Monthly Archives: July 2015

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New ‘umm.edu’ Email Addresses Begin August 1

Team-StrengthOn Saturday, August 1, most UM Shore Regional Health team members are scheduled to begin receiving and sending their email via a new address ending with @umm.edu.

Unless informed otherwise, any team member will have the same username for an @umm.edu address as with a @shorehealth.org or @chesterriverhealth.org address – for example, jdoe@shorehealth.org will be jdoe@umm.edu, and sjones@chesterriverhealth.org will be sjones@umm.edu.

Some team members who still require a new username can expect to be contacted by IT during the week of August 3 to set up a new name. In the meantime, those users will continue to receive and send email using their existing email addresses.

IT will  redirect emails that come to your current email address for a period of time in order to not disrupt important communication.

Because email addresses are used for many purposes, team members should take the following steps as soon as possible:

  • Make sure subscriptions and access to work-related online publications or websites are updated.
  • Inform key vendors, practices and other third-party or partner organizations you work with of your new contact information.
  • Hold off ordering new business cards or other materials until your new email address is confirmed functional.
  • Inform Corporate Communications of any brochures, website pages or other public communications where your email address is published and necessary.
  • Look to Wavelength for any additional updates
  • Review UM Shore Regional Health email standards and practices, which you can view here.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Information Technology, which can be reached at ext. 4357 from any facility.

UM Shore Regional Health Announces Charitable Donation, Name of Expanded Comprehensive Breast Center

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Pictured with the architectural renderings of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center are F. Graham Lee, vice president of philanthropy, UM Shore Regional Health; Charles Capute, chair, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees; Moorhead Vermilye, vice-chair, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and Breast Center campaign chair; John Dillon, chair, UM Shore Regional Health Board of Directors; and Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health.

Pictured with the architectural renderings of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center are F. Graham Lee, vice president of philanthropy, UM Shore Regional Health; Charles Capute, chair, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees; Moorhead Vermilye, vice-chair, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and Comprehensive Breast Center campaign chair; John Dillon, chair, UM Shore Regional Health Board of Directors; and Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has announced that its expanded Breast Center – opening in April 2016 at 10 Martin Court in Easton – will be named the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center in recognition of a $5 million gift from The Clark Charitable Foundation, a private philanthropic organization funded by the A. James Clark Family.

University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation recently accepted the pledge from The Clark Charitable Foundation, which will be used to fund the construction of the expanded Center in addition to equipment and technologies used in the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease.

“The Clark Charitable Foundation is happy to provide support to assist with the expansion of health care services and technologies available throughout the region served by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” comments Courtney Clark Pastrick, president of The Clark Charitable Foundation. “It is important to our organization to provide the Eastern Shore community with access to exceptional breast health services, leading-edge technologies, outreach programs and support services.”

“We are beyond grateful for the generosity of The Clark Charitable Foundation,” comments Moorhead Vermilye, vice chair, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and campaign chair for the Comprehensive Breast Center project. “As a result of this gift, women throughout the five-county region served by UM Shore Regional Health will have greater access to exceptional care, offered by leading breast health medical providers, which will improve the patient experience, patient outcomes and ultimately save lives.”

The expansion is part of a $6.5 million renovation project currently in progress at UM Shore Regional Health’s Diagnostic and Imaging Center, which also encompasses the laboratory and imaging spaces within the facility. The Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, under the leadership of Roberta J. Lilly, MD, MPH, FACS, will provide a variety of breast health services including consultation and diagnostic procedures. The new location will be adjacent to Shore Regional Health’s Cancer Center, which will provide patients in need of cancer treatments with a more convenient, comprehensive treatment approach.

“Our team is committed to providing high quality, patient-centered breast health services to the women we serve,” remarks Dr. Lilly. “The new Clark Comprehensive Breast Center will enhance the convenience and accessibility of the services we provide, as patients will now be able to obtain consultation and diagnostic testing – including state-of-the-art 3D mammography – in one location.”

In addition to the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant breast disease, the Center will continue to offer a multitude of support services including support groups, telemedicine genetic counseling services and the Wellness for Women program, a breast screening program that promotes early detection of breast cancer.

To date, University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation has received nearly $5.4 million in pledges for the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center expansion project. For additional information about the project or making a contribution to the campaign, contact F. Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy at UM Shore Regional Health at 410-822-1000, extension 5509 or by email at grahamlee@shorehealth.org.

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. 

The Birthing Center to be Featured in August’s “Ask the Expert”

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Ask the Expert Graphic for WebsiteTune in to 96.7 WCEI on Tuesday, August 4 at 8:40 a.m. for UM Shore Regional Health’s latest installment of the “Ask the Expert” Series.

Guest experts, Stephanie Blades, RN, LMT, CEIM, and Ginny Bowers, Certified Nurse Midwife, both of The Birthing Center at Shore Medical Center at Easton, will discuss Women’s and Children’s Services and the Birthing Center.

