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’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:
Creativity doesn’t end here — Care Coordination also is sponsoring a Door Decorating Contest in December!
November 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.
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.
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.
November 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?
“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.”
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.”