Monthly Archives: March 2015

Local Pediatrician Dances for Mid-Shore Animals in Need

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Dr. Langfitt DogsCongratulations to Mark Langfitt, MD, FAAP, of University of Maryland Shore Pediatrics – Easton, and his daughter, Emma, for winning the Judges’ Choice Award at the recent Dancing for the Dogs event, held in Easton, a fundraiser to benefit Talbot Humane, Caroline Humane Society and TomCat Solutions.

Dr. Langfitt earned three 10’s – a perfect score – for his dance routine.

Great job, Dr. Langfitt!

Robin Hood Shop Celebrates 58th Birthday

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Birthday Celebration 1The Robin Hood Shop, located at 416 High Street in Cambridge, recently celebrated its 58th Birthday with a store-wide Birthday Sale Event.  Pictured with their celebratory birthday cake are (from left to right) Catherine Gullion, shop manager, Debbie Thomas, Helen Travers and Barbara Jones.  The Robin Hood Shop is operated by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary which raises funds to support programs and services at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.

 

Everyday Heroes Named at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton

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Brenda and Jim Davidson (front, center) recently visited UM Shore Medical Center at Easton to visit the members of the medical and nursing staffs, who she credits for the exceptional care they provided her while being treated for a brain tumor. Among those nominated included Dr. Khalid Kurtom (front, left) and Dr. Walid Kamsheh (front, right).

Brenda and Jim Davidson (front, center) recently visited UM Shore Medical Center at Easton to visit the members of the medical and nursing staffs, who she credits for the exceptional care they provided her while being treated for a brain tumor. Among those nominated included Dr. Khalid Kurtom (front, left) and Dr. Walid Kamsheh (front, right).

University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation recently named several members of the medical and nursing staff at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, as Everyday Heroes.  The team members nominated included Khalid Kurtom, MD, FAANS, neurosurgeon at Chesapeake Neurological Surgery, Walid Kamsheh, MD, neurologist at Shore Neurology and Sleep Medicine, and John Mulflur, MD, anesthesiologist, as well as multiple members of the nursing team from the Surgical Department, Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Radiology team members at the Medical Center.

The Foundation’s newest Everyday Heroes were nominated by Brenda Davidson, and her husband, Jim, for the care that she received at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton while being treated for a brain tumor. In her request to recognize all of the heroes, Davidson shared, “It is my belief that we are all here to use our talents and gifts to make this world a better place, and the people you have at our hospital are doing just that.”

The Everyday Hero Program provides patients and their family members an opportunity to thank a University of Maryland Shore Regional Health physician, employee or volunteer by making a financial donation to the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation in their name. For more information about recognizing an Everyday Hero, contact the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation at 410-822-1000, ext. 5481.

Memorial Hospital Foundation to Host Advance Directives Seminar

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Guest presenters at the upcoming Advance Directives seminar include (left to right) Elizabeth Todd, nurse navigator, UM Shore Regional Health Comprehensive Rehabilitation; and Maddie Steffens, program coordinator and Sharon Stagg, nurse practitioner, UM Shore Regional Health Palliative Care.

Guest presenters at the upcoming Advance Directives seminar include (left to right) Elizabeth Todd, nurse navigator, UM Shore Regional Health Comprehensive Rehabilitation; and Maddie Steffens, program coordinator and Sharon Stagg, nurse practitioner, UM Shore Regional Health Palliative Care.

University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation will host an informative seminar, “The Importance of Advance Directives and the Maryland MOLST Form,” on Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Nick Rajacich Health Education Center, located at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 South Washington Street.

Guest presenters will be Charyl (Sam) Ricketts, BSN, RNC, CHPN, regional community educator, Post-Acute/Transitional Care Services, UM Shore Regional Health; Maddie Steffens, BSN, RN, CHPN, program coordinator, UM Shore Regional Health Palliative Care; Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, RN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, nurse practitioner, UM Shore Regional Health Palliative Care; and Elizabeth Todd, BSN, RN I-V, CRRN, nurse navigator, UM Shore Regional Health Comprehensive Rehabilitation.

