore Shape Webinar: Eating out the Healthy Way —  Wednesday, July 30, 6-7pm.  To register, please go to www.bhsonline.com with username ‘Shore’ — click ‘Register Here for Biometric Screenings & Wellness Events’.

Film Screening/Centreville: “The Anonymous People” – Thursday, July 31, QAC Public Library, Centreville, 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.

Everything $6.00 Sale — Thursday, July 31, 7am-4pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.  Sponsored by the Chester River Hospital Auxiliary.

UM Shore Regional Health Celebrates Wall Breaking at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and its affiliate, University of Maryland Shore Medical Group, held a Wall Breaking Celebration at University of Maryland Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton on Thursday, June 19.   The pavilion will open in January 2015 as the home of multiple University of Maryland Shore Medical Group physician practices in one convenient location.

Mayor Robert Willey of the Town of Easton breaks the wall at the celebration held on June 19 at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton.

Mayor Robert Willey of the Town of Easton breaks the wall at the celebration held on June 19 at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton.

UM Shore Regional Health has leased space in what is known as Achievement Park at 500 Cadmus Lane, just off Idlewild Avenue in Easton, a development project of Palmer Gillis and Tony Gilkerson of G2 Properties. The property was the former home of Cadmus Communications.  The construction project, totaling 60,000 square feet of space, is expected to commence in June 2014.  It will consist of two phases, the first of which is expected to be completed by January, 2015.  After the first phase of the project is completed, six Shore Medical Group practices will assume 27,500 square feet of the space. Those practices include:

  • Dr. Khalid Kurtom of Chesapeake Neurological Surgery;
  • Drs. Duane Cespedes, John Foley, John Knud-Hansen and Christopher Runz of Shore Comprehensive Urology;
  • The Continence and Pelvic Health Center, Dr. Duane Cespedes;
  • Drs. Timothy Schneider and Laurie Porter of Chesapeake Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus & Hearing;
  • Drs. Walid Kamsheh and Bilai Saulat of Shore Neurology and Sleep Medicine;
  • Dale Jafari, MSN, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Shore Women’s Care.

There is also designated space for the addition of primary care and a lab draw station, which will further complement the services provided by these medical specialists.

Speakers for the Wall Breaking Celebration included Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; Mayor Robert Willey, Town of Easton; Michele Wilson, vice president of physician services, UM Shore Regional Health; Dr. William Huffner, chief medical officer, UM Shore Regional Health; and Dr. Khalid Kurtom, Chesapeake Neurological Surgery and Shore Medical Group board member.

Speakers for the Wall Breaking Celebration included Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; Mayor Robert Willey, Town of Easton; Michele Wilson, vice president of physician services, UM Shore Regional Health; Dr. William Huffner, chief medical officer, UM Shore Regional Health; and Dr. Khalid Kurtom, Chesapeake Neurological Surgery and Shore Medical Group board member.

Additional practices will move into the remaining space after the completion of the second phase of the project, which is anticipated to be completed within the next 18 months. Those practices include:

  • Drs. John Condit, Robert Hanna, Bruce Helmly, Christadoss Rajasingh and Timothy Shanahan of Chesapeake Cardiology, which will include facilities for cardiovascular diagnostic testing;
  • Drs. Anna Ahn, Lola Famuyiwa, Greg Oliver and Peyman Otmishi of Shore Pulmonary Care;
  • Drs. Mark Langfitt and Richard Fritz of Shore Pediatrics.

“University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and our affiliate, Shore Medical Group, are very excited to have several of our existing physician practices in one centralized location, which will enable the patients we serve to more easily access quality health care services.” comments William Huffner, MD, MBA, FACEP, FACHE, chief medical officer, UM Shore Regional Health.

“The landscape of health care is vastly changing and we are focusing on keeping the members of our communities healthy through enhanced outpatient services such as preventive care, health education, access to physicians and a variety of other programs that will help us to maintain the wellness of the patients we serve,” adds Kenneth Kozel, MBA, FACHE, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health.

Kozel continues, “To achieve improved health and wellness in our communities, our goal at Shore Regional Health is to provide high-quality, accessible health care programs throughout our five-county region.  The development of this new medical pavilion will help us to fulfill our goal by providing a home for multiple Shore Medical Group primary care and specialty physicians in one convenient location.”

