Monthly Archives: October 2014

UM Shore Regional Health Announces New Board Members

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Back Row, left to right: Kathleen Deoudes, J. Wayne Howard, Wayne Gardner, Sr., Keith McMahan, Stuart Bounds, Ph.D., Daniel Saunders Middle Row, left to right: Robert Swam, William Washington, Richard Loeffler, Geoff Oxnam, Linda Ruane, Michael Joyce, MD Front Row, left to right: Deborah Davis, MD, , John Ashworth, John Dillon, Kenneth Kozel, Martha Russell,  David Milligan,  Ed Frye. Not Pictured: Charles Capute, Joseph Ciotola, Robert Chrencik, Marlene Feldman

Back Row, left to right: Kathleen Deoudes, J. Wayne Howard, Wayne Gardner, Sr., Keith McMahan, Stuart Bounds, Ph.D., Daniel Saunders
Middle Row, left to right: Robert Swam, William Washington, Richard Loeffler, Geoff Oxnam, Linda Ruane, Michael Joyce, MD
Front Row, left to right: Deborah Davis, MD, , John Ashworth, John Dillon, Kenneth Kozel, Martha Russell, David Milligan, Ed Frye.
Not Pictured: Charles Capute, Joseph Ciotola, Robert Chrencik, Marlene Feldman

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UM SRH) announces the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors. John Dillon of Oxford chairs the 24-member Board, which consists of business and community leaders and physicians from throughout the five-county region served by UM SRH.

Joining the Shore Regional Health Board are: Kathleen Deoudes, Queenstown; J. Wayne Howard, Preston; Geoffrey F. Oxnam, Easton; and Thomas Stauch, M.D., Trappe.

Kathleen Deoudes is retired from a career as a Legislative Aide in the Maryland Senate. She was a key member of the fundraising team for the freestanding UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown and chairs its Community Association. She is chair of the Board of Directors for Hospice of Queen Anne’s. In 2013, she was named Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. She received her BA in Sociology from Trinity University, in Washington DC.

Wayne Howard works as a health care consultant with Ray & Associates, LLC. He retired in 2010 as President and CEO of Choptank Community Health System (CCHS). He serves on the Mid-Shore Community Foundation Board; Caroline County Mental Health Advisory Board; and the Caroline County Health Task Force. He holds a BS in Education from University of Bridgeport and a MS in Human Resource Management from Wilmington University.

Geoffrey Oxnam is the Vice President of Operations at Easton Utilities. He is involved in a variety of community activities and boards, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Board; Easton Rotary; Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore; and Maryland Broadband Cooperative, Inc, Board. In 2013, he was named Talbot County Business Man of the Year. He received his BA from Williams College and his MBA from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

Thomas Stauch, M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon at the Orthopedic Center in Easton. He received his undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic residency at George Washington Hospital in Washington D.C. and a hand/upper extremity fellowship at St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital in New York.

Current board members also include: Michael D. Joyce, M.D., Richard Loeffler and David Milligan of Cambridge; Deborah Davis, M.D., Edwin R. Fry, C. Daniel Saunders, Esq. and William J. Washington of Chestertown; Keith McMahan of Federalsburg; Stuart Bounds, Ph.D., Charles Capute, Wayne L. Gardner, Sr., James Peterson and Martha Russell of Easton; Joseph J. Ciotola, M.D. of Grasonville; John Dillon of Oxford; John W. Ashworth of St. Michaels; Marlene Feldman of Trappe; Robert Swam of Worton; Kenneth Kozel, CEO,UM SRH; and Robert A. Chrencik, CEO, UMMS.

“The diverse backgrounds, leadership skills and business experience of our new board members will enhance our Board of Directors and continue to position us to meet the current and future health care needs of the people served by Shore Regional Health,” comments John Dillon, chairman of the UM Shore Regional Health board of directors. “We look forward to their insights and contributions in helping UM SRH perform its mission of creating healthier communities together within the five counties of the Mid-Shore region.”

“With our board reflective of very strong representation of people who live and work in our communities and who are committed to ensure our success, I believe we are well positioned to achieve our vision of being the region’s leader in patient centered care,” says Kenneth Kozel, President and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health.

