Monthly Archives: November 2014

Arthur B. Cecil Jr., MD, Award for Excellence Recipient Named

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Pictured at the recent award banquet are (left to right) Kenneth Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; Dr. William Huffner, chief medical officer, UM Shore Regional Health; Dr. Peyman Otmishi, 2014 Cecil Award recipient; Dr. Khalid Kurtom, 2014 Cecil Award finalist; Arthur B. Cecil, III; and John Dillon, chairman, Board of Directors, UM Shore Regional Health.

Pictured at the recent award banquet are (left to right) Kenneth Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; Dr. William Huffner, chief medical officer, UM Shore Regional Health; Dr. Peyman Otmishi, 2014 Cecil Award recipient; Dr. Khalid Kurtom, 2014 Cecil Award finalist; Arthur B. Cecil, III; and John Dillon, chairman, Board of Directors, UM Shore Regional Health.

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.

Ambulatory Surgery Center at Queenstown to celebrate opening

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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 cwright@shorehealth.org.

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.

Auxiliary to Raffle Holiday Wreath

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Auxiliary volunteers Betty Ridgely and Barbara Lipe display the holiday wreath being raffled to benefit the Auxiliary's Nursing Grant fund.

Auxiliary volunteers Betty Ridgely and Barbara Lipe display the holiday wreath being raffled to benefit the Auxiliary’s Nursing Grant fund.

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.

Auxiliary Illuminates “Tree of Lights” for its 31st Year

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Tree of Lights 2014

The Tree of Lights at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton was illuminated by (from left to right) Walter Atha, MD, FACEP, regional director of Emergency Medicine, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; Ryan Foster, MS, RN, CNML, NEA-BC, nurse manager of Emergency Services, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; Nancy Espenhorst, Tree of Lights campaign chair; Debbie Hayes, president, Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton; and Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health.

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 nlehre@goeaston.net.

Upcoming Events

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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.

DECEMBER

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 midshorestroke@gmail.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.

Robert A. Frank, MPA, MBA joins UM Shore Regional Health as Senior Vice President for Operations

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Robert A. Frank

Robert A. Frank

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.