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

July 1 Celebrations To Mark First Anniversary and New Mission for UM Shore Regional Health

sprout-(tree) with shadowUniversity of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s first anniversary  will be celebrated on July 1, 2014 at all sites throughout our five-county region on July 1 with the official inauguration of our new mission, “Creating Healthier Communities Together,” and a new UM SRH strategic plan, 2015-2020.

The day will begin with system-wide delivery (via Everyone Email) of the “Creating Healthier Communities Together” team video, which features UM Shore Regional Health team members (from all levels and locations, and a wide array of service lines and departments as well as from the board and auxiliaries) offering their thoughts on the mission and the new vision — “to be the region’s leader in patient centered health care.”

Staff members from Human Resources and Communications & Marketing will deliver celebratory treats to all off-site locations as well as the three medical centers along with banners reflecting the new mission. The treats will be bottled water and carrot-cake cupcakes, selected to symbolize a new focus on health-consciousness for UM SRH team members as well as for patients and the community at large. To share their own commitment to “Creating Healthier Communities Together,” employees will be invited to sign the banners, which will be hung high from the main entrances of each location as a means of sharing those commitments and the new mission with the wider communities served by UM Shore Regional Health.

The “Creating Healthier Communities Together” team video project will continue after July 1 with a few clips released each week as a means of engaging UM Shore Regional Health team members, physicians and others across the health care organization in the new mission, vision, values and goals detailed in the strategic plan. Stay tuned!

Mission-Statement

Eastern Shore Kidney Health Team Raises More Than $12,000 for NKF’s “Rappel for Health”

The Eastern Shore Kidney Team was the top fundraiser at the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland's "Rappel for Health" event in Baltimore on June 6-7.

The Eastern Shore Kidney Team was the top fundraiser at the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland’s “Rappel for Health” event in Baltimore on June 6-7.

Congratulations to the UM SRH/Eastern Shore Kidney Health Team for their success in the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland’s fundraising event, “Rappel for Health,” which took place at the Waterfront Marriott in Baltimore on June 6-7. The team came in first for raising the most funds — more than $12,000  — of the seven teams participating in the event.

The Eastern Shore Kidney Health Team included employees Jessica Fluharty, RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience Specialist; Wendy Greenwood, RN, Transplant Coordinator; Jennifer King, RN; Ken Kozel, President and CEO; Trish Rosenberry BSN, RN, Manager of Outpatient Services; and Michael Varnish, Radiology Technician. Rappelling as VIPs on the team were David Leeser, MD, Chief of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation for University of Maryland Medical Center, and Eugene Schweitzer, MD, Transplant Surgeon with UMMC. Guest team members were Shakiyla Gordon and Nicole Taylor-West, both dialysis technicians at Fresenius Medical Care in Seaford; patient and Easton policeman Lenox Trams; and Paula Campbell, Jim Austin, Bill Galdi, and last-minute entry Bill Rosenberry, husband of Trish, who made the decision to “go over the edge” on the morning of the 7th.

To view several photos taken during the event and also team photos, click on this link:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/98630887@N07/sets/72157644796996679/

To see what it’s like to rappel down the side of a 38-story building overlooking Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, click on this link (now known as “Ken Kozel — Over the Edge!”):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a-NcvM0SP0&feature=em-share_video_user

UM Shore Regional Health Staff Ride as a Team in Easton Tour de Cure

Members of the UM Shore Regional Health Tour de Cure team for 2014 included (top) Mary King, RD, LD, CDE and Doris Allen, RN, CDE; and (bottom) Scott Burleson and Chrissy Nelson, RN, CDE.

Members of the UM Shore Regional Health Tour de Cure team for 2014 included (top) Mary King, RD, LD, CDE and Doris Allen, RN, CDE; and (bottom) Scott Burleson and Chrissy Nelson, RN, CDE. Allen and Nelson were team co-captains this year.

UM Shore Regional Health cycling enthusiasts raised thousands for the American Diabetes Association in the recent Race for the Cure in and around Easton.  Team co-captains Chrissy Nelson, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, and Doris Allen, RN, CDE, Lead Diabetes Educator, led a group of fellow cyclists that included Scott Burleson, Vice President of Operations; Mary King, RD, LD and CDE, Dietician; Margie Elsberg, Chair of the University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation Board; and Mickey Elsberg.  Team members had their choice of routes and rode 32 or 62 miles.

 

Calendar of Events: June 20 — July 31, 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.

