Monthly Archives: September 2014

UM Shore Regional Health Announces Month-long Breast Cancer Awareness Activities and Events

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness month with various activities throughout the month, all aimed at increasing awareness of breast cancer and how it can be best detected, prevented and treated. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, taking the lives of approximately 40,000 women annually.

“October is a great time to educate people about the importance of prevention and early detection when it comes to breast cancer,” says Roberta Lilly, MD, Medical Director for UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center. “Regular mammography screening, self breast examination and knowing your family history of cancer all help lower breast cancer mortality by finding breast cancer early—when the chance of successful treatment is best and the survival rate is highest.”

Some of the planned activities include the following:

  • Pink Ribbon Hanging & Tree Lighting, October 1, Chestertown and Easton locations:
    • Chestertown: To kick off the activities surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff and volunteers from the Radiology Department and The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown will hang pink ribbons in honor and/or memory of those patients who have been treated for breast cancer; are breast cancer survivors; and/or for those who have lost their battle with breast cancer. These ribbons will be hung on the trees directly outside the Medical Services Building at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Once decorated with the ribbons, the trees will serve as a month-long reminder of the friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Ribbons will be available at the Radiology Department front desk, The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center, and the hospital cafeteria, prior to October 1. For more information, call 410-810-5459.
    • Easton: To kick off the activities surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff and volunteers from UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center will hang pink ribbons in honor of those patients who were treated by the Breast Center in the past year. These ribbons will be hung on the large tree in the front circle at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. A public ribbon ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30pm. Once decorated with the ribbons, the tree will serve as a month-long reminder of the friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. This tree will be lit with pink lights throughout the month.
  • “Get Your Pink On!” Pink Hair Extensions, October 2, 11:00am-1:00pm, Easton: Visit the UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center on October 2, between 11:00am and 1:00pm to purchase pink hair extensions, provided by local hair studio Headrush 180 Salon. Hair extensions are $10. All proceeds collected by Headrush 180 Salon will be donated to the Breast Center.
  • Cancer Survivor Art Gallery Opening & Reception, October 3, 4-6:00pm, Easton: The UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center art gallery will mark its fifth anniversary with an exhibit that features the art of breast and cancer survivors. The art exhibit and reception opens on Friday, October 3, from 4pm-6:00pm, at the Breast Center. The public is invited to this free event. The exhibit will continue through the end of this year.
  • “Pink Carnival” An Education Carnival on Breast Cancer, October 22, 11am-2pm, Chestertown: An educational and fun-filled event to build awareness about breast cancer and to offer hope to those touched by breast cancer. Learn the latest facts and research about breast cancer while participating in games and activities. Meet the staff from the Radiology Department and The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Event held in the Courtyard (weather permitting) at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. The public is invited to this free event. For more information, call 410-810-5459.
  • Open House, October 28, 5-7:00pm, Easton: The public is invited to attend the UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center’s Open House on Tuesday, October 28, from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Attendees will be able to tour the UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center, learn more about the Breast Center’s services and meet the staff.
  • Tree of Hope, Easton: To honor a loved one diagnosed with breast cancer, members of the public may come to the UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center and hang a pink ribbon on the Tree of Hope, which is located in the Breast Center year round. The ribbons have space to write a loved one’s name or message and can be done in honor or remembrance. Visitors may come to the Tree of Hope Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.
  • Breast Cancer Support Groups, all locations:
    • Cambridge: Women Supporting Women Breast Cancer Group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm, at the Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. For more information call 410-463-0946 or 410-228-3161.
    • Chestertown: Cancer Support Group meets the 4th Monday of every month, 7pm-9pm, at the Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Special guest speaker: Jennifer Pierson, OT/L, CLT, LANA, will discuss breast cancer related lymphedema. For more information call 410-778-7668, ext 2175 or email cnelson@chesterriverhealth.org.
    • Easton: The CARES Breast Cancer Support Group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month, 6pm-7:30pm, at the Cancer Center, UM Shore Regional Health, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton. For more information call 410-822-1000, ext 5411.
  • Special Groups:
    • Look Good, Feel Better: This is a free American Cancer Society (ACS) program open to all women with cancer and is held on the 3rd Monday every month, 10am-noon, at the Cancer Center, UM Shore Regional Health, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton. The program offers tips for hair care, skin care and make-up, samples, and access to the Wig Room. For more information about this group, call 410-822-1000, ext 5355.
    • Survivors Offering Support (SOS) program: A unique program that pairs women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer with trained volunteer mentors. Because SOS mentors are breast cancer survivors themselves, they can offer emotional support and insight to patients facing the same diagnosis, making the breast cancer journey an easier one to navigate.  If you are in need of support or would like to become a mentor and would like more information, call Edla Coleman, SOS coordinator, at 410-822-1000, ext. 5866 or by e-mail at ecoleman@shorehealth.org.

