Monthly Archives: January 2015

Reminder: Renovation Project at DIC Beginning February 2

Access-to-Careshutterstock_239774281 [Converted]On Monday, February 2, a significant renovation project is commencing at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Diagnostic and Imaging Center, located at 10 Martin Court in Easton. The 14 month project will be completed in three phases and will encompass most of the Center, including all laboratory and imaging spaces.

The project, which is anticipated to be completed by April 2016, will also incorporate the expansion of Shore Regional Health’s Comprehensive Breast Center. Once completed, the Comprehensive Breast Center will provide a variety of breast health services at the Diagnostic and Imaging Center, including consultation and diagnostic procedures.

During renovation, the Diagnostic and Imaging Center will continue its normal hours of operation Monday thru Friday, from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon for lab work, routine x-ray and digital screening mammography. Services at the Center will continue to include digital mammography, bone density, ultrasound, CT scanning, MRI, X-ray, fluoroscopy, PET scanning, ECG and laboratory services.

Patient parking and the main entrance to the Diagnostic and Imaging Center will not be altered during the first two phases of the project. However, when the third phase commences in October 2015, the entrance to the building will be moved due to construction. Patients and visitors to the Center can expect to see signage directing them to any change and as always, volunteers from the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton will be on hand to direct patients to their desired testing area.

For additional information about the diagnostic and imaging services currently available at the Center, call 410-820-7778. Pertinent updates throughout the project will appear in Compass.

Thank you for your patience during construction!

Nursing Update: Familiar Faces in New Places

Access-to-CareMichael Kingan, DNP, RN, CWOCN, has assumed the leadership of Shore Wellness Partners since the position was vacated when Sharon Stagg,  DNP, MPH, RN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, Director of Shore Wellness Partners (SWP) since its inception in 2011, was appointed to the new position of Nurse Practitioner for Shore Regional Palliative Care.

Michael Kingan, DNP, CWOCN,  Director of Shore Wellness Partners

Michael Kingan, DNP, RN, CWOCN, Director of Shore Wellness Partners

Kingan, joined UM Shore Regional Health early in 2014 as nurse manager of inpatient services at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Previously, he served as nursing director at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

As director of Shore Wellness Partners, Kingan  leads a team of nurses and medical social workers who assist  clients in meeting certain criteria in Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties. Based at 121 Federal Street in Easton (on the second floor in the Home Care suite), SWP services include home visits to provide patients with information and education, connections to community resources and other support. By informing and empowering clients to better understand and manage their health care needs, SWP helps them reduce their reliance on emergency care services and their likelihood of hospitalization. Last year, SWP conducted more than 7300 nursing and social work visits and phone consultations with clients and their primary health care providers.

Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, RN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care.

Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, RN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care.

Sharon Stagg first served Shore Regional Health’s nursing team as a surgical staff nurse, 1988-94.  After several years in administrative, teaching, and nursing practice positions for organizations including Chesapeake College, McQueen Gibbs School of Nursing, Episcopal Ministries to the Aged (EMA), Delmarva Health South Surgery Center and Advantage Orthopedics, Stagg returned to Shore Regional Health in 1997 as nurse practitioner, occupational health, and retained that position until becoming director of Shore Wellness Partners. As NP for Palliative Care, she joins the multi-disciplinary team led by Lakshi Vaidyanathan, MD, medical director, and serves patients at UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton; her primary role is to provide comprehensive care to acutely ill patients with a chronic illness, or life-limiting conditions by developing a Plan of Care based on patient values and goals. Stagg’s office is located in Room 259 at UM SMC at Easton (formerly  Shore Works).



Roth Presents Rehabilitation, Balance Center Updates to Auxiliary


William Roth, senior director of comprehensive rehab care for UM Shore Regional Health and Ida Jane Baker, president, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation.

William Roth, senior director of comprehensive rehab care for UM Shore Regional Health and Ida Jane Baker, president, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation.

William Roth, senior director of comprehensive rehab care for UM Shore Regional Health, was the guest speaker at the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary’s recent General Membership Luncheon. The Balance Center at UM Shore Regional Health, located on Sunburst Highway in Cambridge and overseen by Roth, is the beneficiary of the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation’s current appeal. Funds raised from this year’s appeal will be used to support the purchase of new balance assessment equipment. Since opening its doors in 2007, the Balance Center has served almost 2000 patients, from various locations throughout the Eastern Shore and other parts of Maryland.

For additional information or to make a donation to the Foundation’s appeal supporting University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Balance Center, contact Ida Jane Baker, Foundation president at 410-228-8182 or Dorchester General Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 439 Cambridge, MD 21613.

Center for Integrative Medicine Welcomes New Practitioners


Stephanie Blades RNC, LMT,  CEIM,  and Pam Schulte, MSW, LCSW-C are new practitioners at the Center for Integrative Medicine.

Stephanie Blades RNC, LMT, CEIM, and Pam Schulte, MSW, LCSW-C are new practitioners at the Center for Integrative Medicine.