Care Coordination Announces Winners in First Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

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Care Coordination’s Fun Committee organized its first annual UM Shore Regional Health Department Pumpkin Decorating Contest in celebration of Halloween. Several teams (Dorchester, 2 East, 3 East, Tele, ED/OB, and Admin) submitted entries and William Huffner, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Regional Vice President for Medical Affairs, served as contest judge, selecting, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, as follows:

Other entries:

Creativity doesn’t end here — Care Coordination also is sponsoring a Door Decorating Contest in December!

UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology announces open house, educational programs during National Diabetes Month

adm-forecast-landing-page-bannerNovember is National Diabetes Month. Diabetes is widely regarded as an epidemic in the United States. According to the National Center for Disease Control, more than 29 million Americans — 9.3 percent of the population – have diabetes and another 86 million people, 33 percent, are pre-diabetic.

Here on the Mid Shore, county-by-county rates of diabetes are even higher — between 9.5 percent and 14.8 percent – than the overall national rates. “What is really alarming about diabetes is that the great majority of people who are pre-diabetic or at risk for the disease are not aware of it,” says Doris Allen, RN, CDE, lead diabetes educator for the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, which is based at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. “National Diabetes Month is an opportunity for us to help build awareness of diabetes and educate people about prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of the disease,” she adds.

The UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, based at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, will hold an open house on World Diabetes Day, Friday, November 14, 1 to 4 p.m. The event is designed to help individuals with diabetes and their families to learn about the Center’s clinical services and classes, and to talk with vendor representatives about how various diabetes products work. It also will feature mini-presentations by Center staff on specific topics, including Pre-Diabetes-Reducing your Risk, Carbohydrate Counting 101, The Benefits of Being Active, and Insulin Delivery Devices. Attendance is free but RSVP is requested; call 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

A second event offered during Diabetes Awareness Month is a presentation by the Center’s physicians, Kenneth Patrick Ligaray, MD, Medical Director, and Faustino Macuha, MD, on November 18, 7 p.m., in Cambridge, Md., in UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester’s third floor conference room. Entitled “Staying Ahead of Diabetes,” this free presentation will include guidance on how to control risk factors – such as diet — and how to manage your care and medication if you’re diagnosed. Attendance is free but RSVP is requested; call 410-822-1000, ext. 5222.

On November 25 at 6:30 p.m. in UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown’s Conference Center, the Diabetes Support Group will host a special open meeting featuring a presentation Dr. Leslie Emmert-Buck, an ophthalmologist with Mid-Shore Eye Care. Dr. Emmert-Buck will discuss how diabetes can affect the blood vessels in the eyes and the treatment options available for patients in whom eye problems are diagnosed early. To RSVP, call 410-778-7668, ext. 2175. The

UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology physicians, Kenneth Patrick Ligary, MD, medical director, and Faustino Macuha, Jr., MD, and other clinical and education staff see more than 370 patients every month in Easton and in the Multi-Specialty Clinic at UM SMC at Chestertown. In addition to clinical services, the Center offers a variety of diabetes education and classes, such as Diabetes Management, Carb Counting 101 and Gestational Diabetes; three monthly support groups (in Chestertown, Denton and Easton); and outreach services including presentations to community groups by the diabetes educators. For more information, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Area senior centers host kickoff of “Ask the Expert”

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 Julie Bryan, RN, CIC, Infection Prevention Coordinator for UM Shore Regional Health

Julie Bryan, RN, CIC, Infection Prevention Coordinator for UM Shore Regional Health

Madeline Steffens, RN, BSN, HPCN, Nurse Coordinator of UM Shore Regional Palliative Care Program

Madeline Steffens, RN, BSN, HPCN, Nurse Coordinator of UM Shore Regional Palliative Care Program

The November “Ask the Expert” series begins this week with two UM Shore Regional Health clinical experts speaking at area senior centers. In keeping with the mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together, “Ask the Expert” is a cooperative effort with area partners to help get information on health and wellness to our region’s residents.

This month we’re holding multiple installments of two of our programs in the facilities of Upper Shore Aging Inc., beginning with:

• Palliative Care: What Everyone Should Know, 10 a.m., November 5 at Caroline County Senior Center, 407 S. 7th St. Denton. Madeline Steffens, RN, BSN, HPCN, Nurse Coordinator of UM Shore Regional Palliative Care Program, gives an overview and outlook of how palliative care works for patients, families and caregivers.

