Monthly Archives: September 2015

UM Shore Regional Health Announces New Board Members


University of Maryland Shore Regional Health announces the appointment of three new members to its 24-member Board of Directors, which consists of business and community leaders and physicians drawn from the five-county region served by UM SRH.

Joining the UM Shore Regional Health Board are Myra S. Butler, of Chestertown; Art Cecil, III, of Easton; and William B. Noll, of Worton.

Myra ButlerMyra S. Butler (shown at left) is the director of Kent County Parks and Recreation. She is a life-long resident of Kent County and has worked in the County for all but one of her 25 professional years. She is involved in a variety of community activities and boards, including past Chair of Family and Community Partnerships of Kent County, Officer of Maryland Recreation and Parks Association’s Recreation and Leisure Services Branch, Kent County Adolescent and Substance Abuse Coalition; and Chester River Health Foundation.


Cecil Art III


Art Cecil III ((shown at right) is retired from a career in finance, having worked with the Maryland National Bank and T. Rowe Price. His volunteer work includes Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton; Talbot Mentors; Talbot Historical Society; Habitat for Humanity; and Mid-Shore Community Foundation. He holds a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary and obtained his CFA and MBA from Loyola College in Baltimore.


Bill NollWilliam B. Noll (shown at left) retired in 2008 after 25 years with Motors Insurance Corporation, where he worked in many capacities including chief financial officer and president. He is past president of the United Way of Kent County and has served as treasurer of Main Street Historic Chestertown. Noll is also a consultant with the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE), and currently serves as chairperson of the Upper Shore Chapter. He holds a BS in Accounting from University of Maryland, College Park.



In addition to Robert A. Chrencik, CEO, University of Maryland Medical System, and Kenneth Kozel, president and CEO, UM SRH, current Board members also include: from Cambridge, Michael D. Joyce, MD, Richard Loeffler and David Milligan; from Chestertown, Deborah Davis, MD and  C. Daniel Saunders, Esq.; from Easton, Stuart Bounds, Ph.D., Charles Capute, Wayne L. Gardner, Sr., Geoffrey F. Oxnam and Martha Russell; from Federalsburg, Keith McMahan; from Grasonville, Joseph J. Ciotola, MD; from Oxford, John Dillon, chairman; from Preston, Wayne Howard; from Queenstown, Kathleen Deoudes; from St. Michaels, John W. Ashworth; from Trappe, Marlene Feldman and Thomas Stauch, MD; and from Worton, Robert Swam.

“The diverse backgrounds, leadership skills and business experience of our new board members will enhance our Board of Directors and continue to position us to meet the current and future health care needs of the people served by Shore Regional Health,” comments John Dillon, chairman of the UM Shore Regional Health Board of Directors. “We look forward to their insights and contributions in helping Shore Regional Health perform its mission of ‘Creating Healthier Communities Together’ within the five counties of the Mid-Shore region.”

“Our board members live and work in our communities. I believe their diverse talents and expertise and their commitment to ensuring our success position us to achieve our vision of being the region’s leader in patient centered care,” says Kenneth Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health.

Breast Cancer Awareness Activities and Events Planned at UM Shore Regional Health



untitledUniversity of Maryland Shore Regional Health will observe Breast Cancer Awareness month with various activities throughout the month of October, all aimed at increasing awareness of breast cancer and how it can be best detected, prevented and treated.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, taking the lives of approximately 40,000 women annually. In the United States, one in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

“Breast cancer awareness month is a great time to educate people about the importance of prevention and early detection of this life-altering disease,” says Roberta Lilly, MD, MPH, FACS, medical director of the Comprehensive Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health. “Regular mammography screening, self-breast examination and knowledge of your familial history of cancer all help lower breast cancer mortality by finding breast cancer early—when the chance of successful treatment is best and the survival rate is highest.”

Some of the planned activities include the following:

  • Pink Ribbon Hanging & Tree Lighting: Thursday, October 1, 4:30pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton

To kick off the activities surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff and volunteers from the Comprehensive Breast Center will hang pink ribbons in honor of those patients who were treated by the Center in the past year. These ribbons will be hung on the large tree in the front circle at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. A public ribbon ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 1 at 4:30pm. Once decorated with the ribbons, the tree will serve as a month-long reminder of the friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. This tree will be lit with pink lights throughout the month.

  • Cancer Survivor Art Gallery Opening & Reception, Thursday, October 1, 4-6pm, Comprehensive Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health

The Gallery Wall at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Comprehensive Breast Center will unveil its fall exhibit with an opening reception. The exhibit, which will be on display through the end of the year, will feature artwork created by breast cancer survivors. The public is invited to this free event.

The Gallery Wall was created in 2009 by Breast Center staff and a committee of local artists and breast cancer survivors.  The 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.

