University of Maryland Shore Regional Health recently named Peyman Otmishi, MD, as the recipient of the 2014 Arthur B. Cecil, Jr., MD, Award for Excellence in Health Care Improvement. Dr. Otmishi, an intensivist with University of Maryland Shore Pulmonary Care, was chosen from among five other candidates for the annual award, which is named for Arthur B. Cecil, Jr., MD, a surgeon who practiced at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton from 1950 until 1988.
Dr. Cecil was the first recipient of the award, which recognized his contributions to clinical advancements and medical staff development. Today, the Cecil Award continues the tradition of recognizing performance improvement initiatives that have a measurable effect on the quality of health care for a defined group of patients. The award was presented to Dr. Otmishi by Dr. Cecil’s son, Arthur B. Cecil, III.
Dr. Otmishi was nominated for his contributions to performance improvement and assuring quality outcomes in the area of critical care medicine. In addition to his work in infection prevention in the intensive care units at UM Shore Regional Health, Dr. Otmishi was instrumental in the implementation of eCare, a telemedicine program that enables intensivists – physicians who specialize in critical care – and critical care nurses at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore to help oversee the care of intensive care patients at University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton.
Other 2014 Cecil Award nominees were:
- Scott D. Friedman, MD, for his 30 years of dedicated service to the community and for his efforts to improve the health care provided on the Eastern Shore;
- Laura Jin, MD, for implementation of the Gastroenterology Specialty Hospitalist Service at UM Shore Regional Health and for her humanism, professionalism and clinical excellence;
- Khalid H. Kurtom, MD, FAANS, FACS, for his contribution to quality, patient safety and innovation in the area of minimally invasive spine surgery;
- The Pediatric Department at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, for their efficient work flow;
- Adam J. Weinstein, MD, for excellence in direct patient care, use of electronic communications methods, public and staff education, and leadership.
The finalists were Dr. Kurtom and Dr. Otmishi.
Dr. Otmishi obtained his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, in Grenada, West Indies. After completing an internship at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in New Jersey, he completed an internal medicine residency and a fellowship in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Dr. Otmishi is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in sleep medicine, and is certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.
Kenneth Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health comments, “The Cecil Award allows us to identify those innovative, creative, engaged and highly motivated physicians, whose efforts result in better patient care, enabling us, as an organization, to achieve our mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.”
“Shore Regional Health and all of our physicians, like Dr. Otmishi, strive every day to innovate and bring leading edge care to all the patients we serve,” remarks William Huffner, MD, MBA, FACEP, FACHE, chief medical officer, UM Shore Regional Health. “We are fortunate to have physicians of this caliber in our region.”
Dr. Otmishi was nominated for the Cecil Award by Ruth Ann Jones, EdD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, director of acute care and emergency services, UM Shore Regional Health. Jones comments, “Dr. Otmishi has been instrumental in interdisciplinary work around quality initiatives to prevent infection in our intensive care units. He works collaboratively with the nursing staff and multidisciplinary team to ensure that our patients are receiving safe, high quality, evidence-based medical care.”
“It is such a tremendous honor to have been selected as the 2014 Cecil Award winner, “remarks Dr. Otmishi. “While I take great pride in this achievement, it is my belief that no one person can take care of an ill patient. It is not the job of one physician, one nurse or one therapist – taking care of patients requires a collaborative approach and that is what my peers and I practice at Shore Regional Health.”
University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for the more than 170,000 residents of the Mid-Shore region including Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown is a member hospital of Shore Regional Health, which is part of the University of Maryland Medical System.
UM Shore Regional Health will celebrate the opening of the new ambulatory surgery center at Shore Medical Pavilion in Queenstown with a ribbon-cutting and catered reception on Thursday, December 18.
The University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Surgery Center at Queenstown will be dedicated by senior leadership and Queen Anne’s County officials at 3:30 p.m. The event is in the waiting room of the new Surgery Center, Suite 300, on the third floor of the Pavilion.
Team members are encouraged to attend – RSVP to Cathy Wright at 410-822-1000, ext. 5222, or email@example.com.
The Surgery Center at Queenstown will provide a range of outpatient surgery options for residents of Queen Anne’s County and the surrounding region, with leading medical specialists expected to begin scheduling patient procedures there later in the month.