This informational seminar will explore how health care providers will care for patients based on their Advance Directive selections and how those directives are translated at the bedside. Additionally, the new Maryland MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) form will be discussed and an explanation offered of who needs a MOLST form and why, and how it differs from traditional advance directives. Ample agenda time is planned for questions and answers.

For more information or to register for the seminar, please contact Janet Andrews at (410) 822-1000, ext. 5792 or by email at janet@shorehealth.org.  This event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited and therefore pre-registration is required.  Light refreshments will be served.

UM Memorial Hospital Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization serving the fundraising needs of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and UM Shore Regional Health. Through its philanthropic efforts, the Foundation supports UM Shore Regional Health’s ability to provide quality healthcare to the local community by contributing to hospital programs and services.

Country School Students to be Featured in Latest Breast Center Exhibit

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The Art Gallery at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Comprehensive Breast Center will unveil its spring exhibit on Friday, April 10.   The latest exhibit will feature artwork created by students of the Country School in Easton. Artwork will be on display through the beginning of June.

An opening reception is scheduled on April 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Comprehensive Breast Center, which is located on the first floor of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, adjacent to Maggie’s Gift Shop.  The reception is open to the public; after the reception, viewing of the exhibit will be offered by appointment.

The Gallery Wall was created in 2009 by Breast Center staff and a committee of local artists and breast cancer survivors.  The Breast Center hosts four shows throughout the year, one each quarter, in an effort to bring awareness to the location and services that are provided to the community by the Center.

For additional information about the Gallery Wall or the summer exhibit, contact Melissa Kelly, coordinator of the Breast Center, at 410-822-1000, ext. 5411.  Information about breast health services provided by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health can be found at umshoreregional.org.

Upcoming Events: March and April 2015

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Acupuncture, Massage, Psychotherapy and Reiki – Offered by appointment, Monday-Friday, except holidays. Center for Integrative Medicine, 607B Dutchman’s Lane, Easton. Contact:  410-770-9400.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings/Cambridge & Easton – every Monday & Tuesday, 9am-12pm, Diagnostic & Imaging Center, Easton; every Monday & Friday, 10am-1pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. (Excluding holidays).

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!

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.

April

Mid Shore Stroke Support Group — Thursday, 4/2, 1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, Easton. Topic: Exercise after a Stroke. Presenter: Barbara Jarrell, personal trainer & group fitness instructor. Open to stroke survivors, caregivers and interested parties. Light refreshments served. Contact: 410-822-9962, midshorestroke@gmail.com

Free Homeports Health Fair – Thursday, April 2, 8am-1pm, Kent County Middle School, Chestertown. Free health screenings, expert presentations on health issues and more than 60 vendors offering health-related products and services. Also, a special workshop, “Your Plan For Living The Good Life — Preparing Your Personal Master Aging Plan,” will be led by Peter Engstrom  and Maureen Cavaiola, of At Home Chesapeake, will be held in the school’s Media Center, 9:30-11:30 am. — per person registration cost is $35. If you have any questions, or require additional information, send an email to info@homeports.org call  at 443-480-0940:

Jewelry Sale – Thursday, 4/2, 9am-4pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. Jewelry, watches, fragrances and more. Cash, debit and credit cards accepted. Sponsored by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary for the benefit of equipment, programs, services and patient care at UM SMC at Dorchester.

Labor and Delivery Class I, II, III – Saturday, 4/4, 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.

Carb Counting Class –Tuesday, 4/7, 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 – Tuesday, 4/7, 6pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton. Topic: Diabetes and Hearing Loss, led by Doris Allen, BSN, RN, CDE. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, 4/7 & 4/21, 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.

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Easton – Two sessions: Tuesday, 4/7-14-21, 9:00am-12pm; Wednesday, 4/8-15-22, 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.

CARES Cancer Patient Support Group/Easton – Tuesday, 4/7 & 4/21, 5-7pm, Cancer Center. Contact: 443-254-5940.

Jewelry and Electronics Sale –  Friday, 4/10, 7am-4pm, Health Education Center, UM SMC at Easton. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton for the benefit of equipment, programs, services and patient care at UM SMC at Easton.

Uniform and Shoe Sale – Friday, 4/10, UM SMC at Chestertown. Sponsored by the UM Chester River Health Foundation for the benefit of equipment, programs, services and patient care at UM SMC at Chestertown.