UM Shore Regional Health provides a full array of diagnostic services, including mammography, advanced 3-D digital mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI and biopsies along with a survivorship program, support groups and other resources for patients, their family members, friends and loved ones. For more information about breast services, please visit www.umshoreregional.org.

Pink Ribbon Event 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon Ceremony 2013 at the Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health.

Back row: (L-R) Patti Willis, Sr. Vice President Strategy and Communications;  Jennifer Dyott, CRNP; Joan Peters, Nurse Tech; Mattie Fountain, Community Outreach Worker; Jeanie Brower, RN; Roberta Lilly, MD, Medical Director for Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health; Mayor Robert Willey; Jane Escher, Case Worker; Patty Plaskon, Oncology Social Worker; Jessica Mullaney; Jody Jernigan, Paige Jernigan; Anny Williams.

Front row: ( L-R)  Edla Coleman, Survivors Offering Support Coordinator;  Linda Scott; Maria D’Arcy, Community Outreach Worker; Melissa Kelly, Breast Center Coordinator; Margo Mandes, Komen Maryland Representative;, Kathy Asche, RN; Judy Bottorf.

 

Michael Boldosser reports for duty as Emergency Preparedness Manager

Michael Boldosser, new Emergency Preparedness Manager for UM Shore Regional Health, is a veteran of 21 years in the U.S. Air Force and seven years as Talbot County Emergency Planning Manager.

Michael Boldosser, new Emergency Preparedness Manager for UM Shore Regional Health, is a veteran of 21 years in the U.S. Air Force and seven years as Talbot County Emergency Planner.

Easton resident Michael Boldosser joined UM Shore Regional Health as Emergency Preparedness Manager on Aug. 21, and he has hit the ground running. Throughout September, he spent his first full month – appropriately, National Preparedness Month — meeting team members and working toward an Emergency Management plan for the entire Shore Regional Health system.

Boldosser is already a familiar face in the area and among some at Shore Regional Health, having served more than seven years as Talbot County Emergency Planner. The county position prepared him greatly for his new position, Boldosser says, especially in terms of establishing relationships with key emergency planning leaders around the region and state.
“Emergency management is 10 percent knowledge and 90 percent relationships,” Boldosser says.

Gary Poole, Director of Support Services, led the search for the new Emergency Preparedness manager after Elizabeth Copp left for new employment in the spring.

“We chose Michael because he knows the region and he is ready to lead as we develop our emergency management plans – I’m glad to have him on board here at Shore Regional Health,” Poole says.

One immediate priority for Boldosser is merge two separate Emergency Operations Plans – one from the former Shore Health System and one from the former Chester River Health System – into one plan for the entire system.

Part of the plan would be to assure “three-deep” backup systems in terms of personnel and facilities – meaning anyone or anything needed in an emergency has at least two levels of backup if that person or item becomes unavailable during an emergency.

Boldosser intends to stress general education and knowledge of emergency procedures among the entire team at Shore Regional Health. For example, he says, everyone should know that in an emergency situation when cellphone service is unavailable, most phone users would still be able to contact people via texting.

“Emergency Preparedness is everyone’s job,” Boldosser says. “I hope everyone sees it not just as extra work, but as a key part of what we do for the health of our community.”

To that end, Boldosser sees value in increasing the number of drills and exercises that are mandated by the Joint Commission. Boldosser hopes to plan a multi-facility exercise to practice use of all methods of communication Shore Health System has – and what to do if some of those communications don’t work.

“Since we haven’t had a lot of crises – and that’s a good thing – we have to guard against becoming complacent,” Boldosser says.

Currently based at UM SMC at Dorchester, Boldosser will move to a permanent office in Easton mid-October. He plans to make weekly trips to each Shore Regional Health facility.

“I want to be a familiar face – I want people to know who I am and what I do,” Boldosser says. A Vermont native, he’s a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and spent 21 years in the Air Force before moving to Easton about 12 years ago. During his spare time, Boldosser and his wife Karen are beekeepers – maintaining two hives in their backyard in Easton.

Survivors Offering Support: Helping Women Navigate the Emotional and Physical Effects of Breast Cancer

A diagnosis of breast cancer challenges not only the patient but also her family and friends. Often the patient’s inner circle is less able to cope with the diagnosis. These friends and family are not unsympathetic; they’re frightened. Breast cancer patients need someone to share their fears, but to protect loved ones from worry and sadness, they often avoid discussing these feelings. Survivors Offering Support (SOS) is a unique hospital-based program that provides the breast cancer patient with a mentor, a peer survivor who has shared her experience and understands what she is going through. For the last 10 years, SOS has served thousands of newly diagnosed women in Maryland who have benefited in countless ways by having a trained mentor outside their own inner circle.