During this informational segment, listeners will learn more about about The Birthing Centers’s accommodations and services, and the educational classes offered throughout the year for new parents.

A podcast of the August 4 interview will be available at UMShoreRegional.org for the remainder of August.

UM Shore Regional Health Welcomes New Regional Director of Laboratory Services

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Juliana Hospoder

Juliana Hospodor

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health recently announced that Juliana Hospodor, MBA, MT (HHS), has joined the organization as the Regional Director of Laboratory Services.

A certified medical technologist, Hospodor oversees laboratory services at UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton, and nine offsite laboratory facilities throughout the five-county region served by UM Shore Regional Health, including UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown and various diagnostic locations.

Hospodor has more than 25 years of experience, seven of which were spent in laboratory directorial positions in both large and small hospital settings, and in the area of quality improvement. Most recently, she served as director of Outreach Operations for UMass Memorial Medical Center and the director of quality assurance for Drug Scan, Incorporated, in Horsham, Pennsylvania.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Ms. Hospodor’s level of experience join the laboratory team at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health,” comments Robert Frank, regional senior vice president of operations. “Her leadership skills will be a tremendous asset during this era of health care when convenient access to outpatient services is essential for maintaining one’s health and well-being.”

More information about the diagnostic services available at UM Shore Regional Health and their locations throughout the region can be obtained at UMShoreRegional.org.

New Director of Materials Management Appointed at UM Shore Regional Health

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Chris Di Fatta

Chris Di Fatta

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has appointed Chris Di Fatta as its new director of Materials Management, which is part of the Supply Chain Department at University of Maryland Medical System.

A graduate of Salisbury University, Di Fatta recently earned Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Most recently, he served as the materials manager at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

“Mr. Di Fatta brings a wealth of experience and leadership to this new role,” remarks JoAnne Hahey, regional senior vice president of finance and Chief Financial Officer, UM Shore Regional Health. “His diverse health care background and proven track record as a thinker and problem solver make him a tremendous asset to UM Shore Regional Health and UMMS, our team members and most importantly, to the patients we serve.”

Vascular Centers at UM Shore Regional Health Receive National Accreditation

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IACvascularsealUniversity of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s noninvasive vascular laboratories have received accreditation in the areas of Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing, Peripheral Venous Testing, Peripheral Arterial Testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

The vascular laboratories at UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton each have been accredited for three-year terms by the IAC.

IAC accreditation is a nationally recognized seal of approval that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued in all aspects of its operations by a panel of medical experts. Each UM Shore Regional Health facility that was accredited underwent a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of medical experts, requiring painstaking and extensive organizational work by staff.

“IAC is a nationally recognized vascular center industry standard. This achievement reflects our team’s attention to detail and commitment to superior patient care,” comments Gary Jones, FACCA, regional director of cardiovascular and pulmonary services for UM Shore Regional Health.

“Vascular testing is essential to effective treatment, and our patients should expect and know that our vascular labs work to the highest standards. I’m proud of our entire team for the quality work they do and for this deserved recognition,” says Vascular Center medical director Charles DiNapoli, MD.

Early detection of life threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases is possible through the use of vascular testing procedures like those performed by UM Shore Regional Health. Physicians may refer patients to UM Shore Regional Health Vascular Centers after taking a medical history and assessing risk factors and symptoms.

Read more about Vascular Testing at UM Shore Regional Health.

FMLA Meetings for UM SRH Managers Set for August 19 in Chestertown and Easton

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Representatives from Liberty Mutual, the new carrier for short-term disability and FMLA claims and benefits (effective October 5, 2015), will visit Chestertown and Easton on Wednesday, August 19, to provide a 30-minute presentation to managers about FMLA. The presentations are scheduled as follows:

10-11:00 a.m,  UM SMC at Easton,  HEC C & D

1-2:00 p.m.,UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center

All managers are encouraged to attend one of these presentations, which will last about 30 minutes.

Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary Members Boast New Uniforms

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Posing for a picture in the courtyard at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, the funds for which were donated by the Auxiliary in the early 1990’s are (left to right): Front: Leah Schlenker, Becky Startt and Jan Taylor. Middle: Kristi Frey, Alice Barron, Gwinn Derricott, Kathy Davis, Bob Backer, Ann Davenport, Ellie Noble and Charles Johnson. Back: Sue Drumheller, Pat Frey, Kathy Bacastow, Vicki Neal, Mary Coryell, Dick Jones, Pat Pardee, Carole Velvin, Jim Collier and Carol Droge.

Posing for a picture in the courtyard at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, the funds for which were donated by the Auxiliary in the early 1990’s are (front, left to right): Leah Schlenker, Becky Startt, Jan Taylor, (middle) Kristi Frey, Alice Barron, Gwinn Derricott, Kathy Davis, Bob Backer, Ann Davenport, Ellie Noble, Charles Johnson, (back) Sue Drumheller, Pat Frey, Kathy Bacastow, Vicki Neal, Mary Coryell, Dick Jones, Pat Pardee, Carole Velvin, Jim Collier and Carol Droge.

