Monthly Archives: August 2014

New Emergency Department in Chestertown Readies for Grand Opening week

Mark your calendar to celebrate the opening of the Emergency Department at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

UM Shore Regional Health team members, volunteers and other members of the “family”  are invited to an open house, Monday, September 15, 2:30-6 p.m. This catered event will give everyone at UM Shore Regional Health a first look at the region’s newest Emergency Department.

“The Open House will be a great opportunity for team members to see firsthand what a wonderful new Emergency Center we have in Chestertown,” comments Ken Kozel, President and CEO of UM Shore Regional Health. “We encourage all team members to attend the open house and to share the good news about this terrific facility with their family and friends.”

On Tuesday, September 16, at 5 p.m., the general public is invited to a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony conducted by UM Shore Regional Health, University of Maryland Medical System, the Chester River Health Foundation and local officials. After the ceremonies, guests will enjoy a reception and tours of the new ED until 7 p.m.

Shown from Brown Street are the new entrances created by the construction and renovation project at UM SMC at Chestertown. All UM SRH team members are invited to an Open House featuring the new Emergency Department on September 15.

Shown from Brown Street are the new entrances created by the construction and renovation project at UM SMC at Chestertown. All UM SRH team members are invited to an Open House featuring the new Emergency Department on September 15, 2:30-6 p.m.

The $4.3 million, state-of-the-art emergency center in the heart of Chestertown was created as part of a two-phase construction project. The first phase included the creation of a new hospital entrance and lobby and two new elevators. The second phase, which was the ED renovation and expansion, began in October, 2013.

The project was funded University of Maryland Medical System, by a $900,000 grant for this renovation through the Maryland Hospital Association’s Hospital Bond Project Review Program, and by support from the UM Chester River Health Foundation. The new facility includes:

  • Separate walk-in entrance that provides convenience for emergency patients and added security for entire hospital during overnight hours
  • Larger lobby and waiting room for patients and their families
  • 18 patient rooms with walls and doors for added privacy and comfort
  • Four patient observation rooms with full, private bathrooms, television and other amenities
  • Private, specialized treatment rooms designated for behavioral health, pediatrics, women’s health and more
  • Central emergency team station with full view and easy access to patient rooms for enhanced patient care
  • Work station for regional EMS partners
  • High-tech, enclosed ambulance bays that can directly connect vehicles to life-saving technology



Upcoming Events,September 5-30, 2014


Ongoing Events:

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

Survivors Offering Support (SOS) – Program pairing women who have breast cancer with mentors who are breast cancer survivors. If you are in need of support or would like to become a mentor, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

Transition to Wellness Workshops – Ongoing workshops for breast cancer survivors and breast cancer patients ending treatment.  For information about the next session, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

Chester River Auxiliary Gift Shop Sale – Mondays-Fridays, 10am-4pm. UM SMC at Chestertown. Store-wide sale pending move to new location (prior to September 15).  Housewares, lamps, scarves, jewelry, and more – many items 50% off. Contact: 410-778-3300, ext. 2351.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesdays, September 2 & 16, 10-11:30am, 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.

CARES Cancer Patient Support Group – Tuesdays, September 2 & 16, 5-7pm, Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.  Contact: 443-254-5940.

Gestational Diabetes Classes — Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25, 10am-12pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center.  Single-session class addressing care during pregnancy and what to expect afterward. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Labor and Delivery Class I, II, III – Saturday, September 6, 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.

“Out of the Darkness” Walk for Suicide Prevention – Saturday, September 6, 5-8:30pm, Cross Island Trail, Kent Narrows. Includes 5K walk, picnic dinner, entertainment/speakers, and candlelight vigil. UM Shore Regional Health team members are encouraged to walk in memory of Michael G. Judd, MD, former Medical Director of the Birthing Center at UM SMC at Easton (Details on the walk can be found at Mid-Shore Maryland Walk, Kent Narrows – Mid-Shore, Maryland.) Additionally, a Recovery for Shore Team will be participating; to join the RFS team, contact

Diabetes Self Management Class/Easton – Two Sessions: Tuesdays, September 9, 16, & 23, 1-4pm; and Wednesdays, September 3, 17 & 24, 4:30-7:30 p.m., UM SMC at Easton, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology. Medical information and strategies to manage diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, September 9, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton. Free. Contact: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.