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Fair, Tuesday, October 13, 11am-1pm, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Grapevine Cafe

Team members of the Comprehensive Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health will be on hand to provide information about breast health. Employees can spin the prize wheel for goodies and enter to win a door prize.

  • Breast Cancer Support Groups, all locations:
    • Cambridge: Women Supporting Women Breast Cancer Group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm, at the Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge. For more information call 410-463-0946 or 410-228-3161.
    • Chestertown: Cancer Support Group meets the fourth Monday of every month, 7pm-9pm, at the Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. For more information call 410-778-7668, ext. 2175 or email
    • Easton: The CARES Breast Cancer Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month, 6-7:30pm, at the Cancer Center, UM Shore Regional Health, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton. For more information call 410-820-6800.
  • Special Groups:
    • Look Good, Feel Better: This is a free American Cancer Society (ACS) program open to all women with cancer and is held on the third Monday every month, 10am-noon, at the Cancer Center, UM Shore Regional Health, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton. The program offers tips for hair care, skin care and make-up, samples, and access to the Wig Room. For more information about this group, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.
    • Survivors Offering Support (SOS) program: A unique program that pairs women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer with trained volunteer mentors. Because SOS mentors are breast cancer survivors themselves, they can offer emotional support and insight to patients facing the same diagnosis, making the breast cancer journey an easier one to navigate.  If you are in need of support or would like to become a mentor and would like more information, call Edla Coleman, SOS coordinator, at 410-822-1000, ext. 5866 or by e-mail at

 Throughout the five-county region, UM Shore Regional Health provides a full array of diagnostic services, including traditional 2-D mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI and biopsies. Advanced 3-D Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) is currently available at the Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and is anticipated to be available at UM Shore Regional Health’s Diagnostic and Imaging Center in Easton by the end of 2015. Support services include survivorship programs, support groups and other resources for patients, their family members, friends and loved ones. For more information about services provided by the Comprehensive Breast Center or the diagnostic services available throughout the region, visit

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

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, continued under the leadership of Roberta J. Lilly, MD, MPH, FACS, will continue to 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,” comments 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 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 telemedicine genetic counseling services and the Wellness for Women program, a breast screening program that promotes early detection of breast cancer.

For additional information about the expansion project or making a contribution to the campaign, contact F. Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy at UM Shore Regional Health, 410-822-1000, extension 5509 or by email,

Medical Volunteers Needed for Across the Bay 10k on November 8


acrossthebay10klogoThe Across the Bay 10K is looking to solicit a volunteer medical team to support 25,000 runners for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Road Race, set for November 8,

According to Michael Boldosser, emergency preparedness manager for UM Shore Regional Health, event organizers are working with local public safety organizations, but need to
augment medical coverage for the event with a team of doctors, nurses, EMT’s, athletic trainers, physical therapists and others.

acrossthebay10kphotoIf you are interested in joining the Across the Bay 10k medical team, please contact ChrisTroyanos, or 781-710 3301.  Yo also may sign up online,

REMINDER: Temporary Changes to Food Services Department at UM SMC at Chestertown


The Food Services department – including the kitchen and cafeteria – at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown will be undergoing construction beginning the first week of October.

During the project, which is expected to be completed in six weeks, a kitchen trailer will be onsite for the preparation of hot and cold foods for patients, visitors, team members and volunteers of the Medical Center. The cafeteria will remain open for breakfast and lunch, however, there will be a limited menu and all meals will be served on disposable dishes.

There will be a designated area within the hospital used for the staging of patient meals. Keith Gould, regional director of Food Services, UM Shore Regional Health, will be working with team members at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown over the next several weeks to provide education about meal preparation, staging and delivery during this process to ensure that there will be no disruption of meal service to patients and those frequenting the cafeteria.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we work to make these improvements!

It’s That Time of Year Again – What You Need to Know about UM SRH Flu Vaccines


Ken Kozel, UM Shore Regional Health president and CEO, was among the senior leaders who got his flu shot this week. Administering was Employee Health Services team member Pat Steele, RN.

Ken Kozel, UM Shore Regional Health president and CEO, was among the senior leaders who got his flu shot this week. Administering was Employee Health Services team member Pat Steele, RN.

You probably know that all individuals providing care, treatment or service to the patients at UM Shore Regional Health are required to be vaccinated annually against influenza unless there is a medical contraindication or a religious reason for declining vaccination.

Flu shots for UM SRH team members – employees, physicians, per diem and conflicted staff, and volunteers — will be available in early October (see next week’s Compass for flu shot clinic schedule).

But wait – there are BIG AND IMPORTANT CHANGES THIS YEAR, as follows:

  • Everyone who gets the flu shot, either from the hospital or somewhere else, will have a sticker placed on their ID Badge. This sticker shows you were vaccinated. Do NOT remove the sticker until after flu season.  
  • Per Diem staff who choose not to be vaccinated cannot work after October 1.
  • Individuals declining the vaccine for medical or religious reason will be required to wear a surgical mask when on SRH property from date of declination until the end of flu season. 