In an effort to clearly identify in-house volunteers and front door greeters at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary recently updated its uniform to a navy blue vest worn with a white shirt.

“Some of our volunteers did not want to wear the traditional pink uniform,” comments Sue Edson, Auxiliary president. “Others wore the red jackets from the days when the American Red Cross supplied volunteers to the hospital, while others chose to wear a maroon smock, traditionally reserved for student volunteers and is the uniform color for the Environmental Services staff. This new, consistent uniform will better assist patients, guests and visitors at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown in identifying the volunteers, who can assist them in various capacities.”

In total, the patients served in Chestertown benefit from the efforts of 45 volunteers, who donated 6,601 hours to patient care services in 2014. Volunteer hours are scheduled by Auxiliary member, Kathy Davis, who serves as the in-house volunteer coordinator.

The Auxiliary is currently seeking additional in-house volunteers at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, as well as at the Nearly New Shop, the Auxiliary’s thrift shop located at 320 High Street in Chestertown, and the hospital Gift Shop. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Edson at 410-348-2159.

Upcoming Events: August 2015

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ONGOING

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

“Ask the Expert” Podcasts – Visit http://umshoreregional.org/news-and-events/ask-the-expert for podcasts of radio interviews with UM Shore Regional Health medical specialists on health topics of interest to you and your family.

Breast Cancer Support Programs — Transition to Wellness: Free workshops for breast cancer survivors and patients who are ending treatment. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5866. Survivors Offering Support (SOS): Free 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.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings/Cambridge & Easton – Every Monday & Tuesday, 9am-12pm, and the first, third and fifth Wednesday of eaah month, Diagnostic & Imaging Center, Easton; every Tuesday & Friday, 11am-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!

JULY

Bazaar UM SRH Employee Sale: Through Friday, July 31, The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street. Purchase two sale items (punched tickets) at 50% off and get a third item FREE. Employee ID must be presented to receive discount. (Lowest price item will be free.)

AUGUST

Labor & Delivery Class — Saturday, 8/1, 8:30am-3pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. An overview of pregnancy and birth; expectant mothers, spouses and birthing coaches encouraged to attend. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

“Ask the Expert” Interview: Women’s and Children’s Health Services/The Birthing Center – Tuesday, 8/4, 8:40am, 96.7 WCEI.

Carb Counting Class – Tuesday, 8/4, 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.

After Hours Invitation-Only Bag Sale: Tuesday, 8/4, 4-6pm, The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street. Exclusive sale for UM Shore Regional Health employees. Employee ID must be presented for admission to the event. All sales conducted by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton are for the benefit of equipment, programs, services and patient care at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Tuesday, 8/4, 6pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton. Led by Doris Allen, lead educator, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, 8/4 & 8/18, 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.

Cancer Support Group/Easton – Tuesday, 8/4 & 8/18, 5-7pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for cancer patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 443-254-5940.

Bag Sale (Open to Public): Wednesday, 8/5, 10am-4pm, The Bazaar at 121 Federal Street.

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thursday, 8/6, 1-2:30pm, The Presbyterian Church, Easton. Topic: Why do I need to watch my diet after a stroke? Presenter: Katie Ewers, RD, LDN. Stroke survivors and caretakers are welcome. Light refreshments served. Contact: 410-310-9280, midshorestroke@gmail.com

Gestational Diabetes Classes – Friday, 8/7 & Thursday, 8/20, 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.

Diabetes Self- Management Class/Easton – Two sessions: Tuesday, 8/11-18-25, 9am-12pm; and Wednesday, 8/12-19-26, 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 registrations required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext.5195.

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Chestertown – Thursday, 8/13-20-27, 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.

New Mom, New Baby: Safety and CPR – Saturday, 8/15, 9am-1:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Learn about post-partum care, pain management, nutrition and more. Free. Registration: 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class Monday, 8/17, 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, 8/17, 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.

Alzheimer’s Support Group — Thursday, 8/21, 6-7:30pm, UMShore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown. Information and support for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia and their caregivers and family members. Contact: Stephanie C. Golebieski, 410-778-4550, ext. 4665

Diabetes Support Group/Easton — Monday, 8/24, 5:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Stroke Support Group/Queenstown – Tuesday, 8/25, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown. Topic: Lyme Disease. Presenter: Rebecca Brannock, SPT. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 8/25, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for breast cancer patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Topic: Stress Management. Presenter: Patty Plaskon, LCSW-C, PHD. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411.

Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation – Saturday, 8/29, 9:30-11am, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Learn how to prepare your children for the arrival of a new baby. Free. Registration: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Please note: The Diabetes Support Group and Cancer Support Group in Chestertown and the US TOO Prostate Support Group in Easton will not meet during August. Meetings will resume in September.