“Mentoring support reduces patient anxiety and lessens fear of the unknown,” said Edla Coleman, a 15-year breast cancer survivor and SOS Program Coordinator at the Comprehensive Breast Center, UM Shore Regional Health. “SOS is peer-to-peer emotional and informational support. Mentors are hand-picked and highly recommended by their doctors to be good candidates.” SOS mentors are trained not only in mentoring skills, but also in surgical options, about lymphedema and about the patient’s common concerns, and they are kept up-to-date about breast cancer information.

Mentors are matched with their mentees based on several factors including breast cancer stage and treatment, interests and family background. “I do an extensive intake session with a newly diagnosed person in order to assess her needs,” Coleman said. “While we consider factors for matching such as age and course of treatment, we also learn about the patient’s personality and individual characteristics to find a good match.”

Morgan Mann, a five-year breast cancer survivor, has been a mentor since the UM Shore Regional Health SOS program began in 2011. “There’s been a huge growth in demand for mentors,” she said,  “and we really need more. Matches are carefully made so that the mentor/mentee can work together.”

Mann feels one of the benefits of SOS is the mentee’s “ability to discuss her feelings with someone who’s not involved in her immediate world but shares the mentee’s experiences.” Mann faced this frustration during her own breast cancer journey. “There were so many things I wanted to say, but I knew it would be hard for my family and friends to hear. A mentee can discuss these feelings and fears with her mentor because we can empathize with her concerns rather than just sympathize with her situation.”

Trina Ewell is currently going through breast cancer treatment, and Mann’s mentoring has encouraged her. “It has been helpful to hear other people’s thoughts and opinions, to talk with someone who has been through this experience,” Ewell said. Like Mann, Ewell’s family and friends have struggled to handle her breast cancer diagnosis. “I valued my family’s opinions, but I had to do what was right for me.” Talking with Mann eased her concerns and gave her someone to rely on who could empathize with her but not be emotionally involved.

“We offer support in whatever capacity the mentee wants,” said Mann. “A mentor has to be sensitive to the mentee’s needs, but stay flexible. We are not giving medical advice; we are providing relief from fear. I tell my mentees to be pro-active. This is your life; you are saving your life, so fight for it.”

“SOS has trained almost 400 women at the various hospital locations throughout Maryland, Virginia and DC, and mentors report that they benefit just as much if not more than the patient,” Coleman said. “It brings the breast cancer experience full circle and turns a hard experience into something very positive.” Mentors love “giving back,” offering support and resources that help make the journey of another woman less frightening.

“Seeing someone that has survived and is doing well is a bright light at the end of an uncertain tunnel,” said Coleman. “Mentoring is an experience with no requirements or commitment parameters. Most of our mentors work full time in regular jobs, and still, they want to reach out to other women. Mentors may opt to take on several patients during a year, or just one. In either case, they are making a big difference in a world filled with so many new diagnoses.”

Besides mentoring, Survivors Offering Support offers Transition to Wellness and Partner Support Workshops for patients and their families. SOS is supported by collaboration between the hospital and a grant from Susan G. Komen/Maryland. Currently, the SOS program at Shore Regional Health is seeking women who would like to give back and become a mentor. To learn more about SOS, to request a mentor or if you are interested in mentoring opportunities, please contact Edla Coleman at ecoleman@shorehealth.org or call 410-822-1000 X 5866.

Team Members, Community Partners Enjoy Chestertown ED Preview

???????????????????????????????UM Shore Regional Health team members in Chestertown turned out in force on Monday afternoon, September 15, to visit and tour the new Emergency Department, the new Main Entrance and Lobby, and the relocated Auxiliary Gift Shop.

Getting a firsthand look at the new facility and enjoying tasty refreshments were scores of employees from all areas of the hospital, along with a steady stream of Chester River Health Auxiliary members and Foundation representatives.

Also in attendance were a number of community partners, such as EMS and fire department personnel from around the region, and representatives from Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS).

Bobbi Jo Trossbach, Patient Care Tech in the ED, gives a tour to several SMC at Chestertown co-workers.

Bobbi Jo Trossbach, Patient Care Tech in the ED, gives a tour to several SMC at Chestertown team members.

Missed the chance to see it for yourself? Enjoy the photos below and also take a “virtual tour” with Jenn Nutley RN, Manager of Emergency Services, courtesy of Chestertown Spy:  http://chestertownspy.org/2014/09/15/new-um-shore-regional-health-emergency-department-shines/

Staff and visitors were impressed by the high-tech lifesaving equipment that drops down from ceiling of the ambulance bay.

Staff and visitors were impressed by the high-tech air vents and power ports that drop down from the ambulance bay ceiling (right).