• Beat the Bug: Staying Healthy by Preventing Infection, 2 p.m., November 7 at Brookletts Place – The Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton. Julie Bryan, RN, CIC, Infection Prevention Coordinator for UM Shore Regional Health, discusses the last information on various infections and ways to avoid them, whether at home, traveling or even in a health care facility.

Attendees are asked to RSVP to Cathy Wright, 410-822-1000, ext. 5222.

Auxiliary Recognizes Service Award Recipients

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The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently celebrated those members who reached service award milestones.  89 volunteers were recognized for 228,750 hours of service at the annual awards luncheon.

The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently celebrated those members who reached service award milestones. 89 volunteers were recognized for 228,750 hours of service at the annual awards luncheon.

The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton recently held its annual service awards luncheon at the Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford. The Auxiliary celebrated 228,750 hours of service volunteered by 89 members who reached service milestones in 2014.

The service award program recognizes members’ volunteer milestones. During the ceremony Marion Miller and Julie Wojcik were each honored for volunteering 18,500 hours. Other distinguished honorees were Pauline Lane for 14,000 hours, Elizabeth Lechthaler for 13,500 hours, Margaret Blair for 12,000 hours and Joe Shultz for 10,500 hours.

Other service awards were presented to Debbie Hayes and Elva Pierce (8500); Neal O’Shea (7500); Gail Jenkins (7000); Terry Stephan (6500); Carolyn Behr, Codie Codispoti and Sabine Simonson (5000); Mary Ann Clark (4500); Janet Granger, Edith Hayman, Camille Kneale and Robert Sausser (4000); Barbara Brown, Brenda Prettyman and Phyllis Widerkehr (3500); Barbara Reinhardt (3000); Celia Bodmer and Regina Holland (2500); Esther Burns, Ruth Cecil, Nancy Espenhorst, Margaret Green, Maschell L. Hines, Valery Miller, Elmer Parkerson and Anita Rowan (2000); Art Cecil, Virginia Curtin, Lillian Hall, Donald O’Brien and Sue Shortall (1500); Marilyn Bates, Thomas Cronshaw, Jennie Einhorn, Alice Engle, William Huff, Christina O’Hara, Mary Ann Ray, Susan Silver and Rosemary Trippe (1000); Lorraine Bruckner, Judith Coffren, Sharron Lee Jamarik, Annabel Lesher, Linda Nagle, Ruth Quiri, Robert Savoie, Norman Schied, Daniel Tanner and Joyce Wilhelm (750); Sandra Dunker, Bill Eyring, Barbara Gardella, Robert Gretzinger, Liz Hannegan, Jean Hobbs, Eileen Kornas, Adrianna Lee, Ricka Robinson, Claudette Ross, Maggie Schabdach, Elmira Weber and Newton Williams (500); Peggy Bardelman, Gretchen Bauer, Patricia Collins, Diane Daffin, Virginia Ann Harvey, Mary McArtoer, Genenieve Murray, Barbara Nickerson and Gervais Wooters (250); and Kathleen Fabian, Patricia Griffith, Bill Hosker, Dobbie Hurst, Ellen Mielke, Diane Ries, George Shoener, Judy Smith, Val Tate and Bryant Wheeler (100).

Since its establishment, the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton has been instrumental in raising funds for various hospital programs and services at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. Auxiliary funds are primarily raised through sales at Maggie’s Gift Shop, located at the hospital, and at The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street, which accepts donations of gently used clothing, accessories and small household items that are resold at reasonable prices. Both retail establishments are staffed by auxiliary volunteers. In addition, auxiliary volunteers are a resource in clinical areas both at the hospital and offsite, providing assistance to staff members, patients and visitors in multiple areas. Free blood pressure screenings are also provided to the community by auxiliary volunteers every Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until noon, excluding holidays, at the Diagnostic and Imaging Center located at 10 Martin Court in Easton.

For additional information about volunteer opportunities with the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, visit umshoreregional.org or call 410-822-1000, extension 5839.

UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Offers Free “Ask a Dietitian” Event on November 12

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ucm274297November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a great time for people of all ages to think about how their food choices affect their health. However, the sheer amount of information posted online, aired on television and printed in newspapers and magazines can seem overwhelming – especially for those who have health conditions that are impacted by certain foods or eating habits. In addition to diabetes, many health risks and diseases are associated with diet; for example, cancer and heart disease. Wouldn’t it be helpful to talk “one-on-one” with a professional dietitian about your particular health concerns – for example, weight reduction, high cholesterol, gluten sensitivity, gastro-intestinal issues and bariatric surgery?

Mary King, RD, CDE, has organized "Ask a Dietitian," as a free consultation event for area residents who have concerns and questions about food choices and nutrition relative to their health.

Mary King, RD, CDE, has organized “Ask a Dietitian,” as a free consultation event for area residents who have concerns and questions about food choices and nutrition relative to their health.

“Ask a Dietitian,” a special event scheduled for Wednesday, November 12 at UM SMC at Chestertown, provides that opportunity, free of charge. To talk with a dietitian about nutritional aspects of your health issues, visit the hospital’s Conference Center, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., or call 410-778-7668, ext. 4062 to ask your questions by phone. Three dietitians will be on hand to provide general nutrition information and address specific issues. Says Mary King, RD, CDE, Nutrition Services Coordinator for UM SMC at Chestertown, “We are hoping that ‘Ask a Dietitian’ will attract a strong turnout in person and on the phones, and we are looking forward to talking to people of all ages about their health and dietary concerns so we can help them make positive food choices to improve their lives.”

Manager of Robin Hood Shop Retires and New Manager Appointed

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Volunteers, friends, and community members offered their congratulations and wished Helen Travers well on her retirement at the resale shop on September 26.

Volunteers, friends, and community members offered their congratulations and wished Helen Travers well on her retirement at the resale shop on September 26.

The Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary’s Robin Hood Shop recently honored Helen Travers, the retiring manager of the shop.

Associates, volunteers, friends, and community members offered their congratulations and wished her well on her retirement.

Travers, a resident of Cambridge, worked as the manager of the Robin Hood Shop, located at 416 High Street in downtown Cambridge, for two decades. During her tenure, the shop grew and became a successful Auxiliary business—and a favorite place for Auxiliary members to volunteer.

The profits from the Robin Hood Shop help the Auxiliary to fund nursing scholarships and numerous items of hospital equipment, technology and furnishings. Travers successfully managed the resale shop with her devoted group of auxiliary volunteers, who assist by sorting, tagging and displaying donated merchandise as well as staffing the store during business hours.

Cathy Gullion of Vienna, has been appointed as the new manager. Gullion, whose late grandmother volunteered at the resale shop, is looking forward to continuing her family’s tradition of providing service to the community’s local hospital Auxiliary.

“I was so fortunate to have Helen train me and help me transition to the manager position,” Gullion comments. “With a wealth of experience running the Robin Hood Shop, I am looking forward to having Helen continue as a volunteer on Wednesdays at the shop.”

Dr. Lilly to Speak at Chestertown Cancer Support Group Meeting on November 11

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Lilly, Roberta_med-resRoberta Lilly, M.D., MPH, FACS, medical director, Comprehensive Breast Center, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UM SRH), will be the guest speaker at an open meeting of the Chestertown Cancer Support Group on November 11, 2014. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Conference Center at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown (UM SMC at Chestertown). Lilly will discuss the benefits of early screening for breast cancer and the use of breast tomosynthesis using 3D mammography.

Dr. Lilly has fellowship training in surgical oncology of the breast.  She is board certified by the American Board of Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  As medical director of the Comprehensive Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health, located at UM SMC at Easton, she provides a broad range of diagnostic and treatment options for all benign and malignant diseases of the breast. Lilly also provides clinic services in Queen Anne’s County at University of Maryland Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown and in Kent County at the Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center, located at UM SMC at Chestertown.

The meeting is open to all cancer patients, their families, caregivers and friends, and persons interested in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Attendance is free, but reservation is encouraged; seating is limited. To reserve your seat or for more information about the Cancer Support Group, please contact Chrissy Nelson, RN, CDE, at 410-778-7668, extension 2175 or cnelson@chesterriverhealth.org.