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Chestertown – Thursday, 4/9-16-23, 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.

Gestational Diabetes Classes – Friday, 4/10 & 4/24, 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.

Seminar: The Importance of Advance Directives and the MOLST – Saturday, 4/11, 10am-12pm, UM SMC at Easton Health Education Center. Sponsored by the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation. To register, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5792, or e-mail janet@shorehealth.org

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture – Monday & Thursday, 4/13-5/7, 12-1pm, Center for Integrative Medicine, Easton. Four-week (8 sessions) tobacco cessation class based on Acu Detox, a five-point ear acupuncture treatment supporting addiction recovery. Led by Marie Nuthall, L.Ac, M.Ac. For cost/registration: 410-770-9400, mnuthall@shorehealth.org

Live on WCTR 1530AM: What You Need to Know About Advanced Directives and MOLST – Monday, 4/13, 1 pm. Tune in to hear UM Shore Regional Palliative Care team members Sharon Stagg, DNP and Kim Fogle, MSW, discuss how to make and document important health care decisions.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 4/14, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Contact: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thursday, 4/16, 6-7:30pm. UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown. Led by Stephanie Golebieski, RN. Contact: 410-778-4550.

New Mom/New Baby: Safety & CPR – Saturday, 4/18, 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.

Safe Sitter Classes – Two sessions: Saturday, 4/18, 9am-4:30pm, UM SMC at Easton; and Saturday, 4/25, 9am-4:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown. For youth ages 11-13. Pediatric nurses teach babysitting basics — first aid, CPR and much more. Cost: $40 (scholarships available). Limited seating, advance registration required. Chestertown class: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175. Easton class: 410-822-1000, ext. 5231.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Monday, 4/20, 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.

Look Good … Feel Better – Monday, 4/20, 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. For more information, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton –Monday, 4/20, 5:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Topic: Getting Active and Preventing Diabetes. Presenter: Steven Stubbs, Dorchester YMCA. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Uniform Sale – Friday, 4/24, 7am-4:30pm, Health Education Center A/B, UM SMC at Easton. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton for the benefit of equipment, programs, services and patient care at UM SMC at Easton.

Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation – Saturday, 4/25, 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.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 4/27, 7pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 4/28, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Provides information and support to breast cancer patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recover and survivorship. Contact: 410-820-6800.

Stroke Support Group/Queenstown – Tuesday, 4/28, 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/Chestertown – Tuesday, 4/28, 6:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

In the Bag Sale – Thursday, April 30, 9am-4pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. Handbags, wallets, small leather goods and more. Cash, debit and credit cards accepted. Sponsored by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary for the benefit of equipment, programs, services and patient care at UM SMC at Dorchester.

Celebrating Certified Nurses Day, March 19

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In 2008, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) collaborated to create Certified Nurses Day, an annual day of recognition for and by health care leaders dedicated to nursing professionalism, excellence, recognition and service.

Now an annual event recognized by the U.S. Congress, Certified Nurses Day is observed on March 19, the birthday of Margretta ‘Gretta’ Madden Styles, RN, EdD, FAAN, the renowned expert of nurse credentialing. An accomplished advocate for nursing standards and certification, Styles advanced nursing practice and regulation worldwide for more than two decades. Today, more than 70 organizations participate by signing the proclamation and sponsoring annual events including:

  • Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC)
  • National Organization for Competency Assurance
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Canadian Nurses Association

As a broad-based, inclusive, ecumenical initiative, Certified Nurses Day invites participation from nursing stakeholders around the globe. Coalition members include organizations such as certification boards, accreditation bodies, licensing agencies, nursing associations, education facilities, and healthcare providers like hospitals, medical centers, and primary care providers, among others.

UM Shore Regional Health is proud to recognize the 190 certified nurses — including 38 who have multiple certifications — serving in our hospitals, medical offices and outpatient facilities  throughout the five-county region.

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As Christopher J. Parker, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CHCQM, Regional Senior Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer explains, “At Shore Regional Health, we value and support the personal and professional growth and development of our nursing staff in all areas. Board certification contributes to higher standards of care and optimal outcomes for all our patients. On behalf of the Shore Regional Health community, I thank all our nurses who have pursued and achieved professional certification. They deserve our recognition and appreciation.”