Annual Mum Sale – Friday, September 12, UM SMC at Dorchester and UM SMC at Easton, 8am-2pm, to benefit the Talbot County Relay for Life, $8 per 9-inch pot. Contact: 410-820-6800 or

Seminar: The Importance of Advance Directives and the MOLST Form – Saturday, September 13, 10am-12noon, Chestertown Town Hall, 118 N. Cross Street, Chestertown. Free. Light refreshments included. Limited seating, reservations required. Contact: 410-810-5681 or

Look Good…Feel Better – Monday, September 15, 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.

On the Air/WCTR’s “Senior Class” Live Radio Show: Dementia Caregiving – Monday, September 15, 1pm, 1530 AM. Stephanie Golebielski, RN, who leads the Dementia Caregivers Support Group at UM Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chestertown, will discuss strategies for caring for persons with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive decline.

New Emergency Department Open House: UM SMC at Chestertown —  Monday, September 15, 2-2:30p.m. Special Preview for Chester River Health Foundation Board and Auxiliary Members; 2:30-6pm, catered event for all UM SRH team members; includes walk-through tours.

Prostate Support Group/Chestertown — Monday, September 15, 7pm, UM SMC at Chestertown, Conference Center. Free. Presentation by John Foley, MD, of Shore Comprehensive Urology.

Diabetes Self Management Class/Chestertown — Tuesdays, September 16, 23 & 30, 1-4pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center. Medical information and strategies to manage diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

New ED Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting/Open House: UM SMC at Chestertown — Tuesday, September 16, 5-7 p.m. Community wide celebration will include ceremony, reception and tours of the new ED.

Better Breathers Group — Wednesday September 17, 12:30-2pm. UM SMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Topic: “Options for COPD Patients in Research Studies,” presented by Jennifer Davis, Clinical Research Manager, UMMS. The presentation will discuss EMPROVE, a current research trial for patients with severe emphysema. Light refreshments. Free. RSVP: 410-778-7668, ext. 2222.

CARES Caregivers Support Group – Wednesday, September 17, 5-7pm, Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Ave., Easton.  Free. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 2257.

Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thursday, September 18, 6pm-7:30pm, UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 200 Morgnec Road, Chestertown. Free. RSVP: 410-778-4550.

Breastfeeding Class — Saturday, September 20, 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.

Recovery for Shore: “Scoop Scoot” – Sunday, September 21, Thompson Park, Dover Street, Easton, 2-5pm. An “ice cream crawl” for people of all ages to celebrate September as Recovery Month! Enjoy cool and crunchy treats from Julia’s, Old Town Creamery, Rita’s, Scottish Highland Creamery and Squirrel Pit. Advance registration online, (Easton, Md.). Cost: $2 per person, paid at the event. Contact:

“Elder Law and Estate Planning Update:  Tips and Traps” – Tuesday, September 23, 6 -7:30pm, Queen Anne’s County Public Library.  Guest presenters are Ann Karwacki Goodman, Partner and Sarah Bough, Associate Partner with Parker Counts Melton and Goodman, PC.  Topics include recent changes to federal and Maryland law, the importance of advance planning before a crisis happens, overview of wills, trusts, titling and the probate process, powers of attorney, advanced medical directives, the MOLST form and Medicaid rules/regulations.  Please reserve your seat by calling Janet Andrews,  ext 5792, or

Women Supporting Women Breast Cancer Group – Tuesday, September 23, 6:30pm, Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. Free. Contact: 410-463-0946 or 410-228-3161.