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Doris Paul, Patient Access Representative, was among many who enjoyed the light fare served at the Team Preview.

Doris Paul, Patient Access Representative, was among many who enjoyed the light fare served at the Team Preview.

Kathy Elliott, MSN, RN, Magnet Program Director at UM SMC at Chestertown, takes a break in the hospital's new Main Lobby.

Kathy Elliott, MSN, RN, Magnet Program Director at UM SMC at Chestertown, takes a break in the hospital’s new Emergency Department lobby.

JoAnne Donovan (in pink), Patient Care Tech, took members of the Rock Hall EMS squad around the new ED.

JoAnne Donovan (in pink), Patient Care Tech, took members of the Rock Hall EMS squad around the new ED.

Chester River Auxiliary Board member Eleanor Noble with tour guide Steven Jacobson, Clinical Coordinator Emergency Services.

Chester River Auxiliary Board member Eleanor Noble with tour guide Steven Jacobson, RN, Clinical Coordinator Emergency Services.

From left to right: Shirley Gayner, a member of the Chester River Auxiliary Board and the Advisory Committee for the Auxiliary's Nearly New Shop;Molly Streit, Gift Shop and Nearly New Shop Manager; and Lois Smith, Retired Gift Shop Manager.

From left to right: Shirley Gayner, a member of the Chester River Auxiliary Board and the Advisory Committee for the Auxiliary’s Nearly New Shop; Molly Streit, Gift Shop and Nearly New Shop Manager; and Lois Smith, Retired Gift Shop Manager.

MIEMSS John Barto, Region IV Administrator (far left), and Anna Sierra, MIEMSS Associate Administrator (far right), pause during a tour with Jenn Nutley, RN, Emergency Services Manager and Patti Willis, Senior Vice President, External Relations, Communications & Marketing.

MIEMSS Region IV Administrator John Barto  (far left), and Anna Sierra, MIEMSS Associate Administrator (far right), pause during a tour with Jenn Nutley, RN, Emergency Services Manager and Patti Willis, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Communications.

 

Jen Nutley, RN, Manager of Emergency Services, pauses with Mickey and Margie Elsberg, Margie is chair of the Chester River Health Foundation.

Jenn Nutley, RN, Manager of Emergency Services, enjoyed chatting with guests Mickey and Margie Elsberg. Margie is chair of the Chester River Health Foundation.

PAL/PTO Cash-In Opportunity To Be Offered in November and April

What is the PAL/PTO Cash-In Opportunity?

The PAL/PTO Cash-In Opportunity is offered to hourly staff who would like to cash in a certain amount of accrued Paid Annual Leave (PAL) or Paid Time Off (PTO).

When will the PAL/PTO Cash-In Opportunity Be Offered?

We have decided to offer the PAL or PTO Cash-In Opportunity two times in the current fiscal year (FY15). We will offer the Cash-In Opportunity in November 2014 and again in April 2015. The program will be evaluated for continuation after April 2015.

Who is eligible for the PAL/PTO Cash-In Opportunity?

Benefit-Eligible hourly staff are eligible to participate in the Cash-In Opportunity.

What are the Cash-In Opportunity Rules and Procedures?

  1. Benefit-eligible hourly employees may cash in up to 40 hours of accrued PAL or PTO during the opportunity period.
  2. As the result of the cash-in, an employee’s accrued PAL or PTO will not be permitted to drop below 80 hours.
  3. Employees must follow the announced procedures during the cash in period; no off-cycle cash-ins will be permitted.
  4. Cash-ins are calculated according to the employee’s regular base hourly rate and do not include any differentials of other amounts.
  5. All cash-ins will be subject to normal deductions and taxes.

Cash-In Opportunity Time Line: (Dates will coincide with published payroll cycle.)

  First Cash-In Offering Second Cash-In Offering
Cash-In Opportunity Announced September 22, 2014 March 2, 2015
Cash-In Opportunity Requests Submitted October 1 – October 18, 2014 March 2 – March 18, 2015
Cash-In Opportunity Closed October 18, 2014 March 18, 2015
Cash-In Appears in Paycheck November 21, 2014 April 24, 2015

Further Questions?

Talk with your HR Business Partner or with your supervisor.

Robin Hood Shop in Cambridge to Honor Retiring Manager Helen Travers

Helen Travers, Robin Hood Shop Manager will retire at the end of this month.

Helen Travers, Robin Hood Shop Manager, is retiring after two decades of service. A reception in her honor will be held at the shop Friday, September 26, 2-4 p.m.

Helen Travers, who has managed the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary’s Robin Hood Shop at 416 High Street in Cambridge for 20 years, will be honored at a retirement reception at the shop on Friday, September 26, 2014, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The shop will be closed during those hours.