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Not all certified nurses could appear in the photos taken in various SRH locations, but a full list is provided below.

UM Shore Regional Health Certified Nurses and Their Areas of Certification 

Abner, Deedra — Medical Surgical
Abrams, Cheryl — Critical Care
Anciano, Gina — Medical Surgical
Antonio, Noemi — Medical Surgical / Progressive Care Nursing
Aroom, Wynne — Medical Surgical / Diabetes Educator
Asche, Cathy — Pain Management
Baines, Antoinette — Operating Room / Clinical Nurse Leader
Ball, Christina – Neuroscience
Baxter, Dianne — Medical Surgical / Case Management
Beemer, Cynthia — Nurse Executive, Advanced/ Critical Care
Benford, Dona — Medical Surgical
Bilconish, Barbara — Nurse Executive, Advanced/ Staff DevelopmentBillingslea, Kimberly — Case Management
Boado, Angelina — Progressive Care
Bosworth, Theresa — Critical Care
Bounds, Mandy — Critical Care, Cardiac Medication
Boyle, Penny — Operating Room
Bradley, Jacalyn — OB and Neonatal / Lactation Consultant
Brice, Kimberly — Critical Care
Brittingham, Christine — Perioperative Services
Brockson, Amy– Emergency
Brooks, Eileen — Wound Care
Brower, Jeanne — Medical Surgical
Brown, Lynn — Emergency
Bryan, Julie — Infection Prevention and Control
Callahan, Julie — OB and Neonatal
Campbell, Donna — Cardiovascular
Cheezum, Kari — Emergency
Cole, Barbara — Medical Specialty Coding
Coleman, Teresa — Vascular Access
Collins, Constance — Pediatrics
Connell, Gabriele — Pediatrics
Coulbourne, Hillary  — Oasis Specialist
Councell, Sherry — Holistic Nursing
Covey, Brandi — Operating Room
Crouch, D. Lynn — OB and Neonatal
Cummings, Rhiannon — Critical Care
Custis, Amy — Medical Surgical
Dail, Nancy — Operating Room
D’Ambrosio, Lori — Progressive Care
Daniels, Marybeth — Progressive Care
Davis, Kathryn — Hospice and Palliative Care
Deichert, Susan — Psychiatric Mental Health / Addictions
DiPasquale, Marie — Nursing Education / Case Management
Dolby, Sherry — Gerontological
Donaway, Melanie — Emergency / Pediatric
Downes, Vicky — Post-anesthesia Care
Durham-Pressley, Christine — Addictions
Dutt, Sonia — Obstetrics and Neonatal
Dyott, Jennifer — Post-anesthesia Care / Family Nurse Practitioner
Edsall, D. Renee — Critical Care
Edwards, Constance — Inpatient Obstetrics / Childbirth Education
Ehrler, Loretta — Oncology
Eigenbrode, Melissa — Cardiovascular Nursing
Flowers, Jane — Operating Room
Fluharty, Jessica — Forensic Nurse Examiner
Ford, Robin — Oncology
Foster, Dana — Perioperative Services
Foster, Ryan  — Nurse Manager and Leader  / Nurse Executive, Advanced
Fox, Marjorie — Gerontology / Hospice
Frase, Holly — Critical Care
Gaffney, Laurie — Orthopedics
Gannon, Dorothy –Critical Care
Ganter-Ritz, Vivienne — Ambulatory Care
Gonzalez, Aymee — Inpatient Obstetrics
Goodwin, Mary — Orthopedics
Graef, Bobbi — Adult Nurse Practitioner / Family Nurse Practitioner
Greaves, Beverly — Emergency
Greenwood, Sheila – Health Care ManagementGroz, Jacqueline — Legal Nurse Consultant
Gruber, Amelia — Medical Surgical
Hajek, Nancy –Progressive Care
Haynes, Radine — Case Management
Herridge, Marilyn — Informatics
Hill, Sherrie — Critical Care / Heart Failure
Hubbard, Stella — Progressive Care
Hunt, Kelly — Operating Room
Hurley, Kathy — Oncology
Jacko, Megan — Emergency
Jackson, Karen — Forensic Nurse Examiner
Jacobson, Steven — Emergency / Paramedic
Jafari, Dale — Family Nurse Practitioner
Jeffers, Lisa — Family Nurse Practitioner / Wound Care
Jones, Ruth — Nurse Executive Advanced
Joyce-Byers, Heather — Flight Nursing / Health Care Risk Management
Kingan, Michael — Wound Care, Nurse Practitioner-Gerontology
Kral, Kimberly — Emergency
Kram, Stacey — Progressive Care / Critical Care/Staff Development
Lee, Gwendolyn — Gerontological
Leith, Cari — Medical Surgical
Leonard, Carol — Inpatient Obstetrics / Lactation Consultant