CARES Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, September 23, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Ave., Easton. Topic: “Downsizing Your Life: Why Less is More and How to Do It.” Free. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

Golf Tournament – Monday, September 22, Talbot Country Club. To benefit the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation at UM SMC at Easton. Sponsored by the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5915.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Monday, September 22, 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 and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton — Monday, September 22, 5:30-6:30. UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000 ext. 5757.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, September 22, 7pm, UM SMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Free. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Stroke Support Group/Queenstown – Tuesday, September 23, 12-2pm., UM Shore Medical Pavilion, 125 Shoreway Drive, Suite 320. Support and information supporting stroke recovery and care-giving; led by UM SRH neuroscience specialist. Bring a lunch; light snacks provided. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.

Low Salties Support Group — Tuesday, September 23, 4:30pm, Shore Wound Care, 503-A Dutchmans Lane, Easton. Free. Topic: “Salt and Congestive Heart Failure,” presented by Patricia Lancaster, CRN. Contact: 410-830-6500.

“In the Bag” Sale – Thursday, September 25, UM SMC at Dorchester Lobby. Huge selection of handbags and leather goods at great prices. Sponsored by the Hospital Auxiliary.

Free Prostate Cancer Screening – Thursday, September 25, 5-8pm, Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health, 509 Idlewild Ave., Easton. Pre-registration is required. Contact: 410-820-6800.

 Chester River Crab Chase 5K Run & Walk – Saturday, September 27. Sponsored by UM Chester River Health Foundation to benefit the development of the Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Unit at UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation at Chestertown. To register as a participant, visit Contact for event info: 410-810-5681.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, September 30, 6:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown, Conference Center. Free. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.


Easton and Queenstown Stroke Support Groups Announce September Meeting Plans

The Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group will meet Thursday, September 4, at 1-2:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Washington Street in Easton, and a new stroke support group will meet on Tuesday, September, 23, 12-2 p.m. at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown, Suite 320.

Both stroke support groups provide information and strategies supporting stroke recovery and care-giving. Their meetings are free and open to anyone whose life has been touched by stroke.

Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke, and the average time for recovery is two years.

The value of social support in stroke recovery has been validated in recent studies, according the American Stroke Association. Feelings of depression and isolation are eased by participating in a support group, and equally important, the support groups often challenge participants “to get beyond their doctor-imposed, therapist-imposed, family-imposed, and self-imposed limitations.”

The Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group meeting will feature two speakers. Melissa Mueller, director of The Presbyterian Church Preschool, will talk on how stroke support group members and their friends and families can help with the Church’s reading to pre-schoolers program; and Kathi Naumann, a caregiving educator, will discuss a video and website that she made to help caregivers and family members care for a stroke survivor safely and effectively. To RSVP, email or call 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.

The Queenstown Stroke Support Group is led by Jessica Fluharty, RN, neuroscience specialist at UM Shore Regional Health. The inaugural meeting presents an opportunity for Queen Anne’s County stroke survivors and their family members and friends to learn about resources and strategies that support stroke recovery and care-giving. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch; light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, email or call 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.

EMS Providers Played Key Role in UM SMC at Chestertown ED Design

The design of the new Emergency Department at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown benefitted considerably from input provided by emergency medical services personnel in the region “We have such a strong partnership with EMS,” says Jennifer Nutley, BSN, RN, FNE-A, manager of Emergency Services for the hospital. “We really view EMS as our team members rather than as a separate group.”

David Rice, Chief, Kent County Emergency Services

David Rice, Chief, Kent County Emergency Services

According to David Rice, chief of Kent County Emergency Medical Services, there are about 150 EMS providers “on paper” in Kent County; about half of those are active participants who respond to emergencies. Their partnership with Chestertown ED personnel goes way back, as Rice explains, “Maybe it’s because we are a small community, there’s always been a lot of overlap between the hospital staff and EMS staff and volunteers around the county. I can name at least four or five people who today are nurses, physician’s assistants or techs working in the hospital but got their start volunteering or working for one of the seven different emergency medical services providers in the county.”

When the initial planning process for the design and construction of the new Emergency Department in UM SMC at Chestertown began, the planning team invited input from EMS providers in Kent, Caroline and Queen Anne’s counties. Says Rice, “The planning team came to us and we organized a formal discussion with them to outline what we needed to do our job better.”