Team Forums with Ken Kozel, President and CEO

  • Monday, June 23, 8-9am, UMSMC at Easton, Board Room.  Video conference to UM SMC at Dorchester (3rd floor Conference Room), UM SMC at Chestertown (Conference Center) and UM SEC at Queenstown (Break Room).
  • Friday, June 27, 8:30-9:30am, UM SMC at Dorchester, 3rd floor Conference Room.  Video conference to UM SMC at Easton (Board Room) and UM SEC at Chestertown (Conference Center).

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.

CARES Breast Cancer Support Group — Tuesday, June 24, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Ave., Easton.  Topic: “Lymphedema Prevention & Therapy.  Call 410-820-6800.

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. Guest Speaker: Karen Hollis, Registered Dietitian. 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.

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

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, July 1, UM SMC at Easton, Requard Social Center. Led by UM Shore Regional Health lactation consultants. New and expectant mothers encouraged to attend. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Carb Counting Class – Tuesday, July 1, 1:30-3:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Overview of the most commonly-used method of meal planning for diabetics. Referral required; contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

CARES Patient Support Group – Tuesdays, July 1 and 15, 5-7pm, Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.  Call 443-254-5940.

Gestational Diabetes Classes —  Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, 10am-12pm. UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Single-session class addressing care during pregnancy and what to expect afterward. Referral required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group of Caroline County – Tuesday, July 8, 6:30pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton. Led by Doris Allen, RN, CDE, lead diabetes educator, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, UM Shore Regional Health. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Diabetes Self- Management Training – Two sessions: Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 9am-12pm; and Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 1:30-4:30pm. UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral required; contact: 410-822-1000, ext.5195.

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group Meeting   — Thursday, July 10, 1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Washington Street,  Easton. Separate, open-forum discussions for survivors and caregivers on the topic,  “What worked or didn’t work after my stroke/my loved one’s stroke.” Open to all who can benefit from support and information supporting stroke recovery and care-giving. Includes light refreshments; RSVP to  410-822-1000, ext 5068,or midshorestroke@gmail.com

Labor and Delivery Class I, II, III – Saturday, July 12, 8:30am-3pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center.  Overview of pregnancy and birth for expectant mothers, spouses and birthing coaches. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Traditional Reiki I Class: “Find Wellness Within You”  — Saturday, July 12, 9am-6pm, Center for Integrative Medicine. Learn Reiki, a gentle touch therapy that accesses universal life energy to promote physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing and does not interfere with conventional medical treatment or alternative therapies. A useful tool for personal wellness and for health care professionals and caregivers.  Persons completing this class will be certified by the USUI  School of Natural Healing to give Reiki sessions on themselves and others.  Instructor:  Dana Limpert. Tuition:  $170 (including book). Limited space, advance reservation required: 410-770-9400.

Every Body Deserves a Massage: Special Discount Week – Monday-Friday, July 14-18, Center for Integrative Medicine, 607B Dutchman’s Lane, Easton. One-hour massages may be scheduled during this week at $50 per hour ($25 below the normal rate of $75). To qualify for this special, be sure to ask for the “Every Body Deserves a Massage” discount when making the appointment. Call soon as schedule may fill quickly, 410-770-9400.

CARES Caregivers’ Support Group – Wednesday, July 16, 5-7pm, Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.  Call 410-822-1000, ext. 2257.

Breastfeeding Class — Saturday, July 19, 9am-12:15pm, UMSMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Led by lactation consultants; expectant and new mothers welcome. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000; 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Look Good…Feel Better – Monday, July 21, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.  Free ACS program for women with cancer includes hair, skin and make-up tips, samples and a visit to the Wig Room.  Call 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Women Supporting Women Breast Cancer Group – Tuesday, July 22, 6:30pm, Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge.  Call 410-463-0946 or 410-228-3161.

CARES Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, July 22, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.  Topic: “Bone Density and Bone Health.” Call 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

Books are Fun” Sale – Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 23, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.  Sponsored by the hospital Auxiliary.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Monday, July 28, 10am-12pm, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, UM SMC at Easton. For those who have completed diabetes education classes but want to take their self-care to the next level. Referral required. Regarding cost/insurance coverage and registration, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group Annual Indoor Picnic —  July 29, 6pm, UM SMC  at Chestertown, Cafeteria.  Contact: Chrissy Nelson, RN, CDE, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175, cnelson@chesterriverhealth.org.

Film Screening/Centreville: “The Anonymous People” – Tuesday, July 31, Location TBD , Centreville, 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.