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

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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

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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

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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.

 

 

Upcoming Events: February 2015

 

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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 Mon & Fri, 10am-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.

FEBRUARY

Presentation: Women and Heart Disease — Mon, 2/2, Talbot County Senior Center, 10-11am. Presenter: Sally Worm, RN, CCRP, Program Manager, Cardio-pulmonary Fitness and Wellness. UM Shore Regional Health. Worm will discuss women and heart disease, what symptoms to look out for and how to cope with heart disease. Contact: 410-822-2869.

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture — Two 4-week sessions, each meeting twice a week, 2/3-2/26: Mon & Thurs, 1-2:30pm and Tues & Thurs, 5-6:30pm, Center for Integrative Medicine, Easton. Sessions led by Marie Nuthall, L.Ac, M.Ac. Based on Acu Detox, a five-point ear acupuncture treatment proven effective in supporting addiction recovery. For complete details see http://talbotspy.org/center-for-integrative-medicine-offers-acupuncture-based-smoking-cessation-program. Cost: $160 per person; limit eight persons per session. To register, call 410-770-9400 or email mnuthall@shorehealth.org

Carb Counting Class –Tues, 2/3, 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, 2/3, 6pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton. Topic: Setting Goals for the New Year, led by Doris Allen, BSN, RN, CDE, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tues, 2/3 & 2/17, 10-11:30am, UM SMC at Easton, 5th floor meeting room. 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, 2/3 & 2/17, 5-7pm, Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton. Contact: 443-254-5940.

Diabetes Self-Management Class – Two sessions: Tuesdays, 2/3-10-17, 9:00am-12pm; Weds, 2/ 4-11- 18, 1:30-4:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology 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.

Ultimate Linen Sale – Thurs, 2/5, 7am-4pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Conference Center.  Sponsored by the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary. Cash, credit cards and payroll deduction accepted. All sales conducted by the Auxiliary are for the benefit of the hospital’s equipment, programs, services and patient care

Mid Shore Stroke Support Group  Thurs, 2/5, 1-2:30pm, The Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Washington Street. Topic: How to Avoid Identity Theft. Presenter: Devon Hainey, Assistant VP and Manager, Suntrust Bank in Easton. Open to stroke survivors, their caregivers and other interested parties. Light refreshments served. Contact: 410-822-9962 or midshorestroke@gmail.com

Gestational Diabetes Classes – Thurs, 2/5, 12, 19, 26, 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, 2/7, 9am-3:30pm, 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.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Sat, 2/7, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center. Topic: Changes in Body and Sexuality after Breast Cancer Treatment. Presenters: Loretta Ehrler, RN and Patty Plaskon, LCSW-C. Contact: 410-820-6800.

Uniform Sale – Tues, 2/10, 7am-4pm, 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.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tues, 2/10, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton. Contact: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.

Valentine’s Jewelry Event – Wed, 2/11 – Sat, 2/14, Robin Hood Shop, 416 High Street, Cambridge. Shop hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm. For more information, call 410-228-6339.  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.

Diabetes Self-Management Class – Thurs, 2/12-19-26, 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.

Presentation: Women and Heart Disease – Fri, 2/13, 12-1:30pm, UM SMC at Easton Board Room and video-conferenced live to UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center and at UM SMC at Dorchester 3rd floor Conference Room. Presenter: John Condit, DO, of Chesapeake Cardiology.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Mon, 2/16, 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/Easton  – 2/18, 5:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thurs, 2/19, 6-7:30pm. UM Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown. Led by Stephanie Golebieski, RN. Contact: 410-778-4550.

New Mom, New Baby: Safety and CPR – Sat, 2/21, 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.

Cancer Support Group – Mon, 2/23, 7pm, UM SMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Stroke Support Group/Queenstown – Tues, 2/24, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown. Support and information for stroke survivors and their families and caregivers regarding stroke recovery and caregiving. Bring lunch; light snacks provided. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.

Diabetes Support Group – Tues, 2/24, 2015, 6:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation – Sat, 2/28, 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.

Low Salties Support Group – Date & time TBA, Shore Wound Care, Easton. Meetings feature presentations by physicians, nutritionists and other professionals on strategies for enjoying a healthy, low-sodium diet. Contact: 410-820-6500.

 

Renovation Project to Commence at Diagnostic and Imaging Center

Access-to-Careshutterstock_239774281 [Converted]A significant renovation project, totaling approximately $6.5 million, is slated to begin at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Diagnostic and Imaging Center, located at 10 Martin Court in Easton. The 14 month project, commencing on February 2, 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, under the leadership of Roberta J. Lilly, MD, MPH, FACS, 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.

“The Diagnostic and Imaging Center is utilized by more than 200 patients daily,” comments Robert A. Frank, Senior Vice President of Operations for UM Shore Regional Health. “This renovation project will enable us to provide a more efficient, updated space for our patients throughout the region, who frequent the Center for their laboratory and imaging needs.”

“Our expert team at the Comprehensive Breast Center, which includes Dr. Lilly, our seasoned radiologists and the Center’s staff, are thrilled about the opportunity to provide expanded breast health services, in a centralized location, to the women of our region,” remarks Brian Leutner, Director of Oncology Services for UM Shore Regional Health. “The new location will be adjacent to Shore Regional Health’s Cancer Center, which will enable us to provide our patients in need of cancer treatments with a more convenient, comprehensive treatment approach.”

