Monthly Archives: October 2015

Contest Offered, Mission and Vision Awareness

Team-StrengthThe holidays are fast approaching — wouldn’t it be great to win a $50 Amazon gift card to help take care of your shopping list, …or even your own wish list?

Visit one of the three hospital cafeterias or UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown during the week of November 2 (see schedule below) to enter the UM Shore Regional Health Mission & Vision Awareness contest offered by UM SRH Communications and Marketing Department. Each team member (volunteers as well as employees) will have two chances to enter at a table set up for the contest. (Enter at one site only.)

Monday, 11/2, 12-1 p.m.– UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown — Break Room

Tuesday,  11/3, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.– UM Shore Medical Center at Easton Cafeteria

Thursday, 11/5, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. – UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Cafeteria

Friday, 11/6, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. –  UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester Cafeteria

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Free Prostate Cancer Screenings Offered, 69 Local Men Screened

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Delbert Hicks, Jr. gets his blood taken by Charyl (Sam) Rickets, BS, RNC, CHPN, Regional Community Educator, Post-Acute Services, UM Shore Regional Health, for the PSA test offered at the free prostate cancer screening and forum recently held in Chestertown.

Delbert Hicks, Jr. gets his blood taken by Charyl (Sam) Rickets, BS, RNC, CHPN, Regional Community Educator, Post-Acute Services, UM Shore Regional Health, for the PSA test offered at the free prostate cancer screening and forum recently held in Chestertown.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death for men in the United States. Studies show that one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.  To promote early detection of prostate cancer, free prostate cancer screenings were offered recently in two locations within the five-county region served by University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

The Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health hosted screenings in partnership with the Talbot County NAACP and the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, who provided Spanish-speaking interpreters.  R. Duane Cespedes, MD, John Foley, MD, John Knud-Hansen, MD, Christopher Parry, DO, and Christopher Runz, DO, of Shore Comprehensive Urology assisted with the screenings, which were open to the public. Forty-six men were screened at the event.

Charles Hackett was one of 23 participants screened at the prostate cancer screening and forum recently held in Chestertown.

Charles Hackett was one of 23 participants screened at the prostate cancer screening and forum recently held in Chestertown.

UM Shore Regional Health also participated in a free prostate cancer screening, forum and dinner held at Mt. Olive AME Church in Worton, Maryland. Prostate cancer screenings were provided by Dr. Christopher Parry of Shore Comprehensive Urology.  The prostate cancer forum and dinner were   sponsored by Mt. Olive AME, the Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance program (MOTA) and the Kent County Health Department, and partially funded by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Cigarette Restitution Funds. Eighty members of the community were in attendance; 23 men were screened at the event.

John Foley, MD, Christopher Runz, DO, Christopher Parry, DO, Duane Cespedes, MD, and John Knud-Hansen, MD, of Shore Comprehensive Urology, participated in free prostate cancer screenings held in two locations across the region.

John Foley, MD, Christopher Runz, DO, Christopher Parry, DO, Duane Cespedes, MD, and John Knud-Hansen, MD, of Shore Comprehensive Urology, participated in free prostate cancer screenings held in two locations across the region.

Additional information about the various cancer prevention events and screenings available throughout the year can be found by visiting UMShoreRegional.org/Cancer_Program.

Everyday Heroes Recognized by UM Memorial Hospital Foundation

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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 honor.

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Recently, one patient’s family member wrote to honor nurses and respiratory therapists as Everyday Heroes for “their caring and grace while attending mothers and babies in the Birthing Center” at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.  Honorees, shown above, included Luanne Satchell, manager, Women and Children’s Health Services; Ruth Ann Jones, director, Acute Care and Emergency Services; Karen Jackson; Patty Joiner and Valerie Rice. (Not shown: ThuThu Myint.)
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Another patient nominated her Everyday Heroes as “angels of mercy” who cared for her during her stay. She praised their great support, attention to myriad details, and wonderful care, adding, “I know that what they did for me they do for all their patients.” Shown above, honorees included Luanne Satchell, manager, Women’s and Children’s Health Services, Sydney Milligan; Ruth Ann Jones, director, Acute Care and Emergency Services; Joann Faust; Dennis Forbes, MD; Stacey Smith and Penny Pink, director of Surgical and Ambulatory Services.