Please note: Only flu shots are provided at the Flu Clinics – no PPDs or other vaccines will be administered.

If you are declining the flu shot for medical or religious reasons:

You must come to an Employee Health Services office during “Drop In Hours” with a copy of the declination form (available on Wavelength,,, and supporting documentation,

Willam Huffner, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president, Medical Affairs, also got his flu shot this week.

Willam Huffner, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president, Medical Affairs, also got his flu shot this week.

Why is the flu vaccine a requirement for UM SRH team members?

  • Influenza (the flu) can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Anyone can get sick from the flu.
  • Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to seven days after becoming sick.
  • Since health care workers may care for or live with people at high risk for influenza-related complications, it is especially important for them to get vaccinated annually.

Stay Tuned: UM SRH Flu Shot Clinics

Clinics will be offered at the hospitals in Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton. (The clinic schedule will be posted in Compass next week). In order to avoid long waits, please try to attend a Flu Shot Clinic where we will have extra staff and resources to speed you along.


Contact Nancy Bedell, regional manager, Employee Health Services, at 410.778.3300, ext. 2279 or

New Emergency Generators Successfully Installed at UM SMC at Chestertown


One of two new emergency generators installed at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown is shown being lowered by crane on to its reinforced concrete pad. The generators are a permanent replacement for older equipment used to ensure continuous electricity to the medical center during a power outage.  

One of two new emergency generators installed at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown is shown being lowered by crane on to its reinforced concrete pad. The generators are a permanent replacement for older equipment used to ensure continuous electricity to the medical center during a power outage.

University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown has installed two new, state-of-the-art emergency generators to provide backup electricity for the facility in case of a power interruption. Within the next few weeks, both new generators will be fueled, connected and ready for any emergency.

The diesel generators replace two older models. The replacement project, which costs more than $180,000, began in the first week of August with delivery of the first generator to UM SMC Chestertown by Johnson & Towers Inc. of Baltimore. The unit is now fueled and connected to the medical center’s electrical supply system. The second unit was delivered and installed in on September 18.

“Power interruption is always a risk due to storms or accidents bringing down power lines or system overload during extreme heat or cold,” said Beth Copp, CHSP, building operations manager for UM SMC at Chestertown and UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown. “Due to the life-saving and life-sustaining work done at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, it’s essential we stay ahead of the curve with equipment that enables to serve our patients in any situation.”

“The new generators are an important investment to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and staff for years to come,” said Gary Poole, director of Support Services for UM Shore Regional Health.

The UM SMC at Chestertown maintenance team tests each generator once a month to assure the equipment’s readiness. With regular maintenance, it is expected that each generator will have useful life of approximately 20 years, Copp said.

Both of the new generators are larger and more powerful than those being replaced. One of the new generators is an MTU Onsite Energy model DS200 powered by an 1800-rpm John Deere motor. It includes a 570-gallon fuel tank. The other is an MTU Onsite Energy Model DS350 powered by an 1800-rpm MTU engine with 1255-gallon fuel tank. The generators have been placed on newly built, reinforced concrete pads.


Walk to Save Lives — Join the AFSP’s Mid-Shore Maryland “Out of the Darkness” Walk

Team-StrengthAccording to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in the United States, a person dies by suicide every 13.3 minutes, claiming more than 39,500 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. among adults 18-65, the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults, and individuals ages 65 and older account for 16 percent of all suicide deaths. This is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status.

AFSP 2As the leader in the fight against suicide, AFSP has set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025. AFSP’s 2nd Mid-Shore Maryland “Out of the Darkness” Walk &  is set for Saturday, October 3, 5-7, 4:30- p.m. at the Chesapeake Exploration Center & Cross Island Trail in Queen Anne’s County.

The walk will begin and end at the beautiful, waterfront Ferry Point Park  Parking is available in the former outlets area; just follow the signs and volunteers will be there to provide direction.  Shuttles will be available to take you from parking to Ferry Point Park, @ ½ mile.

AFSP walk

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts.

On Site Registration: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Opening Ceremony: 4:30 pm
Walk Start: 5:00 pm
After-Walk Picnic:  6:30 pm
Closing Ceremony Begins:  7:30 pm
Raffle Winners Announced: 7:45 pm (must be present to win)
Candlelight Vigil: 8:00 pm

There is no seating at Ferry Point Park.  Please bring folding chairs or blankets with you, and mark them with your name and phone number.   Flashlights are recommended since the event will end after dark.

Walk donations are accepted until December 31, 2015.

For more information, visit or contact Patricia Kotzen, 410-643-7674 or