Friends, customers, relatives and staff are invited to come by and thank Helen for her decades of service to the Auxiliary and to extend their good wishes to Helen on her retirement. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Upcoming Events, September 22 — October 31, 2014

SEPTEMBER

Sugarfoot Walking ClubThursdays, 12:30pm, leaving from the UM SMC at Easton Outpatient Services entrance. Join staff from the UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology and your fellow health care employees and walk just as far as your time and energy allow. Rain or shine, the walk starts on time!

Free Blood Pressure Screenings/Cambridge and Easton – Mondays and Tuesdays, 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).

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 those breast cancer patients ending treatment.  For information about the next session, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

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. Topic: “Taking Care of Your Feet,” presented by Heather Stallings, DME, Coordinator for Hill’s Drug Store. 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.

Free Seminar: “Cognitive Impairment and Falls — Understanding How Dementia Contributes to Falls” — Tuesday, September 23, 2-4pm, Candle Light Cove Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care, 106 W. Earle Avenue, Easton. Presented by Ann Morrison, PhD, RN, CLNC and Lamont Thompson, PT, DPT, COMT, of UM Shore Regional Health’s Shore Home Care. Limited seating; to register, call 410-770-9707.

Low Salties Support Group — Tuesday, September 23, 4:30pm, Shore Wound Care, 503-A Dutchmans Lane, Easton. Free. Topic: “Salt and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF),” presented by Patricia Lancaster, CRNP Contact: 410-820-6500.

Seminar: “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 janet@shorehealth.org.

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.

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

Free Wellness Coaching/Easton – Thursday, September 25, 10:30am-6:30pm, IT Training Room, UM SMC at Easton. A BHS Wellness Coach will be available for FREE on-site coaching! Coaches will review your Biometric Screening and Health Risk Assessment (HRA) results and make recommendations to help you reach your health and wellness goals. Earn five Wellness points per coaching session (10 points max per month). To register for your 20-minute, follow these steps: Log on to www.bhsonline.com with username SHORE; click on the “Event Registration” under Quicklinks for Upcoming Events; follow the prompts to complete registration.

“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.

DGH Auxiliary Retirement Reception for Helen Travers — Friday, September 26, 2-4pm, Robin Hood Shop, 416 High Street, Cambridge. (See article in this edition of Compass.)

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 www.trisportsevents.com. 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.

OCTOBER

Sugarfoot Walking ClubThursdays, 12:30pm, leaving from the UM SMC at Easton Outpatient Services entrance. Join staff from the UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology and your fellow health care employees and walk just as far as your time and energy allow. Rain or shine, the walk starts on time!

Free Blood Pressure Screenings/Cambridge and Easton – Mondays and Tuesdays, 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).

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 those breast cancer patients ending treatment.  For information about the next session, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

Pink Ribbon Hanging & Tree Lighting – Wednesday, October 1, Chestertown and Easton locations. Chestertown: To kick off the activities surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff and volunteers from the Radiology Department and The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown will hang pink ribbons in honor and/or memory of those patients who have been treated for breast cancer; are breast cancer survivors; and/or for those who have lost their battle with breast cancer. These ribbons will be hung on the trees directly outside the Medical Services Building at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Ribbons will be available at the Radiology Department front desk, The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center, and the hospital cafeteria, prior to October 1. For more information, call 410-810-5459. Easton: To kick off the activities surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff and volunteers from UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center will hang pink ribbons in honor of those patients who were treated by the Breast Center in the past year. These ribbons will be hung on the large tree in the front circle at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. A public ribbon ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30pm. Once decorated with the ribbons, the tree will serve as a month-long reminder of the friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. This tree will be lit with pink lights throughout the month. For more information call 410-822-1000, ext. 5411.

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group Meeting   — Thursday, October 2, 1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Washington Street, Easton. Open to all who can benefit from support and information about stroke recovery and caregiving. Discussion Topic: “Neuroplasticity – The Brain’s Ability to Change and Adapt.” Includes light refreshments. RSVP to 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or midshorestroke@gmail.com.

Labor and Delivery Class I, II, III – Saturday, October 4, 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.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, October 7, 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.

Carb Counting Class –Tuesday, October 7, 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 and advance registration required; contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

“Get Your Pink On!” Pink Hair Extensions – Thursday, October 2, 11am-1pm, UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center, Easton. Visit the UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center to purchase pink hair extensions, provided by local hair studio Headrush 180 Salon. Hair extensions are $10. All proceeds collected by Headrush 180 Salon will be donated to the Breast Center. For more information call 410-822-1000, ext. 5411.