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Also honored as Every Day Heroes were the staff and providers of a patient cared for in the Telemetry Unit at UM SMC at Easton. Shown above are Dr. Bruce Helmly, MD, Chesapeake Cardiology; Ruth Ann Jones, director, Acute Care and Emergency Services;  Lakia Brummell; Michelle Chapman;, Dawn Johnson; Rachel Howard; Dawn Millard; Monick Conway; and Graham Lee, vice president for Philanthropy.

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Members of the Cardio-pulmonary rehab team were recognized by a patient who had enjoyed several months of regular rehab in their care. Honored as Everyday Heroes by this patient were Gary Jones, director Cardiopulmonary Services; Tracy Supcoe, Sarah Hughes; Matthew Roberts; Sally Worm, program manager; and Melinda Wood.

For more information about recognizing an Everyday Hero, contact the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation, 410-822-1000, ext. 5481.

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program Earns AACVPR Re-Certification

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The Cardiac Rehabilitation and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs at University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton recently received re-certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

During the re-certification process, AACVPR evaluates programs against current standards and guidelines, such as the Core Competencies for Cardiac Rehabilitation/Secondary Prevention Professionals, Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Programs, and Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Obtaining certification by AACVPR demonstrates that the programs at UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton are aligned with the current Association-approved guidelines for effective early outpatient care of patients with cardiac or pulmonary issues.

Congratulations to our Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation team members throughout the region whose efforts to provide high quality patient care earned the program AACVPR re-certification.

National Respiratory Care Week Observed at UM Shore Regional Health

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In observance of National Respiratory Care Week, Respiratory Care team members at UM Shore Regional Health participated in an educational presentation offered by Dr. Greg Oliver (center) of UM Shore Pulmonary Care, who is Medical Director for respiratory care at UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton.

In observance of National Respiratory Care Week, Respiratory Care team members at UM Shore Regional Health participated in an educational presentation offered by Dr. Greg Oliver (center) of UM Shore Pulmonary Care, who is Medical Director for respiratory care at UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health joined the American Association for Respiratory Care in observing National Respiratory Care Week, October 25-31.

This annual observation recognizes the professionalism and high quality patient care demonstrated by respiratory care providers, as well as raises awareness of lung health issues and practices.

According to Gary Jones, regional director for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services, respiratory care practitioners at UM Shore Regional Health are licensed in the State of Maryland by the Maryland Board of Physicians to provide critical airway and ventilatory support to patients of all ages; pre-mature infants to older adults requiring mechanical ventilator support. Under Respiratory Care Protocols approved by the Department of Medicine they perform in-depth assessment of a patient’s cardiac and respiratory status and order therapy with the objective of improved clinical outcomes. Practitioners perform basic and advanced Pulmonary Function studies and Arterial Blood Gas analysis in order to provide an assessment of the patient’s condition prior to and following medical management.

“It is with great pride that we celebrate our respiratory care team members throughout the region, who strive to provide our patients with high quality care, which not only improves their medical condition, but also improves their overall well-being and quality of life,” comments Jones.

Steve Eisemann, regional manager for the department adds, “The commitment of our team members to provide our patients with the best possible care is truly appreciated by our patients, their families and our community as a whole, which is healthier as a result.”

Thank you to our respiratory care team members throughout the region who help the patients we serve breathe a little easier each and every day!

Kitchen Construction Continues at UM SMC at Chestertown

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The Food Services department – including the kitchen and cafeteria – at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown continues to be under construction as improvements are made to the pipes and flooring.

During the project, a mobile kitchen trailer has been onsite for the preparation of hot and cold foods for patients, visitors, team members and volunteers of the Medical Center. The cafeteria continues to be open for breakfast and lunch.

Throughout this process, a designated area within the hospital has been utilized for the staging of patient meals. Keith Gould, regional director of Food Services, UM Shore Regional Health, has worked with team members at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown to provide education about meal preparation, staging and delivery during this process to prevent any disruption of meal service to patients and those frequenting the cafeteria.

“Thanks to the patience and cooperation of Medical Center team members, this process has been going extraordinarily well,” comments Gould. “The teamwork of our Food Services department, engineering team, Environmental Services department and nursing staff has made it possible for us to make these improvements to the kitchen and cafeteria areas while still continuing to provide the highest quality of meals and customer service to our patients, visitors and fellow team members.”

In other news, the Food Services department at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown recently welcomed Gerry Ward, dietary manager, to the team. Chris Finelli, will be transitioning to UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester full time.