The $7 million facility is initially being funded by University of Maryland Medical System and will be managed by UM Shore Regional Health. Construction began on the 11,000-square-foot Surgery Center in July.
The Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary is currently selling raffle tickets for a holiday wreath created by Auxiliary member, Lillian Nugent. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Auxiliary’s Nursing Grant fund. Tickets are priced at 2 for $1.00 and can be purchased at the Hospitality Shop at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. The drawing for the wreath will be held on December 15 at 3pm. For more information, call the Hospitality Shop at 410-228-5511, ext. 8424. All sales conducted by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary are for the benefit of UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, its patient needs and its staff.
The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton kicked off its 31st Annual Tree of Lights Campaign with an illumination ceremony on Tuesday, November 25 at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. Holiday entertainment was provided by the Bay Country Chorus and the Mid-Shore Early Learning Center.
This year’s Tree of Lights campaign will support the funding of new ultrasound equipment for the Emergency Department at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. The Auxiliary’s goal is to raise $10,000 for this equipment which is used in emergent care to evaluate and diagnose injuries and multiple pathologic conditions.
For a contribution of $10 or more, a red or gold light can be purchased for the holiday tree in front of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. Red lights are tributes to family members and friends, living or deceased. Gold lights honor loved ones serving in the military. A donation of $100 or more will purchase a white Life Light, which will be illuminated every year. The name of each person recognized through the purchase of any light will appear on scrolls displayed in the Medical Center throughout the holiday season.
The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton is a volunteer organization that raises funds to benefit programs and services at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. For additional information about the 31st Annual Tree of Lights, contact Nancy Espenhorst at 443-746-3338 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sugarfoot Walking Club — Thursdays, 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.
Hospitality Shop Sale – Mon, 12/1 – Wed, 12/24, 20% off the entire Hospitality Shop at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Sale does not include books, cards, flowers, food or magazines. All sales conducted by the Auxiliary are for the benefit of UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, its patient needs and its staff.
Carb Counting Class – Tues, 12/2, 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,12/2, 6pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church,
Denton. Topic: “Know Your Diabetes ABC’s.” Contact: 410-479-2161.
Breastfeeding Support Group – Tues, 12/2 & 12/16, 10-11:30am, UM SMC at Easton, Requard
Social Center. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.
CARES Cancer Patient Support Group – Tues, 12/2 & 12/16, 5-7pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Contact: 443-254-5940.
US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tues, 12/9, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Contact: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.
Diabetes Self-Management Class – Tues, 12/2-9-16, 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.
Stroke Support Groups Holiday Luncheon – Thurs, 12/4, 1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, Easton. MidShore group and Queenstown group will convene for holiday event including a pot-luck luncheon and gift exchange; participants and guests are welcome. RSVP and inquiries for meal planning and gift exchange: 410-822-9962 or email@example.com.
Gestational Diabetes Classes – Thurs, 12/4, 12/11 & 12/18, 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.
Labor and Delivery Class I, II, III – Sat, 12/6, 8:30am-3pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Overview of pregnancy and birth for expectant mothers, spouses and birthing coaches. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.
Christmas Shoe Sale at Vernon Powell Shoe Stores – Fri-Sun, 12/5-12/7, Easton VP store; and Sat-Sun, 12/6-12/7, Salisbury VP store. Payroll deduction only available on the dates listed for each store. Employees on workman’s comp and relief employees must have worked within the last month do use payroll deduction. Proceeds benefit the UM Shore Regional Cancer Center.
Everything $6 Sale — Mon, 12/8, 7am-4pm, Conference Center, 2nd floor, UM SMC at Chestertown. Sponsored by Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary. All sales conducted by the Auxiliary are for the benefit of UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, its patient needs and its staff.
Books are Fun Sale — Tues, 12/9 and Wed, 12/10, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, Main Lobby. Sponsored by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary. All sales conducted by the Auxiliary are for the benefit of UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, its patient needs and its staff.
Better Breathers Group – Wed, 12/10, 12:30-2pm, UM SMC at Chestertown, Education
Center. Topic: Keeping Your Diet Under Control Over the Holidays. Presenters: Mary King, RD, CDE and Sherrie Hill, RN. Light refreshments. Free. RSVP: 410-778-7668 ext. 2222.
Electronics Sale — Thurs, 12/11, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton. All sales conducted by the Auxiliary are for the benefit of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, its patient needs and its staff.