Cancer Survivor Art Gallery Opening & Reception – Friday, October 3, 4-6pm, UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center, Easton. The Breast Center’s art gallery will mark its fifth anniversary with an exhibit that features the art created by breast and cancer survivors. The public is invited to this free event. The exhibit will continue through the end of this year. For more information call 410-822-1000, ext. 5411.

Uniform & Shoe Sale – Friday, October 3, 7am-4pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center. Sale Great selection of health care workers’ clothing, shoes and accessories (stethoscopes, scissors, lanyards, etc.) Cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard and AMEX accepted. (Note: All sales are conducted by the Chester River Health Auxiliary and/or the UM CRHC Foundation for the benefit of UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, its patient needs and its staff.)

Diabetes Support Group/Caroline County – Tuesday, October 7, 6pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton. Topic:  “Dining Out With Diabetes.” Led by Doris Allen, BSN, RN, CDE, lead diabetes educator, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology. Contact: 410-479-2161.

CARES Cancer Patient Support Group – Tuesdays, October 7 and 21, 5-7pm, Cancer Center, 509, Idlewild Avenue, Easton. Free. Contact: 443-254-5940.

Gestational Diabetes Classes — Thursdays, October 9, 16, 23, 30, 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. 5195.

Diabetes Self-Management Class — Thursday, October 9, 16 & 23, 1-4pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

$6 Sale  — Thursday-Friday, October 9-10, UM SMC at Easton Health Education Center, 10am-4pm. Sale features wide selection of jewelry, scarves, hats,  pocketbooks, wallets, all items for $6.  It benefits the Auxiliary at the Memorial.  Note: All sales conducted by the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary (or the Memorial Hospital Foundation) are for the benefit of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, its patient needs and its staff.

Safe Sitter Class/Easton – Saturday, October 11, 9am-4:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Teaches youth ages 11-13 the basics of babysitting, including basic first aid, CPR and much more. Taught by pediatric nurses. Cost: $40 per child (scholarships available). Limited space. Contact and registration: 822-1000, ext. 5231.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, October 14, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Diabetes Self- Management Training – Two sessions: Tuesdays, October 14, 21, 28, 9:00am-12pm; and Wednesdays, October 15, 22, 29, 4:30-7:30pm. UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registrations required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext.5195.

Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thursday, October 16, 6-7:30pm, UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 200 Morgnec Road, Chestertown. Open to friends, family and caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Led by Stephanie Golebieski, ADON at UM SN&R at Chestertown, under the direction of the Alzheimer’s Association. Free. RSVP: 410-778-4550.

Safe Sitter Class/Chestertown – Friday, October 17, 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 pediatric nurses. Cost: $40 per child (scholarships available). Limited space. Contact and registration: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

New Mom, New Baby: Safety and CPR — Saturday, October 18, 9am-1:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Learn about post-partum care, pain management, nutrition and more. Free. To register, call: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

Traditional Reiki I Class: “Find Wellness Within You”  — Saturday, October 18, 10am-5pm, 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 CE hours for nurses and 10 wellness points. Persons completing this class will be certified by the USUI  School of Natural Healing to give Reiki sessions on themselves and others.  Instructor:  Certified Master Teacher Dana Limpert, Tuition:  $170 (including book) — 10 percent discount offered to SRH employees. Limited space, advance reservation required: 410-822-1000, ext. 5851.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Monday October 20, 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. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Talbot County — Monday, October 20, 5:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Topic: Diabetes stress management through the practice of Yoga. Presenter: Cyndi Prud’homme, MSW. Open to both patients and family members. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Look Good … Feel Better –Monday, October 20, Monday, October 20, 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. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Prostate Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, October 20, 7pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center.

“Pink Carnival” for Breast Cancer – October 22, 11am-2pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. An educational and fun-filled event to build awareness about breast cancer and to offer hope to those touched by breast cancer. Learn the latest facts and research about breast cancer while participating in games and activities. Meet the staff from the Radiology Department and The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Event held in the Courtyard (weather permitting) at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. The public is invited to this free event. For more information, call 410-810-5459.

Stroke Support Group/Queenstown – Tuesday, October 24, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion, 125 Shoreway Drive, Suite 320. Support and information regarding stroke recovery and care-giving. Bring a lunch; light snacks provided. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.

Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation — Saturday, October 25, 9:30-11am, UM SMC 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. 5195.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, October 27, 7pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Special Guest Speaker: Jennifer Pierson, OT/L, CLT, LANA, will discuss breast cancer related lymphedema. For more information call 410-778-7888, ext. 2175 or email cnelson@chesterriverhealth.org

Women Supporting Women Breast Cancer Support Group/Cambridge – Tuesday, October 28, 6-7:30 pm, Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. Free. Contact: 410-463-0946 or 410-228-3161.