Upcoming Events: November 2015

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ONGOING

Acupuncture, Massage and Psychotherapy – Offered by appointment, Monday-Friday, except holidays. Center for Integrative Medicine, 522 Cynwood Drive, Suite 300, Easton. Contact:  410-770-9400. 

“Ask the Expert” Podcasts – Visit http://umshoreregional.org/ATE 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 each 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!

NOVEMBER

Robin Hood Annual Christmas Sale Event – Tuesday, 11/3, Robin Hood Shop, 416 High Street, Cambridge. Featuring a variety of holiday and winter apparel in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes; gift items including toys, books and puzzles; and holiday home décor. Operated by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary, the Shop offers gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, fashion accessories and household items. Shop hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.  For more information about the Robin Hood Shop or volunteer opportunities, call 410-228-6339. All sales conducted by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary are for the benefit of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, its patient needs and its staff.

Cancer Patient Support Group – Tuesday, 11/3 & 11/17, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for cancer patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 443-254-5940. Contact: 443-254-5940.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, 11/3 & 11/17, 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.

Carb Counting Class – Tuesday, 11/3, 1:30-3:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Overview of meal planning for diabetics. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Ask the Expert: “Stroke Signs, Symptoms, Treatment and Recovery” – Wednesday, 11/4, 11am, Amy Lynn Ferris Adult Activity Center, 200 Schauber Road, Chestertown. Presentation by Jessica Fluharty, BSN, RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience Specialist and Stroke Coordinator, UM SMC at Easton. Brought to the community in partnership with Upper Shore Aging, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging for Caroline, Kent and Talbot Counties

Ask the Expert: “Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery: Less is More” – Wednesday, 11/4, 6pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown. Presentation by Dr. Khalid Kurtom, of Chesapeake Neurological Surgery. RSVP – Cathy Wright, 410-822-1000, ext. 5222, or cathy.wright@umm.edu.

Diabetes Self- Management ClassesEaston (two sessions): Tuesday, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 9am-12pm; and Wednesday, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 4:30-7:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Chestertown: Thursday, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 1-4pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center.  Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and preregistration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext.5195.

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group – Thursday, 11/5, 1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, Easton. Information and support for stroke survivors, family and caregivers. Topic: How Can I Best Help My Stroke Survivor? Presenter: Kathi Naumann, Caregiver Workshop. Light refreshments. Contact: 410-310-9280, midshorestroke@gmail.com

Ask the Expert: “Stroke Signs, Symptoms, Treatment and Recovery” – Tuesday, 11/10, 1pm, Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton. Presentation by Jessica Fluharty, BSN, RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience Specialist and Stroke Coordinator, UM SMC at Easton. Brought to the community in partnership with Upper Shore Aging, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging for Caroline, Kent and Talbot Counties

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Tuesday, 11/11, 6pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton. Topic: Snacking Simply, diabetic-friendly samples provided. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Ask the Expert: “Accessible Care, Comprehensive Support –Cancer Prevention and Support Services in Your Local Community” – Thursday, 11/12, 6pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Third Floor Conference Room. Presentation by Patty Plaskon, PhD, LCSW-C, OSW-C, Coordinator of Oncology Social Work; Sharon Richter, BSN, RN, CCRC, OCN, Clinical Research Nurse; and Margot Spies, RN, BSN, OCN, Nurse  Navigator, all members of the Cancer Center team at UM Shore Regional Health. RSVP – Cathy Wright, 410-822-1000, ext. 5222, or cathy.wright@umm.edu.

Labor & Delivery Class — Saturday, 11/7, 8:30am-3pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Overview of pregnancy and birth; expectant mothers, spouses and birthing coaches are encouraged to attend. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Free Seminar: Tax Strategies for 2015 – Saturday, 11/7, 10am-12pm, Heartfields Assisted Living, Easton. Presenters: Deborah Walsworth, CBIZ MHM, LLC & Mayer Hoffman McCann, PC, and Darian Sump, CPA, Sump & Associates, PC. Sponsored by UM Memorial Hospital Foundation. Limited seating; preregistration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5792, janet@umm.edu.

