Monthly Archives: May 2015

Queen Anne’s Mobile Integrated Community Health Program Wins Award, Shares Kudos with UM SRH Partners


Innovation-and-Clinical-IntegrationDW3A5719UM Shore Regional Health had the honor of joining our community partners in Queen Anne’s County this past week as the County’s Department of Emergency Services received the “Star of Life Award “ for Outstanding EMS Program of the Year 2015 from the Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford and the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) .

The program for which the County was honored, the Mobile Integrated Community Health Pilot Program, is supported by UMSRH in an effort to help reduce avoidable emergency department visits and hospital admissions in at-risk populations in Queen Anne’s County. In the program’s first seven months, client needs were managed through in home services and community agency referrals, reducing 911 calls in the target population by nearly half.

Pictured at the ceremony in Annapolis May 19 are: Kevin G. Seaman, MD, Executive Director, MIEMSS; Ken Kozel, UMSRH CEO; Gregg Todd, Queen Anne’s County Administrator; Joseph Ciotola, MD, Medical Director, Queen Anne’s County DES (and UMSRH Board member); Scott Haas, Acting Director, Queen Anne’s County DES; Jared Smith, Paramedic, Queen Anne’s County DES; and Donald DeVries, Jr., Esq., Chairman of the Maryland EMS Board of Directors.


Diagnostic and Imaging Center Construction Update


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As construction continues at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Diagnostic and Imaging Center, please note the following updates, which will impact team members, volunteers and patients at the Center over the next several days:

  • The South Parking Lot (lot between the DIC and Cancer Center) will be closed to traffic from Friday, May 29 at 5pm until Monday, June 1.
  • ALL radiology/imaging services at the DIC (mammography, MRI, etc….) will be unavailable on Saturday, May 30. Patients will be redirected to alternative imaging locations.

A special thanks to the team members and volunteers at the Diagnostic and Imaging Center, as well as the patients served at this location, for their patience and cooperation during construction. The Team’s commitment to provide our patients with high quality care and customer service during this process is much appreciated.

Chris Parker Honored for Service to Eastern Shore AHEC


Jake Frego, executive director, Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (ESAHEC), Chris Parker, Maryland State Senator Addie Eckardt and Mike Clark, Board president, ESAHEC.

Jake Frego, executive director, Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (ESAHEC), Chris Parker, Maryland State Senator Addie Eckardt and Mike Clark, Board president, ESAHEC.

Christopher J. Parker, CNO and regional senior vice president of Clinical Services for Shore Regional Health, was recently honored for his years of dedicated service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Shore Area Higher Education Center.

The AHEC program is geared towards improving the health status of Marylanders by enhancing their access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the recruitment and retention of health care professionals through community/academic educational partnerships.  Established in 1997, The Eastern Shore AHEC is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization serving the nine Maryland counties of the Delmarva peninsula.

Annual Nursing Research Conference Features Awards and Presentations


Karen Spies Award for Excellence in Nursing Research: Ruth Ann Jones, Pat O'Shea, Lynn Crouch, Karen Spies and Karen Gabel Speroni.

Karen Spies Award for Excellence in Nursing Research: Ruth Ann Jones, Pat O’Shea, Lynn Crouch, Karen Spies and Karen Gabel Speroni.

Congratulations to Lynn Crouch, unit-based educator for Women’s and Children’s Health, for her selection as winner of the 2015 Karen Spies Nursing Research Award. The award, which was presented at UM Shore Regional Health’s sixth annual “Spring into Nursing” Research Conference, was given to Crouch for her research study, The Differences in Detection Rates for Newborn Critical Congenital Heart Defects by Pulse Oximetry Screening at 24 Hours and at Discharge.

The Nursing Research Conference was held on Thursday, May 14, at the Eastern Shore Hospital Center in Cambridge. The event included a continental breakfast and lunch, a keynote speech by Carmel McComiskey, director of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants at University Maryland Medical Center, and a presentation, “United States Nurses’ Perceptions Regarding Caring for Suspected, Probable and Confirmed Ebola Virus Disease Patients,” by Karen Gabel Speroni, chairperson of the Shore Regional Health Nursing Research Council, and Julie Bryan,  infection prevention coordinator for SRH.

The conference agenda also featured announcement of the winners of the Pink Contest Cards in the categories of Quality Improvement, Evidence-Based Practice, and Nursing Research. The three winners were selected by the Nursing Research Council from a total of 22 submissions. They are:  April Ewing, RN, Does Bedside Reporting in the ED Increase patient Satisfaction (QI); Teresa Yawn, BSN, RN, Does Having Four or less patients Increase patient Care Outcomes Compared to Greater Than Four Patients in a Hospital Setting (EBP); and Mandy Bounds, MSN, RN, CCRN-CMC, Does a Targeted Discharge Bundle for African Americans With Type-2 Diabetes Improve Readmission Rates and A1C Levels Over a 6-month Time Period.