 

World Stroke Day highlights the power of information

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World Stroke Day was observed October 29 by advocacy organizations around the world – but it’s always time to remind people of the importance of knowing stroke symptoms early.

Jessica Fluharty RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience Specialist/Stroke Center Coordinator at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, highlighted this recent video from the National Stroke Association aimed at increasing public understanding of strokes.

More information related to stroke awareness from the American Stroke Association can be found here.

Upcoming Events: October 31 – November 30, 2014

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ONGOING

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! Worth 5 Wellness Points (self-reported) for Shore Shape participants.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings/Cambridge & Easton – every Mon & Tues, 9am-12pm, Diagnostic & Imaging Center, Easton; every Tues & Fri, 11am-1pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. (Excluding 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 who are ending treatment.  For information about the next session, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

NOVEMBER

Chester River Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop ‘Maryland Beaten Biscuits’ Sale – Sat, 11/1 through 11/18. Maryland Beaten Biscuits will be on sale at the Hospital Gift Shop, UM SMC at Chestertown. Order now through November 18; $6 bag of 8 biscuits. All sales conducted by the Chester River Hospital Auxiliary are to benefit the needs of the hospital, its employees and its patients. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext 2351 or auxiliarygiftshop@gmail.com.

Labor and Delivery Class I, II, III Sat, 11/1, 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

Annual Christmas Event Sale Tues, 11/4, 9:30-4pm, Robin Hood Shop, 416 High Street, Cambridge, MD. Sponsored by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary, the sale will feature holiday apparel in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes; gift items including toys, books and puzzles; and holiday home décor. All sales conducted by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary are to benefit the needs of the hospital, its employees and its patients.

 ‘Fill-a-bag for $10 Sale’ –Tues, Nov 4, 10am-4pm, Nearly New Shop, located at 320 High Street in downtown Chestertown. Sponsored by the Chester River Hospital Auxiliary, the shop will be having a fill-a-bag for $10 sale. Customers will be able to fill a brown paper shopping bag with merchandise for just $10!  Bags will be provided by the Nearly New Shop. Customers will be able to choose among fall and winter merchandise, including coats, sweaters, hats, gloves and more; jewelry and tuxes are excluded. All sales conducted by the Chester River Hospital Auxiliary are to benefit the needs of the hospital, its employees and its patients. For more information, call (410)778-1781.

Breastfeeding Support Group  Tues, 11/4, 10-11:30am, UM SMC at Easton, Requard Social Center. Led by lactation consultants. New and expectant mothers encouraged to attend. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Carb Counting Class –Tues, 11/4, 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.

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Tues, 11/4, 6pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton. Topic: Healthy eating through the holidays. Led by Doris Allen, BSN, RN, CDE. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Diabetes Self-Management Class – Two sessions: Tues, 11/4, 11, & 18, 9:00am-12pm; and Weds., 11/5, 12, & 19, 1:30-4:30pm. UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Medical information and strategies to manage diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registrations required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

CARES Cancer Patient Support Group – Tues, 11/4 and 11/18, 5-7pm, Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.  Contact:  443-254-5940.

Ask the Expert: Palliative Care — What You Should Know – Three sessions: Weds, 11/5, 10am, Caroline Senior Center, Denton; Mon, 11/17, 2pm, QAC Senior Center, Grasonville; and Fri, 11/21, 2pm, Talbot Senior Center, Easton. Presenter: Madeline Steffens, RN, BSN, HPCN. Free. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5222.

Gestational Diabetes Classes — Thurs, 11/6, 13, 20, 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.

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group — Thurs, 11/6, 1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, Easton. Topic: Senior Safety in the Home. Presenter: Steve Gowe, ComfortKeepers. Includes light refreshments. RSVP to 410-822-1000, ext. 5068 or midshorestroke@gmail.com.

Diabetes Self-Management Class – Thurs, 11/6, 13, & 20, 1-4pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Medical information and strategies to manage diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Ask the Expert: Staying Healthy by Preventing Infection – Three sessions: Fri, 11/7, 2pm, Talbot Senior Center, Easton; Weds, 11/12, 10am, Caroline Senior Center, Denton; and Weds, 11/19, 2 pm, QAC Senior Center, Grasonville. Presenter: Julie Bryan, RN, CIC. Free. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5222.