Keep Calm and Shop On — Food shopping guided tours for diabetes patients and their family members led by certified diabetes educators. Easton: Tuesday, 11/10 & 11/17, two sessions each day, 1:30-2:30pm and 3-4pm, Giant Foods. Chestertown: Wednesday, 11/12, 2:30-4 pm, Redners Market. Free but RSVP required: for Chestertown, call 410-778-3300, ext. 2295; for Easton, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Ask the Expert: “Keeping Your Child Safe on the Field: How to Prevent Sports-Related Injuries of the Body and the Brain” – Tuesday, 11/10, 6pm, UM SMC at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center. Dr. Walid Kamsheh, neurologist at UM Shore Neurology and Sleep Medicine, and Dr. Jason Jancosko, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine provider with the Orthopedic Center, will offer discussion about sports medicine and concussions. RSVP – Cathy Wright, 410-822-1000, ext. 5222, or cathy.wright@umm.edu.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 11/10, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Speaker: Christopher Runz, DO, of Shore Comprehensive Urology. Contact: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.

$6.00 Sale – Wednesday, 11/11, 9am-5pm and Thursday, 11/12, 7am-4pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. Sponsored by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary. All sales conducted by the Auxiliary are for the benefit ofUniversity of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, its patient needs and its staff.

Breastfeeding Class – Saturday, 11/14, 9am-12:30pm, UM SMC at Easton Health Education Center. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Look Good … Feel Better – Monday, 11/16, 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 Self-Management Refresher Class – Monday, 11/16, 10am-12pm, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, UM SMC at Easton. For those who have completed diabetes education classes but want to improve their self-care. Referral and preregistration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetic Neuropathy: What You Need to Know – Monday, 11/16, 5:30pm, Talbot Senior Center, Easton. Open meeting of the Easton Diabetes Support Group featuring presentation by Terry Detrich, MD. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Better Breathers Support Group – Tuesday, 11/17, 1-3pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Topic: The Do’s and Don’ts of Inhaled steroids and Prednisone. Presenter: Ken Peregoy, Pharm.D. RSVP preferred: 410-778-3300, ext. 2222.

Ask the Expert: “Stroke Signs, Symptoms, Treatment and Recovery” – Tuesday, 11/17, 10am, Caroline Senior Center, 403 South 7th St., Suite 127, Denton. Presentation by Jessica Fluharty, BSN, RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience Specialist and Stroke Coordinator, UM SMC at Easton. Brought to the community in partnership with Upper Shore Aging, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging for Caroline, Kent and Talbot Counties

Ask a Dietitian! – Wednesday, 11/18, 10am-3pm, UM SMC at Chestertow, Cafeteria Meeting Room. Talk one-one one (in person or by  phone), with registered dietitians about your dietary concerns, including diabetic issues, weight loss and surgery prep, heart disease, cancer treatment, gluten intolerance, IBS and more. Light refreshments. Walk in or call 410-778-7668, ext. 2274.

Ask the Expert: “Accessible Care, Comprehensive Support: Cancer Prevention and Support Services in Your Local Community” – Thursday, 11/19, 6pm, UM SMC at Easton, Nick Rajacich Health Education Center. Presentation by Patty Plaskon, PhD, LCSW-C, OSW-C, Coordinator of Oncology Social Work; Sharon Richter, BSN, RN, CCRC, OCN, Clinical Research Nurse; and Margot Spies, RN, BSN, OCN, Nurse  Navigator, all members of the Cancer Center team at UM Shore Regional Health. RSVP – Cathy Wright, 410-822-1000, ext. 5222, or cathy.wright@umm.edu.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thursday, 11/19, 6-7:30pm. UM Shore Nursing & Rehab Center at Chestertown. Led by Stephanie Golebieski, RN. Contact: 410-778-4550.

Diabetes and Endocrinology Open House — Friday, 11/20, 1-4pm, UM SMC at Easton Freeman Outpatient Center. Talk one-on-one with diabetes educators and diabetic product vendors; learn from presentations on diabetes control, insulin pumps, carbs, exercise and pre-diabetes. Diabetes patients, family members and caregivers welcome.

Thankful for Wellness Day — Saturday, 11/21, 10am-2pm, Easton Elementary School. Doris Allen, BSN, RN, CDE will be on site to talk to community members who have questions about diabetes.

Cancer & Prostate Cancer Support Groups — Monday, 11/23, 7pm. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Stroke Support Group/Queenstown – Tuesday, 11/24, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown. Information and support for stroke survivors, family members and caregivers. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, 11/24, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship Contact: 410-822-9400.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tuesday, 11/24, 6:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Room. Information and support for diabetes patients and family members. Contact: 410-778-7668

Diabetes Support Group/Cambridge – Wednesday, 11/25, 5:30pm, UM SMC at Dorchester Board Room. Information and support for diabetes patients and family members. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.