The event included presentations by UM SRH nurses who are recent doctoral candidates: Implementation of the ABCDE Bundle to Improve Patient Outcomes in the ICU, by Stacey Kram:  Implementation of Bedside Shift Report by Heather Westerfield; and Implementation of the Teach-Back Method to Improve Medication Communication in an Inpatient Hospital Setting, by Amy Stafford.

Other presentations by Shore Regional Health nurses included: Christine Durham-Pressley, on her reflections being the Nursing Research Intern; Kim Billingslea, on The Use of Innovation and Evidence-Based Practice to Establish a Patient and Family Centered Care Program; and Kathy Elliott, on how the Magnet® Model and Nursing Research are inter-related.

Calling All Artists…


Jane Escher, Caseworker at the Breast Center shows one of the pieces of art featured at the 2014 summer exhibit of the Gallery Wall.

Jane Escher, Caseworker at the Breast Center shows one of the pieces of art featured at the 2014 summer exhibit of the Gallery Wall.

The Comprehensive Breast Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is seeking artists to participate in the summer exhibit of the Center’s Gallery Wall, which will run from July 1 through September 30.

Artwork can be done in any medium, however, pieces cannot exceed 24″ x 36″ in dimension. All artwork should be dropped off to the Comprehensive Breast Center by June 25.

An opening reception for the summer exhibit will be held on Friday, July 10 from 4-6pm and will be open to the public.

For additional information, contact Melissa Kelly, Coordinator of the Comprehensive Breast Center at 410-822-1000, ext. 5411.

Maria D’Arcy, Breast Center Community Outreach Worker, entered two original paintings in 2014 summer exhibit, which were entitled “Altagracia” and “The Jungle.”  Several members of the local community have also entered pieces.

Maria D’Arcy, Breast Center Community Outreach Worker, entered two original paintings in 2014 summer exhibit, which were entitled “Altagracia” and “The Jungle.”

UM Shore Regional Health’s IT Helpdesk Contact Information Now Updated


All UM Shore Regional Health team members now have new contact information for the IT Helpdesk from any facility: email or use the phone extension 4357 (HELP).

Remember when you contact the IT Helpdesk to leave detailed information including:

  • Your contact information, including name, phone extension and an alternate contact person if available;
  • Your location, including unit, building, floor and room number; and
  • A detailed description of your question or issue.

UM Shore Regional Health Team Host Stroke Survivors’ Luncheon


Hosting several patients who attend the region's stroke support groups are (front row, left to right)

Joining several stroke survivors who attend the region’s stroke support groups are (front row, left to right) Kelly Marchetti, Clinical Specialist/Physical Therapist at the Balance Center ; Lacie Yacko, Occupational Therapist; Jessica Fluharty, Stroke Center Coordinator; Sara Pender, Occupational Therapist with the Requard  Center; and Margaret Buss, Physical Therapist. In the second row, far right, is AmyBeth Hellman, Speech Language Pathologist; and in the back row, far right, is Carla Smith, Physical Therapist.

As National Stroke Awareness month draws to a close, team members from the Stroke Center and Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services hosted a lunch and discussion with some of the area’s stroke survivors and their caregivers May 21 at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, in the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation.

The guests mostly were those who attend regular meetings of the Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group and the Stroke Support Group of Queen Anne’s County. The two organizations, which meet monthly in Easton and Queenstown, respectively, and serve recovering stroke patients from throughout the region.

UM Shore Regional Health provides support for the group in several ways, including informative discussions from various experts. At Mid-Shore’s May 5 meeting, Diane Lorsong, Speech Language Pathologist at Shore Rehabilitation Services in Queenstown, discussed aphasia, an impairment affecting language use in different ways, which often is the result of a stroke.

UM SMC at Easton is a state-designated Primary Stroke Center and its team has been actively working to raise awareness of stroke symptoms and reinforce the importance of detection and immediate treatment. Jessica Fluharty, BSN, RN, FNE-A, Stroke Center Coordinator and Neuroscience Specialist, appeared on WCEI-FM radio early in the month to kick off UM SRH’s Ask the Expert monthly radio spot and podcast, which is available on the UM SRH website.

The Stroke Center also has a newly enhanced website page that includes more information about stroke symptoms, treatment and recovery.

National Stroke Awareness Month is honored each May by the American Stroke Association.