Lewis, Marion — Inpatient Obstetrics
Lisle, Lisa — Emergency
Liswell, Yvonne — Medical Surgical / Family Nurse Practitioner
Lutz, Stephanie — General Practice / Post Anesthesia Care
Lysandrou, Deanne — Case Management
MacDougall, Eileen — Inpatient Obstetrics / Nurse Executive Advanced
Maggio, Shannan — Progressive Care
Matulay, Maria — Critical Care
Maule, Melissa — Oncology
Mayo, Troy — Nephrology
McAllister, Debora — Operating Room
Mclean, Kellee — Progressive Care
McMahan, Brooke — Perinatal
Medford, Deborah — Gerontological
Meekins, Jennifer — Operating Room
Merceron, Deborah  — Emergency
Messick, Karyn — Pediatrics
Miller, Suzanne — Perianesthestia
Miller, Wilma — Progressive Care
Mistrangelo, Mary Ann — Critical Care
Moody-Walsh, Jeanette — Infusion Nursing
Morris, Moira Ann — Operating Room / General Practice
Nelson, Chrissy — Diabetes Education
North, Anne  — Medical / Surgical
Nutley, Jennifer — Forensic Nurse Examiner
Padilla, Hope — Progressive Care
Pardun, Pamela — Critical Care
Parker, Christopher  — Health Care Quality and Management  / Nurse Executive Advanced
Parker, Robin — Wound Care
Pietras, Stacie — Neonatal Intensive Care
Pink, Penny — Operating Room / Nurse Executive Advanced
Pritzlaff, Angela — Wound Care
Ramey, Lynn  — Operating Room
Richter, Sharon — Oncology / Clinical Nurse Research Coordinator
Ricketts, Charyl — Gerontological / Hospice and Palliative Care
Roca, Margaret — Ambulatory Surgery Administration
Roderick, Michelle — Critical Care
Rogers, Carol — Childbirth Education
Rosemary, Veronica — Perinatal
Rosendale, Lee — Oasis Specialist
Roser, Lisa — Adult Nurse Practitioner
Ruby, Dawn — Medical Surgical
Rush, Jadyn —  Medical Surgical
Santucci, Anne — Progressive Care
Saunders, Donna — Infection Prevention and Control
Scharch, Donna — Critical Care
Schorr, Brittany — Medical Surgical
Seek, Shannon — Oncology
Sender, Angela — Obstetrics
Shoener, Andrea — Infusion / Oncology / Case Management
Shorter, D. Gail — Professional Development / Adult Nurse Practitioner
Simmons, Sandra — Obstetrics
Singley, Bruce — Psychiatric Mental Health
Smith, Brooke — Oasis Specialist
Smith, Cheryl — Operating Room
Smith, Janice — Pediatrics
Smith, Melissa — Obstetrics
Smith, Stacy Medical Surgical
Smith, Tara  Medical Surgical
Spicer, Stephanie — Medical Surgical
Souchak, Ellen — Critical Care
Spies, Marguerite — Oncology
Stacey, Kelly — Neuroscience
Stafford, Amy — Medical Surgical
Stagg, Sharon — Occupational Health / Family Nurse Practitioner / Health Care Quality and Management
Stanley, Stacey — Psychiatric and Mental Health
Starkey, Patricia — Case Management
Steele, Patricia — Occupational Hearing Conservationist
Steffens, Madeline — Hospice and Palliative Care
Sutch, Carolyn — Emergency
Sutton, Amanda — Wound Management
Taylor, Ramona — Progressive Care
Thomas, Lynn — Critical Care
Thomson, Jo Anne  — Informatics
Timms, Carolyn — Medical Surgical / Nephrology
Tindall, Patricia — Critical Care
Todd, Elizabeth — Rehabilitation
Tomey, Leigh — Medical Surgical
Towers, Wendy — First Assistant
Travers, Denise – Health Care Management
Tucker, Keri — Medical Surgical
Van Trieste, Karen — Lactation Consultant / Childbirth Educator / Perinatal Nurse
Vanhoy, Mary — Emergency / Pediatric Emergency/Paramedic
Volz, Regina  — Critical Care
Walbridge, Diane — Nursing Executive, Advanced
Walbridge, Susan — Nursing Executive, Advanced
Webb, Merry  — Addictions
Weber, Cathy — Emergency
Wells, Barbara — Ambulatory Women’s Health
West, Pat — Progressive Care
Westerfield, Heather — Medical Surgical
Weston, Jaclyn — Psychiatric
Wienhold, Kimberly — Oncology
Williams, Margaret — Pain Management / Medical Surgical / General Practice / Oncology
Wilt, Linda — Pain Management
Witzke, Judith — Medical Surgical
Wood, Bernadette — Operating Room
Worm, Sally — Cardiac Rehabilitation
Zimmerman, Jennifer — Obstetrics