New Mom, New Baby: Safety and CPR –Sat, 12/13, 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.
Look Good … Feel Better – Mon, 12/15, 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.
Cancer and Prostate Cancer Support Groups Holiday Event – Mon, 12/15, 6pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center. The two groups convene for a holiday event featuring a pot-luck dinner. Participants and their guests welcome; bring a covered dish. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.
Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thurs, 12/18, 6pm, UM Shore Nursing & Rehab Center at Chestertown. Contact: 410-778-4550.
Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation – Sat, 12/20, 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.
CARES Breast Cancer Support Group – Tues, 12/23, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.
Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Mon, 12/22, 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. 5195.
Please welcome Robert A. Frank, who joined Shore Regional Health earlier this month as Senior Vice President of Operations. An accomplished senior executive with over three decades of leadership experience in health care operations and finance, Frank has an outstanding record of accomplishment in program development, strategic planning, financial results turn around, physician relations and team building.
Most recently, Frank served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Weirton Medical Center in Weirton, West Virginia. Prior to that position, he spent 32 years at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center, a regional health care system in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that is comprised of acute care, ambulatory and post-acute care activities, physician practices, foundation and for profit entities with net revenues in excess of $250 million. During his last eight years at Jefferson, Frank served as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and ultimately Executive Vice President.
Frank holds BA, MPA and MBA degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Awarded CFO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Times in 2005, he is a published author and lecturer at national and state meetings.
Vanhoy joins a select group of emergency nurses internationally recognized for enduring, substantial contributions
University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has announced that that Mary Alice Vanhoy, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, NREMT-P, FAEN , has been inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing (AEN). An emergency nurse for nearly 35 years, Vanhoy is in her 28th year with Shore Regional Health and now serves as manager, UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown and EMS nurse coordinator, UM Shore Medical Centers at Easton and Dorchester.
The AEN fellowship is a prestigious honor recognizing emergency nurses for their significant contributions to quality patient care both in and out of the emergency department. The induction ceremony for Vanhoy and nine other nurses from around the country took place on October 11 at Emergency Nurses Association’s 2014 Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN.
Vanhoy’s designation as an Academy Fellow recognizes her “visionary and groundbreaking leadership in the field of emergency nursing.” To date, only 119 nurses nationwide have been awarded this distinction over a 10-year period.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be selected as a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing,” says Vanhoy, who lives on Kent Island. “I’ve seen a lot of changes during my career, the biggest one being the transition from low-tech to high-tech, but what is constant is the passion and dedication that we feel for our work, and the total focus on our patients and their well-being. I think this is especially true at UM Shore Regional Health. When I speak at conferences around the country, other nurses are amazed at what a strong voice our nurses have and how much leadership we provide in the advancement of patient care. I am very proud to work for a rural community health system, and happy that through this award, I am able to bring recognition to the outstanding professionalism and quality of Shore Regional Health’s nursing care.”
Vanhoy played a key role in the UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown’s achievement as the first and only freestanding emergency center in Maryland to be designated as Emergency Medical Services Base Station. Achieved in April 2014, this designation and accreditation by Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) enables the Emergency Center to provide immediate, quality medical direction to EMS providers working with patients in the field rather than waiting for a dual consultation with another hospital.
“We are so proud of Mary Alice,” observes Chris Parker, Chief Nursing Officer for UM Shore Regional Health. “She has provided exceptional clinical expertise and leadership for many years and is a shining example of the caliber of leader that makes Shore Regional Health such an outstanding organization. It is truly gratifying to see her receive this prestigious recognition from the Academy of Emergency Nursing.”
Vanhoy’s leadership in the regional emergency services community includes serving EMS captain of the United Communities Volunteer Fire Department in Stevensville and EMS Program Faculty at Chesapeake Community College. In these roles, she is the key liaison between hospital providers and the students and pre-hospital providers in four suburban and rural counties in promoting quality patient care through education and quality improvement.
At the state level, Vanhoy represents emergency nurses on the Maryland EMS Board, the Maryland Chapter of the American Trauma Society and the Maryland Pediatric EMS Advisory Committee. She also is past president and current president-elect of the Maryland State Council of the Emergency Nurses Association and serves as secretary/treasurer of the Eastern Shore Chapter of ENA.
