Monthly Archives: February 2015

Team Forums Still in Progress

Team-StrengthPlease join President & CEO, Ken Kozel as he continues to host Team Forums next week.  Following themes introduced by the Strategic Plan and our mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together,  topics to be covered in this round of forums will include communication and the state of UM Shore Regional Health.

All managers are requested to free up as many team members as staffing and schedules allow.  The video conference capabilities will not be available this quarter but larger conference rooms will accommodate more staff.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2:30-3:30pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 3rd floor Conference Room A & B
  • Wednesday, March 4, 7:30-8:30am, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Health Education Center C & D
  • Wednesday, March 4, 3:30-4:30pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, Conference Center

Seitz, MacDougall Named Site Administrators

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Stu Seitz

Stu Seitz

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Stewart Seitz, MBA, FACHE and Patricia MacDougall, MSN, RNC-OB, NE-BC as the new site administrators for University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown and Dorchester, respectively. They will officially begin their duties on March 9, 2015.

Reporting to Bob Frank, senior vice president of Operations, the site administrators act as on-site liaisons for the day-to-day operations of the assigned facility and participate as members of the UM Shore Regional Health management team.

Stu Seitz has served as the interim site administrator for UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown since January 2014. He has served as administrator at University of Maryland Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation in Chestertown since 2010, and continues in that capacity. Previously, he was division president for Dimensions Healthcare Corporate in Landover, Maryland, and brings many years of experience in healthcare management.

Patti MacDougall

Patti MacDougall

Patti MacDougall is regional director of Accreditation and Patient Safety for UM Shore Regional Health and continues in that capacity. Previously, she served as the nurse manager of Women’s and Children’s Services for Easton. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice and anticipates completion in May 2015.

Please extend your usual cooperation and join us in welcoming Stu as site administrator for UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and Patti as site administrator for UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.

Bedell Named Manager of Employee Health

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Nancy Bedell, MBA, RN

Nancy Bedell, MBA, RN

Nancy Bedell, RN, MBA, joined UM Shore Regional Health in early February as manager for Employee Health Services (EHS). In this capacity, Bedell leads the full range of UM SRH employee health programs, safety training, Worker’s Compensation, and ongoing health and safety requirements.  Nancy also leads Team Wellness (see article in this issue of Compass) and serves on committees and workgroups dedicated to health, safety, and wellness.  Her focus is on process improvement as well as developing innovative programs and services for Employee Health and Team Wellness.

Before relocating to Chestertown recently, Bedell worked for 14 years at University Hospital, a 506-bed facility in Newark, New Jersey, affiliated with Rutgers University School of Medicine. Her most recent role there was executive director of Clinical Integration.  Her strong clinical background includes care coordination, network development, MSO services, nursing service line management and population health.

“Nancy is an experienced, collaborative, and capable nurse leader,” comments Susan Coe, Vice President of Human Resources. “We are so pleased that Nancy has joined our team here at SRH.”

Employee Health Services has scheduled office hours each week in Chestertown, Dorchester, Easton and Queenstown. For more information, call  410-228-5511, ext. 8029, or email nancy.bedell@shorehealth.org.

 

 

Renovation of Diagnostic and Imaging Center in Full Swing

shutterstock_239774281 [Converted]Renovation of the Diagnostic and Imaging Center at UM Shore Regional Health is progressing as scheduled. The 14 month project, which commenced 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 will provide a variety of breast health services at the Diagnostic and Imaging Center, including consultation and diagnostic procedures.

As a reminder, 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 only. 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.

A special thanks to the team members and volunteers at the Diagnostic and Imaging Center for their patience and cooperation during construction, especially in the face of the recent inclement weather. Your commitment to provide our patients with high quality care and customer service during this process is much appreciated.

 

Cancer Center to Dress in Blue for Colon Cancer Awareness

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colorectal_cancer_awareness_month_round_sticker-p217485774626691690z8j38_400To raise awareness about Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, observed annually in March, the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will be participating in National Dress in Blue Day on Friday, March 6.

National Dress in Blue Day, which was launched by the Colon Cancer Alliance in 2009, is held on the first Friday in March throughout the nation to bring attention to colon cancer and to celebrate the courage of those affected by the disease. Approximately 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year, however, risk for the disease can be reduced through regular preventive screenings.

The Cancer Center invites other UM Shore Regional Health team members to participate in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month by joining them in dressing in blue on March 6.

Spots Still Available for Upcoming Colon Cancer Symposium

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Michael Fisher, MD; Sharon Richter, BSN, RN, CCRC, OCN, clinical research nurse, Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health; and Christine Allen, RD, CSO, LDN, clinical dietitian.

Michael Fisher, MD; Sharon Richter, BSN, RN, CCRC, OCN, clinical research nurse, Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health; and Christine Allen, RD, CSO, LDN, clinical dietitian.

The Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will be hosting a Colon Cancer Symposium on Wednesday, March 11 from 7-8:30pm at the Nick Rajacich Health Education Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, located at 219 S. Washington Street.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will feature guest speaker Michael Fisher, MD, a gastroenterologist with Digestive Health Associates in Easton. Dr. Fisher will provide participants with an overview of colon cancer, as well as provide information about the importance of getting a colonoscopy. Christine Allen, RD, CSO, LDN, clinical dietitian at UM Shore Regional Health, will also be on hand to offer dietary suggestions for the prevention of colon cancer.