 

 

Mock Accreditation Survey to Test Readiness for Joint Commission

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UM Shore Regional Health and its consultant will conduct a mock Joint Commission survey during the week of Tuesday, March 24 through Friday, March 27 at facilities including the three hospitals, UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown, UM Shore Surgery Center at Easton, and Shore Behavioral Health.

During this time, surveyors will tour the facilities in the manner of the Joint Commission survey process, which is data-driven, patient-centered and focused on evaluating actual care processes. This exercise will help us identify areas where we excel and also find opportunities for improvement, says Patty MacDougall, MSN, RNC-OB, NE-BC, Regional Director Accreditation and Patient Safety.

MacDougall has forwarded these tips for team members who may be asked questions by the surveyors:

  • Never stretch the truth — let the facts speak for themselves.
  • Be confident in your answers, avoiding phrases like “usually we” or “we’re supposed to.” Simply explain the process of what you do.
  • Keep your answers as simple and to-the-point as possible – don’t elaborate on something that wasn’t asked.
  • Don’t over-emphasize new programs or new staff.
  • If the surveyor asks you to tell them about one of your patients you will need to get the patient’s chart and a computer and find a quiet place to talk — be sure you take time to give someone a report on your patients before you invest that much time in the survey.
  • If the surveyor asks to talk with one of your patients, explain that you must first get the patient’s permission before the surveyor can even enter the patient’s area.
    • Don’t forget to wash your hands before entering and when leaving your patient’s room. Surveyors will be looking for this!
  • Remember that what the surveyors really want to know is how you do your job. Since you know that topic well you are prepared to explain that to them.
  • Stay calm and confident — if we are ready for patients, we are ready for the survey.

Focus on Patient Safety Celebrated Throughout UM Shore Regional Health

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During the recent observation of National Patient Safety Week, team members throughout UM Shore Regional Health showed their commitment to focusing on this year’s theme of “United in Safety.”

One way that team members elevated their patient safety knowledge while having fun was participating in a five-part puzzle contest. More than 1,325 contest entries were received from almost every department at Shore Regional Health, according to Patty MacDougall, MSN, RNC-OB, NE-BC, Regional Director, Accreditation and Patient Safety.

Three winners were selected, each receiving a $25 Visa gift card. They are Rebecca Dolby from UM Shore Pediatrics in Cambridge, Tabetha McGinnes from UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and Gail Rawlings from UM Shore Medical Center Chestertown.

The importance of team members’ contribution to patient safety as a goal of UM Shore Regional Health is the subject of the latest video from Ken Kozel, President & CEO. Click here to see the video.