In addition to serving four terms as president of the Maryland ENA, Vanhoy has been active at the national level, speaking at several of the Academy’s annual and leadership conferences since 2009 and serving on national committees, Scope of Practice Revision Workgroup, ENA Leadership Conference Committee and Clinical Practice Guideline Committee. She also is an item writer for the newest national emergency nursing certification, Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse and serves on the National ENA committee for the Scope of Practice.
Reaching out to the Eastern Shore community, Vanhoy has developed programs for latch-key children, bike and ATV safety, hunting safety, stroke prevention and management, and disaster preparedness.
Her past awards and honors include receiving the ENA’s Nursing Professionalism Award and recognition as EMS Provider of the Year, Emergency Nurse of the Year and EMS for Geriatrics Provider of the Year.
Vanhoy’s AEN Fellow designation is much more than another honor on her already lengthy list. Looking at the certificate that will soon join others on the wall of her office at UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown, she comments, “Being an AEN Fellow will help me pursue my strongest interests, which are advancing the profession of nursing and emergency nursing as a career choice, as well as mentoring new nurses coming into the field.”
About the Emergency Nurses Association: Founded in 1970, the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is the premier professional and international nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. With more than 40,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops industry-leading practice standards and guidelines, and guides emergency healthcare public policy. ENA members have expertise in triage, patient care, disaster preparedness, and nearly all aspects of emergency care. Additional information is available at www.ena.org.
About the Academy of Emergency Nursing: ENA established AEN in 2004, and the first class of Fellows was inducted in 2005. To date, 110 extraordinary emergency nurses have been inducted into the AEN and proudly list FAEN as one of their professional credentials.
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, there are more than 192,000 nurse practitioners recognized to practice in America today. National Nurse Practitioner Week, November 9-15, celebrated these exceptional health care providers and reminded lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that NPs will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education. Nurse practitioners are informed, in touch and involved, making them the health care providers of choice for millions and a solution to the primary care crisis in America.
In Maryland, there are more than 3,500 NPs, according a proclamation signed in early November by Governor Martin O’Malley for the statewide observation of Nurse Practitioners Week.
UM Shore Regional Health nurse practitioners celebrated National NP week with an open house/reception at Shore Medical Group on November 15 organized by Dale Jafari, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, of Shore Women’s Care, and Michele Wilson, Vice President of Physician Services for UM Shore Regional Health. All CRNPs received special coats in recognition of their service to their patients and to the broader Shore Regional Health community.
UM SRH nurse practitioners are:
Jill Burgholzer, CRNP-PMH
Ellen Spurry Christ, MSN, CPNP
Dawn Donohue, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC
Jennifer Dyott, MSN, CRNP
Marilyn Gall, MS, CFNP
Mary Horseman, MSN, CRNP
Dale Jafari, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC
Lisa Jeffers, MS, CRNP, FNP-BC, CWS
Michael Kingan, DNP, NP, CWOCN
Patricia Lancaster, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC
Trisha Lemay, MSN, CRNP
Yvonne Liswell, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC
Shirley Seward, CRNP
Gail Shorter, MS, ANP-BC, CRNP
Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, CRNP
Debra Tribitt, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC
NPs provide a full range of services, such as ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests; diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions; prescribing medications and treatments; and managing overall patient care. Some interesting stats from American Association of Nurse Practitioners website (www.aanp.org) are:
- 95.1% of NPs have graduate degrees and 96.8% of NPs maintain national certification and an estimated 14,000 new NPs completed their academic programs in 2012-2013.
- 87.2% of NPs are prepared in primary care; 75.6% of NPs practice in at least one primary care site.
- 84.9% of NPs see patients covered by Medicare and 83.9% by Medicaid.
- 44.8% of NPs hold hospital privileges; 15.2% have long term care privileges.
- NPs hold prescriptive privilege in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with controlled substances privilege in 49 states; 97.2% of NPs prescribe medications, averaging 19 prescriptions per day.
- In 19 states and D.C., NPs have been granted full practice authority.
- More than 18 percent of NPs nationwide practice in rural settings.
- The majority (69.5%) of NPs see three or more patients per hour; NPs receive more than 916 million patient visits annually.