“The Cancer Center is very excited for the opportunity to host its first ever colon cancer awareness event, featuring the expertise of Dr. Fisher and Christine Allen, our registered dietitian specializing in oncology nutrition,” comments Brian Leutner, MBA, director of oncology services for UM Shore Regional Health. “The Colon Cancer Symposium will enable us to educate the residents of our region about the common risk factors for colon cancer as well as methods for early detection and prevention of this disease.”

For additional information or to register for the seminar, contact the Cancer Center at 410-820-6800.

Talbot County Offering County Residents a Free Emergency Planning and Response Course

Access-to-CareThe Talbot County Department of Emergency Services is offering a free emergency planning and response course to county residents. The Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course is designed to enable citizens to prepare for a widespread disaster and to care for themselves, their families, and their neighbors until police, fire, and medical responders are able to reach their neighborhoods.

CERT is presented as seven three-hour classes, each Monday evening at 6:30 PM beginning on March 9. It concludes with the disaster exercise on April 20. All class sessions will be held at the Talbot County Operations Center located at 605 Port Street.

CERT includes emergency preparedness, fire safety and fire suppression, emergency medical treatment, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, and includes a final disaster exercise that utilizes skills and knowledge acquired during the course.

All class participants will receive a training manual and a CERT kit that includes personal protective equipment such as a flashlight, first aid kit, and high-visibility safety gear. Participants who complete the course will be awarded a certificate.

There is no charge for the class, but space is limited, To register, call 410-770-8160. For more information, contact Jim Bass, Emergency Management Coordinator, at 410-770-8166 or email him at jbass@talbotcountymd.gov.

UPDATE: Team Wellness Program Unveiled

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Nancy Bedell, manager of Employee Health for UM Shore Regional Health, has released the following detailed information about TEAM WELLNESS, the new employee health program for Shore Regional Health team members at all locations:

Wellness incentives, which include three Required Elements and two Approved Activities, are effective January 1, 2015 for enrolled staff, as follows:

Required Elements — All three due by June 30, 2015: Team Wellness participants must complete these three elements by  June 30, 2015, to continue earning wellness incentive beyond July 31, 2015:

  1. Complete an online Health Risk Assessment
  2. Submit an online Tobacco Affidavit
  3. Complete an annual physical, including required lab work, through your primary care provider and submit proof (physicals done between 7/1/14 and 6/30/15 are acceptable)

Strat plan tree w-mission-rightApproved Activities — Any two due by November 30, 2015: Team Wellness participants must complete two additional activities by November 30, 2015, to be eligible to participate in the Team Wellness program in 2016 and to continue earning the wellness incentive beyond January 1, 2016.

(Note: Participants may complete two of the same requirement; for example, two preventive screenings, two coaching sessions etc.) The following are the approved activities: 

  • Join a weight management program and submit proof directly to our Wellness Provider. (Participants may join any program and must submit proof of active participation for at least one month (for example, met a goal and/or completed activities in the program qualifies; just attending one session during the month would not qualify).
  • Submit proof of a gym/fitness facility membership and attend two times per week for two consecutive months, completing at least 30 minutes of activity per session, as recorded by electronic app or device tracking, and submit proof directly to our Wellness Provider.
  • Obtain two or more preventive screenings/s during the time period 12/1/14 – 11/30/15, and submit proof of two screenings directly to our Wellness Provider (examples: dental exam, vision exam, pap smear, colonoscopy, skin screening, etc.).
  • Complete a tobacco cessation course and submit proof of completion.
  • Participate in two on-site or telephonic coaching session(s) sponsored by our Wellness Provider.
  • Participate in an on-site challenge sponsored by our Wellness Provider.
  • Participate in a group discussion(s) sponsored by our Wellness Provider.
  • Participate in seminars or webinars sponsored by our Wellness Provider.

NOT ENROLLED BUT INTERESTED IN DOING SO?? Just wait a few months — team members who are not currently enrolled in the program will be able to join during Open Enrollment in May, 2015.

More Information:

Dorchester, Queenstown & Easton team members, contact BHS: 877.935.5262 or Coach@bhsonline.com You can also visit the BHS website by logging into www.bhsonline.com, username: Shore

Chestertown team members, contact Allegeant: 800-748-8641 or email efitch@allegeant.net. You can also visit the Allegeant website, www.healthjibe.net.

 

Global Council Conducts Drive to Help Homeless Women and their Families

Team-StrengthThe Nursing Global Council’s current community service project is a drive to collect items for clients of The Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence and St. Martin’s House, according to  Bernadette Wood, BSN, RN IV, CNOR, , chair of Nursing Shared Leadership Global Council.

Shore Regional Health team members are welcome to help the Global Council help these organizations that provide shelter for homeless women and their families on the Mid-Shore. Collection boxes and flyers including wish lists for these organizations are located on various units. The drive ends on March 10, 2015.

For more information about The Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, visit http://www.mscfv.org/ ; for more information about St. Martin’s House, visit http://www.shelterlistings.org/details/20914/.

 

Sleep Awareness Week Recognized March 2-8

Access-to-CarealarmclockNational Sleep Awareness Week™ 2015 takes place March 2-8. This annual public education and awareness campaign begins with the announcement of the National Sleep Foundation’s “Sleep in America” poll results and ends with the clock change to Daylight Saving Time on March 8, where Americans lose one hour of sleep.

UM Shore Regional Sleep Disorders Center encourages everyone to learn more about the importance of sleep to overall health. For more information visit the Center’s Web page, where you can take a self-assessment on your own sleep habits. Stay alert for more messages on the website and through social media.