Ken Kozel, President and CEO of Shore Regional Health comments, “Our organization is focusing on keeping the members of our community healthy through enhanced outpatient services such as preventive care, health education, access to physicians and a variety of other programs and medical specialties.”

Kozel continues, “To achieve improved health and wellness in our communities, our goal at Shore Regional Health is to provide quality, accessible health care services throughout our five-county region. We are looking forward to this opportunity to provide convenient diagnostic and imaging services and expanded breast health services to the patients we serve.”

For additional information about the diagnostic and imaging services currently available at the Center, call 410-820-7778.

Opening of UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Dorchester Celebrated

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Ida Jane Baker, president of the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation and past president of the hospital Auxiliary, presented a check for $82,000 to UM Shore Regional Health at the Open House celebration of UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Dorchester. The funds were raised from the Foundation’s 2013 Annual Appeal, to which the Auxiliary pledged $50,000. Pictured are (left to right) Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Gawad, Shore Pediatrics-Cambridge; June McKelvey, 1st vice president of the Auxiliary; Ida Jane Baker; Michele Wilson, vice president of physician services, UM Shore Regional Health; Dr. William Huffner, chief medical officer, UM Shore Regional Health; and Auxiliary members, Diane McCarthy and Nancy Linder.

Ida Jane Baker, president of the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation and past president of the hospital Auxiliary, presented a check for $82,000 to UM Shore Regional Health at the Open House celebration of UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Dorchester. The funds were raised from the Foundation’s 2013 Annual Appeal, to which the Auxiliary pledged $50,000. Pictured are (left to right) Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Gawad, Shore Pediatrics-Cambridge; June McKelvey, 1st vice president of the Auxiliary; Ida Jane Baker; Michele Wilson, vice president of physician services, UM Shore Regional Health; Dr. William Huffner, chief medical officer, UM Shore Regional Health; and Auxiliary members, Diane McCarthy and Nancy Linder.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and its affiliate, University of Maryland Shore Medical Group, recently celebrated the opening of University of Maryland Shore Medical Pavilion at Dorchester with an Open House event.

The renovated medical office building located at 400 Byrn Street in Cambridge, on the campus of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, provides updated office space for Ahmed Abdel-Gawad, MD, FAAP, and Gina Exantus-Bernard, MD, FAAP, of Shore Pediatrics-Cambridge, and for medical specialists including Walid Kamsheh, MD, of Shore Neurology and Sleep Medicine and S. Robert Hanna, Jr., MD, and R. Bruce Helmly, MD, of Chesapeake Cardiology.

The project, totaling approximately $600,000, was funded by UM Shore Regional Health and with generous pledges from the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary and the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation. The Foundation, overseen by president, Ida Jane Baker, and generously supported by members of the local community, committed funds toward the project in its early stages, including monies raised from its 2013 annual appeal, totaling approximately $82,000, which were earmarked for the construction. The Auxiliary, whose team of volunteers raises funds to support programs, equipment and services at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, pledged $50,000 to the Foundation’s appeal for the project.

The team at Shore Pediatrics-Cambridge

The team at Shore Pediatrics-Cambridge

“We are so fortunate to be a part of a generous community that recognizes the need to support our local hospital and its services,” comments Ida Jane Baker, President, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation. “Because of the community’s support from our 2013 annual appeal and thanks to the Auxiliary, which is a steadfast supporter of the hospital, local residents will now have centralized access to local pediatricians and other medical specialists making care and treatment more convenient.”

Baker continues, “Through their commitment to Shore Medical Center at Dorchester and University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, members of our local community have a significant impact on the quality health care that we have available in Dorchester County.”

“Shore Regional Health is committed to providing high quality, accessible health care services to the residents of Dorchester County,” comments Kenneth Kozel, MBA, FACHE, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health. “We are most grateful for the generosity of our hospital Auxiliary, the Foundation and the members of the local community, who have made it possible for us to complete this project.”

The team of Shore Neurology and Sleep Medicine includes Trish Lemay, CRNP, Dr. Walid Kamsheh, and Meredith Bennett, office coordinator.

The team of Shore Neurology and Sleep Medicine includes Trish Lemay, CRNP, Dr. Walid Kamsheh, and Meredith Bennett, office coordinator.

Kozel continues, “Our mission at Shore Regional Health is ‘Creating Healthier Communities Together.’ Through partnerships such as these, we are doing just that – by providing our community with convenient, centralized access to expert medical providers, we are creating an environment where consultation, care and treatment are more convenient, improving the overall health and wellbeing of our communities.”

The newly renovated UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Dorchester provided updated office space for Shore Pediatrics-Cambridge, and Chesapeake Cardiology and Shore Neurology and Sleep. Pictured are Dr. Rob Hanna of Chesapeake Cardiology; Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Gawad of Shore Pediatrics-Cambridge; Dr. Bruce Helmly of Chesapeake Cardiology; Dr. Walid Kamsheh of Shore Neurology; and Dr. Gina Exantus-Bernard of Shore Pediatrics-Cambridge.

The newly renovated UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Dorchester provided updated office space for Shore Pediatrics-Cambridge, and Chesapeake Cardiology and Shore Neurology and Sleep. Pictured are Dr. Rob Hanna of Chesapeake Cardiology; Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Gawad of Shore Pediatrics-Cambridge; Dr. Bruce Helmly of Chesapeake Cardiology; Dr. Walid Kamsheh of Shore Neurology; and Dr. Gina Exantus-Bernard of Shore Pediatrics-Cambridge.