Maria D’Arcy, community outreach worker at the Comprehensive Breast Center and commissioner with The Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs, was recently awarded the Elizabeth Bellevance Commissioner Excellence Award by Governor Martin O’Malley, at a ceremony held at the Governor’s mansion.
The award, named for former commissioner, Elizabeth Bellevance, was established in Bellevance’s memory to recognize a public servant, who is dedicated to improving the lives of the Hispanic community and the State of Maryland as a whole. Bellevance, though not of Hispanic descent, advocated for the immigrant community on the Eastern Shore, serving on the Commission from 2008-2013 when she had to step down from her position because of her health. After her death this past summer, the award was established in her memory for the standard she set in her dedication to the Commission.
D’Arcy was recognized for her work in community outreach and her work with the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, of which she is a founder, which is an organization that helps the immigrant community on the Eastern Shore.
University of Maryland Shore Regional Sleep Disorders Center at UM Shore Medical Pavilion in Queenstown recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Regional Sleep Disorders Center at Shore Medical Pavilion on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Timothy Morgenthaler, MD, AASM president.
The center’s two other current locations – at UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton — are also accredited. The AASM has accredited about 2,500 sleep centers across the country since 1977.
To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance. Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.
“This achievement is a testament to the dedication and patient-focused work of our entire team,” said Bilal K. Saulat, MD, Medical Director of the Regional Sleep Disorders Center. Saulat also was recently named a Fellow of the AASM.
“The accreditation of our Queenstown facility lets patients know that the Regional Sleep Disorders Center is a state-of-the-art facility operating in accordance with the highest standards,” said Gary Jones, Regional Director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services with UM Shore Regional Health, who oversees the center. “Special recognition is due our Lead Technologist, Doug Rousseau, for his organization and advance preparation to complete the survey process for this important accreditation.”
UM Shore Regional Health Sleep Disorders Center is located on the second floor of UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown, 125 Shoreway Drive, Suite 230.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers, and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.
Every two years, our health care system participates in the “Culture of Patient Safety” Survey. Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the survey is approximately 50 questions in length and should take less than 15 minutes to complete. Most of the items offer Agree/Disagree or Never/Always response categories, so it is easy to answer — and all answers are anonymous.
The survey measures staff perceptions of patient safety in the work area/unit, as well as perceptions about patient safety in the hospitals as a whole. Surveys on safety culture are useful for measuring conditions that can lead to adverse events and patient harm in health care organizations. Shore Regional Health and UMMS want to assess our existing culture of patient safety. The results will be used to:
- Raise awareness about patient safety issues
- Fulfill directives or regulatory requirements
- Diagnose the current status of safety culture
- Track changes over time
All Shore Regional Health employees and physicians who work at Easton, Dorchester, Chestertown, and the QAEC are asked to participate in this survey. This includes team members in clinical areas and also non-clinical areas such as Administration, Medical Staff, Environmental Services, Materials Management, Food and Nutrition Services, Security, Registration, etc.
A link to the online survey site will be released November 30 through December 14. Unit computers can be used to complete the survey. For those who do not have access to a computer, the Easton, Dorchester and Chestertown IT Training Room computers will be available to provide computer access to employees who need it so they can complete the survey. The schedule is as follows:
- Easton (2nd floor, Campbell Building) – Dec 3, 5, 10, 12;
- Dorchester (3rd floor Computer Room) – Dec 4, 5, 11, 12; and
- Chestertown (1st floor Computer Lab) – Dec 4, 5, 11, 12
Here is how it works:
- Access the SRH Intranet
- Click the Quality & Safety tab at top of page
- Click on the last line: Safety Culture Survey
- Make sure you enter today’s date before beginning the survey
- As you complete each page scroll back to the top for additional tabs.
- This is a timed survey and will shut off after 30 minutes but it should not take you more than 15 minutes to complete.
For those employees who do not feel comfortable taking the survey on-line, please do so on paper. Paper versions of the survey will be available at the office of Patty MacDougall (Dorchester), Kim Billingslea (Easton), Mary Jo Keefe (Chestertown) and Mary Alice Vanhoy (QAEC). All surveys completed on paper should be sent via inter-office mail to: Patty MacDougall, Patient Safety Officer at Dorchester.
If you have any questions regarding the survey or the process, please contact Patty MacDougall, MSN, RNC-OB, NE-BC, Regional Director, Accreditation and Patient Safety, ext. 8404.