Open House for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center – Tuesday, October 28, 5pm-7:00pm, Easton. Free. The public is invited to attend the UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center’s Open House. Attendees will be able to tour the Breast Center, learn more about the Breast Center’s services and meet the staff. For more information call 410-822-1000, ext. 5411.

CARES Breast Cancer Support Group – meets the 4th Tuesday of every month, 6pm-7:30pm, at the Cancer Center, UM Shore Regional Health, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton. NOTE: for the month of October, the meeting will be combined with the Open House at the Breast Center, 5pm-7pm, at Um Shore Regional Health, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton. For more information call 410-822-1000, ext. 5411.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, October 28, 6:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center.

Low Salties Support GroupWednesday, October 29, 4-6pm, Shore Wound Care, 503 Dutchmans Lane, Suite A. Presentation and discussion: “Recent Sodium Articles in the Journals.” Contact: 410-820-6500.

“Everything $6 Sale” – Wednesday and Thursday, October 29-30, UM SMC at Dorchester Lobby. Sponsored by the Hospital Auxiliary. Note: All sales conducted by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary (or the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation) are for the benefit of UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, its patient needs and its staff.

Seminar: “From a Woman’s Point of View – Nurturing Your Physical and Financial Well-Being,” — Thursday, October 30, 9:30-11:30am, Talbot Country Club, Easton. Free; limited seating. Guest Presenters: Thomas S. Sisca, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, CACP, FNAP, Clinical Pharmacist, Antithrombosis Specialist, UM Shore Regional Health and Deborah H. Walsworth, CPA, CFP, CPC, Senior Manager, CBIZ MHM, LLC & Mayer Hoffman McCann, PC. For more information and/or to RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5792 or janet@shorehealth.org.

 

 

Community leaders, hospital staff look forward to new Emergency Department at UM SMC at Chestertown

With the Grand Opening celebration scheduled this coming Tuesday, September 16, the new

Chestertown Mayor Chris Cerino

Chestertown Mayor Chris Cerino

Emergency Department at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown is a welcome addition to the hospital and to the Kent County community at large.

Chestertown Mayor Chris Cerino views the hospital’s new ED, which will nearly double the size of the emergency care area to approximately 8,000 square feet, as a major enhancement to the overall quality of life in the region. “It’s exciting to see University of Maryland Medical System investing in our community in such a significant way, especially at this time of uncertainty and change in the health care arena,” comments Cerino. “Seeing this project come to completion is a win-win for all of us.”

Loretta Lodge, Executive Director of the Kent County Chamber of Commerce

Loretta Lodge, Executive Director of the Kent County Chamber of Commerce

A similar perspective is offered by Loretta Lodge, executive director of the Kent County Chamber of Commerce. “It’s hard to believe that in a relatively small and rural area, there could be as many as 15,000 emergency room visits in a year. It’s gratifying to know that we have a state-of-the-art emergency center to accommodate that volume,” says Lodge.

Referring to the new ED’s visual, real-time technology that enables UMMS physicians, including specialists in pediatric emergency care, to consult with Chestertown ED doctors on individual cases, Lodge adds, “I think that Kent County citizens, especially parents who have to take their children in for emergency care, will be relieved to know that e-care technology will help the emergency doctors and nurses take care of patients right here with fewer admissions and transfers to other hospitals.”

Chestertown Chief of Police Adrian Baker

Chestertown Chief of Police Adrian Baker

From the law enforcement standpoint, a great benefit of the hospital’s new Emergency Department is the design. “We are frequently interacting with the hospital, especially the Emergency Department,” says Chestertown Police Chief Adrian Baker. “In terms of security, the way the new ED is set up is much better than before. The behavioral health room is offset from the others with its own monitoring station, and the privacy of the women’s health room will be of comfort to victims of assault or abuse. We are looking forward to the positive changes brought by the better design and increased capacity of the new Emergency Department.”

For the staff, increased space and features supporting efficiency and patient privacy will be most appreciated. Says Terri Gore, PA, a physician’s assistant in the ED, “Because the main nurses’ station is right in the middle, we can observe patients continuously. Also, each room includes storage space for essential supplies so we don’t have to leave a patient to get what we need. Having TVs in the room is good, too – a lot of times, patients are waiting for test results and they need something to do, especially the children, who can get restless.”

Erica Jones, an ED staff nurse, adds, “It will be easier to assess patients because they won’t be wondering who might be in the next room overhearing information about their health status. This is a small community and very often, ED patients recognize each other, so we are glad that we will be better able to protect patient privacy.”

Wayne Benjamin, MD

Wayne Benjamin, MD

For Wayne Benjamin, MD, chief of the Medical Staff at UM SMC at Chestertown, the bottom line is that the new ED will facilitate the staff’s ability to provide the best possible care to area citizens. “Along with the Leh Women’s Center opened last year, and the Subspecialty Clinic, which enables patients to see specialists in urology, endocrinology and women’s health right here in Kent County, the new Emergency Department strengthens our hospital and our ability to serve our community,” Benjamin maintains.