One of EMS’ key priorities, says Rice, was a designated room where EMS could store and control medications, supplies and equipment; another was the ambulance plug-in technology that enables EMS personnel to run life-saving equipment without keeping the vehicle running (and provides ventilation if it is running). Also on the list was an EMS work area for completing paperwork and other duties, and the ability to heat the ambulance bay during the winter months.

“After that first meeting, we received monthly updates from the planning team and they kept us in the loop all the way through the process so we could see how the project was being designed,” notes Rice. “It is really amazing to see the end result – between the new technology, much of which is becoming standard in hospital Emergency Departments, the larger and more private rooms, and the way the design serves the workflow, it is just so much better, and I have no doubt that it will help all of us – ED and EMS staff alike — provide better care for our citizens.”

While the space is new and improved, the partnership between EMS and UM SMC at Chestertown’s staff continues to grow. “We supply medications and equipment EMS uses free of charge,” says Nutley. “We also invite them to participate in training and education opportunities here at the hospital.”

EMS reciprocates, says Rice. “There are certain kinds of equipment that are used a lot by EMS, but not so much by the ED, so if needed they will borrow ours. Sharing and creativity are part of our teamwork.”

This teamwork is bolstered by the fact that the hospital and county EMS now share the same medical director, Deborah Davis, MD. Davis points out that since patients are brought from Caroline and Queen Anne’s counties as well as Kent County, working closely with all EMS providers in the region will continue to be an important priority.

Davis said UM Shore Regional Health and its EMS partners will continue to find new ways to develop their partnership to treat the 14,000 cases from throughout the region that are brought to the UM SMC at Chestertown Emergency Department each year.

The new Emergency Department is projected to open by the end of September. Please note the following celebrations to mark the occasion:

Special Preview for UM Chester River Auxiliary Members — Monday, September 15, 2:00 p.m.

Open House for UM SRH team members  — Monday, September 15, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Community-wide Grand Opening/Open House — Tuesday, September 16,  5:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to come out to help celebrate as well as get an insider’s look at the new space before it is in full operation.

I Scream, You Scream… “Scoop Scoot” Celebrates September as Recovery Month with Ice Cream “Crawl” in Easton

 There are more than 23 million Americans leading productive and meaningful lives in long-term recovery from alcohol or other drug addiction, and a local ad hoc advocacy and planning group, Recovery for Shore, aims to celebrate this “good news” on Sunday, September 21, 2-5 p.m. in observance of September’s designation as National Recovery Month by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

images“The Scoop Scoot is an ‘ice cream crawl’ for people of all ages to have some fun celebrating September as Recovery Month,” says Sharon Dundon, CAC-AD, addiction specialist for UM Shore Regional Health’s Shore Behavioral Health and group leader of Recovery For Shore. “Participants will enjoy cool and crunchy treats from Julia’s, Old Town Creamery, Rita’s, Scottish Highland Creamery and Squirrel Pit. Dover Street between Washington and Harrison streets will be closed off to traffic, and we will be set up in Thompson Park with musical entertainment, face painting, and other activities, as well as information about resources for recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, and about prevention.”

Sponsors of the event are Shore Behavioral Health, Talbot Partnership, the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency/Maryland, Warwick Manor Behavioral Health, and Talbot County Addictions Services. Those planning to attend should register online at (Easton, Md.). The cost will be $2 per person, paid on arrival at the event.

Now in its 25th year, Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders. This year’s theme, Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery, and promotes ways individuals can use to recognize behavioral health issues and reach out for help.

Recovery For Shore includes interested community members as well as representatives from a variety of health, mental health, social service, business and nonprofit organizations serving Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. In recent months, the group sponsored free screenings of The Anonymous People — the excellent documentary film that celebrates recovery — in Cambridge, Centreville, Chestertown, Denton and Easton.

A Recovery for Shore team also will participate in the “Out of the Darkness” Walk for Suicide Prevention on Saturday, September 6, 5-8:30 p.m, and is planning more outreach and education activities.

Recovery for Shore welcomes more members and volunteers. Additional information can be obtained by emailing, or by visiting , or the group’s Facebook page.