Books are Fun Book Fair – Friday, 11/7, 7am-4pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Conference Center.  Sponsored by UM Chester River Health Foundation. All sales conducted by UM Chester River Health Foundation are to benefit the needs of the hospital, its employees and its patients.

Seminar: Advanced Gait Training for Individuals with Lower Extremity Amputation – Sat, 11/8, 9am-4pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown. Approved for .5 CEUs. Guest speakers: Todd Schaffhauser and Dennis Oehler, co-creators, the Amputee Walking School. Cost: $100 for rehab professionals; $50 for UM SRH employees; free for amputees and their family members. Advance registration required: 410-822-1000, ext. 7641.

On the Air: WCTR’s “Senior Class” Radio Show – Mon, 11/10, 1pm, 1530 AM.  Topic: Food Choices Relative to Diabetes and Other Health Problems. Guest: Mary King, RD, LD, CDE.

Acupuncture Relief from Headaches and Migraines – Mon, 11/10, 6pm, Center for Integrative Medicine, Easton. Presenter: Silvia Byerly, MS, Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Detoxification Specialist. Free; advance registration required by 11/6, 410-770-9400.

Cancer Support Group Meeting with Special Guest Speaker Roberta Lilly, M.D. – Tues, 11/11, 6pm, Conference Center at UM SMC at Chestertown. Guest Speaker:  Roberta Lilly, MD, MPH, FACS, will discuss breast tomosynthesis using 3D mammography. Meeting is open to the public. Attendance is free; seating is limited.  Reserve your seat by contacting Chrissy Nelson, RN, CDE, at 410-778-7668, ext. 2175 or cnelson@chesterriverhealth.org.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tues., 11/11, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton.  Contact: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.

Ask a Dietitian – Weds, 11/12, 9:30am-3:30pm., Conference Center, UM SMC at Chestertown. Speak with a dietician about food-related issues. Call-ins welcome, 410-778-7668, ext. 4062. Free. Contact: Mary King, LDN, CDE, 410-778-3300, ext. 2295

Better Breathers Group – Weds, 11/12, UM SMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Topic: Fighting Wintertime Illness. Light refreshments. Free. RSVP: 410-778-7668 ext. 2222.

Cancer Center Book Sale – Thursday, 11/13 and Friday, 11/14, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center.  Proceeds to benefit UM Shore Regional Health’s Cancer Center.

World Diabetes Day Open House – Fri, 11/14, 1-4 pm, UM Center Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, UM SMC at Easton. Learn about the Center’s programs; talk with vendor reps about diabetes products, attend mini-discussions: Pre-Diabetes – Reducing Your Risk, Carb Counting 101, The Benefits of Being Active, and Insulin Delivery Devices. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Breastfeeding Class – Sat, 11/15, 9am-12:15pm, UM SMC 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 – Mon, 11/17, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, 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.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton —Mon, 11/17, 5:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center.  Topic: The Dangers of Hypoglycemia. Presenter: Rebecca Bennett. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Ask the Expert: Staying Ahead of Diabetes – Tues, 11/18, 7pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, 3rd floor classroom. Presenters: Kenneth Patrick Ligaray, MD and Faustino Macuha, MD, of the UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. Free. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5222.

Jewelry Cares – Fine Jewelry Sale – Wednesday, November 19, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.  Sponsored by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary.  All sales conducted by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary are to benefit the needs of the hospital, its employees and its patients.

Ask the Expert: Relieve Pain through Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery – 7pm, Thurs, 11/20, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center. Presenter: Khalid Kurtom, MD, Chesapeake Neurological Surgery. Free. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5222.

Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thurs, 11/21, 6pm, UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown. Contact:  410-778-4550.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Mon, 11/24, 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/ChestertownTues, 11/26, 6:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext.  2175.

Stroke Support Group/Queenstown – Tues, 11/25, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion. Topic:  Using The HOPE Guide for Stroke Recovery. Presenter: Elizabeth Todd, BSN, RN, CRRN, Nurse Navigator, Shore Comprehensive RehabilitationBring lunch; light snacks provided. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.