Upcoming Events – March and April, 2015

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Ongoing

Acupuncture, Massage, Psychotherapy and Reiki – Offered by appointment, Monday-Friday, except holidays. Center for Integrative Medicine, Easton. Contact:  410-770-9400.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings – Every Monday & Tuesday, 9am-12pm, Diagnostic & Imaging Center, Easton; every Tuesday & Friday, 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 need 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 patients who are ending treatment. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

March

Breastfeeding Class – Saturday, 3/21, 9am-12:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000; 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Cancer Support Group – Monday, 3/23, 7pm, UM SMC at Chestertown, Education Center. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 3/24, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton. Contact: 410-820-6800.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, 3/24, 6:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown, Conference Center. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Stroke Support Group/Queenstown – Tuesday, 3/24, 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.

Ask a Dietitian: In Person or by Phone — Wednesday, 3/25, 9:30am-3:30pm, Kent County Public Library, Chestertown. Dietitians will be on site to discuss your concerns one-on-one and provide helpful nutrition information relative to diabetes, cancer, gastric problems, high cholesterol, weight reduction, bariatric surgery, special diets (vegetarian, gluten free, etc) and more. Free. Stop by or call in: 410-490-3128.

April

Mid Shore Stroke Support Group — Thursday, 4/2, 1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, Easton. Topic: Exercise after a Stroke. Presenter: Barbara Jarrell, personal trainer & group fitness instructor. Open to stroke survivors, caregivers and interested parties. Light refreshments served. Contact: 410-822-9962, midshorestroke@gmail.com

Labor and Delivery Class I, II, III – Saturday, 4/4, 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.

Carb Counting Class –Tuesday, 4/7, 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 – Tuesday, 4/7, 6pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton. Topic: Diabetes and Hearing Loss, led by Doris Allen, BSN, RN, CDE. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, 4/7 & 4/21, 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.

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Easton – Two sessions: Tuesday, 4/7-14-21, 9:00am-12pm; Wednesday, 4/8-15-22, 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.

CARES Cancer Patient Support Group/Easton – Tuesday, 4/7 & 4/21, 5-7pm, Cancer Center. Contact: 443-254-5940.

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Chestertown – Thursday, 4/9-16-23, 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.

Gestational Diabetes Classes – Friday, 4/10 & 4/24, 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.

Seminar: The Importance of Advance Directives and the MOLST – Saturday, 4/11, 10am-12pm, UM SMC at Easton Health Education Center. Sponsored by the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation. To register, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5792, or e-mail janet@shorehealth.org

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture – Monday & Thursday, 4/13-5/7, 12-1pm, Center for Integrative Medicine, Easton. Four-week (8 sessions) tobacco cessation class based on Acu Detox, a five-point ear acupuncture treatment supporting addiction recovery. Led by Marie Nuthall, L.Ac, M.Ac. For cost/registration: 410-770-9400, mnuthall@shorehealth.org

Live on WCTR 1530AM: What You Need to Know About Advanced Directives and MOLST – Monday, 4/13, 1 pm. Tune in to hear UM Shore Regional Palliative Care team members Sharon Stagg, DNP and Kim Fogle, MSW, discuss how to make and document important health care decisions.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 4/14, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Contact: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thursday, 4/16, 6-7:30pm. UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown. Led by Stephanie Golebieski, RN. Contact: 410-778-4550.

New Mom/New Baby: Safety & CPR – Saturday, 4/18, 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.

Safe Sitter Classes – Two sessions: Saturday, 4/18, 9am-4:30pm, UM SMC at Easton; and Saturday, 4/25, 9am-4:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown. For youth ages 11-13. Pediatric nurses teach babysitting basics — first aid, CPR and much more. Cost: $40 (scholarships available). Limited seating, advance registration required. Chestertown class: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175. Easton class: 410-822-1000, ext. 5231.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Monday, 4/20, 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.

Look Good … Feel Better – Monday, 4/20, 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. For more information, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton –Monday, 4/20, 5:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Topic: Getting Active and Preventing Diabetes. Presenter: Steven Stubbs, Dorchester YMCA. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation – Saturday, 4/25, 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.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Monday, 4/27, 7pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 4/28, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Provides information and support to breast cancer patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recover and survivorship. Contact: 410-820-6800.

Stroke Support Group/Queenstown – Tuesday, 4/28, 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/Chestertown – Tuesday, 4/28, 6:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.