Two new practitioners have joined the team at UM Shore Regional Health’s Center for Integrative Medicine on Dutchman’s Lane, Frank Rath, Outpatient Rehab Manager for Shore Comprehensive Rehabilitation Care, has announced.

Massage therapist Stephanie Blades RNC, LMT,  CEIM, of Easton, is already well-known in the Shore Regional Health community for her work as a nurse in the Birthing Center at UM Shore Medical Center. A nurse for 16 years and a massage therapist for two years, she offers prenatal massage as well as general massage at the Center, and anticipates completing more specialized certification courses to expand her massage modalities. “I believe that each of us has the inward power to heal outward ailments, and that often, the manifestations of injury, disease, and unease in  life are shown to us through our aches and pains,” Blades says. “In my practice I take great pride in listening to what my clients tell me, but also the feedback that their bodies give me. I then fine-tune the massage to meet those needs.”

Clinical therapist Pam Schulte, MSW, LCSW-C, of Cambridge has joined the Center to offer individual and family counseling services.  Since 2003, she has been in private practice at Sailwinds Family Center, LLC in Cambridge, providing all aspects of outpatient clinical treatment to children, families and adults and also providing consultation and training to community agencies and the Circuit Court Systems on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Schulte also  has provided counseling at the Dorchester County Health Departments Wellness Program and served four years as an adjunct professor in Salisbury University’s Department of Social Work. Her previous work experience includes several positions involving child welfare education program development; advocacy program leadership; clinical assessment, training, supervision, consultation and training in a variety of settings; and serving as an expert witness in court cases involving abuse. Information regarding appointment scheduling and all massage, counseling, acupuncture and Reiki services offered by the Center for Integrative Medicine may be obtained by calling 410-770-9400.

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services Team to Get Word Out on Heart Health in February

Access-to-CareAs part of American Heart Month in February, some of UM Shore Regional Health’s experts on heart health will be sharing their expertise in the community:

Sally Worm, RN, CCRP, Program Manager of the Centers for Cardio-Pulmonary Fitness and Wellness, will be at Talbot County Senior Center, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2 to discuss women and heart disease — offering facts about heart disease including what symptoms to look out for and how to cope with heart disease.
• To RSVP call the senior center at 410-822-2869.

UM Shore Regional Health cardiologist John Condit, DO, will present a public discussion and teleconference on heart disease in women from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, February 13. Condit will hold his talk in the Board Room at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 S. Washington St., and it will also be broadcast live to the Conference Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and the third floor Conference Room at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. Participants in any of the locations will be able to ask questions of Dr. Condit.
• Seating is limited; please RSVP to UM Shore Regional Health’s Department of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services at 410-822-1000, ext. 5805.

Christadoss M. Rajasingh, MD, FACC, Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic, will offer a free talk to the community on “Living with Heart Failure” at two times and locations:
• 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton in Health Education Center rooms A & B. To register call 410-822-1000, ext. 5208.
• 11 a.m. to 12 noon Feb. 17 at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester in the Board Room. To register call 410-228-5511, ext. 8201.

Register Now for Healthy Heart Chili Cook-Off on February 9

Team-StrengthThe Centers for Cardio-Pulmonary Fitness and Wellness at all three Shore Medical Centers will host a Heart Healthy Chili Cook Off on February 9. The event is part of UM Shore Regional Health’s observance of the simultaneous National Cardiac Rehab Week (Feb. 9 – 13) and Cardiovascular Professionals Week (Feb. 8-14).

Entries will be judged on five categories — color, aroma, consistency, taste and aftertaste — each rated on a 0-10 scale. Participants will judge the entries. The contest will run throughout the day on February 9 to allow anyone interested in the opportunity to participate.

Registration deadline is February 6. Anyone interested in entering the Heart Healthy Chili Cook Off can contact any of the Centers for Cardio-Pulmonary Fitness and Wellness:

UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
410-778-3300, Ext. 2222

UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester
410-228-5511, Ext. 8201

UM Shore Medical Center at Easton
410-822-1000, Ext. 5208

Shore Home Care Crockpot Competition Raises $320 for Patient in Need Fund



Ten crockpots steaming with delicious home-made entrees and a few desserts were the focus of a Shore Home Care fundraiser for the SHC’s Patient in Need Fund. Chicken Marbella, Bison Chili, Pulled Pork, Thai Chicken Stew, Vegetable Bean Soup and Chocolate Lava cake were among the excellent dishes, complete with sides of rolls, cornbreads and brownies.

After careful tasting by the judges — and lots more tasting by home care and other staff in the Federal Street building, who paid $5 for a single serving or $10 for all-you-can eat privileges — the winners (who received gift cards for their prize dishes) were announced. They are shown above: 1st place — Debbie Stafford, Access Rep; 2nd place — Trish Focht, Home Health Supervisor; and 3rd place — Kelly Lord, Home Health Supervisor.