CARES Breast Cancer Support Group – Tues, 11/25, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton. Contact:  410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

Women Supporting Women Breast Cancer Support Group/Cambridge – Tues, 11/25, 6-7:30 pm, Christ Episcopal Church.  Contact: 410-463-0946 or 410-228-3161.

Ebola preparedness starts with right information

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With Ebola dominating the health care news at the moment, it is important that we as care-giving professionals stay abreast of the latest information – and make sure what we are hearing and sharing is accurate and provided in a calm, professional manner. The health and safety of every single patient, employee, physician and volunteer at all of our facilities is our most important concern.

There have been many developments with regard to Ebola preparedness. The guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is evolving hourly . The Shore Regional Health Infection Control team is monitoring the CDC guidance and published guidelines and making changes to the materials on the Public Share Folder (Easton and Dorchester) and intranet (Chestertown) accordingly. These can be accessed by going to the Public Shared Drive on each network and opening the folder named Ebola Information. Alternatively, you can link directly to those folders from the each intranet site.

Shore Regional Health will also communicate updates to all team members from a special email account, mailto:ebola@shorehealth.org, which has been set up as a central location for you to submit non-critical questions and non-critical requests for information. If you need an immediate response regarding an Ebola-related issue, please contact Infection Control at (410) 463-0852.

“Ask the Expert” events held throughout the region in November

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University of Maryland Shore Regional Health announces several dates for its “Ask the Expert” series offered throughout the region in November. “Ask the Expert” offers area residents access to the most current information on relevant health care topics.

Upcoming events are:

Beat the Bug — Staying Healthy by Preventing Infection: Julie Bryan, RN, CIC, Infection Prevention Coordinator for UM Shore Regional Health, discusses the latest information on various infections and ways to avoid them, whether at home, traveling or even in a health care facility.
• 2 p.m., November 7, Brookletts Place — The Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton
• 10 a.m., November 12, Caroline County Senior Center, 407 S. Seventh St., Denton
• 2 p.m., November 19, Grasonville Senior Center, 4802 Main St., Grasonville

Palliative Care: What Everyone Should Know: Madeline Steffens, RN, BSN, HPCN, Nurse Coordinator of UM Shore Regional Palliative Care Program, gives an overview and outlook of how palliative care works for patients, families and caregivers.
• 10 a.m., November 5, Caroline County Senior Center, 407 S. Seventh St., Denton
• 2 p.m., November 17, Grasonville Senior Center, 4802 Main St., Grasonville
• 2 p.m., November 21, Brookletts Place — The Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton

Relieve Pain through Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Khalid Kurtom, MD, of Chesapeake Neurological Surgery, an affiliate of UM Shore Medical Group, continues his popular discussion on the latest in minimally invasive surgery for pain relief.
• 7 p.m., November 20, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Conference Center, 100 Brown St., Chestertown

Staying Ahead of Diabetes: Kenneth Patrick Ligaray, MD and Faustino Macuha, MD, of the UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, provide enlightening facts about one of the region’s most prevalent health issues, including how to control risk factors — such as diet — and how to manage your care and medication if you’re diagnosed.
• 7 p.m., November 18, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, third floor classroom, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge

Attendees are asked to RSVP to Cathy Wright, 410-822-1000, ext. 5222.

Flamingo Fling Donates $83,000 to Breast Center

Financial-Resources

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Members of the planning committee from the Flamingo Fling 9-Hole Golf Classic, sponsored by Talbot Country Club’s 9 and 18-Hole Lady Golfers, recently presented the event’s proceeds, totaling more than $83,000, to the Comprehensive Breast Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health for outreach programs. The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton was a Leader Board Sponsor of the event, donating $25,000 toward the cause. Pictured at the check presentation are (from left to right) Myrna Darragh; Jennifer Dyott, nurse practitioner, Comprehensive Breast Center; Judd Van Dervort; Mary Van Dervort; Debbie Hayes, Auxiliary president; Delia Denny; Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; Julie Wojcik, event co-chair; F. Graham Lee, vice president of philanthropy, UM Shore Regional Health; Melissa Panebianco, event co-chair; and Dr. Roberta Lilly, medical director, Comprehensive Breast Center.