Human Resources Update

To provide better service to UM Shore Regional Health employees at all locations, there have been some changes in hours of operation for Human Resources.  We will have consistent office hours across all three hospitals, Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton.  The hours of operation are 8:00am – 4:30pm. There is a team of HR professionals to assist you at all three locations.

HR “Business Partners” (formerly called HR Consultants) are available to assist you, as their client group, as well as recruiters, our benefits team, Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) and Coordinators.

Human Resources Office Locations and Hours:

Chestertown HR Office — yellow building on Brown Street diagonal from main entrance of hospital (410-778-3300, ext. 4044)

Dorchester HR Office — UM SMC at Dorchester, first left just inside main entrance (410-822-1000, ext. 8444)

Easton HR Office — on the hall that leads to the Education Center, near Medical Records (410-822-1000, ext. 5571)

Employee Health/Shore Works Locations and Hours:

Chestertown – Near the main entrance of the hospital – Wednesdays, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Dorchester — Aurora Street building across from UM SMC at Dorchester Emergency entrance — Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Easton — UM SMC at Easton, employee health room on the second floor — Mondays and Fridays, 7:30-10:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Queenstown — UM Shore Medical Pavilion, Suite 210 — Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m–4:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Questions about Employee Health Services may be directed to Judy Paul, 410-822-1000, ext. 8029.

Ebola in U.S. unlikely, but planning under way

With reports about Ebola dominating the news, it’s natural to be concerned, especially as we hear about patients being brought to the United States and the screening of suspected cases at American hospitals.  It’s very important that we be educated and prepared.  There are many misunderstandings about Ebola, how it’s transmitted and spread, and what threat it might pose in the United States. There are no confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States except for the two patients that were transferred from Africa to Emory University Medical Center.

In reality, the likelihood of an outbreak of Ebola in the United States is very low; however, we as a hospital have a duty to our community to be prepared for any and every kind of public health threat.  We are well-equipped to handle any number of potential scenarios.  Please rely only on factual information, and trust that our protocols, which are implemented and executed by experts, are designed not only to provide excellent care to our patients, but to protect you as you perform your duties.

Please review this question-and-answer guide about Ebola and UM Shore Regional Health’s ongoing planning efforts.

What is Ebola?

Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus. The current epidemic of infection is widespread in several countries in West Africa with imported cases to Europe, the Middle East and the U.S.

How is the disease transmitted?

  • By direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids/secretions of an infected person
  • Exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions

What are the recommended infection control precautions for patients being evaluated for or diagnosed with Ebola?

  • Isolate patient in a single, private room with a private bathroom. UM Shore Regional Health has decided to use our Airborne Isolation Rooms with anterooms because the anterooms provide space for extra supplies and privacy.
  • Staff to wear appropriate PPE: gloves, gown or jump suit (bunny suit) and face mask, and face shield. A fit tested respirator or PAPR will be worn when involved in aerosol generating procedures.
  • Restrict visitors
  • Avoid aerosol-generating procedures. When they are necessary wear a fit tested respirator or PAPR.
  • Implement environmental infection control measures.

Detailed guidance on management is being developed for UM Shore Regional Health and will be distributed as soon as possible.

Why do medical personnel in Western Africa wear so much personal protective equipment, including full body suits, for the Ebola outbreak when the Centers for Disease Control says hospitals here could safely manage the care of an Ebola patient without a full body suit?

We are fortunate to have technologically advanced, clean, regulated health care facilities in the United States. There are important differences between providing care or performing public health tasks in affected countries in Western Africa versus in a U.S. hospital.

In some places in Africa, health care workers may need broader protection if they do not have the ability to prepare for potential exposures. For example, care may be provided in clinics with limited environmental resources (e.g., no running water, no climate control, no surfaced floors, inadequate medical supplies), and workers could be in those areas for several hours with a number of Ebola infected patients.

If you have any questions about Ebola or UM Shore Regional Health’s planning, please call Julie Bryan, Infection Control Coordinator, at 410-822-1000, ext. 8024. You can also see the latest from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control here.