The Chester River Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital and UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown, secured a $900,000 bond bill through the Maryland Hospital Association’s legislative process to support the construction project, which will cost approximately $4.3 million. In addition, the community has donated more than $913,000 to fund equipment purchases and the construction of a highly specialized, two-bed trauma/resuscitation bay for the new ED.

MargieElsberg23 8x10Margie Elsberg, Foundation board chair, said, “To date, our community is responsible for contributing more than $1.8 million in support of our new Emergency Department. From golf tournament participants and sponsors and grateful patients to those who just plain believe we need our hospital, we have scores of local people to thank, along with the University of Maryland Medical System, for making this dream come true.”

The new Emergency Department is projected to open by the end of September. A community-wide open house will be held on Tuesday, September 16 at 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.

 

Shore Regional Health Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will hold its annual Golf Invitational Tournament on Monday, September 22 at the Talbot Country Club in Easton.  This year’s tournament will benefit the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation at UM Shore Regional Health. Pepsi Bottling Ventures is the presenting sponsor.

Gearing up for the golf tournament:  Mark Hermann, golf tournament chair; David Goslee, Director of Food Services, Pepsi Bottling Ventures of Delmarva; Jessica Denny, Clinical Specialist/Therapy Coordinator, Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation Services; Bill Roth, Director of the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation; and Graham Lee, VP for Philanthropy, UM Shore Regional Health.

Gearing up for the golf tournament: Mark Hermann, golf tournament chair; David Goslee, Director of Food Services, Pepsi Bottling Ventures of Delmarva; Jessica Denny, Clinical Specialist/Therapy Coordinator, Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation Services; Bill Roth, Director of the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation; and Graham Lee, VP for Philanthropy, UM Shore Regional Health.

“The Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation has a strong history of wonderful support thanks to the Memorial Hospital Foundation and the generosity of our local community,” commented Bill Roth, Director of the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation, UM Shore Regional Health. “Funds raised from this year’s Shore Regional Health Golf Invitational will be used to purchase new, state-of-the-art technology that will significantly improve the rehabilitation and recovery of those who have suffered a stroke or are experiencing a debilitating neurological condition.”

The tournament will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a single shot gun start.  All golfers will receive a deluxe gift package. Beverages, lunch and snacks will be served on the golf course during the tournament with a reception and awards presentation following.

Individuals and businesses can support the fundraiser by becoming a sponsor for this annual event. Proceeds will benefit the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation and go directly towards new equipment purchases. Sponsorship levels include: The Open – $25,000; Masters – $10,000; Eagle – $5,000; Birdie – $2,500; Par – $1,000; and Pro – $500. Tee sponsorships are also available for $200.

Joining the presenting sponsor, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, in supporting this year’s event are:  The Open Sponsor —  Auxiliary of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; Masters Sponsor — Clark Charitable Foundation, Inc; Eagle Sponsor — James Real Estate Service, LLC; Birdie Sponsors — Maryland Primary Care Physicians, LLC, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Inc., Tri-Gas & Oil Co., Inc., KPMG, and Eastern Shore Emergency Medicine Physicians, LLC; and Par Sponsors — Jim and Peggy Ross, and Sysco Eastern Maryland. Golfers will have the chance to win a hot tub and a car from Hole-in-one sponsors Aqua Pools and Koons Easton Automotive.

For additional information regarding sponsorships and registration, or to make a donation to the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation at UM Shore Regional Health, contact the University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation, 410-822-1000, extension 5481 or e-mail jpierce@shorehealth.org.

The UM Memorial Hospital Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization serving the fundraising needs of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton and UM Shore Regional Health.   Through its philanthropic efforts, the Foundation supports UM Shore Regional Health’s mission to provide quality healthcare to the local community by contributing to hospital programs and services.

Diabetes Center to Host Presentation on Foot Care

“Taking Care of Your Feet” will be the focus of the next Diabetes Support Group meeting, September 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. Heather Stallings, DME, coordinator for Hill’s Drug Store, will be the presenter.

According to Doris Allen, BSN, RN, CDE, lead diabetes educator for the Center, diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic leg and foot amputations in the United States. “As many as one in five diabetic patients who develop a foot ulcer will suffer an amputation,” says Allen. “Learning proper foot care can help avoid this dire outcome. This presentation will offer a lot of very useful information for patients with diabetes and their caregivers.

The Diabetes Support Group meets monthly at the UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, and is open to both patients and family members free of charge. To attend the September 22 meeting or to obtain more information about the Center’s classes, programs and services, call 410-822-1000 ext. 5757.